FAQ for study in Malaysia


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You are required to have a student pass to study in Malaysia


IELTS/TOEFL are not mandatory


You can work in Malaysia during the course of your study

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Q1. What do I require to pursue my education in Malaysia?

Along with academic qualification which may vary from university to university, you are required to have a student pass to pursue your education in Malaysia.


Q2. How can I apply for a student pass?

You can only apply for a student pass after receiving an offer from an institution or a university. The institution/university, then will submit student pass application to Education Malaysia Global Services (owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia) on your behalf.


Q3. Can I apply for a student pass directly?

No, you can not apply directly for a student pass.


Q4. Do I require to pass the IELTS/TOEFL examination to get admission in Malaysian educational institution?

The IELTS/TOEFL requirement varies from institution to institution and courses to courses. Many foreign universities which have their campuses in Malaysia may ask for English proficiency.


Q5. Can I work in Malaysia during the course of my study?

As an international student you will be allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week only during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days at restaurants, petrol kiosks, mini markets and hotels. You may not be able to work as cashiers, singers, masseurs, musician or GROs.


Q6. What are the documents required while applying for a visa to Malaysia?

  • An offer letter or letter of acceptance from the educational institution.
  • Student pass application form (IMM 14) in duplicate.
  • Two photocopies of the student’s passport/travel document.
  • Two passport sized photographs of the student.
  • The educational institution is required to sign a ‘Personal Bond’ on behalf of the students. No fee is charged for the Personal Bond.
  • The Malaysian Immigration Department charges all the students a fee of RM60 per year for student passes.


Q7. How much would I be spending during my stay in Malaysia?

Malaysia country not only offers affordable and quality education but also provides the opportunity to achieve degree from foreign universities through their branch campuses.


Estimated cost for Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Malaysia:


Area of Study

Cost in USD for Private colleges 3+0 Foreign Degree (3 yrs)

Cost in USD for Foreign Branch campus University Degree programme (3 yrs)

Cost in USD for Malaysian Private University Degree Programme (3 yrs)







(3 yrs, UK; 4 yrs, Aust)


(3 yrs, UK; 4 yrs Aust)

12,900-14,300 (4 yrs)





Hospitality & Tourism






114,300 (5 yrs)



PS: All figures are just a rough estimate and are subjected to change.


Cost of living in Malaysia


Cost per month


USD 100-USD 150


USD 150


USD 20

Telecommunication/Mobile Phone Bills and Utilities

USD 10 onwards

Public Transport

USD 15

Medical Insurance

USD 15

Personal Expenses

USD 410



Q8. Why do I have to go under screening?

Medical screening is mandatory requirement which every international student has to undergo. The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has laid down criteria for the assessment of the health condition of international students which must be compiled with.


Q9. Can I study in Malaysia on a tourist visa?

Yes, you can pursue a part-time course for short periods on a social visa.

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