1.Do international students that are currently outside Malaysia have the option to continue with online learning?
Yes. All international students (existing students) who are still outside Malaysia are allowed to study online learning until further notice. Classes will continue to be delivered online and for certain modules, on hybrid mode. However, for students whose student visa has expired or for those who will expire in less than 2 months, it is recommended to return to Malaysia to obtain a new student visa. This is to ensure that students have an active and valid student visa until you graduate. This is a requirement from the Immigration and MOHE.
2. Will visa processing procedures for new students be resumed so that students can travel back to Malaysia?
Yes, Malaysian Immigration is starting to process all international student Visa Approval Letters (eVAL) which had been put on hold since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you are required to get the eVAL approval before you can enter Malaysia.
3. What is the process for local students (from Sabah/Sarawak area) that wish to travel back to Kuala Lumpur for physical classes?
They will be required to undergo a quarantine period at IUMW dedicated quarantine centres. Students from Sabah who will be returning to Peninsular Malaysia or Labuan will be required to do the RT-PCR or RTK-Ag COVI-19 test within three 3 days before departing Sabah.
4. If they choose to continue with online learning instead, will their attendance be affected in any way?
No, physical classes are meant for the 6 categories of students and measures will be taken to ensure that the classes can be streamed/recorded for those who are unable to attend physically.
5. For the quarantining procedure, will they be required to do a swap test pre-arrival?
Yes, only for students from Sabah.
6. Who will bear the quarantining and testing expenses for local students?
Please contact the Student Service Centre for this arrangement.
7.For final year students, will it be purely physical, online or hybrid learning, especially for those taking modules like Experimental psychology, Psychological testing and/or Research projects (1&2)?
The hybrid mode will be offered and students taking these modules will be allowed to enter the campus for the physical classes.
8. Can International students choose not to renew their visa at the moment if they’re facing a travel ban in their home country and are unable to arrange for travel back to Malaysia, will there be any consequences or penalties for this?
All international students are encouraged to apply for a student visa renewal/extension application before the current student visa expires even if you are not in Malaysia. This is to avoid/prevent any issues regarding your student visa with the Malaysian Immigration.
9.How long can international students choose to extend/postpone their visa renewal process for?
The maximum period is 60 days after the latest visa expires.
10. For the batch that has students sitting for hybrid learning (mixed), how will final exams and other assessments (midterms or quizzes) be conducted?
The final exams and assessments will be conducted online.
11. As MCO has been extended, will this affect the university’s decision to open up the campus or should the students be assured that they can plan their move back to campus with ease?
The re-opening of the campus will depend on MOHE’s announcement. At the time this is published, the official date for campus re-opening is 1 March 2021 for the 6 categories of students. However, overseas students and outstation students may return to their respective accommodation and continue with the online learning
12. For international students in a compromised environment* that wish to travel back to Malaysia but are unable to due to various reasons e.g. financial strain of the quarantining requirements, will the university be able to extend any type of assistance to ease the process for them?
Yes, please write to the Student Service Centre and inform them of your situation.
*Being in a compromised environment includes students that are strained by the demanding time differences, uncomfortable home settings and insufficient learning materials available at hand.