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Student Experience
  • Living and studying in a foreign country may be a new experience for you. Your time here will be more positive if you understand what to expect, and prepare yourself
  • Malaysia is a good tourist destination with many beautiful places to visit. Try to get out and enjoy it while you are here. See the sites, try the local food and celebrate the many cultural festivals!
  • Malaysia is a multi-racial country of Malay, Chinese, Indian and others. The national language is Bahasa Melayu, but English is widely-spoken, as well as Indian and a variety of Chinese dialects
  • There are 4 major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity with Islam as the state religion
  • Popular Malaysian dishes include satay, nasi lemak, roti canai & chicken rice. "Stall food" which is inexpensive and delicious is a popular alternative for students. However, dining in more internationally recognized restaurants is also possible with establishments such as the KFC, Mc Donalds & Pizza Hut

Being a foreign student: how to be a good "guest".

Please remember that if you are an international student, you are a guest in Malaysia. Be a good guest:

  • Don't overstay your welcome (make sure your student visa does not expire);
  • Be grateful (do not complain about the local customs);
  • Abide the laws and customs of the land. It is your responsibility to know and understand the customs of the people of Malaysia
  • Be careful and wise: learn how to keep yourself safe and do not be foolish
  • Please read the information below, published by the Malaysian Government, about the most important and basic rules for you to follow
  • Please also remember that as a student of UCSI University, you must abide by all the Academic and Faculty rules and guidelines at all times. See below for some basic rules and regulations you must follow. You will find additional information given to you at your Orientation Briefing.

The following information is general information published by the Malaysian Government for all international students studying in Malaysia.

General rules and regulations

  • A student must abide by Malaysian law at all times.
  • A student has committed a case of misconduct when:
    • He is found guilty of criminal charges by the court;
    • He is involved in any jobs, trades or the like, on part-time or full time basis, which are deemed illegal according to the Immigration Ordinance 1959 and the Immigration Rules and Regulations 1963 or other laws  which could affect the student's studies.
  • A student has to abide by all the rules and regulations that are enforced by the institution
  • A student must at all times respect the culture, norms and beliefs of the locals.

Student pass

  • Any international student wanting to study in Malaysia is needs to obtain a Student Pass.
  • Application has to be made through the respective educational institution prior to entry.

Employment of Foreign Student Procedure  

  • Foreign student can be employed to work at :
    i. Restaurants
    ii. Petrol Station
    iii. Mini market
    iv. Hotels
  • Application to be submitted by the institution's representative together with the student to Immigration Headquarters for Private Institute of Higher Learning. Application from student of Public Institute of Higher Learning can be submitted to the state Immigration offices.
  • Supporting letter from the institution (Public/Private Institute of Higher Learning) allowing the student to take up employment, and stating the semester holidays.
  • Permission to work will be endorsed in student's passport.
  • The institution (Public/Private) will have to furnish the name list of students that are working and student's performance report to Immigration Department every 3 months.
  • Student is permitted to work on a temporary basis obly with 20 hours working period per week.
  • Emplyoment as cashier is not allowed.
  • Permission to work will be renewed/extended if good/high academic performance of the student is maintained.


Drugs and poison

It is considered a serious offence if a student:

  • is found to be in possession of any kind of drugs or poisons. The term ‘drug' is as defined in the Dangerous Drug Act 1952;
  • is found to provide, to supply, to distribute, to offer or to prepare any of the above drugs or poisons to other parties;
  • is involved in drug abuse of any kind.

Weapons and dangerous materials

It is considered a serious offence if a student:

  • is found to be in possession or in supervision of any dangerous weapons or explosive materials. ‘Weapon' is as defined in the Weapons Act 1971.

Traffic Rules and Regulations

A student who owns or uses any type of vehicle must:

  • fulfil the requirements under the Road Transportation Act 1987 and all subsections under the Act, on campus and on public roads.

Use of force

It is considered an offence if a student:

  • partakes in any kind of activities involving force, extortion, molestation, harrassment or any form of disturbance among themselves or towards others;
  • involves directly in any form of ragging or bullying, or abuse or the likes inside or outside of campus;
  • uses force, aggression or threat to cause hurt to others;
  • engages in any physical aggression such as riots or fights, or commits an assault on any parties;
  • exhibits verbal and/or physical behaviour(s) of a racist or prejudiced nature towards any other member of the community inside or outside the campus.


  • It is considered a serious offence if any groups of students or organisations of students plan, organise, attend or participate in any assembly or meeting at any given place(s) without permission from the relevant authorities.

Academic integrity

  • A student is not allowed any form of falsification and plagiarism i.e copying or allowing people to copy, plagiarize during exams, lab assignments, preparation of coursework or thesis and the like.
  • A student is to abide by all the rules and regulations that are enforced in his/her institution of study.


  • Students who reside in an on-campus residence are to abide by the rules of accommodation set by their respective institutions.
  • Students who reside off-campus need to take on an even greater obligation in respecting the neighbourhood standards and observe their neighbours' properties/privacy
  • Students are advised not to cause trouble or emit noises in any way that are of disturbance to others.

Safety and Emergency

  • Be safety conscious, especially in the first few weeks as you get used to your new environment and culture.
  • Take extra care for your safety in high risk areas, especially if you need to go out late at night.
  • If you encounter an emergency,your first point of contact would be the International Office or your contact at your institution.
  • Call 999 - for the police, ambulance, fire stations and civil defence rescue units if you are in trouble. (Warning: Under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the penalty for misuse of the communication network is a fine of RM50, 000, or one year's jail, or both).
  • For further assistance, you may call the Student Affairs and Development Division, Department of Higher Education's general line at 603-88835939 during office hours.

Reference: www.mohe.gov.my

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