Admissions and Recruitment FAQ for January 2022 Intake

Last update on 8 February 2022

UTAR is keeping abreast of the COVID-19 situation and has taken additional steps to minimise its potential impact on our students, employees, and other stakeholdersWe understand that new changes have brought uncertainties to many students and parents on the admissions to the University. At UTAR, we put together some key FAQ to guide your application of admission to UTAR. 


1. What programmes UTAR offers? 

2. Are UTAR programmes recognised? 

All UTAR programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and most of them have obtained full accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). UTAR also ensures the quality of its programmes through rigorous audits and discussions with Malaysian and international advisors, external examiners, industry leaders, and stringent certification and accreditation processes by more than 20 international and Malaysian professional bodies. 


3. How many intakes in a year? 
Most programmes have 3 intakes per year, i.e. January, June and October. 
Some programmes have only 1 intake (e.g. MBBS) or 2 intakes (e.g. Nursing). 

4. When is the next intake? 

The next intake commences on 

Foundation                                                 : 24 January 2022   

Undergraduate                                           : 24 January 2022   

Postgraduate by Coursework/Mixed Mode: 17 January 2022  (all, except Master of Architecture) /  24 January 2022 (Master or Architecture)

Postgraduate by Research                        : Open throughout the year     

5. How many semesters in a year? 

3 trimesters in a year
Please refer to the latest UTAR Academic Calendar for the details schedules for studies (teaching weeks, study weeks, exam weeks and breaks). 

6. How long is the break in between each trimester? 
Usually 2-3 weeks. Please refer to the latest UTAR Academic Calendar for the dates 

 Entry Requirement 

7. What is the general entry requirement? 

Admission to UTAR is purely on meritocratic basis. You are expected to satisfy the academic qualification and English Language requirement set by the University. 

Some programmes may have additional requirements such as submission of a drawing portfolio, and/or an interview before the University decides on the admission. Please refer to the specific programme entry requirement at: 

8. I do not have any formal academic qualification, can I apply? 

Malaysian applicants may apply for admission to UTAR through Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning, APEL(A). It provides an ‘alternative’ entry method to those who do not possess the requisite formal qualification to further their education to a higher level.  

Interested applicant (must be 21 years and above) may apply for APEL(A) assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) website where successful applicants will be awarded the APEL(A) certificate by MQA for admission to higher educator providers in Malaysia.

9. I have some prior working experience and/or have attended other short courses relevant to the courses in your programme, can I apply for credit exemptions? 

Yes, you can apply based on your relevant knowledge and skills acquired through non-formal work-related learning experience and informal training courses through APEL(C). This is the award of credits for the prior experiential learning towards a course in an accredited programme of higher education provider in Malaysia.  

UTAR is the appointed APEL(C) Centre. For more details, please refer to APEL(C) FAQ. 

10. Can I apply if I have a Diploma from other higher learning provider? 

Yes, you will be considered for admission on a case-to-case basis for credit transfer (vertical transfer). Please submit your official application for admission together with the supporting documents as listed in Step 2 of How to Apply. 

 Application for admission

11. How can I apply? 

Malaysian studentYou can apply for the admission to Foundation and Undergraduate Programmes via UTAR Online Application Portal. For Postgraduate Programmes, please download the application form HERE 

International studentYou can apply for the admission to Foundation and Undergraduate Programmes via UTAR Online Application PortalFor Postgraduate Programmes, please download the application form HERE. Alternatively, you can make your application through our appointed recruitment representatives (also known as agents) at your home country. 

12. When is the deadline for applicants? 

Malaysian student: You are advised to apply for admission as early as possible before the scheduled intake after you have carefully considered your choice as places for some programmes are limited.  

International student: You are advised to apply for admission 3 months in advance of a scheduled intake.  You can apply the October 2021 intake now! 

13. How can I know my application status? 

Malaysian student: Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation (DACE) will notify your application status by SMS within 7 working days after the receipt of duly completed application with the payment of RM60.00 and for straightforward case onlyAt the same time, we will update your application status at UTAR website under Admission Status Enquiry 

If you do not receive any update from us, please email us at admission@utar.edu.my or call 6016-2233562 (Kampar Campus)/ 6018-2953100 (Sungai Long Campus).  

International student: Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation (DACE) will notify your application status by email within 10 working days after the receipt of duly completed application with payment of US$100.00 and for straightforward case onlyWe will update your application status at UTAR website under Admission Status Enquiry. If you do not receive any update from us, please email us at admission@utar.edu.my. 

14. Where can I get my offer letter and student bills to make payment?
You can download the admission documents from UTAR website at Admission Status Enquiry.

