1. What Is Visa Approval Letter (Val)?
Visa Approval Letter or VAL is an official signed and stamped document issued by the Department of Immigration Malaysia confirming that the named person has been approved to enter Malaysia for the purposes of study.
Students from the countries which require a visa and have the Malaysian Embassy must obtain visa prior to their entry into Malaysia. Students must also produce the ‘Visa Approval Letter’ (VAL) upon entry before entering Malaysia.
Students from the countries which require a visa but do not have a Malaysian Embassy are permitted to enter without visa. Students must produce the ‘Visa Approval Letter’ (VAL) upon entry. Students from the countries which do not require a visa to enter Malaysia may proceed to enter by producing the ‘Visa Approval Letter’ (VAL) upon arrival.
2. How do I apply for a visa?
In order to get VDR with Reference of Student Pass, students must apply the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) at the International Office upon receiving the offer letter from UMP. You are required to visit the nearest Malaysian Embassy/Mission in your home country along with your offer letter from the Malaysian educational institution, the Visa Approval Letter issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia and all other relevant documents and/forms duly completed and payment as required by the Malaysian Embassy/Mission for the application of an entry visa.
3. Where can I refer for information regarding visa?
For further information about visa, please contact the International Office (IO) or visit the http://io.ump.edu.my
Once your application is approved, you will receive an email of approval by IPS.
5. Can I take pre-sessional English Course?
Yes, students with IELTS Band 5 and below and/or TOEFL Paper Based-Test (PBT) 500 or TOEFL Internet Based-Test (IBT) 60 OR TOEFL Computer Based-Test (CBT) 173 and below must attend the Pre-sessional English Course (PEC).
The PEC will be offered to the students that didn’t meet minimum entry requirements for English.
6. Which clinic can I do my pre-medical report in?
All students intending to study in Malaysia must submit a medical examination report as part of their visa application process. The list of official panel clinics outside Malaysia is available from Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).
7. Can I get a job while studying?
International students are not legally allowed to hold a part-time job during their studies. However, we do offer several opportunities for you to acquire real-life job skills with attachments and internships with our business incubation units on campus.
*Applicable to Malaysia only.
8. What are the account details of the university?
To make payments to the University for any matter (eg.: processing fees), you must make sure that your name and IC or Student ID number is legibly written.
|ACCOUNT NAME||BENDAHARI UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PAHANG|
|BANK NAME||MAYBANK BERHAD|
|BANK ADDRESS||NO 96, JALAN SULTAN ABDULLAH, 26600 PEKAN, PAHANG, MALAYSIA|
9. I have a tourist visa to Malaysia but I did not perform the journey. Will it affect my student visa later?
Once you have received your Visa Approval Letter (VAL), you need to cancel the tourist visa to enable you to apply for a Single Entry Visa in a Malaysian Embassy in your country.
10. Can I enter Malaysia while my VAL is still under process?
EMGS will process your VAL as long as you are outside Malaysia. If you enter Malaysia at any time during the processing period, EMGS will require that you provide them with an exit stamp on the passport page copy. They will not process your VAL until you have obtained an exit stamp on your passport.
11. How can I track my Visa Application status (VAL)?
Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) provides an online tracking system. Please refer here.
12. How long is the validity of my Visa Approval Letter (VAL)?
The Visa Approval Letter is valid for six (6) months from the date of issue. If you have not arrived in Malaysia within this validity period, you will need to reapply and pay the visa fee again.
13. Is it possible to study in Malaysia on a Social Pass?
It is illegal to study in Malaysia under a Social or Tourist Pass. Students are NOT ALLOWED to enter the country via any other pass other than a Student Visa. The University is NOT ALLOWED to convert a social or tourist visa into a Student Visa.
14. What is the phone number or details of contact for the visa department?
15. What are the English requirement for Postgraduate Programmes?
You must include supporting evidence of your English proficiency if your first language is not English, or if your undergraduate degree was not taught entirely in the English language medium. Your supporting evidence of your English proficiency can be fulfilled in one of the following forms:
- International English Language Test (IELTS) – overall band 5.0
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Test (iBT) - 60
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper Based Test (PBT) - 500
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Computer Based Test (CBT) - 173
Prospective students who are unable to meet any of the above English language requirements may be conditionally subject to attendance in a full-time Pre-Sessional English Course (PEC) at Centre for Modern Languages & Human Sciences. The cost of attending the program will be borne by the students.
16. Are international students eligible for financial aid?
There are scholarships made available to international students. Students are advised to enquire from the IPS Financial Assistance unit for further information.
17. What do I need in order to obtain a Letter of Acceptance from UMP?
You need to show that you have the academic qualifications and proficiency in the English language, and financial abilities to complete your term of study at UMP.
18. Which is the nearest airport to UMP?
The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport (SHAS), Kuantan is the nearest airport to UMP.
19. How much money should I bring with me?
You should bring with you enough money to pay for your first-semester tuition and living expenses. This should be in the form of travellers' cheque, cash or bank draft. A bank account can be opened after the Student Pass and Visa has been approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
20. How do I find out the public transportation schedule?
Schedule may be obtained from Rapid Kuantan website.
21. If I am an international student, can you please tell me my application process to apply for postgraduate programme?
i) Check your qualifications for admission
ii) Identify your potential supervisor
iii) Upload and submit your application documents as follows:
- A full copy of academic certificates and transcripts (CERTIFIED TRUE COPY BY UNIVERSITY AND EMBASSY/MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION)
- A full copy of original passport including BLANK pages (CERTIFIED TRUE COPY) and ensure passport has a minimum of one (1) year validity.
- One (1) passport-sized photograph with blue background (3.5cm wide x 5cm height) in .jpg or .png format.
- Research Proposal in .doc or .docx or .pdf format.
- Curriculum vitae / resume (optional) in .doc or .docx or .pdf format.
- Employer testimonial / Letters of recommendation either from the current/former employer and/or from a faculty member who is able to evaluate the applicant's potential for success in the program in .pdf or .jpg format.
- English qualification certificate such as IELTS Band 5.0, TOEFL IBT - 60, TOEFL PBT– 500, TOEFL CBT – 173.
- Certified true copy of the letter of scholarship/sponsorship (if applicable).
- Other supporting certificates (compiled into one file) in .pdf format.
- A copy of the receipt after you have made the payment of the non-refundable processing fees USD30.00 or RM100.00 for International applicants. Kindly click here for the method of payment.
For visa process, kindly refer to the International Office for further information. Click here