Frequently Asked Questions for Full Time International Students:
1) What programme does UTAR offer to international students?
2) I would like to study in UTAR. How do I apply?
International students may apply online via this
3) What should I do next after receiving UTAR's offer letter and first student bill?
International students who have received the
offer letter and first student bill are required to make the payment for the
first student bill. Students then need to send the proof of payment to email@example.com for validation
purpose. After validation, DISS will proceed to apply "Student Pass"
for students via online from Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). DISS
will continue monitoring the progress of the Student Pass application via EMGS
online systems, and should there be a need for students to provide further
information, DISS will inform the students.
4) How long does it take to obtain Visa Approval Letter
Under normal circumstances, the electronic Visa
Approval Letter (eVAL) will take around 6 to 8 weeks, and is subject to EMGS
and Immigration Department of Malaysia's evaluation and decision. The approved
eVAL is only valid for 6 months.
5) Is the Single Entry Visa required to enter
Malaysia and study in UTAR?
Yes. International students who received eVAL
must obtain a Single Entry Visa (SEV) from the Malaysian High Commission/Embassy/Consulate
Office overseas before entering Malaysia. After students have obtained the SEV,
students are required to scan a copy of the SEV and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . The SEV issued
must be utilised within 3 months from the date of issue.
6) When can I purchase flight ticket to Malaysia?
After obtaining eVAL and SEV, international
students must consult with DISS before purchasing flight tickets to Malaysia to
ensure for a smooth airport pickup and immigration clearance. UTAR staff must
be present at the airport Immigration Department of Malaysia's office to conduct
immigration clearance for students, or else, students are not allowed to enter
Malaysia and possibly be detained or deported back to respective home country
by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
7) Where is the meeting point for me to wait for the UTAR staff at the airport?
International students are required to
assemble/wait at Counter 56, located near the Immigration Department of
Malaysia's office at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). For flights
landing at KLIA 2, student are to wait at the Immigration Department of
Malaysia' office area. Students must provide UTAR staff their eVAL, SEV,
passport and offer letter, to get immigration clearance at the Immigration
Department of Malaysia Counter. Students are not allowed to personally stamp
their passport at the Immigration Department of Malaysia Counter, or students
may lose the Student Pass application and possibly be detained by the
Immigration Department of Malaysia.
8) Am I required to do a medical checkup in my home country or in Malaysia?
Effective from June 2019, international students need to fill in the Health Declaration Form as required by EMGS for the Student Pass online application. No pre-medical checkups in home country are needed if students are healthy and fit to study. Post-medical screening for students will be carried out at specific clinics appointed by EMGS, in Malaysia, within 7 days of arrival to obtain Student Pass. DISS will arrange and inform students on the date for medical screening once students have arrived in Malaysia.
9) Anything I should be caution of before doing the
medical checkup in Malaysia?
International students must not consume any
medication for at least one week before arriving in Malaysia. Should there be
real medical needs, please consult with your doctor and inform DISS. For any
appeal medical checkup cases, the fees will be borne by the students, and
students who fail the medical screening will be deported back to their home
10) Am I allowed to travel overseas after doing my
Newly arrived international students are not allowed to exit West Malaysia nor travel to East Malaysia within the 30-day period, as specified in the special pass given by the Immigration Department of Malaysia at the port of entry. International students are only allowed to travel after passing the medical screening and the Student Pass is endorsed.
11) When can I get my Student Pass?
Under normal circumstances, it is within a 30-day period, as specified in the special pass given by the Immigration Department of Malaysia at the port of entry. For successful Student Pass endorsement, students must pass the medical screening in Malaysia, and that DISS have also received the supporting documents from EMGS.
12) Any hostel available near campus?
There are a few hostels located near the campus.
DISS will assist students to search for hostels nearby the campus upon arrival.
13) How do I go to UTAR from my hostel?
UTAR provides shuttle busses and students can
board the busses at various specified bus stops. Students studying in the
Kampar Campus may also consider cycling as a mode of transportation. While you
help in reducing carbon footprint in Kampar, you will also be treated to a
14) How should I prepare for my education in UTAR?
International students are advised to arrive
UTAR at least one week before the trimester starts. You are encouraged to
participate in the orientation programme, which meant to help you familiarise
with the campus and study matters.
15) When do I need to renew my yearly Student Pass?
All full time international students need to
renew their Student Pass two (2) months before its expiry date. The criteria
for renewal are (1) 80% attendance in all scheduled classes, (2) a compulsory
to maintain a minimum of CGPA 2.00 and achieve satisfactory academic
performance in UTAR. International students need to prepare payment for the
Student Pass renewal fees.
16) Am I allowed to work while I'm studying in UTAR?
All UTAR international students holding the Student Pass are strictly forbidden to engage in any type of employments.