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1. All applications for exchange programmes (academic study, research, training & internship) must be directed to the Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) at UTAR. Download the Inbound Application Form.



2. The complete application documents must include the following: 


I.   Completed inbound application form with a passport size photo

II.  A letter of recommendation from the home university stating purpose and duration of study at UTAR

III. A letter of confirmation from the home university to prove that the applicant is enrolled as a full-time student.

IV. One set of academic transcripts with a certified English translation if the original language is not English

V.  A copy of passport (only pages with passport number, photo, issuance and expiry dates)

VI. One set of passport (scanned copy from the cover to the end of the pages of passport)


Additional documents for International students applying for visa/student pass:

VI. A passport size photo in 4.5cm x 3.5cm with a white background (in Jpeg format)

VII. Pre-arrival Medical Examination Report  (if required)


Note: All the documents should be scanned in PDF format, expect photo.



3. Health Examination


New International Students are mandated to undergo the Pre-arrival and Post-arrival medical screenings in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

Download the Pre-arrival Medical Examination Report.


Note: 14 countries are given Medical Screening exemption by Malaysia - Ministry of Higher Education. (please find the list of countries at here)


Please note that all international students coming from or transited more than 12 hours through countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission are required to produce the certificate of vaccination for VAL application purposes.


For more information about the medical screening, visit website.


Students shall send soft copy of the above documents & application form to Division of Community and International Networking -  dcinternet@utar.edu.my


4. Submission Deadlines


a. For academic courses:


Admission for January Trimester

15th September (previous year)

Admission for June Trimester

15th February (current year)

Admission for October Trimester

15th June  (current year)


b. Deadline for Centre for Extension Education (CEE) courses:

Three (3) months before the start of the course applied. Please check our website for course details or e-mail: limgy@utar.edu.my


International applicants are advised to initiate applications and seek approvals about 6 months before the date of programme commencement. All applications are subject to approvals by UTAR. Unit (subject) selection is limited to the units (subjects) offered for the particular semester.



5.  Student Visa Application to Malaysia


Inbound exchange students are required to have an entry visa and a student pass before entering Malaysia to study. The Dept of International Student Services (DISS) at UTAR will assist in applying for these documents and applicants will be informed prior to their departure for Malaysia.


The student pass applications are processed through Education Malaysia Global Service (EMGS) which is the official government portal for international students applying to study in Malaysia and is wholly owned by the Ministry of Higher Education.  EMGS is the only approved gateway for students who want to study in Malaysia. 
The documents which meet the requirement will be submitted to the immigration of Malaysia in order to issue Visa Approval Letter (VAL). Once the required documents submit to EMGSall discretionary decisions made are subject to the authorities. After UTAR receive the VAL, a copy of the VAL will be sent to the applicant and she/he is required to apply for Single/Multiple Entry Visa at Malaysia embassy in their home country. 

The prevailing immigration charges including the security bond imposed by the Malaysian Immigration Department will be borne by applicants. The Security bond deposit will be refunded after expiry or cancellation of the student visa provided there are no other claims against the applicant upon completion of study/stay at UTAR.



6.  International applicants on internships less than a period of 3 months may not need to apply for a student pass/visa. Please contact DCInterNet office for confirmation.