Yes, this is a mandatory requirement under the laws and regulations of the Government of Malaysia.
2. What are the entry requirements to study at institutes of higher education in Malaysia?
International students must have at least twelve (12) years of education and have undergone a national/international examination recognized for the purpose of admission to diploma or degree programs.
3. What is the English requirement to enrol as UMP student? Do I need to pass the IELTS or TOEFL examinations in order to obtain admission to a Degree Program / Postgraduate Program in Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)?
Yes, you are required to have IELTS - Band 5.0 or TOEFL - Band 500 (paper – based test)- Band 173 (computer – based test)- Band 61 (Internet – based test)
4. If I do not possess IELTS or TOEFL, what should I do?
For those students who do not possess either IELTS or TOEFL, you are required to undergo Preparatory Intensive English (PIE) programme. The Preparatory Intensive Program (PIE) is an English language course offered by UMP that provides a foundation course for international students about to embark on their undergraduate study. The student will be given a conditional offer letter for the Program with the condition that he/she needs to sit for PIE and pass the English Placement Test with minimum band of 5.0. 5. How long will the student sit for PIE Program before being offered to enrol for the Degree / Postgraduate Program? The maximum duration is for 6 months. However it depends on the students’ competency. There are five levels in PIE program. Each level will be conducted for a month. After each level, there will be a placement test. This test is administered to determine their next level to the program. The student shall pass the EPT with minimum band of 5.0 in order for him to get place in Degree/ Postgraduate Program.
6. Do I need to go through a medical examination after arriving in Malaysia?
Yes, it is mandatory for international for the students to attend and complete the medical examination after arriving in Malaysia. Within seven (7) working days from the date of entry, they shall undergo a Malaysian Medical Screening at UMP Health Centre.
7. If I do not attend a Malaysian medical examination what will be the consequences?
If you fail to attend a Malaysian medical examination within the timeline stipulated by UMP, your student pass application will be cancelled and no student pass will be issued.
8. Can I open a bank account?
Yes, once you get your student pass you can open a bank account.
9. If my student pass application is rejected, can I get a refund for the application processing fee?
No, the student pass application processing fee is non-refundable.
10. Can I work while on a student pass?
All international students studying at public or private higher educational institutions are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week ONLY during semester breaks or holidays of more than seven (7) days at restaurants, petrol kiosks, mini markets and hotels as long as their student passes remain valid and with the prior approval of the Department of Immigration. International students are NOT permitted to work as cashiers. In addition, in the hotel sector, international students are NOT allowed to work as singers, masseurs, musicians or GROs. International students are not allowed to engage in any job or activity deemed to be immoral. Applications to work part time must be made through the educational institution at which the international students are enrolled. The international student needs to be present with the representative of the educational institution at the Immigration Department of Malaysia in order to submit an application for part time work.
11. Can I pursue two degrees at the same time?
No, you are only allowed to study one full-time degree at any one time.
12. Can I study on my social visit / tourist visa?
No, this is not permitted. International students are only permitted to study full time courses in Malaysia with a valid student pass issued by Immigration.
13. Can I change my mind and transfer to another educational institution?
If you wish to withdraw from your course/program in your present college/university and to transfer to another approved educational institution in Malaysia, a release letter from the current college/university and an offer letter from the new college/university are required to support your application for a new student pass sponsored by the new college/university. Your current college/university will arrange for your existing pass to be cancelled or shortened prior to the issuance of the release letter. The student pass is not transferable.
14. What are living expenses for international students?
Cost of living in Malaysia will depend on location and your life style choices. The cost of living in Kuantan, Pahang is relatively moderate which is around USD5,000 – USD 6,000 per year including food an lodging. Below is a model of an average living cost in Malaysia:
AVERAGE EXPENSES / year (USD)
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B) VISA & STUDENT PASS
A visa is required to gain entry into Malaysia. All international students who wish to study in Malaysia must apply for the endorsed visa with reference of student pass (VDR) at the nearest Malaysian Embassy / Mission abroad.
