University of Nottingham Malaysia
International Office

Working in Malaysia

Student employment

International students who enter Malaysia on a student visa have few opportunities to undertake paid employment.

Although technically there are some legal opportunities for students to work, however, the Malaysian Immigration Department has set the limitations for international students to undertake any form of paid employment whilst studying in Malaysia ─ see guidelines below.

  • You are only allowed to work 20 hours per week in a restricted category of jobs during long vacations.
  • If you are interested in undertaking employment at any stage during your studies, please consult the Student Visa Officer at the International Office.
  • Under no circumstances should you undertake unofficial employment as this could result in your student visa being revoked. 


Guidelines for part-time work

Non-Malaysian students are allowed to work part-time, subject to the terms and conditions below.

For a maximum of 20 hours per week, non-Malaysian students are allowed to work on a part-time basis during:

  • semester breaks
  • festive holidays
  • more than seven days of holiday

Non-Malaysian students are permitted to work in:

  • restaurants
  • petrol kiosks
  • mini markets
  • hotels

Non-Malaysian students are not able to work in the following positions:

  • cashier
  • singer
  • masseur
  • musician
  • guest relations officer
  • any activity deemed to be immoral

Students wishing to work must have a valid Student Pass.

Application process for approval

1. Non-Malaysian students who intend to work part-time in Malaysia, must submit:

  • a photocopy of their passport (pages containing information of the bearer and the valid Student Pass pages)
  • address, contact number and letter from the prospective employer
  • RM120.00 (Non-returnable processing fee)

2. The application to work part-time must be forwarded by the representative of the Educational Institution, in the presence of the student at the Immigration Department Headquarters Malaysia. The University must provide a supporting letter allowing the Non-Malaysian student to work, and which includes the dates of the semester breaks.

3. Students will be interviewed, after which the application will be either approved/declined.

4. The passport of students whose application has been approved will be endorsed accordingly.

The Director General of Immigration Malaysia has the right to approve or reject any Non-Malaysian student's application to work under section 9 (1) (a) Immigration Act 1959/1963 Amendment 2002.


The Immigration Department requires the University to forward the student's academic progress report every three months and report students who do not attend classes. The extension of the approval to work will only be given if the student maintains good academic achievement.

The University must be informed immediately of any change to employment.

For further information about working in Malaysia, please visit us in our office at Enquiry Center, Block A, Ground Floor or email us at

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International Office

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

telephone: +6 (03) 8924 8778
fax: +6 (03) 8924 8005

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