Working Part-Time While Studying in Malaysia

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International Students studying in Malaysia are allowed to work part time with the following conditions:
  • Maximum 20 hours of work per week.
  • Students can only work during holiday breaks of more than 7 days.
  • Students are allowed to work in mini markets, restaurants and cafes, hotels and petrol stations but not as a cashier, singer, masseur, musician, GRO and other work seen as morally wrong.
  • Request to work must be made through the private institution or university you are studying at.


The hourly wage for part-time employment in Malaysia is minimal and International Students are subject to conditions above. Hence, we strongly advise that International students do not rely on part-time employment in Malaysia to pay for course and living expenses.

Note: The private institution or university that you will be studying at will be required to submit your class attendance report and performance to the Immigration Department every 3 months.
Click HERE for information on work-based learning courses where students will have the option to do full time work while studying.