According to the rules and regulations of the Malaysian Immigration Department, all international students (full-time and foreign exchange students) are required to have a valid Student Pass in order to study in Malaysia. The government agencies responsible are the Malaysian Immigration Department and the overseas Malaysian diplomatic missions (i.e. Malaysian High Commission, Consulates or Embassies).

Visa requirements for a foreign student are simple and straightforward. Before you can begin your studies you must apply for a Student Pass. This application is made by your chosen institution to Education Malaysia. Once you have successfully applied for a Student Pass you will have to get a single entry visa through the Malaysian Embassy or High Commission in your home country. EMGS cannot apply for this visa on your behalf. Please contact your local diplomatic mission. Entry visa requirements are set by the Department of Immigration.

Foreign students need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have an offer of study from a public or private institution of higher education.

  • Have the financial capability to meet the course fees and other expenses related to living and studying in Malaysia

  • Be in good health and of good character

  • Intend to reside in Malaysia for education purposes only


Air travel to Malaysia

You may enter Malaysia via land, sea or air.

Two Malaysian airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, ensure accessibility through direct or transit flights from most parts of the world. A host of other international airlines also offer flight services to Malaysia.

There are five international airports in Malaysia: three in Peninsular Malaysia, one in Sabah and one in Sarawak.

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one of Asia's major aviation hubs and is a destination in itself. It is located at the top of the southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering the states of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. It is situated in the Sepang district, approximately 50 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2
    klia2 is the low-cost carrier terminal at KLIA and is the world's largest purpose-built terminal dedicated for low-cost carrier. The terminal is located 2 kilometres away from KLIA , and is connected to KLIA via high-speed train. klia2 is built to cater for the explosive growth in low cost travel in the region and has replaced the former Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

  • Penang International Airport
    Penang International Airport is situated 16 km south of Georgetown, the capital city of Penang.

  • Johor International Airport
    Senai International Airport is located almost 30 km away from Johor Bahru city center, in the town of Senai, near Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Whether you are coming from Singapore, out-station or from Johor Bahru City, the drive to Senai International Airport is straight forward with prominent signage to lead you.

  • Kuching International Airport
    Kuching International Airport is the main gateway into Sarawak and it is situated 11 km south of the city of Kuching.

  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
    Kota Kinabalu International Airport is located approximately 8 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, and it is the main gateway into the state of Sabah and into Borneo.

You may also enter Malaysia by land through Thailand or Singapore as well as by sea through ports.