jesselton university college

International Office

The International Student Office is based in the Student Affairs. We provide specialist support to students who come to study at Jesselton from outside the Malaysia, facilitate student mobility opportunities and administer student exchange support. 

Prospective and current students from outside the Malaysia should visit our International Office for guidance on admission, immigration, orientation and studying at Jesselton.

The International Student Office is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the collegiate University is compliant with our Ministry of Home Affairs (Kementerian Dalam Negeri) student sponsor licence responsibilities.
  • Providing prospective and current students with student immigration and related advice.
  • Developing and maintaining the International Students area of the website.
  • Providing pre and post-arrival guidance to students coming to study from outside the Malaysia.

The International Students area of the website provides guidance for students from outside the Malaysia through every stage of your student journey, from application through to opportunities after studying.

International Student Admission Procedure

Step 1: Registration and Document Submission

Prospective international students who wish to study at Jesselton University College are required to complete the Application Form (available from International Office). After applying, applicants must submit the softcopies of the following documents in PDF format to the International Office:

  • Academic Qualifications: Certified True Copy of all academic transcripts and completion certificate. Non-English documents require official English-translated versions.
  • Transfer Students: Additional documents like final transcripts, programme syllabus, and portfolio (if applicable) are required for credit exemption consideration.
  • Postgraduate Applications: Include Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume and a 2-3 page essay explaining goals and objectives related to the chosen programme.
  • If studying at another institution of higher learning in Malaysia, student must obtain Released Letter from existing institution.

For all international students, mandatory documents are as following:

  • Passport copy, must be valid for at least 18 months from the date of admission/submission to the university.
  • Passport-sized photograph with a white background
  • Health declaration form
  • Medical report form
  • Accommodation application form (if required).


Step 2: Application Fee and Visa Processing

Applicants are required to pay the application fee, which includes the student visa fee. The fee varies based on the programme type and nationality. Payment must be made via Telegraphic Transfer (TT) to the designated accounts. Please seek advice from International Office for payment.


Step 3: Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO)

After meeting the entry requirements and completing the payment, Jesselton University College will email a scanned copy of the Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO) to the applicant. The university will then proceed to apply for the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) on behalf of the student, which typically takes 8-10 weeks.


Step 4: Confirmation of Offer and Visa Approval

Upon remittance of the initial and miscellaneous fees, including total rental and deposit (for those required accommodation arrangement), Jesselton University College will courier the original Letter of Offer and the Original Visa Approval Letter (VAL) to the student upon request.


Step 5: Apply for e-VISA

To apply for e-SEV, please logon to

Student can find more information regarding e-VISA application at the link below:

During the application make sure you have prepared the following documents for submission

  • Copy of your offer letter  
  • VAL issued by the Immigration Department of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Your original passport
  • One way ticket to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Alternatively, student may also apply the SEV at the Malaysian Embassy/Consulate of your home country as stated in the VAL.


Step 6: Make arrangement to visit to Sabah, Malaysia

Please complete all requirements to enter Malaysia before the departure date

Upon receipt of the Single Entry VISA (SEV), you can make arrangement to visit to Malaysia. Please ensure you have original and copy of these required documents with you:

  • Passport
  • e-VISA Approval Document
  • VISA Approval Letter (VAL)
  • Offer Letter from University
  • Certificate of Vaccination

Jesselton University College warmly welcomes international students to join our diverse and enriching academic community. For more information or assistance, please feel free to contact our International Office at [email protected].