FAQs for new international students

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  • If a single-entry visa is required for your country of origin, apply for one at the nearest Malaysian Embassy or Consulate before making any travel arrangements. Information on visa requirements is available on the website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
  • Book a flight to arrive at Monash University Malaysia about one week prior to Orientation.
  • Make arrangements for your accommodation.
  • Submit your arrival and flight details using the Airport Arrival Form.  Request for airport pickup 7 days before your departure, if needed.
  • Buy some local currency – Ringgit Malaysia, if available.
  • It is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia. It is normally valid for a single-entry and for a period of 3 months
  • In order to apply for SEV, you are required to submit the folllowing documents to the nearest Malaysia Embassy/ Consulate in your country:
    • IM47 form
    • a copy of Monash Letter of Offer
    • Visa Approval Letter (VAL issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia
    • original copy Visa with Reference letter
  • You should arrive at least a week prior to Orientation.  This will allow ample time for you to settle in.
  • Report in person at the International Student Pass (ISP) office, located at Building 2, Level 2, counter 7 besides Counselling Services
  • a copy of the Health Examination Report will be given to you and the ISP office will guide you on the post-arrival medical screening.
  • Obtain a letter from the ISP office for opening of bank account.
  • Attend a medical screening and X-ray at a clinic appointed by the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) within 7 days of arrival in Malaysia.
  • Attend Orientation including the briefing for international students.  More information is available at our Orientation webpage.
  • A medical screening and X-ray is mandatory for new student pass applications.
  • It comprises of general health examination and several tests by a certified medical doctor including blood and urine tests.
  • You must undergo a pre-arrival/out-of-country medical screening and X-ray in your home country and provide the pre-arrival medical examination report to Monash University Malaysia for submission of your student pass application to the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).
  • If your country of citizenship is Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or India, you are required to undergo the said pre-arrival medical screening and X-ray at a clinic appointed by EMGS in your country. The list of appointed clinics is available here.
  • You are also required to undergo a post-arrival/in-country medical screening at a clinic appointed by EMGS within 7 days of arrival in Malaysia. The International Student Pass (ISP) Office will provide further information upon your arrival.
  • As a student, you are able to open a bank account with any local bank.  However, you need to get a letter from the ISP office in order to apply for a bank account.
  • You must have your original passport with you when you apply for a bank account.
  • You must submit your original passport to the ISP office immediately upon attending the medical screening and X-ray.  Please ensure that you have opened a bank account prior to submitting your passport for endorsement.
  • In addition to your original passport, please submit the following documents:
    • 1 copy of the information page of your passport
    • 1 copy of the current entry stamp of your passport
    • Original acknowledgement receipt from the panel clinic  - medical screening and X-ray
    • A copy of international certification of vaccination & yellow fever certificate (only applicable to students coming from yellow fever prone countries)
    • 1 copy of Visa Approval Letter (VAL)
  • A special pass is a temporary pass issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.  Usually it is valid for 30 calendar days.
  • If you change your course or the institution of study, you will need to apply for at least one special pass whilst waiting for the approval of your new student pass (for the new course or institution).
  • Each special pass costs RM100 and you will need to pay for it.
  • The application for a special pass is subject to approval by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
  • it is an identification card for international students and can be used as a means of identification in Peninsula Malaysia. i-Kad will only be issued once Student Pass is successfully endorsed in the passport. i-Kad is not a replacement for travelling document
  • i-Kad contains the following information:
    • Photograph
    • passport number
    • nationality of the student
    • name of institution
    • Student Pass expiry date
  • application of an i-Kad will be done at the same time of the application of new Student Pass, or renewal of Student Pass application
  • You are required to lodge a police report and a copy of report needs to be submitted to the institution of study to facilitate the re-issuance of i-Kad from EMGS.
  • Below are the charges for loss or damage of the i-Kad:
    • Damage - RM150
    • Lost (1st request) - RM150
    • Lost (2nd request) - RM300
    • Lost (3rd request) - RM500
    • subsequent losses  - RM500
  • You are advised not to make any arrangements to leave the country or visit Sabah/Sarawak in East Malaysia until your passport is endorsed and returned to you.
  • You should stay calm and listen attentively to the police officer. Seek clarification when needed. Produce your original passport and i-Kad, if you are asked to do so.
  • If you have submitted your original passport to the ISP office for processing of student pass application, you should produce the original copy of the Payment Memo and/or Acknowledgement of Receipt – Passport.
  • If the police requests for further proof of identity, you should inform him/her that you are a student of Monash University Malaysia.
  • Contact the Monash University Malaysia emergency number at +603 5514 6333 or International Student Support at +6019 272 5859 for assistance.
  • The Acknowledgement of Receipt – Passport is a document issued to you by the ISP office upon receipt of your original passport  for the processing of your student pass application.  It serves as proof that Monash University Malaysia has collected your original passport for endorsement by Immigration Department of Malaysia.  You must produce this document when you collect your original passport from the ISP office.
  • Under a student pass, you are permitted to work part-time with not more than 20 hours per week at the following places during semester breaks:
    • Hotels
    • Mini markets
    • Petrol stations
    • Restaurants
  • You must first apply for permission to work through International Student Pass Office and approval is granted by the Immigration Department of Malaysia on a case to case basis.
  • Typically, the fee charged by EMGS for a new student pass  (with 12 month validity) is RM2008.00. It covers the following costs:
    • Processing: RM1,060
    • Medical screening and X-ray: RM265
    • Medical and health insurance: RM520
    • Student pass and multi-entry visa: RM110
    • i-Kad: RM53
  • Effective March 2015, new Indonesian students whose course duration is at least 2 years are now issued with a student pass of 24-month validity. Thee fee charged by EMGS for a 24-month student pass is RM2,840.00. It covers the following costs:
    • Processing: RM1,209
    • Medical screening and X-ray: RM265
    • Medical and health insurance: RM1,040
    • Student pass and multi-entry visa: RM220
    • i-Kad: RM106