What are the English language instructors at EMS like?
Our TESOL/TEFL-qualified instructors come from a variety of professional background and nationalities including British, Dutch, Iranians, Africans and Malaysians. They have a range of international teaching experiences which give them a high level of academic competence as well cultural awareness. As individuals, our instructors are warm and friendly and enjoy interacting with students from all over the world. They are here because they are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of the English language and are also keen to help students improve their communication skills.
What are EMS courses offering students?
EMS is open to a wide variety of English language learners. There are many different types of courses to suit various learning goals and each is designed to suit different levels of skills and age groups. Please click here for more information. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact one of our friendly advisors for a custom-made course catering to you or your company’s requirements.
What is the difference between IELTS and TOEFL?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are two of the most widely-accepted tests to certify your English proficiency. They both prepare students to pursue their academic goals in universities and higher learning institutions globally, where English is the medium of instruction. The main difference between IELTS and TOEFL is the countries from which they originate. IELTS is a UK-based exam, while TOEFL is an American-based one. Both assess non-native students’ ability to perform the four main components of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
How big are the classes at EMS?
EMS prides itself in offering students small, personalized classes, no matter what levels they are studying at. Our classes never exceed more than 10 students per class. This enables instructors to give each student individual attention and encourage full participation in class from everyone.
When do classes start?
The timetable varies every month due to the number of public holidays that fall within each month. The EMS management allows students to take a few off days, but this needs to be planned and agreed beforehand.
What should I do if my English is weak?
EMS welcomes every learner and this includes those whose English language skills are very low or are almost non-existent. We cater for all levels of skills and language-learning requirements. If you feel that your English is weak or that you have had very little English learning experience, please do not worry or stop yourself from joining EMS. Our advisors are at hand to assist and translate if needed. EMS has a Starter level for students who are COMPLETELY new to the language. You will be placed at this level if your placement test result shows this.
Do I have to pay for my placement test?
No, you don’t have to. The placement test is free for those who have registered to study at EMS.
What is the minimum period of registration?
For visa purposes, we recommend students to apply for a 4-month study period with a 6 months visa.
What are the benefits of studying in Malaysia?
Malaysia is one of the most multi-cultural country in South East Asia. It is also a bustling centre of international business. Hence, English is widely spoken here, especially in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. So, this is definitely a great place to learn and practice the English language daily. Being a vibrant and politically-stable country, Malaysia has also much to offer, particularly its diverse cultures, modern and historical architecture, natural environment and recreational activities. We can assure you that whatever your length of stay is in Malaysia, you will find lots of enjoyment from it and plenty to discover in this beautiful country! Your learning will take place inside and outside the classroom as we also include extra-curricular activities and sightseeing programmes.
What is the EMS University Pathway programme? What options are available for me after I finish my studies at EMS?
EMS has been accredited as a prestigious learning centre by many of the top local universities in Malaysia, Canada and several other international universities. These universities offer a wide range of quality graduate and postgraduate courses and EMS works closely with them to facilitate our student’s university admission after their studies. Students can apply to universities once they have completed their studies at EMS (i.e. levels 4/5). From our track record, the chances of gaining admission are favourable for most of our students. We can assist you further once you receive the university admission letter.
Does EMS provide one-to-one tutoring?
Yes we do. If you wish to have personalised classes, please talk to one of our advisors who will assist you.
Applications and Paying of Fees
Is there any age limit when applying to EMS?
Yes and No. For visa purposes, EMS is only able to accept students between the ages of 18-35. However, there is no age limit for anyone who is already in Malaysia with a valid visa. We welcome any age group in this category.
What are the steps to a visa application/registration?
The visa application process does not have to be complicated. We are here to help you and this is how it works:
- Provide us with your valid documents (please refer to the next question for types of documents required).
- We send you a letter of acceptance of your place at EMS within 5 working days.
- We send the documents to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for approval. This will take around 2-3 weeks to process.
- Once the approval from the MOE comes through, we proceed with visa application with the Immigration Department. This takes another 2-3 weeks to process.
Once both approvals from the MOE and the Immigration Department are received, EMS will post the relevant documents to you.
What are the documents required for visa applications?
Please SEND ALL of the following documents:
- One (1) photocopy of applicant’s passport. Send ALL PAGES including blank pages.
- Certified true copy/ copies of latest/highest certificates or qualifications achieved- the documents must be translated into English
- Eight (8) copies of passport – sized photographs with blue background
When should I apply for a place at EMS?
We require you to apply at least 45 days before the start date of an EMS term. This ensures you have enough time to make your visa and travel arrangements and enables you to have a safe and stress-free journey, which is important to give you a good start.
How can I apply/what is the fastest way to apply?
You can come into the center with all your relevant documents or apply online.
Can I reserve a place in advance?
