The UPM Outbound Mobility program is a program that enables UPM students to spend some time abroad during their study year. The outbound mobility program is a program that aims to expand the mind of the UPM students while at the same time, allowing the student to experience the different cultures and environments in a different country.
The outbound mobility program offered covers from short-term Academic visits to Long term semester exchanges to various partner and non-partners universities from universities worldwide. The types of mobility are divided into two main types based on the program's duration. 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
For a student to participate in any outbound mobility program, the student must satisfy the general eligibility requirement set up by the host university and by UPM. The general eligibility requirement for UPM students to apply for any mobility program are as follows.
*Depending on the program offered by the host university, the student must also showcase a certain level of proficiency in the language spoken in the host country. This requirement will depend on the host university
Depending on the country and duration that you wish to do your mobility program at, the visa requirement might differ. Please consult the embassy of the respective for more information. The list of Foreign Embassy in Malaysia can be accessed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia's website.
Do take into consideration that not all Host institutions will be able to offer in-campus accommodation for your mobility program. Students are encouraged to extend their research to look for off-campus residency as required. Often, the host institution will be able to assist with the accommodation accordingly.
Interested applicants should plan and arrange their finance accordingly before their mobility program. It is not advisable for candidates to fully rely on the scholarship or financial aid they received for their program.
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 the host country and depart from Malaysia
Apply for the appropriate visa
Liaise with the host university regarding the quarantine arrangement
Adhere to the vaccination requirement set by the host country and host university (if applicable)
Students must take into consideration the mandatory quarantine arrangement that they will need to undergo upon departure and return from their on-site mobility program. Students can contact the host university or liaise with the embassy in the host country to learn more about the quarantine arrangement.
Students may also refer to the following entities to learn more about mandatory quarantine requirements upon their return from their mobility program. Their website is linked below.
National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA): https://www.nadma.gov.my/en/
National Security Council (MKN): https://www.mkn.gov.my/web/ms/
Updated:: 20/06/2022 [sh_najiyah]
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