Student Pass and Student Visa:
All international students will need a valid Student Pass and Visa to abroad study in Malaysia. To obtain a Malaysian student visa you will first need to apply for a Student Pass. Once you have an approved provisional Student Pass you will be issued a student visa upon your point of entry into Malaysia. You will receive a full Student Pass once in the country. You will need both a Student Pass and a Visa to study in Malaysia.
Before you Leave:
You will be issued a Student Visa upon your arrival in Malaysia provided you have your letter of approval for a Student Pass ready at the immigration checkpoint. Once you’ve been accepted by a Malaysian institution they will submit an application for a Student Pass on your behalf. You will need to lodge relevant documentation with your host and pay relevant fees before they can do this. If your application is successful, the Malaysian Immigration Department will issue a letter of approval for a Student Pass to your host.
Your host will then send the completed letter to you whilst you are in your home country, along with a signed Personal Bond document that serves as a sort of endorsement of your good character. The letter of approval will act as a provisional Student Pass that enables you to enter the country as a student.
Point of Entry:
You will need to have your Student Pass approval letter handy when you reach immigration in Malaysia. When you get to the airport, a representative from your host university will be waiting to meet you at customs. You will then be issued a Special Pass that will enable you to enter the country which is valid for two weeks. You will need to go to your nearest State Immigration Department before these two weeks are up to get your full Student Pass. You will also be issued a Visa upon your arrival in Malaysia, which will be in the form of an endorsement on your passport that is valid for at least six months.
What evidence/ documentation do I need to provide?
To apply for a student pass, your institution will submit the following documents on your behalf:
- An official letter of acceptable from your host institution
- A completed Student Pass application form
- Two photocopies of a valid passport photo page
- Three passport-sized photos
- Proof of purchase of Malaysian Health Insurance
- A photocopy of your medical health examination report
- Proof you’re able to financially support yourself for the duration of your study programme
- A Personal Bond document that has been signed by your host institution
Your host institution is bound by law to sign the Personal Bond document if they have accepted you as a student, but you will need to pay a document fee. Universities will not lodge your application until you’ve paid all relevant fees.
Personal Bond document fees vary depending from RM 300- RM 1,500 (US$ 91- US$ 457) depending on your country of origin. You might also need to pay an application fee to your host university. For example, the University of Malaysia Campus charges RM 500 (US$ 152) payable before they lodge your application, and another RM 500 that is paid in person on your course registration day.
International students will also need to purchase one of three health insurance packages as part of their Student Pass application. Costs vary from RM 500- RM850 (US$ 152- US$ 259).
Yearly fees for a Student Pass are RYM 60 (US$ 18), whilst visa fees may be anything from RYM 15 – RYM 90 (US$ 4.50- US$ 27), depending on your country of origin. All fees must be paid directly to the State Immigration Department.
Keeping your visa:
Your Student Pass is valid for a year and may not be renewed if you have not met class attendance requirements, or have no proven course selection for the following semester. You will need to renew your pass at least one and a half months before its date of expiry.