International Admission - Undergraduate

For more information, please download our booklet here.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) welcomes applications from international students to study at the university in a wide range of undergraduate (Bachelor’s Degree) programmes. There are two intakes per year for international students to pursue undergraduate study at UNIMAS as listed below:

  • FEBRUARY INTAKE : BEFORE July
  • SEPTEMBER INTAKE : BEFORE January

For info on Programme Fees, please refer here.

Academic Qualifications - International Undergraduate

Admission into any undergraduate programme is based primarily on academic performance and standardized grades in the relevant subjects. A few of the minimum qualifications according to country of origin are listed here. You can also apply with other equivalent qualifications. Extra-curricular activities, specific talents as well as other factors are also taken into consideration.

Interested applicants should have these following qualification:

Completed a minimum of A-Level qualification/Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalents. OR
Obtained a high school/college diploma or its equivalent may also apply (refer attachment). AND
Required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements as listed below:
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Scheme) score of 5.5 or;
  • TOEFL (test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 or;
  • CBT (computer-based TOEFL) score of 173 or;
  • IBT (internet-based TOEFL) minimum score of 60 or
  • English Language requirement may be satisfied for applicants who have successfully completed full time secondary or tertiary studies or equivalent qualification where the language of instruction and assessment was in English. Academic transcript and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the medium of instruction and assessment must be provided.

If you have fulfilled the University’s requirements for undergraduate programme but do NOT meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency as stated below, a Conditional Offer Letter will be issued to you. The Conditional Offer Letter requires you to enroll in the Intensive English Language Programme (IELP). Students who pass the Intensive English Language Programme can pursue their full time undergraduate programme commencing in June intake (based on IELP result).

For your information, programmes in Faculty of Engineering are offered for every September intake only.

Note: International students are required to have sufficient funds to support themselves throughout their study in Malaysia.

Important Dates

SEPTEMBER INTAKE

1 January

Deadline for the Admission Application

    Note: Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following documents :

    • Completed Admission Application Form
    • Certified true copies of A-Level and O-Level results or equivalents;
    • Certified copies of Official High School / College transcripts;
    • Certified clear copies of RELEVANT pages of International Passport; and
    • Certified English proficiency results: IELTS / TOEFL / CBT / IBT / Others

1 February

Issuance of Offer Letter (Direct intake/IELP)

    For both Direct Intake and International English Language Programme

15 February

Deadline for the Submission of the Acceptance Form and Payment Receipt

    Deadline for the Submission of the Acceptance Form and Payment Receipt by candidate (Late submission will be brought to the following semester)] - (Direct intake/IELP)

1 March

VAL application (Direct intake/IELP)

    Follow-up by UNIMAS Global for VAL application (Direct intake/IELP)

September

New Direct Student Registration

June (Current Year)

New IELP Student Registration

FEBRUARY INTAKE

1 July

Deadline for the Admission Application

    Note: Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following documents :

    • Completed Admission Application Form
    • Certified true copies of A-Level and O-Level results or equivalents;
    • Certified copies of Official High School / College transcripts;
    • Certified clear copies of RELEVANT pages of International Passport; and
    • Certified English proficiency results: IELTS / TOEFL / CBT / IBT / Others

1 August

Issuance of Offer Letter (Direct intake/IELP)

    For both Direct Intake and International English Language Programme

15 August

Deadline for the Submission of the Acceptance Form and Payment Receipt

    Deadline for the Submission of the Acceptance Form and Payment Receipt by candidate (Late submission will be brought to the following semester)] - (Direct intake/IELP)

1 September

VAL application (Direct intake/IELP)

    Follow-up by UNIMAS Global for VAL application (Direct intake/IELP)

February

New Direct Student Registration

June (Following Year)

New IELP Student Registration

International Student Preparations

For NEW International students.

The government has decided that effective 1st January 2014, all foreign students who have their student pass approved MUST obtain a visa to enter the country for the purpose of studying. This decision involves international students from all countries whether or not requiring a visa to enter Malaysia.

Any prospective students who wish to come and study here must obtain Visa Approval Letter before they come to Malaysia. If they come with Social Visit Pass and wish to convert it to the Student Pass, they will be asked to leave Malaysia and obtain Visa Approval Letter from the Malaysian Embassy in their respective countries.

To apply the Visa Approval Letter, you must send to IAD UNIMAS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the documents as listed below:

6 copies of passport photos 1 copy of passport (all printed/stamped pages except the blank pages) Health Examination Report (must use the form that is provided by IAD) Health Examination Report.pdf RM10 of stamping fee (we will pay on behalf of you and must be pay later once you have arrived in UNIMAS) Tuition Fees Official Receipt (obtainable from Centre from Graduate Studies) Copy of your offer letter

The Visa Approval Letter application will take approximately around 7 - 14 working days to be processed by the Immigration Department. Once the Visa Approval Letter issued, we will send the original to your mailing address. You are then required to submit the letter to the nearest Malaysia Embassy in your country to obtain the Single Entry Visa. Prior to your arrival in UNIMAS, you are required to submit your passport along with Student Pass fees to our office to collect your Student Pass.

  • Places where foreign students are allowed to work are as follows :
    • Restaurants
    • Gas Stations
    • Mini Markets
    • Hotels
  • The application is submitted by a representatives of universities / colleges with the student attendance to the Immigration Headquarters or the Immigration Office of the State for the IPTA ( Public Institutions of Higher Learning. )
  • Universities / colleges to provide a letter of support to allow students to work that informs the semester break dates in the letter.
  • Permission to work for international students will stamped in their passport.
  • Universities / colleges shall submit a list of students working and the students academic performance report every three months to the Department of Immigration.
  • Permission work part time only ( semester break / holidays / vacation over (7) days ) and the period of work is no more than 20-hour work per week.
  • International students are not allowed to work as a cashier at the four places mentioned above.
  • Added permission to work will only be allowed if the good academic performance and good attendance is maintained.

APPLICATION FOR A STUDENT PASS IN MALAYSIA

The government has decided that effective 1st January 2014, all foreign students who have their student pass approved MUST obtain a visa to enter the country for the purpose of studying. This decision involves international students from all countries whether or not requiring a visa to enter Malaysia.

Please view the Student Pass Application Guidelines

International students are required to undergo a thorough medical check-up upon arrival in Malaysia. The report of this Health Examination must be submitted to the University Health Centre for endorsement prior to registration. Download the UNIMAS Health Examination Report here.

No vaccinations are required unless you have been in a yellow fever area (eg. Africa, Latin America) within the last six days. The local overall health situation is praiseworthy with the eradication of most infectious tropical diseases.If you are in doubt, please consult any physician or practitioners, available at any private clinic or government hospital. Clean and efficient clinics are found throughout Sarawak. In contrast to most western countries, your prescriptions will be given to you from any private clinic and hospital thus avoiding the trouble of going to the pharmacy to purchase your medication.

All students, international or local, can apply for hostel accommodation prior to or upon registering with the Centre for Graduate Studies, UNIMAS (for students at Kota Samarahan Campus only). The university provides a well-equipped international student hostel so international students can enjoy a pleasant home while staying in Malaysia. The cost is RM15 per day, inclusive of utilities such as bathroom, household appliances, cooking facilities and TV room. Please note that acceptance to any programme does not automatically entitle a student for University Accommodation.

Living costs will depend on your choice of accommodation and your lifestyle. It is recommended that international students allow between USD5,500 to USD6,500 a year for food, clothing, books, transport, entertainment and accommodation costs. During the first few months, you will require additional funds to cover some extra expenses, some of which are detailed below.