International Students

What to expect as an International Student

It is our hope that you, as an International Student at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, will be able to fully experience the holistic learning environment of the College during your time with us and emerge an enriched individual ready to take on the challenges of the world in the next chapter of your lives.

While all students have a responsibility to give their best in their studies and adhere to the College rules and regulations, International students have the added responsibility to comply with the various laws as well as law enforcement and governing authorities of Malaysia that oversee International Students. This includes the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education and the Immigration Department.

Here are a few things to pay extra attention to:

1. Maintaining A Valid Legal Status

At all times, International Students must have a valid travel document/passport (at least 12 months validity) and a valid pass from the Immigration Department of Malaysia. These may include:

  • Dependent Pass
  • MM2H
  • Pass with Immigration Exemption
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Resident Pass
  • Social Pass
  • Student Pass

If you are applying for a new student pass or renewing your current student pass, you must have 18 months validity on your passport.

2. Good Conduct

International Students must abide by all governing laws, rules and regulations of the College and of Malaysia. Students are not permitted to engage in any activity that is deemed criminal and an endangerment to life or property, etc. This also includes unauthorized employment on your student pass or other passes that do not expressly permit employment.  

3. Attendance

Attendance of all International Students are reported regularly to the Ministry of Education. Students should meet at least 80% attendance in each class enrolled. Absences need to be evidenced by Medical Certificates or explanation letters from the parent/guardian. This is also a requirement to maintain College-awarded Scholarships.

4. Academic Performance

International Students are required to meet at least a 2.0 GPA every semester.

5. Insurance Coverage

All International Students are required by our Ministry of Education to have a comprehensive insurance coverage with provisions for hospitalization, surgery and repatriation. Students on a Student Pass will have an insurance coverage which meets these minimum requirements as part of the student pass application process. For our international students studying on other types of passes, the College will advise and give recommendations on undertaking a policy that meets these requirements.

Failure to adhere to any of the above will be followed by warning letters and possible dismissal from the College. These may also affect Immigration’s decision to renew passes and future approvals for re-entry

into Malaysia.

As such, International Students should be conscientious about these details pertaining to education and legal requirements, as well as the relevant laws and deadlines for renewals etc. This is where our International Student Services Office (ISSO) steps in: to provide the necessary support for International Students who are currently studying at the College. Briefings will also be given during the Orientation Programme for all new International Students.

Here are some helpful external resources for International Students:

MOHE’s Guidebook for International Students Studying In Malaysia 

EMGS (for Visa processing) 

Admission Process & Immigration Requirements

If you’ve decided to join the College, here’s how you should proceed:

 

If You Are Arriving From Your Home Country

STEP 1: Download Admission-Related Forms

Visit the Admissions page and download the relevant forms for Admission.

Click here to download the International Student Declaration Form.

Visit the Scholarships page and download the relevant forms for your Scholarship.

Click here to download the International Student Application Procedure Brochure (this contains your fee schedule as well as information and documentation related to student passes. Please read through this carefully and direct any questions to the Counselling & Admissions Office via phone 03-22741851 or email ask@mckl.edu.my)

STEP 2: Submit Forms With Documents And Initial Payment

Prepare your supporting documents as listed in the Admission Form.

Prepare payment of the RM 1000 Application fee and RM 1200 Admission Deposit (Total RM 2200).

Prepare payment for your student pass application (estimated at RM 2500-2600 depending on which country you are from). You may obtain this calculation from the team at the Counselling & Admissions Office.

Submit your forms and payment in person at or via post to the Counselling & Admissions Office or scan and send an email with all these forms, documents and proof of payment to ask@mckl.edu.my at least 2-3 months prior to the intake to give sufficient time for student pass processing.

The Team will also advise when you are to do your medical examination in your home country prior to arrival (pre-arrival medical). For this, you will need to download the Medical Examination Form to take to the nearest EMGS-approved clinic to you.

STEP 3: Await for your Offer and Further Instruction

The College will correspond with you via email regarding future processes, procedures and payments for your admission and student pass applications, including your pre-arrival and post-arrival medical examinations, and will advise accordingly if your application is missing any information etc that may cause a delay in your admission or student pass processing.

Please note that you will need to make payment for your first year fees in full prior to programme commencement. As such, please carefully review the International Student Application Procedure Brochure and obtain a calculation from the team at the Counselling & Admissions Office for your budgeting purposes.

 

If You Are Domiciled In Malaysia

STEP 1: Download Admission-Related Forms

Visit the Admissions page and download the relevant forms for Admission.

Click here to download the International Student Declaration Form.

Visit the Scholarships page and download the relevant forms for your Scholarship.

Click here to download the International Student Application Procedure Brochure (this contains your fee schedule as well as information and documentation related to student passes. Please read through this carefully and direct any questions to the Counselling & Admissions Office via phone 03-22741851 or email ask@mckl.edu.my)

STEP 2: Identify Your Visa Type and Related Requirements To Study

If you are domiciled in Malaysia, you will be on one of four categories of visas, each with a different requirements and procedures for you to study on. They are:

 Residence Pass / Permanent Resident status / Immigration Exemption

 You are able to study on this pass with no further requirements. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel document and pass is valid at all times.

 Aged Below 18 on Dependent Pass / Social Pass / MM2H

 You are able to study on this pass if you are able to obtain a permission stamp from Immigration to study at our College. For this, you will need to take your offer letter with your passport to Immigration. This must be obtained and a copy submitted to the College prior to commencement.

 If you are aged 17 at point of application or are turning 18 in the middle of your programme, take note that Immigration may only grant you permission to study up to your 18th birthday (after which you will need to apply for a student pass for the remainder of your programme duration) or may immediately request you to apply for a student pass instead. If you encounter this, immediately contact the Counselling & Admissions Office for advice on proceeding with a student pass.

 Aged 18 and above on Dependent Pass, Social Pass or MM2H

 You will not likely be able to study on this pass as Immigration typically does not grant permission to study on this pass. As such, you will need to apply for a student pass.

 Student Pass

 The Student Pass will take anywhere between 6-12 weeks to approve from the time that all documents are submitted (without notification from EMGS on any issues).

 You will need to do a medical examination only once your student pass application is approved. For this, you will need to download the Medical Examination Form to take to the nearest EMGS-approved clinic to you.

STEP 3: Submit Forms With Documents And Initial Payment

Prepare your supporting documents as listed in the Admission Form.

Prepare payment of the RM 1000 Application fee and RM 1200 Admission Deposit (Total RM 2200).

If you are applying for a student pass, prepare payment for student pass application (estimated at RM2500-2600 depending on which country you are from). You may obtain this calculation from the team at

the Counselling & Admissions Office.

Submit your forms and payment in person at or via post to the Counselling & Admissions Office or scan and send an email with all these forms, documents and proof of payment to ask@mckl.edu.my at least 2-3 months prior to the intake to give sufficient time for student pass processing.

STEP 4: Await for your Offer and Further Instruction

The College will correspond with you via email regarding future processes, procedures and payments for your admission and student pass applications, and will advise accordingly if your application is missing any information etc that may cause a delay in your admission or student pass processing.

Please note that you will need to make payment for your first semester fees in full prior to programme commencement. You may review the International Student Application Procedure Brochure and obtain a calculation from the team at the Counselling & Admissions Office for your overall budgeting purposes.

If you have a querry not addressed here, kindly direct it to ask@mckl.edu.my.