15. What should I do if I wish to change programme/intake/campus during the application process?
Please send your official request by email to the Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation (DACE) at admission@utar.edu.my.

16. Can I still submit my application to UTAR if my final exams (e.g. Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level/A Level, IB, etc) have been cancelled?
We will consider your application and provide you a conditional offer of admission if you are able to submit your latest school exam results at this moment, subject to fulfilling programme entry requirements. Please be reminded that you are still required to submit your official result to receive the formal offer of admission. 

17. Can I apply if I have not received my diploma certificate due to the current pandemic situation?  
You can apply as long as you have obtained the Senate letter from your College testifying that you have graduated. We will consider your application by giving a conditional offer subject to you obtaining the final certificate later after the intake. 

18. Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants for admission?
If you encounter admission issues such as unable to certify the application supporting documents, we will facilitate the process at our best level. 

19. Will the University make any changes to document submission criteria for admission? 
The University understands that many communities may be experiencing movement restriction. Hence, you can submit the supporting documents as listed in the application form of admission without certification. 

20. When should I submit the declaration form, health examination report and other documents as required for registration
You can submit the required documents or forms when you are physically return to the campus as per MOHE guidelines and directive. If you return to campus, please give the documents to the Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation (DACE). 

21. How will the classes be conducted
For the academic course delivery, the following are the planned arrangements: 

i. All Lecture Classes shall be conducted via OTL mode except for courses with professional body’s requirements to have physical lecture classes. I

ii. All Tutorial / Practical Classes shall be conducted in physical mode starting 14 February 2022, except for courses with professional body’s requirements to have physical classes at the beginning of the trimester. However, in view of the current COVID-19 situation, for students who are unable to attend physical classes with valid reasons, the hybrid mode* shall be conducted where students can apply to join the physical classes virtually through this mode. For such cases, students who opt for the hybrid mode classes MUST APPLY to attend this hybrid mode to your respective Dean / Director soonest, preferably within TWO (2) working days before class commencement.

Further FAQ on the study mode, please refer to Study Mode FAQ.
For the updates on Academic Study Arrangement, please click here. 

 Student Visa (For International Students) 

22. What should I do after I have received the offer of admission and student bill? 
In order to register as a UTAR student, you need to accept the offer of admission by paying the fees in full amount as stipulated on the student bill on or before the due date. Once your fee payment has been successfully received by the University, the Department of International Student Services (DISS) will apply for student visa through the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) in Malaysia. 

23. Can I change my programme of study? 
We advise you to consider your choice of programme carefully before submitting your application of admission. You should avoid changing your programme once you have accepted the offer and for us to apply for your e-Student Approval Letter (eVAL). Should you decided to change, you are required to re-apply for a new Student Pass and pay all the relevant EMGS and immigration charges again. Please contact the Department of International Student Services should you have decided to change your programme of study at diss@utar.edu.my. 

24. How long it takes to get my eVAL? 
Usually 3 weeks in normal circumstance.  

25. Can I enter to Malaysia during this pandemic situation?

All international students are allowed to enter Malaysia except for students from restricted countries. Please refer to EMGS Latest Bulletin for more details.

IMPORTANT: Due to many uncertainties on COVID-19 pandemic situation, please communicate with UTAR Department of International Services (DISS) before purchasing your flight ticket. 

 Fee Payment 

26. How should I make the payment on student bill? 
Malaysian students: You can pay your fees through JomPay or Public Bank’s Internet Banking, without you physically going to the bank, post office or at the Division of Finance in UTAR. You are not required to send the receipt to us once payment is done.

International students: You can pay your fees from your home country in your local currency and by credit card through Flywire. Please login to utartuition.flywire.com, select 'Student Bill Payment - New Student' and follow the instructions to complete the payment process. Flywire may take at least 3 working days from the delivered date to process the payment. Please email your payment recipient to diss@utar.edu.my once payment is done. 

27. How to use Jompay to pay my student bill? 

If you have online or mobile banking facility at your bank in Malaysia, you can pay your student bill through JomPayPlease enter the JomPay Biller Code and Reference Number (Ref-1) stated on your student bill form your Current, Savings or Credit Card account.  


Please take note that the bank takes 3 working days (including transaction day) to process the payment. No service fee will be charged by the bank.   

28. How about payment through Public Bank's Internet Banking Service? 

If you have Public Bank’s internet banking service, please log on to www.pbebank.com.my for instruction and payment. Please click ‘Payment’, then ‘Bill Payment’ and select ‘UTAR-Bill Payment’ from the ‘Corporate Code’ drop-down menu. Enter the information printed on the physical UTAR Student Bill under ‘Bank Ref (1)’ and ‘Bank Ref (2)’ headings in the ‘Bank Reference 1’ and ‘Bank Reference 2’ fields respectively. You will be able to view more details of your student bill and to proceed for payment.

