Immigration procedures to enter Malaysia to study are simple and hassle-free.
The requirements of the Immigration Department for international students are as
All Non-Malaysian nationals who wish to study at an educational institution in
Malaysia are required to hold a valid Student Pass. Dependent Pass holders, who
are aged 18 years or above must apply for a student pass.
- Diplomatic Pass
- Dependent Pass (if you are
below 18 years old)
- Permanent Resident Status
Holders of the
above passes are not required to apply for a Student Pass
Applying for Student Pass
The Malaysian Immigration Department requires the university or the college to
apply for student passes on behalf of the students. Once you have chosen the
right institute and after fulfilling their entry requirements, you may asked to
submit the following documents to the institute for your Student Pass
- Application Form
- Passport-size photographs
(5cm x 4cm, or 2" x 1.5")
- Two photocopies of your valid
passport ─ this must include all pages, including blank pages and your
passport must be valid for at least twelve months.
- Medical Examination Report
- Financial Ability Evidence
- Foundation Studies students
and Undergraduate students aged 25 years or above are required to provide
resume ─ personal particulars, previous education, work experience, copies
of academic transcripts and certificates/diplomas
The respective institute will
apply for the student pass on your behalf and you will be informed the outcome
by the Institute. If the application is approved, an approval letter will be
issued and the institute will sent the letter to you for the next course of
action. Some institutes may require you to pay the processing and application
fee and other institute registration fees before the application for student
pass is been made.
After receiving the 'Approval for Foreign Student Studying in Malaysia' letter
you should apply for an Entry Visa at your nearest Malaysian Embassy/ Consulate
Office before you enter Malaysia.
- Nationals from most
Commonwealth countries do not need to apply for an entry visa. Please visit
the Malaysian Embassy/Consulate Office for confirmation.
- Nationals of the following
countries must apply for an Entry Visa before travelling to Malaysia -
Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- Nationals from the People's
Republic of China are prohibited from entering Malaysia without an Entry
Visa. Please apply for an Entry Visa from the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing,
Guangzhou or Shanghai.
- Other Non-Malaysian nationals
must apply for an Entry Visa before coming to Malaysia
Entry Visa is usually a Single
Any Entry Visa fee incurred will be borne by the student.
If you do not comply with the above Entry Visa requirement, the Malaysian
Immigration authorities will impose a Journey-Performed Visa fee (which costs
between RM6.50 to RM50.00, depending on your country of origin) and a processing
fee of RM500.00, which must be paid at the airport before clearance.
These additional costs will be borne by the student concerned.
The university or college representatives are required by the Malaysian
Immigration to assist you with entry clearance. After the Immigration clearance,
you will be taken to your accommodation or to the institutes for next course of
Student Pass Sticker
Once you are cleared by the Immigration a special pass will be issued to you at
the Immigration check point which is valid for 14 days. After which the
educational institution is required to submit the student's passport to the
State Immigration Department to enable a student pass sticker to be affixed on
The student pass and visa are endorsed in the students' passport by the
Malaysian Immigration Department. The endorsement indicates their visa type, the
length of stay in Malaysia, the number of entries permitted into Malaysia and
the validity of the student pass which is usually one year.
The student pass fee is RM60.00 a year while visa fees range from RM15 to RM90
depending on the student's county of origin. All payments of fees, issuance of
student passes and visas as well as renewal of student passes can be done at the
respective State Immigration Departments. Always remember that your student pass
needs to be renewed yearly.
All international students will be issued an I-Kad (card) by the Immigration
Department after you obtain a student pass sticker. You can use your I-Kad to
show your international student status in Malaysia, but however you are advised
to have your passport with you all the time.
Your family members are allowed to accompany your stay in Malaysia for the
entire study duration with approval from the Immigration Department.
The permitted family members are:
Parents, spouses and children