16. How does one get an entry visa into Malaysia? In order to get VDR with Reference of Student Pass, student must apply the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) at International Office upon receiving UMP offer letter. You are required to visit the nearest Malaysian Embassy/Mission in your home country along with your offer letter from the Malaysian educational institution, the Visa Approval Letter issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia and all other relevant documents and/forms duly completed and payment as required by the Malaysian Embassy/Mission for the application of an entry visa.
17. How can I apply for the Visa Approval Letter (VAL)?
The student must apply the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) at International Office upon receiving UMP offer letter. The application can be made online through ISIS system at http://io.ump.edu.my/.
18. How long will it take me to get a Visa Approval Letter (VAL)?
It should take minimum (14) working days up to maximum (60) days upon receipt of a complete application and payment. UMP will submit your application to the Immigration Department for approval. 19. What are the documents required to apply for a student pass? In order to process the application completely, you are required to submit all those documents to us:
a) Copy of online form (ISIS)
b) Copy of offer letter
c) Copy of ALL pages of passport certified in accordance with requirements
d) 2 passport size photograph with white or blue background (3.5cm x 5cm)
e) Original copy of Medical Health Examination Report (must be using UMP standard template form that attached together with your offer letter)
f) Copy of Processing Fee Payment Proof , e.g payment receipt
You are required to pay the processing fee upon your online application being made. A processing fee of MYR 100 (USD 30) will be charged for every application submitted. You can make a payment via Telegraphic Transfer / Wire Transfer at any bank nearby by using this detail:
Payment made to:
Bank Name : Malayan Banking Berhad
Bank Acct Name (PAYABLE to) : Bendahari UMP
Bank Add : Cawangan Pekan 96, Jalan Sultan Abdullah 26600 Pekan Pahang Darul Makmur
SWIFT Code : MBBEMYKL
Bank Acc No : 5562 3530 1457
Other fee related visa application will be collected during your registration day at UMP.
21. What is a student pass?
A student pass is a multiple entry visa and permission to remain in Malaysia for the purposes of study at an approved institution on an approved course.
22. What is the validity of a student pass?
The Department of Immigration normally issues Student Passes for a maximum of 12 months or if the course duration is less than 12 months the Pass will be given based on the duration of the course.
23. What is a Multiple Entry Visa (MEV)?
A MEV is issued to allow you to make any number of journeys / entries into Malaysia.
24. Do I need to submit a security bond deposit in order to obtain a student pass?
Yes, you will be required to submit a personal bond. The Personal Bond fee is already counted in your Tuition Fee.
25. How long does it take to get an entry visa (VDR) from the Malaysian Embassy/Mission?
This depends upon the Malaysian Embassy/Mission in your home country but should not take more than three (5) working days typically.
26. What do I need to pay for my student pass application?
This varies from country to country. Please click here to check.
27. How long does it take to process my student pass application?
It should take minimum (14) working days up to maximum (60) days upon receipt of a complete application and payment. UMP will submit your application to the Immigration Department for approval. The duration process vary depends on your country of origin.
28. When do I get a student pass / sticker endorsed on to my passport?
All students is required to report to International Office within (7) working days from the date of your registration day at UMP for student pass sticker application. This normally takes not more than seven (7) working days upon receipt of a complete application and payment provided that all post entry requirements are fulfilled by you including the medical screening requirement.
C) MEDICAL SCREENING
Medical screening is a health check that comprises of a general examination by the examining doctor, blood and urine tests and a chest x-ray examination. All international students who apply for a student pass MUST undergo a medical screening procedure at their authorized and clinic/hospital at their hometown. Within seven (7) working days from the date of entry, they shall undergo a Malaysian Medical Screening at UMP Health Centre.In the event that the result of your medical screening indicates that you are not fit to study in Malaysia, you are not allowed to register and required to go back to your home country. If the medical screening can only be certified that you are suitable to remain in Malaysia if you go through certain medical treatment, all the treatment fee is at your own cost.
