The UPM Inbound Mobility programme is a programme that enables international students to spend some time in Malaysia during their study year. The inbound mobility programme is a program that was created to provide international students around the globe the experience of studying in one of the top research universities in Malaysia and Asia while at the same time enjoying the exotic and unique cultural diversity of the country located in the heart of Asia and experiencing the amazing gastronomic experience unlike no other.
The inbound mobility programme covers from short term academic visits to long term semester exchanges and were welcomed international students from various partner and non-partners worldwide universities. We also provide programmes that offer credit transfer under the inbound exchange semester programme. Beginning from 2020, to keep the spirit of internationalization alive despite the pandemic, the types of mobility have also been extended to cover various mediums of instruction, such as fully virtual/on-site programs and hybrid program
In order for a student to participate in any inbound mobility program, the student must satisfy the general eligibility requirement set up by UPM. The general eligibility requirement for international students to apply for any mobility programme are as follows.
|Activity|| First Semester
| Second Semester
|Application Deadline to UPM||31st May||31st October|
|Expected Date of Arrival to UPM||At least 2 weeks before the semester begins||At least 2 weeks before the semester begins|
|Registration Date in UPM||October
(Date is subject to change)
(Date is subject to change)
|Lecture Duration||14 Weeks||14 Weeks|
|Mid-Semester Break||1 Week||1 Week|
|Final Examination||2 Weeks||2 Weeks|
|Inter-semester / Final Semester Break||3 Weeks||11 Weeks|
Students will need to apply for a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) to enter Malaysia which can be applied through the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). The visa application procedure can be accessed through the EMGS website at https://educationmalaysia.gov.my/.
UPM does offer on-campus accommodation that can be booked for mobility students. However the availability of the on-campus accommodation is strictly based on first come first serve basis. For more information on these accommodations you may visit the following website.
The pandemic might have halted the mobility efforts briefly. However, in ensuring the spirit of internationalization to be kept alive, various strategies have been implemented to overcome the challenges that have been raised. The introduction of virtual and hybrid mobility along with the reopening of borders worldwide with strict Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) are some of the strategies that have been introduced to ensure the mobility efforts can be rekindled. Here are some of the important information that you might need to know especially if you are looking to pursue your mobility program during the pandemic.
Hybrid Mobility Program & On-site Mobility Program
Take note of the virtual/on-site study period for the program.
Be informed on the rules and regulations along with the SOP that you will need to adhere to enter Malaysia
Apply for the appropriate visa
Adhere to the vaccination requirement set. (if applicable)
Students will need to take into consideration the mandatory Malaysian quarantine arrangement managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) upon their arrival in Malaysia. Please be informed that as of present, the quarantine arrangement for any international traveller to Malaysia is solely managed by NADMA.
Students may also refer to the following entities to learn more about the mandatory quarantine requirements upon their arrival to Malaysia through the following government entities.
National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA): https://www.nadma.gov.my/en/
National Security Council (MKN): https://www.mkn.gov.my/web/ms/
Updated:: 29/11/2023 [arif.hadi]
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