International Students

Admission Procedures for International Students

  1. International students should apply to DISTED at least 3 months before the intake commencement date to facilitate processing of admission application by the college and student pass application by the Malaysian Immigration Department, all of which may take up to 6 weeks or longer.
  2. Upon admission application, the college may require certain international students to take its English Proficiency Assessment in their home countries to gauge their English language ability. Upon arriving at the college, all enrolled foreign students are required to sit for the English Placement Test. Those who do not achieve the required score in the English Placement Test may be required to take up the English Enrichment Programme to improve their language skills for tertiary studies.
  3. International students are only allowed to commence their studies at DISTED after being granted a student pass by the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  4. The student pass is non-transferable and only permits the international student to study at DISTED in a specific course.
  5. DISTED reserves the right to cancel the student pass of any international student found to be contravening any rules any regulations of the college or the laws of Malaysia.
  6. International students must be in good health to study and free of infectious diseases, illnesses that are debilitating and require costly or prolonged treatment, and substance addiction.
  7. In accordance to the Malaysian Immigration Department regulations, overstaying is a serious offence. Offenders could be fined RM10,000 and/or imprisoned for 2 years.
  8. International students should not engage in any activity contravening any laws enforced in Malaysia. Any student found guilty of any criminal offence shall be subjected to Malaysian laws or be deported immediately.
  9. International students are only permitted to work part-time with the approval of the Malaysian Immigration Department. Students working without permission will be in breach of their student pass and may have their student pass revoked. If granted permission, foreign students may only work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days. International students must inform DISTED International Student Unit of any application to work part-time. DISTED shall not be held responsible or liable in any way for any consequences to its international students resulting from their applying to work part-time or in the course of their working part-time.
  10. DISTED reserves the right to change the rules and regulations for international students from time to time without prior notice.

  1. Entry into a course depends on a student meeting both the academic and English proficiency requirements as stipulated in the relevant course brochure.
  2. In cases of uncertainty, please forward your academic transcripts and English credentials, with the application fee of RM100 (non-refundable), to the Admissions Officer for determining enrolment eligibility.

International students are required to submit the following to enable DISTED to process the student pass with the Malaysian Immigration Department through Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS):

New Student Applying for 1 Year or Longer Course

  1. Completed DISTED admission application form. All relevant sections of the application form must be completed and the declaration part signed and dated.
  2. 1 set of medical examination report completed in home country that is dated less than 90 days from the date of admission application, with a translation copy in English if applicable. If you are taking prescribed medicines or drugs, please provide a letter from your doctor explaining what they are for.
  3. 2 sets of certified photocopied passport (all pages including cover, blank pages, special pass and/or exit stamp where applicable). The passport must be valid for at least 12 months from the expected date of entry.
  4. 6 passport-sized colour photographs with blue background (3.5cm x 5cm).
  5. 2 sets of certified examination transcripts and academic certificates, with a translation copy in English if applicable. (Trial examination or forecast results are not acceptable.)
  6. 2 sets of certified high school leaving certificate, with a translation copy in English if applicable.
  7. No Objection Certificate (NOC) for students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  8. Application fee (non-refundable) as stated in course fee schedule.
  9. Registration fee (non-refundable) as stated in course fee schedule.
  10. International student fee as stated in course fee schedule.
  11. Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) visa processing fee RM1,000.
  12. Medical screening fee RM250.
  13. Annual medical insurance fee RM500.

New Student Applying for a Short Course of Less than 12 Months

  1. All the documents and payments as stated in the aforementioned items no. 1 to 10.
  2. Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) visa processing fee:
    RM500 for a short course of less than 6 months.
    RM1,000 for a short course of 6 months or longer.
  3. Medical screening fee RM250.
  4. Annual medical insurance fee:
    RM291.70 for a short course of less than 6 months.
    RM500 for a short course of 6 months or longer.

Immigration Approval for New Student

  1. Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) will inform DISTED of the Malaysian Immigration Department approval and enclose a student pass approval letter to be forwarded to the student.
  2. The college will send the letter to the student via courier service.
  3. After receiving the the letter, the student must apply for a visa with reference at the nearest Malaysian embassy, high commission or consulate (bring along the student pass approval letter and other travel documents) before travelling to Penang. It is also the responsibility of the student to check with the Malaysian embassy, high commission or consulate in their home country whether there is a need to apply for a single entry visa (which is a different application from the student pass) to enter Malaysia.
  4. The student must liaise with the college on the date and details of intended entry into Penang so that a college personnel can meet the student at the airport. The student may not be allowed to enter Penang if no authorized college personnel is present to receive the student at the airport.
  5. Flight must be arranged for direct entry into the Penang International Airport without transit disembarkation at other Malaysian airports.
  6. Upon arrival at the Penang International Airport, the student has to present the Visa With Reference to the immigration officer to enable a temporary special pass to be stamped on the passport.
  7. The student must undergo a medical screening to certify health status and open a bank account in Malaysia within 7 working days of arrival in Malaysia.
  8. The college personnel will assist the student to obtain student pass and multiple entry visa endorsement at the Penang Immigration Department. Student pass and visa fees applicable at the time of endorsement are borne by the student.

