International Students

Study in Malaysia.
Full-time and On-campus.

We welcome and support students from all over the world to experience an amazing learning experience at the SDCKL Main Campus in Malaysia.
This page gives complete information about life and study in Malaysia for International students.

Study in Malaysia

Starting college is an exciting time especially if you are commencing as an international student. Moving to a new country to study is a big decision that will no doubt change your life, and yet enriching.

We are here to help you every step of the way! In many ways, your journey will begin well before you arrive in Malaysia. You will need to sort out your student pass and visa and, pre-arrival medical screening at your home country, arranging your accommodation and journey, and finally of course, the fun bit - you’ll need to pack.

Study Full-time, On-campus

Studying full-time allows you to focus intensively and without interruption on your academic development.

Due to rules and regulations set by the Malaysian Authority, international students could stay here in Malaysia only if you are pursuing with full-time learning mode.

International Student Unit (ISU)

International Student Unit (ISU) provides support and guidance for international students intending to study in SDCKL in Malaysia.
We offer the necessary assistance for all international students by providing the necessary information and guidance so that the students are able to adapt quickly to the new environment in Malaysia.


Facilitates students’ admission into SDCKL
Liaise with Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) and Immigration Department of Malaysia for documentation approval of Student Pass and Visa
Provide information and advice to international students on matters related to Student Pass and Visa.
Organising orientation programmes for full-time international students that is important for students acclimatization to the new environment

Contact Details

Contact Details
International Student Unit (ISU)

Phone : +60 3-9213 0505

Guide for International Students

There are few things you need to do and know before travelling to Malaysia to study with us. Our guide below are meant to help you prepare and make sure you will not missed out anything in your preparation.
Applying Student Pass and Visa
Travel & Immigration Advice
Prepare Your Travel
Airport Pick Up
Living and Getting Around in Malaysia

Process to get your Student pass and Visa at SDCKL

Required Documents

Document Document Requirement for NEW Application
Offer Letter Original or copy of offer letter
Photo 1 passport size photograph with WHITE background (35mm x 45mm).
Refer to the Photo Requirement Guidelines below.
Passport Student Passport Copy:

  1. Passport data page (bio-data page)
  2. All pages with Visa information
  3. Observation page (showing any extensions, clarifications of name, and previous passport numberes)
  4. Recommended passport validity duration is 12 months
  5. Special Pass or Exit Stamp (if applicable)
Accademic Transcripts and Certificates A copy of the Academic Transcripts and relevant certificates.
Pre-arrival Medical Examination Report Pre-arrival Medical Examination Report from student’s home country if screening was done at a non-EMGS registered overseas clinic (as applicable). A copy of the Lab Report and the Chest X-ray Report should be attached. All should be completed in the English Language.
Personal Bond Form (Submitted by the Institutions) Personal bond stamped by In-land Revenue Board (IRB)/LHDN as per EMGS template appearing on the EMGS website or generated through EMGS system)
Note: The Personal bond (hard copy) can be submitted by the institution after the student has arrived in Malaysia for the Student Pass endorsement. If the Personal bond is submitted before VAL is issued, any errors found will not affect the VAL approval process; however institutions are advised to make the necessary corrections before the student pass sticker endorsement stage.
Letter of Eligibility No-Objection Certificate (NOC) or Letter of Eligibility (LOE) if the student is from Sudan and Iran respectively. The document should be applied for by the institution from the respective Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
*Courtesy of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)

Medical Screening

Post-arrival Medical Screening

New international students are required to attend a medical screening at a panel clinic in Malaysia within 7 daysof their arrival date.

You can find a list of panel clinics HERE.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: EMGS will not be able to initiate the process of student pass endorsement and supporting letter issuance for sticker endorsement purposes in the event that the international students fail to undergo the in-country screening

Vaccination Requirements

It is recommended that international students take the vaccines listed in the health Examination Form and produce the international certificate of vaccinations to the institution for visa approval letter application purposes. Please note that a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all international students coming from or who have transited for more than 12 hours through countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Travelers without the certificate will be quarantined upon arrival in Malaysia.

Other vaccination requirements will be imposed from time to time (e.g. SARS, H1N1).

Student Pass and Passport Requirements

Before coming to Malaysia, make sure you know that:

  • Your passport must have a minimum validity of twelve (12) months beyond the period of stay from the day you enter Malaysia
  • You are permitted to hold only one pass at a time, which is your Student Pass
  • Your Student Pass is non-transferable and permits you to study only at SDCKL
  • The pass is valid for one (1) year and is renewable while you remain as a student at SDCKL

Expiry and Extension of Student Pass

You need to get your VISA Approval Letter (VAL) before leaving your country because in case your social pass expires before your Student Pass is approved, you will have to leave and re-enter Malaysia.

Note that all students and visitors to Malaysia are subject to the Immigration Act 1959/63.

It is your responsibility to remember when your Student Pass expires. You need to submit application for your Student Pass extension two (2) months before the expiry date.

Failing to do so may cause you to be compounded for overstaying in Malaysia by the Immigration Department.