30. Why do I have to undergo a Malaysian medical screening procedure?
It is a mandatory requirement determined by the Government of Malaysia to protect the health of Malaysian residents and to reduce the potential burden on the public health service in Malaysia. The Ministry of Higher Education (“MOHE”) has laid down criteria for the assessment of the health condition of international students which must be complied with. The criteria does allow for students to appeal any negative or abnormal results.
31. What happens at the medical screening?
Blood and urine specimens will be taken from you at the clinic and in the event that the panel clinic has no x-ray facility, you will be directed to proceed to an x-ray centre within the same day for chest x-ray to be taken.The examining doctor at the panel clinic shall assess and conclude whether or not you are suitable to remain in Malaysia based on MOHE criteria. In the event that you are conditionally certified as suitable to remain in Malaysia provided you are agreeable to bear your own medical cost for on-going medical treatment, you will be required to sign a letter of undertaking to be submitted to International Office, UMP through the examining doctor. Failing which, your student pass may be cancelled as you will need to return to your home country to seek medical treatment.
D) PASS RENEWAL / CANCELLATION / AFTER DEGREE COMPLETION
You will need to surrender your original passport to International Office, UMP who will organize for your pass cancellation with the Department of Immigration.
33. How long does it take to get my student pass shortened or cancelled?
It should take approximately seven (7) to fourteen (14) working days upon receiving complete documents.
34. What must be done if I get a new passport?
You would need to get your student pass transferred to the new passport. Please contact International Office, UMP to make the necessary arrangements for the transfer of your student pass.
35. What is the procedure for a student pass renewal?
A student pass renewal application must be submitted to International Office UMP, no later than eight (8) weeks prior to the current pass expiry date. Note that you will need to undergo a Malaysian medical screening once in two (2) years within seven (7) working days from the submission of renewal application.
36. What is the validity of my student pass?
The validity of a student pass is twelve (12) months or the duration of the course/program, whichever is shorter.
37. Can I convert my social pass into a student pass?
Immigration department does not allow the conversion from social pass to student pass for new applications any more. However, for renewal cases, Immigration will allow the conversion as long as the duration from the old student pass expiry date doesn't exceed 3 months.
38. How long does it take to renew my student pass?
It should take minimum fourteen (14) working up to maximum (60 ) working days upon receipt of a complete application and payment, provided all the requirements are met within the stipulated timelines, including the Malaysian medical screening requirement. The duration process vary depends on your country of origin.
39. At the end of my degree, can I get admission into another educational institution for another degree program?
Yes, however your current student pass would need to be cancelled by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. A release letter from the existing educational institution and an offer letter from the educational institution would have to be submitted in order to process a new student pass application. You will then have to regard this application as a new application for study in Malaysia and make the appropriate application through the new educational institution.In the event that your new application is within six (6) months of your previous application, you would not need to obtain a fresh Malaysian medical screening report. For the avoidance of doubt, your existing Malaysian medical screening report shall not be dated more than six (6) months from the date of your new application.
E) DEPENDANT PASS
For Postgraduate Students, you are allowed to bring your dependents only if you are studying full time in Malaysia on a course/program that is more than twelve (12) months, at the discretion of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. For Undergraduate Students, please contact International Office, UMP for more details.
41. Who can be my dependants?
Your parents/guardians, spouse and your children can be your dependants.
42. How can I apply for a dependant pass?
Dependant pass shall be applied through International Office, UMP.
F) CHANGE OF COURSE OR UNIVERSITY
A student is allowed to change university or course twice - on the 3rd application student will be rejected.
44. What is the procedure if a student with approved Visa Approval Letter (VAL) wants to change institution?
The student needs a release letter from the previous institution as well as an offer letter from the new institution.