A beautiful country with countless natural wonders and a multicultural background, Malaysia is a welcoming place to visitors. It is a fast developing, highly industrialized nation located in Southeast Asia. A former British colony, Malaysia as adopted many British practices in terms of law, government and education. The country features developed cities, highly modern transportation and a robust economy.
Malaysia is a democratic federation of 13-states. Divided into 2, Peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) occupied a southern tip of the southeast portion of the Asian land mass while East Malaysia occupies the northern portion of the Island of Borneo.
The country is governed by a constitutional monarchy as Head of State and a fully democratic parliamentary government. The national language is Bahasa Malaysia but English is widely spoken in urban communities as a second language and is a compulsory subject in schools. Malaysia’s population numbers 28 million and comprises many ethnic groups. Malays make up 50.4% of the population and are the majority. Around 23.7% of the population is of Chinese descent, while those of Indian descent make up 7.1% and other indigenous groups in Sabah and Sarawak at 11% of the population. Though largely a Muslim country, religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and others are freely practiced.
About Kuala Lumpur
The capital of the country, it is located in Peninsular Malaysia and is a fully developed metropolitan city. It is a clean, safe, city that has not forgotten it´s old heritage. Here you can see some of the world’s most breathtaking modern skyscrapers, inspired by the unique style of Malay architecture, next to some colonial buildings, which means that the city also retains much of its old character and local colour. It is an ethnically diverse city with well-educated, multicultural, multilingual inhabitants.
The city also features skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture and lots of greenery. Home to the Petronas Twin Towers, it is a shopping paradise with some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls, housing the world’s top brands, and street markets.
Cyberjaya is a planned township and a central part of the nation’s Multimedia Super Corridor, Malaysian answer to the Silicon Valley. It is lush with greeneries, wide highways and houses the regional hubs for some of the world’s top tech companies. Located a mere 30 minutes from the city of Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya offers a conducive and highly stimulating environment for students complete with malls, entertainment outlets, theater, recreational parks student housing. It is no wonder then that Cyberjaya is also home to over 5 different universities.
The township is just 30 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and can be accessed via an express rail directly from the airport.
Undertaking university study will significantly change your pattern of expenditure from before you started university. Planning your finances (budgeting) becomes even more important, especially as you will live and study in Kuala Lumpur for a number of years. Kuala Lumpur is the financial capital of Malaysia and is more expensive to live in than other cities, although living costs in the Cyberjaya area are lower than in the city centre. Apart from university tuition fees you need to plan for expenditure on food, accommodation, transport, mobile device connectivity and leisure. These costs will depend on where you choose to live, your interests and lifestyle, but estimated total monthly expenses range from RM 2,000 to 3,000.
To help you plan your budget, the following guide would serve as a brief estimate of some essential expenditures while you are in Malaysia:
Accommodation: RM 400 – RM 600 monthly
Food: RM500 – RM700 monthly
Travel: RM100 – RM 200 monthly
Other expenses, including toiletries and laundry; mobile phone and internet charges; stationery, social activity: RM400 and upwards
International students who wish to study in Malaysia must apply for a student pass. You can only apply for a student pass if you intend to study a full-time course in Malaysia. Student Pass is not issued for part-time courses. Typically, a student pass is valid for one year (or part of a year), depending on the country which issues your passport. The University’s Student Visa office will manage your student pass application.
Please take note that it is the prerogative of the Malaysian Immigration Department and the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to approve or reject any visa application.
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Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)
The Ministry of Higher Education, has established the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) as the one-stop centre to process student pass. As of part of this arrangement, EMGS will coordinate student pass application and the arrangements for medical health checks. A visa application fee will be charged. The fee includes EMGS processing fee, medical insurance, health examination, i-Kad, multiple-entry visa, GST 6%, and visa office administrative charges.
Students who are holding the following passes are exempted from applying for the Student Pass and Visa:
- Malaysian Permanent Residents (PR) – with Malaysian identity cards
- Residence Pass – Talent (RP)
In the event of any changes in visa policies, it is pertinent that students abide with the conditions set.
Applying for Student Pass
Students who apply less than 3 months before intake date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our staff from International Marketing (email@example.com) for more information.
- Student Pass / Visa processing fee of RM 2,000.00 (RM4,000 for Indonesian applicants) ; fee is paid to EMGS (non-refundable) via CUCMS
- Completed Pre-Arrival Medical Health Examination Report
- 6 passport-size photographs (blue background – size 3.5cm X 5.0cm)
- 2 photocopies of passport (ALL pages including blank pages. Passport copies should be clear and printed on single-sided A4 paper).
- Please ensure that your passport has a validity of at least 18 months from intake date.
Other important documents
- A copy of Programme Completion certificate, Release Letter, including attendance & academic record and visa cancellation letter with an acknowledgment from EMGS/Immigration (for applicants transferring from other institutions in Malaysia)
- An original copy of Sponsorship letter
(for applicants financed by scholarship/sponsorship/study loan)
- A photocopy of School Leaving Certificate
(for applicants graduating from high schools)
- Statutory Declaration confirming identity
(for applicants with names spelt differently in academic transcripts and documents)
- Resume/Character Reference Letter
(for applicants above 23 years old, required by the Malaysian Immigration Dept.)
