Brunei has 4 public institutions and 3 private institutions. Both public and private institutions are open to international students. According to QS World University Rankings 2020, in Brunei, Universiti Brunei Darussalam has the highest ranking of 298 followed by Universiti Teknologi Brunei at 379th place. Both of these universities are public-owned. Higher education institutions in Brunei are organized by the Ministry of Education, the website of this ministry: http://moe.gov.bn/SitePages/Higher%20Education.aspx.
The official language of Brunei is Malay, but English is widely spoken. Institutions in Brunei use English as main language of instruction and most institutions offer courses in English. Brunei tertiary education institutions accept a variety of qualifications. For example: diploma, GCE “A” Level, IB, IGCSE “A” Level, Brunei Religious Education Certificate (Sijil Pelajaran Ugama Brunei, STPU). International applicants may need to go through an entrance exam and a series of interviews for admission. English proficiency test is required when applying for some universities in Brunei. In Brunei, every institution has its own application and admission process. Applications need to be submitted to institutions directly.
Brunei has 3 different types of degrees for tertiary education. A Bachelor’s degree in Brunei takes 4 years to complete. Master’s degree will require a Bachelor’s degree as the entry requirement, it will take 1-2 years for completion. A Doctorate degree requires a Master’s degree and will take around 3-7 years.
Tuition fees are 2300 to 30,000 USD a year, they vary with courses and locations. The cost of living per person in Brunei is approximately 9600 USD a year.
Information for International Students
A student visa has to be applied at a Brunei embassy. Documents usually needed are passport, copies of academic qualifications, passport photos, admission letters from the institution, medical certificate, and health insurance for the entire study duration.