Transfer Student from Another Institution in Malaysia

  1. Completed DISTED admission application form. All relevant sections of the application form must be completed and the declaration part signed and dated.
  2. A letter of clearance from the previous institution stating the course taken, performance and reason for leaving.
  3. An attendance report from the previous Institution for the duration of current student pass validity period. At least 80% attendance required.
  4. 2 sets of academic transcripts for the duration of the current student pass validity period, which are certified by the previous institution.
  5. 2 sets of certified photocopied passport (all pages including cover, blank pages, special pass and/or exit stamp where applicable). The passport must be valid for at least 12 months from the date of application.
  6. 2 sets of certified special pass and/or passport page with exit stamps (where applicable).
  7. 2 sets of certified passport page on the curtailed duration of the student pass effected by the previous institution. (Must request the previous institution to shorten existing student pass prior to applying for a new student pass to study at DISTED.)
  8. 6 passport-sized colour photographs with blue background (3.5cm x 5cm).
  9. No Objection Certificate (NOC) for students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  10. Application fee (non-refundable) as stated in course fee schedule.
  11. Registration fee (non-refundable) as stated in course fee schedule.
  12. International student fee as stated in course fee schedule.
  13. Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) visa processing fee RM1,000.
  14. Medical screening fee RM250.
  15. Annual medical insurance fee RM500.

  1. Certification of  true copies of documents is to be done by the institution issuing the document, a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer.
  2. A certified copy should carry a certificate, stamp or seal (with certifier’s name, institution and designation), the certifier’s signature and date of certification.
  3. Photocopies must be legible.

  1. Any document to support the international student’s application that is not in English or Bahasa Malaysia must be accompanied by a full translation in English.
  2. The original translation must contain:
    a) Confirmation from the translator or translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
    b) The date of the translation.
    c) The full name and signature of the translator or of an authorized official of the translation company.
    d) The translator or translation company’s contact details.

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Mailing Address

The application form and supporting documentation should be sent to:

DISTED College
International Student Unit
340 Macalister Road
10350 Penang
Malaysia
Tel: +604-229 6579
Fax: +604-226 6403

E-mail: info@disted.edu.my

  1. All international students of DISTED are not required to pay the Malaysian immigration bond.

  1. All international students are required to attain a 80% class attendance report for the duration of the current student pass validity period.
  2. Students unable to attend classes must substantiate their absence with supporting medical evidence or equivalent.
  3. The college is required to report to the Malaysian Immigration Department and the Malaysian Ministry of Education if an international student is absent from class for more than 3 days without any appropriate notice or acceptable reasons.

  1. All international students are required to stay in premises arranged by the College.
  2. International students whose parents own properties in Penang or students who wish to stay with relatives/guardians must produce either a certified copy of the sales and purchase agreement and/or a letter from the relative/guardian concerned that they allow the student to stay out of the accommodation arranged by the college and will therefore, be responsible for the student’s welfare for the duration of his/her stay in Penang.
  3. Ensure that accommodation placement in Penang has already been arranged and confirmed in writing by DISTED International Student Unit before departure.

  1. It is the sole responsibility of all international students to submit the following documents to DISTED International Student Officer 3 months prior to the date of expiry of their student pass in order to apply for further extension:
    1. Original passport.
    2. 2 sets of certified photocopied passport (all pages including cover, blank pages, special pass and/or exit stamp where applicable). The passport must be valid for at least 12 months from the date of application.
    3. 2 sets of certified special pass and/or passport page with exit stamps (where applicable).
    4. 2 sets of academic transcripts for the duration of the current student pass validity period.
    5. 2 sets of attendance report for the duration of current student pass validity period.
    6. Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) visa renewal processing fee RM140.
    7. Medical screening fee RM250 if required.
    8. Annual medical insurance fee RM500.
    9. Student pass and visa fees applicable at the time of renewal.
  2. International students who do not observe the above are personally liable for a compound fine or imprisonment for overstaying as imposed by the Malaysian Immigration Department.

    Compound Schedule for Overstaying

    DurationFirst OffenceSecond & Further Offence
    Less than One Month
    One Month
    Six Months and more
    RM30.00 per day
    RM1,000.00
    RM2,000.00
    RM3,000.00
    RM3,000.00
    RM3,000.00

  1. In the event an international student wishes to study at another private institution after arriving in Malaysia, then the student pass applicable to DISTED will be cancelled immediately and the student will be sent home to his/her country of origin.
  2. In the event an international student has completed his/her current course at DISTED and wishes to transfer to another private institution, the student must produce a copy of the admission offer letter from the other institution before a clearance (release) letter can be issued by DISTED.
  3. For further details pertaining to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), kindly refer to PDPA Notice to Student