- A photocopy of your Resident Pass (for expatriates residing out of country of origin)
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) (for applicants from sub-Sahara African countries) or Letter of Eligibility and scratch card (for Nigerian students)
List of No Objection Certificate (NOC) Countries
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo Republic (Congo-Brazzaville)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea (Guinea-Conakry)
- Iran (to be requested by the Institution from the Sudanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur)
- Nigeria (‘Letter of Eligibility’ is required)
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sudan (to be requested by the Institution from the Sudanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur)
- United Republic of Tanzania
Single Entry Visa (SEV) with VAL reference is required for selected nationalities entering Malaysia as students. Nationals from most Commonwealth countries do not need to apply for a Single Entry Visa. Normally, there will be a fee imposed if you apply for a SEV. Any fee incurred will be borne by the student. Please visit the Malaysian Embassy/Consulate Office in your home country for confirmation to avoid a fine or being turned back at the airport.
As a “Tier 5-Excellent” rated higher education institution, CUCMS students do not need to wait for CUCMS staff to meet/ escort them through the Immigration desk. Please present your VAL and a copy of your offer letter to the Immigration official in the airport. You will be given a temporary pass stamp in your passport. A temporary pass is only valid for 14-30 days. Please ensure that you check the validity given on your passport before leaving the Immigration counter.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
Students from yellow fever endemic areas (e.g. Africa, Central & South America) are required to take the necessary inoculations. The vaccination certificate will be verified by the Malaysian Health & Quarantine officers at the airport.
AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
AMERICAS – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
New Student Pass, Visa Endorsement and Health Screening
You MUST report to the Student Visa Office located at the Admissions & Marketing Department within seven (7) days of your arrival. We will advise you on how to proceed with the Post Medical Health Check and to get your Student Pass endorsed.
Your passport will be submitted to EMGS for student pass and visa endorsement. This process takes 4-6 weeks. Do not to make any travel plans until the endorsement process is completed and your passport is returned to you. The Student Visa Office will issue official identification documents to you whilst your passport is being endorsed at the Immigration Office.
Endorsement will only be given once you have passed the post medical health check. EMGS reserves the right to request a repeat test should there be any doubt in the findings of the initial medical report. You may appeal and redo the test but additional cost will be incurred and borne by you. Should the report fail for the second time, you will be refused a student pass and are required to leave the country before the temporary pass expires.
Also, it is your responsibility to hand in your passport for endorsement. Failure to do so will result in you overstaying your temporary pass and be classified as illegal immigrant by the Malaysian Immigration Department.
Overstaying is a criminal offence under Malaysian law. It will have serious consequences for any future immigration applications that you make, including applications for countries other than Malaysia. It can result in imprisonment and deportation.
Below than 7 working days: RM 1100.00
Below than 1 month: RM 1500.00
2 month and above: RM 2500.00
2nd offends even 1 day: RM 3500.00
Managing the Student Pass
- Your passport should have at least 18 months of validity
- Two (2) photocopies of passport (ALL pages) and only data page in color.
- Four (4) passport-sized color photo with blue background (3.5cm x 5cm)
- Attendance – student must be 80% and above (if below than 80%, you need to provide a valid reason and must be certified by Dean of Faculty)
- Academic results – student must obtain a minimum 2.00 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). if student having less than a 2.00 CGPA will need to reapply, leave the country and enter Malaysia with a new VAL. The Immigration Department of Malaysia has the right to cancel a student pass application based on poor academic and attendance.
- Visa fee payment of RM1,000
The visa fee of RM1,000 includes the cost of insurance premium. Renewal process takes approximately 10 – 12 weeks. Please consult the Student Visa Office staff for advice before making any travel arrangements. There will be additional charges for late submission of visa renewal.
- progression (foundation studies to undergraduate level)
- change of programme (within the same university)
- transferring to another institution
The above processes require payment of processing fees and other related charges which will be borne by the student.
Renewal/Loss of Passport
Documents required are as follows:
- Your new passport
- A police report (if lost passport)
- Letter from embassy
- two copies of the passport information pages, latest Student Pass page and last Malaysian entry-stamp page
- Two (2) photocopies of new passport (ALL pages) and only passport information pages in color
- Transfer endorsement fee payment of RM173.00
Malaysian Immigration can take up to 14 working days to complete the process.
Cancellation of Student Pass
For student pass cancellation, you need to submit:
- your passport
- two copies of the passport information pages, latest Student Pass page and last Malaysian entry-stamp page
- a Programme Completion letter (if you have completed a programme) or a withdrawal form (if discontinuing your course)
- your departing air ticket (if leaving Malaysia)
- your offer letter from your new institution (if transferring)
- A cancellation fee of RM153.00
Malaysian Immigration can take up to 14 working days to cancel your pass. Please seek advice from the Student Visa Office before purchasing your flight ticket.