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  Getting To Penang And USM Minden Campus

Arrival by Air

Penang has direct air links with Singapore, Bangkok, Haadyai, Phuket, Medan, Xiamen and Madras operated by our national carrier, Malaysian Airlines.  Most of the international flights to Penang will usually transit in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and transferred to domestic flights to Bayan Lepas International Airport (Penang Island), which is approximately 10km from USM Minden Campus.  Taxis fare from the airport to USM campus range between USD4 (day) and USD5 (night).
  Arrival by Road
a. By Ferry
  You can board the ferry from Butterworth jetty, located in the mainland.  Tickets are only required for the return journey.  Fares are USD0.10(Adult) and USD0.05 (Children).  Fares for vehicle are varied based on engine capacity.  You can take a taxi from the island jetty to USM Minden campus, the fare is approximately USD5.
b. By the Penang Bridge
  You can board a bus or drive personally from Perai (mainland) to USM campus crossing the Penang Bridge.  The levy is USM2/car.  No payment is require for traveling from Penang island to mainland.  If you are traveling by bus, the levy is included in your ticket.  You can alight at a nearby town of Gelugor.  Take a taxi from this spot to the campus, which is within the vicinity.
  Immigration & Passport Control

Ensure your passport's validity date is enough to cover the entire period of study.  You are required to present your Letter of Offer and Approval for Foreign Students studying in Malaysia upon entering Malaysia.  The immigration officer will issue a social visa valid for 2 weeks to 2 months depend on the country of origin.

  Student Pass

All international students need to have student pass (study visa) for purpose of their study at USM.  USM will undertake the application on behalf of the student.  Documents required for the application consist of :-

  • 3 copies of international passport, inclusive of the hard cover and all the used pages.
  • 4 passport-size photographs
  • Payment of RM10.00 for stamp duty
    Payment of RM60.00 for student pass
    Payment of RM3.00 for the immigration application forms
Application for student pass is made to the Malaysian Immigration Department in Penang, Malaysia.  The process takes at least 14 working days and once approved, a copy of the approval letter will be sent to students to facilitate entry into Malaysia.
  • Notes : Besides the above requirements, the Malaysian Immigration Authority requires USM to sign a personal Bond on behalf of the applicants binding the University for a said sum.  To comply with this requirement, USM requires an applicant to deposit RM1,900.00 = USD500.00 with the University for the purpose of the Personal Bond.  This amount will be reimbursed to the students on completion of study at USM.
  Health Regulations
Students arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zone and other effected areas are required to present International Health Certificates showing vaccination.  A medical checkup report is required prior to the registration in USM.  Students with critical ailments such as heart and kidney complications, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and drug addiction are not allowed to register.  Students are advised to acquire health insurance for themselves and their dependents.
  Medical Care
All students are eligible for treatment at the University Health Centre and are required to pay USD15.80 (RM60.00) persemester.  The service is only available during office hours;

Mondays to Fridays : 8.10 a.m. to 4.15 p.m.
Saturday : 8.10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Health services are also available from appointed Panel Doctors within close proximity to the campus.  The services are available within and after office hours.  Emergency or serious cases are normally referred to the government hospital or to private hospital (on request).

  Arrival Information
USM will provide airport reception and students are advised to inform this office of their arrival details latest by 2 weeks before arrival.  Overseas flights to Penang will usually transit in Kuala Lumpur where the passengers will be transferred to an domestic flight to Penang.
  • Your temporary address at USM :
       Academic Management Division
       Admissions & Enrolments
       Universiti Sains Malaysia
       11800 USM, Pulau Pinang
  • Tel :  604-653 3327
             604-653 3059
             604-653 2688
  • Fax : 604-653 3328
  Medium of Instruction

The language of instruction for most of the undergraduate courses is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay Language), but special tutorials in English are arranged specially for international students.

In terms of reference materials, most of the reference books and other reading materials in the library are in English.


Minibuses (Number 25 and 86) and City Link buses (Number 325 and 313) that operate from the campus to Georgetown, the Capital City of Penang.  Minibus no.25 will go to "Sunshine Square Shopping Complex" and the no.86 minibus will go to the "Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex"

Most of the academic places in the campus are within walking distance and new students are not allowed to drive in campus.  USM shuttle bus plies the campus area frequently.


Equatorial climate that is warm and humid.  The average temperature is 32.2C with annual rainfall approximately 267cm.


Light clothing will be best for Malaysia's climate.  Students are not allowed to wear collarless T-shirt, short pants, sleeveless shirt and slippers during lectures.

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