5 Easy Steps to Study in Malaysia

The key to a successful study abroad experience lies in understanding the process from the beginning. Start planning now by exploring the 5 easy steps below which will explain the EMGS process, provide you with the relevant checklists and answer any questions you may have before you arrive in Malaysia.

Choose Course & University

Selamat Datang! (Welcome!)

So you are thinking of studying in Malaysia? Malaysia offers a diverse range of study options for a variety of specialisations.

In order to study in Malaysia, you first have to decide on a course of study as well as the type of institution you wish to receive your education from.

Where to Study?

You can learn more about studying in Malaysia by clicking here for an overview of the Malaysian education system.

What to Study?

Use the search button to find out the different programs available to study. Once you have decided on the program, you can apply directly to the institution. The college/university will then decide whether they will offer you a place for the next intake.

What do you want to study?


All international students need a student pass to study in Malaysia. The Immigration Department of Malaysia issues and regulates the passes, and all student visa applications must be made through EMGS.

Apply for visa

Congratulations! You have been offered a place to study in Malaysia! What next?

Once you have accepted the offer from the institution, the next step will be to apply for your visa to travel to Malaysia. Make sure that you have all the required documents for the student visa application.

Click Here for a list of all documents required for your visa application

Click Here to calculate the fees required for your visa application

Depending on your institution type, you will have two options to do this:

  1. Apply for your visa online.

    New students who have received offer letters from Public Universities and Private Higher Education Institutions will have the option to apply for their student visa directly through the Education Malaysia website.

  2. Apply for your visa through your Institution.

    The visa application can also be done through your institution. Once you submit the payment and all required documents to the institution, they will begin the process of applying for your Visa Approval Letter (VAL)

Pro Tip:

Download the EMGS Mobile App to track your visa application status and receive automatic notifications.

Pro Tip:

Download the EMGS Mobile App to track your visa application status and receive automatic notifications.

Approval of a Visa Approval Letter will take a minimum of 14 Working Days from the time EMGS receives the complete application documents and payment.

Travel to Malaysia

Visa Application

The Visa Approval Letter means that the Immigration department in Malaysia has granted approval for you to obtain a Student Pass. Please note that this letter is not the Student Pass, it only grants you permission to enter Malaysia for the further processing of your Student Pass.

Visa Approval Letter (VAL) for your student pass will be released by the Malaysian Immigration Department. Once you have received the VAL, you can make arrangements to travel to Malaysia.

Starting from 15 October 2017, all approved VAL applications are issued with an Electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) instead of a physical VAL. The eVAL can be emailed to the student as a PDF or downloaded through the “Track application” page in the website; so students no longer need to wait for the VAL to be posted to them by their institution.

Single Entry Visa (SEV)

Foreign students who receive a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) or Electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) have to obtain a Single Entry Visa (SEV) from a Malaysian Embassy overseas before entering Malaysia. However, if you are a citizen of a country that does not require a visa to enter Malaysia, you will be able to enter Malaysia provided you produce the VAL or eVAL at the point of entry. Failure to produce a VAL/eVAL may result in you not being allowed to enter the country.

Travel Tips

To ensure a smooth arrival, make sure you give the educational institution details of your port of entry (airport), flight number, arrival date and time before leaving your country for Malaysia. A representative from the institution should greet you at the immigration check-point at the Malaysian airport upon your arrival.

EMGS wishes to advise that the information on visa requirements for travel abroad given on this website is intended as a guide only. For more accurate and up-to-date information on visa requirements, you are advised to contact Malaysian High Commision/Embassy/Consulate in the country concerned. Please refer to http://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/mission for more information. If your country does not have a Malaysian consular representative please contact the nearest Malaysian Mission for further advice.

Upon Arrival to Malaysia

What to do at the airport

EMGS has set up an International Student Arrival Centre (ISAC) to help you through your first steps when you arrive in Malaysia. The ISAC will be open everyday from 7am to 11pm and will make sure that you are fully aware of where to go and what procedures to follow to have a smooth arrival and a seamless handover to your institution representative.

Note: Currently, the ISAC is only available at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Students may arrive through other entry points (international airports) which include Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Sabah); Kuching International Airport (Sarawak) and Penang International Airport (Penang) - however there is no ISAC at these locations. Some students also enter Malaysia via land routes from Singapore, Thailand or Indonesia.

Upon arrival in Malaysia (regardless of the airport / entry point), you will be required to show your Visa Approval Letter (VAL) at the immigration check point. A special pass will be stamped in your passport to give you a valid stay while you process your student pass.The validity of this special pass can range between 14 to 30 days. This is at the discretion of the Immigration Department.

Click here to download the instruction brochure and to learn more about the ISAC.

At the immigration counter

You will be required to present the following documents to the immigration officer:

  • Original passport

  • Visa Approval Letter

  • Original Offer letter from your education Institution in Malaysia

Your institution's representative will usually be at the immigration check point to receive and attend to you. After the immigration clearance, the representative will be responsible to transfer you to the educational institution to report your arrival. Please make sure you have notified your institution of your arrival dates.

If you are coming from a country which is considered to be at a high risk of yellow fever, you will be required to obtain the necessary inoculations before coming to Malaysia. You will be asked to provide your yellow fever vaccination booklet/card before you can clear Immigration at the point of entry.

Countries or areas where “a risk of yellow fever transmission is present,” as defined by the World Health Organization, are countries or areas where “yellow fever has been reported currently or in the past, plus vectors and animal reservoirs currently exist” (see the current country list within the International Travel and Health publication (Annex 1) at www.who.int/ith/en/index.html).

Medical Screening

Once you have arrived in Malaysia, you have 7 days from your entry date to attend a medical screening in Malaysia at an EMGS panel clinic. You can find a list of panel clinics here.

You can read more about the medical screening here.

EMGS will not be able to process your Student Pass endorsement until you attend your medical screening. You need to be certified as “Fit to Study” by the local clinic before your student pass is issued by Immigration.

Health Insurance

You are required to be covered by a locally purchased medical and health insurance plan. As an international student, you can opt for the medical insurance offered by EMGS or purchase an insurance scheme arranged by your institution.

If you have purchased insurance through EMGS, your coverage will start from the day you arrive in Malaysia.

Click here to learn more about the Insurance Coverage process.

Student Pass Endorsement

After you pass the medical screening, EMGS will notify your university to submit your passport to EMGS for Student Pass endorsement. In some cases, EMGS will prepare a supporting letter for self-endorsement, which means your university will visit the State Immigration to proceed with the Student Pass Endorsement. Your Student Pass will replace the temporary special pass which you received at the point of entry.

Once your student pass has been issued, EMGS will issue your student identity card (your iKad). You will also receive the insurance card (if you have opted to purchase Insurance through EMGS).

Click Here to read more about your iKad

Ready to apply? You can contact your Desired Institution


Already received your offer letter? You can Apply for Your Student Visa Online

Email us at: enquiry@emgs.com.my

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