Malaysia comprises two land masses in South East Asia – the Malay Peninsula and East Malaysia, which is the northern half of the island of Borneo. The Peninsula lies just above the equator, so Malaysia enjoys warm, sunny and humid equatorial weather all year round, with some months wetter than others.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with thirteen states and a population of 28 million. Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) is the official language and Islam is the official religion. But English, Indian languages, Mandarin and Chinese dialects are widely spoken, as are languages of peoples indigenous to Borneo, which has unique ethnic communities of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Nowhere is there such an exciting diversity of cultures with their festivals, beliefs, customs and traditions.
With such varying ethnic composition, it is no surprise that a great diversity of religions is prevalent throughout Malaysia. The Malaysian currency is “RM” which stands for “Ringgit Malaysia”. The electricity voltage in Malaysia is 220- 240 volts.
About Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s biggest and most populous city, is the capital city of Malaysia and a modern cosmopolitan of ethnical diversity. It is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Amidst its fast paced life and modernity, Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot, radiating an exciting and enticing charm with its delightful mix of cross-cultural influences, traditions varied cuisine, first class attractions, entertainment and shopping facilities.
All in all, to leave you in awe. Popularly known as KL, this city has become host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the annual Formula One Grand Prix since the 1990s. The transportation system in this city is a cooperation of complex systems of infrastructure. KL has an unrivalled transportation system in Malaysia, including an integrated rail network, and an automated driverless metro system, extending its network right into the heart of the city.
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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 RM 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 550 – 800 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 Student Recruitment Department (ISR) (email@example.com) for more information.
- Student Pass / Visa processing fee of RM 2000.00 (RM 2200.00 for applicants from INDONESIA only: fee is paid to EMGS (non-refundable) via CUCMS
- Completed Pre-Arrival Medical Health Examination Report
- 4 passport-size photographs (WHITE 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 Release Letter, including attendance & academic record and visa cancellation letter with an acknowledgement 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.)
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) (for applicants from Sudan and Iran)
- A photocopy of your Resident Pass (for expatriates residing out of country of origin)
Your Student Pass has been approved!
Upon approval by EMGS and Malaysian Immigration Department, a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) will be issued. The Student Visa Office will make arrangement to send you the VAL by courier to your correspondence address or to your official representative (if you apply via CUCMS official representative).
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.
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.
Managing the Student Pass
- your passport
- two (2) photocopies of passport (ALL pages)
- two (2) passport-sized colour photo with WHITE background (3.5cm x 5cm)
- visa fee payment of RM1,000
The visa fee of RM1,000 includes the cost of insurance premium. Renewal process takes approximately 6 – 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
Please bring your old and new passports to the Student Visa Office for further advice. There will be charges incurred for this process. Transfer of student pass takes 14 working days.
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 completion form (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 (fee is paid to EMGS via CUCMS)
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.