Study Visa Malaysia: Everything You Need to Know to be a Student in 2020

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You will have an advantage of living in a plural and multicultural society while studying in Malaysia. International students studying in Malaysia are invariably exposed to ethnic diversities in the country. They will therefore live a value-added life with a global outlook and better understanding of different cultures.

Why Should You Study in Malaysia?

The country has its best not only in the tourism sector but education and lifestyle as well. The entire structure and management of education in Malaysia falls under one roof. The Ministry of Education. Students from all over the world count on Malaysia to fulfill their dreams. And to give them a great kick start with robust educational facilities and scope. 

The Universiti Malaya (UM) of Malaysia has secured 59th rank. In the QS World University Rankings 2021. Such accreditation reflects how excellent Malaysia is in terms of education as well.

Read the entire article for gaining in-depth knowledge. On the intakes available, documentation and application process. Explore the cost of living, and how Kansas can help you study in Malaysia.

What are the Intake Periods of Universities in Malaysia?

Universities and colleges in Malaysia offer three intakes to their students every year. The first one begins in February (Spring season). The second one in July (summer season), and the last one in November (autumn).

Some institutes are an exception to this pattern and might allow only two intakes per year. Or the intake months might vary from college to college. It is therefore suggested to check important dates on the university's websites.

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Which are the Top Universities in Malaysia?

Besides top-notch vacation spots. Malaysia also constitutes some of the best universities in Asia. Let's have a look at them:

  • Universiti Malaya (UM): Ranked 59 under the QS World Rankings 2021. Universiti Malaya is the top-best option for your bachelor's as well as a master's degree. It was the first university to be established in the country. It is located in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur. This is the finest of the academic as well as employer reputation. Universiti Malaya ranks 13 in its continent.
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM): One of the ideal options for pursuing bachelors in engineering. UPM is exceptionally popular among international students. With highly educated faculties possessing splendid qualifications.
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM): The third best university in Malaysia is UKM. Reputable for its master's as well as a bachelor's degree in Architecture. This university ranks 39 in Asia.
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM): Another name in the list of the most prestigious universities in the country. Universiti Sains Malaysia is situated in Nibong Tebal. USM provides a wide range of programmes with various degree options too.

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What are the Documents Required for a Malaysian Student Visa?

Given below is the complete list of all the documents required for availing the Malaysian student visa:

  • Completed student visa application form with your signature
  • Offer letter from the selected university/college/school. Approved by the pass and permit division of the Immigration Headquarters of Malaysia
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Two copies of your valid passport
  • Academic transcripts of records
  • Medical certificate
  • Proof of security and personal bond
  • Proof of financial support
  • Proof of full-time course of study approved by the Minister of Home Affairs
  • Approval letter

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What is the Application Process for a Malaysian Student Visa?

For obtaining a student visa. You can either apply directly through your chosen university in Malaysia. Or hire a visa consultancy service to guide you for the same. It is suggested you go for the latter option. Since they are professionals and can handle the entire process efficiently and smoothly.

Following are the steps that need to be followed for getting the Malaysian student visa:

  • Contact the institution where you want to seek admission and apply for a student visa there. Complete the given form with your details and signature and submit it.
  • Please provide them with your other documents (mentioned above) required as well.
  • Wait for the acceptance of your letter. Once the confirmation is received, your institution will apply for your student pass.
  • After being processed through the Immigration. They will generate the approval letter. You must keep this in hand for future verification. They will also provide you with a Special Pass through which you can get your Student Pass in the future.
  • Before you leave for Malaysia. Remember to share all your flight details and arrival points with your university.
  • One of your institution's representatives will come to the airport to pick you up and brief you. Within two weeks of your arrival. You will get your Student Pass in the nearest immigration department.

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What is the Cost of Living in Malaysia?

Malaysia, although, is a wealthy nation. With excellent quality of lifestyle choices and patterns. Yet it is not too expensive compared to other countries like Singapore or the US. It's plush with an affordable lifestyle. This makes Malaysia one of the successful education hubs in the world.

To get an idea of your living expenses in Malaysia as a student, refer to the table given below:

Services / Items

Cost per Month (USD)

Off-Campus Accommodation

200 - 600

On-Campus Accommodation

80 - 150


150 - 250


20 - 50


80 - 100

Personal Expenses

30 - 100


To provide you with an approximate figure, your total cost of living per month will be around 700 - 800 USD.

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  • Procuring documents: Help you arrange documents needed before applying for a visa.
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You can expect a one-stop solution for all your visa needs from profile evaluation, documentation, application drafting to post-visa services with Kansas. If you are confused about filing the AIPP application, you can contact us immediately. We will be pleased to help you in any way we can.

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