FAQs for new international students
- If a Single Entry Visa (SEV) is required for your country of origin, apply for one at the nearest Malaysian Embassy or Consulate before making any travel arrangements. Please refer to the Education Malaysia Global Services's website for more information on SEV required countries.
- Book a flight to report at Monash University Malaysia about one (1) 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 valid for a single-entry and for a period of 3 months. In order to apply for SEV, you are required to submit the following 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
Typically, the fee charged for a new student pass (with 12 months validity) is ~RM2,515.00. It covers the following costs:
|No.||Item||Estimated cost (RM)|
|1.||EMGS fees||Application processing fee||RM1060|
|Student pass fee||RM60|
|Multiple entry visa fee||RM50|
|Medical screening fee||RM250|
|2.||Medical and health insurance||RM884|
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. The fee charged for a 24-months student pass is ~RM3,640. It covers the following costs:
|No.||Item||Estimated cost (RM)|
|1.||EMGS fees||Application processing fee||RM1208|
|Student pass fee||RM120|
|Multiple entry visa fee||RM100|
|Medical screening fee||RM250|
|2.||Medical and health insurance||RM1700|
You should arrive at least a week prior to Orientation. This will allow ample time for you to settle in.
- Kindly visit this website and refer to Step 5 : Upon arrival in Malaysia
You must submit your original passport to the ISP office immediately upon completing the medical screening. 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:
- A copy of the information page of your passport
- A copy of the current entry stamp of your passport
- Original acknowledgement receipt from the panel clinic - medical screening
- A copy of international certification of vaccination & yellow fever certificate (only applicable to students coming from yellow fever prone countries)
- A copy of Visa Approval Letter (VAL)
Medical screening comprises general health examination and several tests by a certified medical doctor including blood and urine tests.
All new international students are required to do a post-arrival medical screening. Click here for a list of EMGS appointed clinics or hospitals. You must complete your medical screening and submit your passport to the International Student Pass office within seven (7) days of your arrival for your student pass endorsement.
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.
A special pass is a temporary pass issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. It is usually valid for 14-30 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.
Once your student pass has been endorsed on your passport, you will be issued with an i-Kad, a biometric residence permit which bears your photo and other information to verify your identity. A valid i-Kad is the only substitute identification document for foreign nationals recognised by the Department of Immigration in Peninsular Malaysia and must be kept with you at all times. Note that i-Kad is not a replacement document for international travel or travels between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
i-Kad application will be done simultaneously with the student pass or renewal application. For students who have applied for a one-off student pass, we will submit your i-Kad renewal application directly to EMGS.
You are required to lodge a police report and a copy of the report needs to be submitted to the International Student Pass office 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
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.
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.
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:
- Mini markets
- Petrol stations
Please refer to EMGS’ website here for more information on working in Malaysia while holding a valid student pass. You may need to obtain permission from Immigration before being allowed to work.
International students are allowed to undertake credit-bearing internships at any time within the duration of their course. You must ensure that you complete any required internships within the stipulated duration of your course.
Your Student Pass will not be extended for the purposes of undergoing a non-compulsory internship when you have already completed your course. If you have completed your studies at Monash University Malaysia, you are required to cancel your Student Pass and make arrangements to return home.