Please take note that the bank takes 2 working day (including transaction day) to process the payment. A service fee will be charged by the Bank.    

29. If I have missed the deadline for the payment of fees. Can I still pay?  
You can send in your appeal for late registration to admission@utar.edu.my. The outcome of the appeals depends upon the availability of places. 

30. Can I get my fees refunded if I wish to withdraw from UTAR?  

If you withdraw from your programme of study before the commencement date of the programme, there will be a 70% refund of tuition fees and full refund of Caution Money 

If you have paid and registered on and after the commencement date of programme, there is no refund of all fees, except full refund of Caution Money and also Bond Deposit for international students - upon withdrawal from your programme. 

The University will process the refund of the related fees to you only if we have received your completed  “Notification of Withdraw from the University.

 Fee Instalment (For Malaysian Students - January 2022 Intake only) 

31. Can I pay my student bill by instalment? 
Yes, we provide Fee Instalment Plan to all new Malaysian students for the January 2022 intake for first trimester only. This applies for all foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. You do not need to apply for paying fees by instalment as such plan will be given to you automatically once you have been given the offer letter of admission. 

32. How does the fees instalment plan work? 
When we give you the offer letter of admission, we will give you a total of 4 student bills. The 1st bill is Full Payment Student Bill that allows you to opt for Full Payment Plan - pay in full amount within the payment due date stated on the bill, AND the 2nd-4th bills are 3 Instalment Payment Student Bills that allow you to opt for Instalment Payment Plan and pay within the payment due date stated on each bill: 

1st tranche - RM1,209.00 for all programmes except RM2,109 for Chinese Medicine. Payment due date is stated on your student bill.
2nd tranche - 50% of Tuition Fees (payment due date: end of Week 6)
3rd tranche - 50% of Tuition Fees (payment due date: end of Week 10)

Further elaboration in fee instalment for each categories, kindly refer to HERE

Note: If you decide to pay you fees by instalment plan, please discard the Full Payment Student Bill or vice versa. 

33. Am I eligible for the fees instalment plan if I am awarded a 100% UTAR Scholarship for Top Achievers? 

The fee instalment plan is not applicable to 100% scholarship recipients. 

 Financial Assistance (For Malaysian Students Only) 

34. Does UTAR provide any financial assistance? 

Malaysian student: Yes, you can browse through our financial aid website or refer to/download the UTAR Scholarships and Financial Aid Booklet. Please also refer to Financing your Foundation Studies at UTAR (for SPM students) and 高中统考生可申请的拉曼大学奖助学家 (for UEC students).

International student: We are sorry that UTAR does not provide any financial assistance to international students at this moment.  

35. Can I apply for admission and student loan at the same time? 

Yes, you can apply through our UTAR Online Application Portal.

36. Can I apply for admission and UTAR scholarship at the same time?  

(a) For UTAR Scholarship for Top Achievers, you will be given the scholarship automatically offered should your actual result fulfils one of the award criteria during your application of admission process.  

(b) For other UTAR scholarships, you can apply the scholarship and admission concurrently. 

 Programme Enquiry 

37. How can I contact the University for programme enquiries? 

There are many ways to contact our programme advisors. You can click on the right bottom icon to chat with us. 

38. Can I visit UTAR campus to enquiry programme and apply for admission?  

With increased physical distancing measures and the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia until 7 June 2021, we advised students and parents to reach us virtually via video chat and live chat or call/WhatsApp to our hotlines

For those students and parents who are residing in the same district in where our campus located in, you may call us to make an appointment to meet with our programme advisors. Please call 016-2233557 (UTAR Sg. Long Campus @ Hulu Langat District) or 011-10624335 (UTAR Kampar Campus @ Kampar District). 

39. Can I request a letter from UTAR for me to apply for cross state/district travelling?  

No, we will not issue this letter as the cross state/district travelling is not permitted by the Government. All appointments must strictly follow and comply with the latest SOP issued by National Security Council (NSC), Malaysia: https://www.mkn.gov.my/web/ms/sop-pkp/.

We welcome you to consider to arrange a video chat or live chat with our programme advisors. 

 Can't find the questions and answers you need? Please click on the right bottom of this page to chat  with us (9am-5pm, MYT)  or drop us a message if we are not on the line!


Note: The information stated above may be subject to change. Updates will be done when necessary and where relevant.