FAQ During MCO
Is it possible for International students to travel to other places during the MCO?
No. All international students are not advised to travel during the MCO. It is recommended that you should take self quarantine and social distancing seriously. You should not attend any forms of social or religious gathering. If you have to go outside, you have to limit time and take good care of yourself.
Are the cafeterias and stores in USM still open?
Yes, all cafeterias and stores will open for operations for takeaway throughout the period.
I am an international student and I want to return home. What should I do?
Any international student who wish and decide to leave the country may do so, provided that there is a flight available for you to go home. At the time of writing, we have been informed that international travels for international students will be allowed depending on flight availability. YOU MUST OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM YOUR COUNTRY’S EMBASSY IN MALAYSIA first, and then please request for clearance by contacting the NERVE Centre known as Covid-19 Operations Centre located at every campus. You may get in touch with any USMi Exco (Full-time international students) or Student Buddies (exchange mobility students) to get more information.
If you have obtained a letter signed by or on behalf of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Development Affairs and Alumni) from USM requested by hardcopy or softcopy at NERVE Centre, that would be considered as the clearance letter to be used when you travel to the airport or by land to other airports as transit for your flight (e.g. KLIA).
If you travel out from USM from now onwards, you will not be allowed to return until further notice, depending on the current situation and developments in Malaysia as mentioned above. Please be informed that after the MCO is lifted, any students returning from abroad may be required to undergo a 14-days quarantine at USM. However, students are HIGHLY ADVISED to remain in Malaysia throughout the MCO duration. This is meant to avoid further risk of the outbreak.
What happens to my exchange programme (for exchange students) if I decide to return home?
We have been receiving inquiries and feedback from exchange students through emails and social media with regards to having a continuous learning process via online methods. Let me assure you that USM is doing its best to provide alternative learning approaches without compromising the quality of delivery. As the Malaysian Government has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) period until 4 March 2021. USM has come to the final decision where the online learning will commence on 5th April (Health Campus) and 6th April (for all other campuses).
Kindly be informed that for this semester, the university is implementing a flexible academic semester. Where online teaching assessment and exams are under the discretion of the Schools/Lecturers. Our suggestion is for the Exchange Student to contact the lecturers that they are taking subjects from. Get the new teaching schedule, assessment and exams plan and then decide whether the students want to continue with their studies remotely. Consequently, students who find that the online method is not suitable for them can also choose to withdraw their studies and get credits for their studies at their own Home University.
Will my study be affected due to the MCO?
It will be affected on some levels. As the university has decided on online learning. International Students need to be prepared in terms of internet connectivity in order to have a seamless learning experience. As we have different levels of studies here in USM with multiple programmes, our best advice is again, for the students to be in touch with their respective supervisors for postgraduates or teaching lectures for undergraduates to get more information on teaching and assessment plans. Especially for students that have returned to their Home Country, please be aware of the time differences and also the possibilities that some students are required to return to USM starting from June 2020.
For more information on Academic Matters or details on which students that may be required to return to USM can be found from USM latest announcement