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Malaysia tightens entry requirements for foreign students

Published on Aug 26, 2012 5:31 PM

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Higher Education Ministry is imposing several requirements as part of measures to tighten entry of foreign students.

Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin said these include requiring all foreign students to take medical insurance, issuance of a standard student card and proof of acceptance from a higher education institution before they can apply for a visa though the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

He added that foreign students would also need to take Bahasa Malaysia during the first year of their studies to help them interact better with Malaysians. Mr Khaled said these measures would ensure that only genuine foreign students came to Malaysia to study.

"Previously, a student could enter Malaysia before joining an institution. Now all matters pertaining to foreign students involving the Immigration Department will be handled by EMGS," he said, adding that there were now 95,000 foreign students in the country.

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