Renewal of Passport

You are strongly advised to renew your passport at your country’s Embassy, High Commission, Diplomatic or Consulate Office in Kuala Lumpur in order to facilitate transfer of Student Pass endorsement from your old passport to the new one. You may also seek further advise from the Student and Alumni Affairs (SAA) on this matter.

Leaving and Re-entry to Malaysia

When returning to Malaysia from your holiday, you need to ensure that your Student Pass is still valid for no less than one (1) month from the date you re-enter Malaysia. You are advised to inform the Student Affairs Department by email them to [email protected] on the details of your travel plans and the length of your stay abroad.

Working in Malaysia

The Immigration Department of Malaysia allows International students to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week while studying in Malaysia and only during semester breaks which are more than 7 days long.

However, students need to obtain an approval from Immigration Department of Malaysia. International Students are not allowed to work in Malaysia during their studies.

Note: The information above is valid at the time of writing. Check with your local Malaysian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate that this information is still up to date, as immigration rules change from time to time. You can also check from the Malaysian Immigration website at

Travel Tickets, Baggage & Accomodation

  • Check with your travel agent to make your airline reservation. Also remember that during holiday seasons, flights could be expensive or fully booked on your desired dates, so make sure you make your ticket reservation soon after you receive your VISA approval letter.
  • When packing your luggage, remember that there are certain restrictions on the weight of luggage when you travel by air. Excess luggage charges can be quite expensive, so sometimes it may be cheaper to leave your books and heavy things at home and buy new ones in Malaysia.
  • If you already have your accommodation arranged, you are advised to arrive in KL at least a few days before your course starts, so that you can settle down with your accommodation and the new environment.

Weather & Clothing

  • The weather temperature average is about 29 – 33 degrees Celsius all year round in Malaysia. Thus, leave your sweaters and winter coats at home.
  • You will need both professional attire and casual. During school session, professional attire is required on campus. You may also need to bring casual clothing for non-school and off-campus events

Other Important Necessity and Electrical Appliances

  • Make yourself feel at home! Bring personal stuff like posters or photographs of your friends and family.
  • If you are bringing any electrical equipment with you, remember that the power supply in Malaysia is 220 – 240 volts and it would be easier for you to have the universal adapter, just in case.
Below is the procedure on Airport Pick Up (only applicable to students who are entering Malaysia for the first time)

Step 1

  • Inform Student Affairs Department at least 10 days in advance before your departure from your country and provide us with the following information:

    • Date & Time of Departure from your country
    • Date & Time of Arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA1)
    • Flight number & Airline Carrier

    Note: SDCKL will not be responsible for any cancellation or delays if the instructions above are not followed.

Step 2

Important documents to bring with you:

  • High school certificates / degree certificates & transcript (with certified true copies)
  • 8 passport-sized colour photographs (with white background)
  • Original Pre-Arrival Medical report
  • Passport (minimium validity of 12 months);
  • Original copy of Letter of Offer from Asia e University

Step 3 (Immigration Counter)

An officer from SDCKL shall receive you at the KLIA1 at the stipulated time (9.00 am – 10.00 pm)

The SDCKL officer shall hold a signage of “SDCKL” at the immigration counter. The officer will assist you for immigration clearance.

Reminder: Immigration officers will not release the student without the presence of an SDCKL officer to identify and acknowledge the student.

You must be ready with the following documents:

  • Passport; and
  • Copy of eVAL
  • Original copy of Letter of Offer from Asia e University

Step 4

Upon completion of the Immigration Clearance procedure, SDCKL officer shall assist you in settling at SDCKL.

* Courtesy of EMGS

You can see our accommodation here 

Getting Around

The main campus of SDCKL is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Easy access to transport is offered by the availability of light rail transit (LRT), electric train, bus, and taxi services.

You will get acquainted with the city and its neighbourhoods over the first few weeks. The local way of life and the people here are two of the best aspects of studying at SDCKL! Since SDCKL's is located so close to almost everything you need, you will find its location to be very convenient. Hospitals, retail centres, schools, restaurants, theatres, and shops are all conveniently located for strolling.

There are many different ways to get around Kuala Lumpur, and there are plenty of transportation options available. The majority of locals and students typically choose to use public transport, which offers a variety of options for getting around.


All SDCKL’s international students will be provided with a health card manage by the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). With the health card provided, students may be able to obtain their medical treatment and assistance at the go to the selected clinics and hospital permitted by EMGS. You may enjoy the medical benefits by getting discounts on the medical fees.


Malaysia’s local currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM). It is generally easy to convert currencies at the money changers and banks throughout Malaysia. Most organisations in Malaysia accept major credit cards and some of them do accept travellers’ cheques. You may also withdraw cash from your home bank via ATMs machine available.

Upon arriving in Malaysia, we advise you to open an account with a local bank. You will need to obtain a letter from our Student Services for this purpose.

Language & Communications

Malaysia’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English is spoken by a majority of people throughout Malaysia, linking the various ethnic groups. Other everyday languages include Chinese dialects such as Cantonese, Hakka, and Hokkien, Tamil, Malayalam, and also Hindi.

Orientation and Assistance

The SDCKL’s Student Affairs Department is glad to assist you. Thus, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them. It is our job to make you feel at home here. We look forward to welcoming you and wishing you SELAMAT DATANG KE MALAYSIA!