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Study Visa Malaysia: Everything You Need to Know to be a Student in 2024

Focused specifics  on everything you must know to pursue higher education in Malaysia.

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When studying in Malaysia, you will have an advantage of living in a plural and multicultural society. International students studying in Malaysia are invariably exposed to ethnic diversities in the country. They live a value-added life with a global outlook and better understanding of different cultures. Read along to understand this better.

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. 

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 and career-oriented courses.

What are the Intake Periods of Universities in Malaysia?

Universities and colleges in Malaysia offer three intakes to their students every year.   

The February or the Spring Intake is the main intake for students to seek admissions in Malaysia.

This is the second intake and takes place during July to August. Student who miss the first opportunity to get admissions can make good use of this chance for a high chance of acceptance.

The November Intake is the last intake of the academic year. Here's there are slim chances of acceptance.

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Which are the Top Universities in Malaysia?

University Name About the University
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 signature.
  • Valid Passport
  • Offer letter from the selected university. 
  • 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

Note: All University related documents must be approved by the pass and permit division of the Immigration Headquarters of Malaysia.

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What is the Application Process for a Malaysian Student Visa?

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

  • Step 1: Contact the institution where you want to seek admission and apply for a student visa there.
  • Step 2: Complete the given form with your details and signature and submit it.
  • Step 3: Provide your documents required as well.
  • Step 4: Wait for the acceptance of your letter.
  • Step 5: Once the confirmation is received, your institution will apply for your student pass.
  • Step 6: After being processed through the Immigration, they will generate the approval letter. 
  • Step 7: Before you leave for Malaysia. Remember to share all your flight details and arrival points with your university.
  • Step 8: 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 offers a plus and affordable lifestyle to all immigrants. The cost of living in Malaysia is much lower when compared to countries like Singapore, US and the UK.

On an average, your total cost of living per month will be around 700 - 800 USD.

Here's a table for the specific costs:

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


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