Malaysia – Visa

Student visa for Malaysia

Applying for a Malaysian visa is more difficult than applying for the visa of many other countries. Please note that the visa application process and the list of the required documents may change at any time! Please keep this in mind when choosing your study abroad destination. Make sure to get the latest information on the visa regulations directly from the Malaysian embassy in your home country. Getting a visa to a foreign country should never be taken for granted and cannot be guaranteed by Asia Exchange in any way. Please also refer to our terms and conditions.

Students studying abroad in Malaysia are required to apply for a student visa from the Malaysian embassy in their home country. Please check the required attachments for the visa application with your local embassy since the details may vary in different countries. The student is responsible for acquiring a visa as well as paying for the costs.

Before being eligible for applying for the student visa, students must apply for a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) through EMGS (Education Malaysia Global Services). Please read the instructions carefully and fill in a VAL application on the EMGS website after you have received the Official Acceptance Letter (Offer Letter) from UPM.

UPM will most likely fill in VAL applications on behalf of Asia Exchange students in autumn semester 2017 (September intake). The processing time for the application is 5–8 weeks. Overall, the student visa process costs approximately 1100 MYR depending on student’s home country. UPM makes the application automatically for two semesters (12 months). In case the student stays in Malaysia only for one semester, the visa for the second semester must be annulled at the end of the semester. In that case half of the EMGS insurance fee (about 200 MYR) can be refunded.

Please prepare the following documents:

  1. The Official Acceptance Letter from the host university (Offer Letter)
  2. Letter from your home university to prove that you are enrolled as a full-time student. Alternatively, a copy of your matriculation card (certified as a true copy by the home university).
  3. 4 passport size photos with white background. Instructions
  4. Copies of Passport Pages which contain the following:
    a) Passport Information Page
    b) Observation Page (Extensions, Clarifications of Name and Previous Passport Numbers)
    c) All Visa Information
  5. Medical Examination Report or Declaration of Health Status*
    Attend pre-arrival medical screening at EMGS registered clinics. In the event that there is no EMGS registered clinic available, the student can download the Medical Examination Report from the EMGS website and proceed to attend the medical screening in a non-registered clinic. The Medical Examination Report should be filled out by the examining doctor and a scanned copy should be submitted to the institution.

*Students who are citizens of the countries that are listed below are exempted from pre-arrival medical screening. The countries are United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Australia, South Korea, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. In place of the Medical Examination Report, students from the above countries will be required to submit a declaration of their health status. However, all students will be required to attend a medical screening once they have arrived in Malaysia.

Once the VAL has been issued, you can continue with the process by applying for the single entry student visa from your own country’s Malaysian embassy. Please note that it is not possible to apply for the student visa outside your home country.  For this reason, please don’t leave your home country earlier than 1 week before the semester starts. The processing time for visa applications varies based on the country and the embassy so please make sure you deliver your application to the embassy swiftly. All of the steps need to be completed before arriving in Malaysia.


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