Yes, you can! Please fill-in the enrolment form or apply online and along with it, please send us the first month’s tuition fees.
Is there a registration cut off day?
Yes, there is. Usually the first week of the new term is the last date a student can enrol for that particular term.
Do you accept credit card payments?
We are sorry that we cannot accept credit card payments currently.
Can I pay tuition fees monthly or do you require full payment in advance?
For administrative reasons and to reserve your place on the course, we require that advance payments be made in full. Unfortunately, we do not have a policy of allowing monthly payments.
Will EMS give me a discount if I join a class later?
EMS does not have a policy of offering discounted fees. We require students to join the class they have registered for on the start date. We want you to get the most of your studies – coming late will result in you missing out on the lessons and this will impact on your exams.
Will I receive an acceptance letter?
Yes. EMS will email you your acceptance letter once we have processed your application.
What is the preferred currency for payment purposes?
We advise students to carry USD or Ringgit Malaysia to facilitate payments and avoid any inconvenience.
Visa Fees and Procedure
What are the visa application requirements?
The documents that you submit for EMS registration are also used for your visa application, so there are no further documents required.
Can I study on my tourist pass?
Yes you can! A valid tourist pass is acceptable for registration at EMS. However, you are required to present your passport to one of our advisors for verification and further information.
How long is a study visa valid for?
EMS study visas are issued for a minimum period of 4 months and a maximum of 1 year.
What happens after the visa application?
This is how it works from the moment you wish to apply to study at EMS to when you are ready to leave home. The process is quite simple:
- Submit your documents for registration.
- Transfer USD 500 into our account for processing fees.
- Once we have processed your application, we will send you an offer letter and a receipt.
- The Ministry of Education takes 10-15 days to approve your application.
- Once we receive clearance from the ministry, we will send your application to the Immigration (this takes 5 weeks).
- Once we hear from the Immigration, you will receive a notification from us informing you that you visa is approved.
- Take your passport and our letter to your nearest Malaysian embassy and get your passport stamped.
- Inform EMS that you have done step 7.
- Book your flight ticket and prepare for your journey.
- Inform EMS of your flight details.
What if my visa is rejected? What happens then?
Your visa application is unlikely to be rejected if all the required documents are in order. This rarely happens. However, if for some reason the Immigration Department rejects your application, EMS will then reapply for you.
Will I be allowed to work with a student visa?
Malaysian law does not allow students to work.
Can I study on a Malaysian work permit?
Yes you can. However, it is advisable to first check with our student advisors.
When should I travel?
You should plan your travel before the session begins. Once you receive an email from us confirming receipt of visa application- add 45 days from that date to arrange your travel.
How much money should I bring to the country?
On average, a person spends according to his/her own means. As a guide, USD 300 a month for living expenses, not including the tuition and accommodation fees, will enable you to have a comfortable stay in Malaysia.
Which airport should I fly to?
Most international flights arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). However, if your ticket states another airport for your arrival, please inform our advisors.
Is a Letter of Acceptance required to enter Malaysia?
No, a letter of acceptance is not required at the point of entry into Malaysia.
Who will pick me up from the airport?
An EMS representative will meet all students at the airport. This person will assist with immigration clearance. If students wish to be picked up by someone else, they must make sure they request for this in advance. Please inform us if this is the case.
How much is an airport pick up service?
The pickup service by EMS costs USD 100 per pick up.
What time will I be picked up from the airport?
Airport pickups will only be made during office hours i.e. between 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Malaysian time.
Who will find my accommodation?
EMS advisors can help you find decent accommodation within easy reach of EMS. There are several options to choose from. Please speak with your advisors and advise them of your budgetary and accommodation requirements.
What will the accommodation be like?
Overall, the standard of accommodation in Kuala Lumpur is good. There is a great range of apartments and condominiums on offer to suit individual budgets. Most of the accommodation we recommend are serviced by a good transportation system which will take you to the KLCC station, within walking distance of the EMS.
If I’m on a tourist visa, can I open a bank account in Malaysia?
No, tourist visa holders cannot open bank accounts in Malaysia. However, student visa holders can do this - please speak with your advisor to assist in this matter.
My country has given me a scholarship, how can I get a letter of acceptance from EMS?
EMS will ONLY issue a letter of acceptance for students WHEN they provide EMS advisors with a Letter of Guarantee from their respective embassies in Malaysia.
How should I apply for a student visa as a government scholarship student?
The Letter of Guarantee from the respective embassies will allow students to enrol at EMS. The visa procedure is the same for all students. However, students will not be required to pay any tuition fees. They will however have to pay the visa fees.
Am I eligible for an EMS scholarship?
EMS offers scholarships to students enroled on a 10 month and a 12-month study visa. Please speak with our advisors for further terms and conditions.