"So, what do you want to eat for lunch?"  

This might seem like the ultimate Malaysian question everyone secretly hates, but to every SPM / IGCSE-leaver, it is the ever-annoying question of,

"So, what are you planning to study?"

Like food options, pre-university options in Malaysia are also of abundance and kiasu overachieving Malaysians just don't want to make the wrong decision. A good pre-university education might just land you a free ticket to an undergraduate degree! If you agree and cringed at that question, you, my friend are in luck today as we bring you the updated list of best private colleges in Malaysia. 

Cambridge A Level


KDU University College

45% of KDU students score 3A’s and above in their A Level. They have proven time and time again that the experienced lecturers on-campus has made an impact in bringing quality education to Malaysians, with a total of 67 high-achievers in 2013. Not only do KDU graduates obtain stellar academic performances, they are also equipped with the soft skils that they need to dive into employment.   

Brickfields Asia College (BAC)

Widely-reknowned for their A Level Express Route, the BAC curriculum is designed specially to enable students to start as early as January and graduate up to two years earlier than their peers. Having numerous awards under their belt, BAC is recommended for SPM/IGCSE leavers who are interested in studying Law and be affiliated with a UK university. 

First City University College

Affordable, affordable, affordable! A Level in First City University College is relatively lower in price as compared to its close counterparts but don't let that fool you as their optimum class size of 15-25 provides a holistic, personalised varsity environment with class size up to about 5-10 students. That means better personal attention given to more challenging subjects! 

Want to find out the Top 5 A Level colleges in Malaysia? We've got it covered! 

Australian Matriculation Program (AUSMAT)


Sunway University (Monash University Foundation Year) 

If you're looking at getting in Monash University, either in Malaysia or Australia, MUFY is your best choice! With its university-style learning which focuses on independent learning, MUFY students will have a smooth and express transit to university upon completion. MUFY is also recognised by other Australian universities, universities in New Zealand and a growing number of established universities in the UK. 

KDU University College (UNSW Foundation Year)

The KDU's University of New South Wales (UNSW) Foundation Studies provides students with a smooth transition from pre-university to varsity studies in universities in Australia and New Zealand. It is offered at the brand-new state-of-the-art Glenmarie campus, giving students the options to select interesting subjects from both Commerce and Science disciplines.

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur

Established in 2000, MCKL has a reputation of churning out high-caliber, desciplined and outstanding students. With the structured and organized AUSMAT curriculum in this prestiguous institution, be sure that your pre-university life would prepare you to excel in your degree years after. 

Taylor's College

The SAM / SACE International Program provided in Taylor's College is administered by the SACE Board of South Australia, a statutory authority of the South Australian Government. The unique point about SAM in Taylor's is that the assignment-heavy curriculum and cohesive vibrant student life at Taylor's develop you with lifelong learning skills and hone your leadership capabilities to equip you for the future.

American Degree Program (ADP)


KDU University College

How to get a US degree without worrying about burning a hole in your pockets? Students are able to do their first 2 years in KDU itself before transferring overseas to complete your varsity studies. The flexibility of the course is very well-received by students all-year-round, especially with the wide range of majors available ranging from US History, Psychology, Sociology, Computing to the Science majors. 

Taylor's University

ADP in Taylor's University ensures university placements suited to your preferences in terms of location, majors and environment. Ultimately, you will get to tranfer to a university in the US in which you will thrive and contribute most in. With the Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) and class interaction, students will be well-equipped to involve themselves in debates and holistic conversations. Very American, if you ask me!

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Foundation in Arts


KDU University College

The Mass Communication programme in KDU University College is well-received amongst the rest, and by taking the Foundation in Arts in the same institution is an early step into what it feels like studying in KDU. Of course, the curriculum also offers electives and papers on Accounting, Economic, Psychology, IT and Media, which opens up a lot more doors for you, upon completion. 

First City University College

First City University College is renowned for its Arts and Design courses, which means a Foundation in Arts and Design would propel you into a smooth transition upon entering university. A wide array of modules ranging from critical thinking skills, research writing and drawings hone students into a good all-rounder equipped to take on the Arts and Design scene during varsity.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

The Foundation in Arts and Education in University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus provides students with a cohesive set of modules like Communications, Global Issues, Information Technology and others which will be mostly assessed based on a balance of both written and oral communication. They will be broken down to either 2 or 3 semesters, but based on the diverse and relevant topics you'll be studying, you wouldn't have the time to keep track.

Foundation in Business

University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM)

The only university located in Johor in our list, University of Reading Malaysia offers a reputable program affiliated from the prestiguous Henley Business School in the UK. In addition, this Foundation program does not tie you down to pursue your degree at UoRM, but students would be able to gain access to other top business schools upon completion.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

Together with experienced lecturers and tutors, students would be able to learn the basics of different aspects of a business, from banking, finance, economics, communications, and management. Situated at Semenyih, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus offers Foundation in Business and Management in April and July. One of the more interesting elective you can take is Politics on Film. 

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The foundation program in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia offers a focused programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed to equip you for a  professionally relevant and internationally recognised degree at the institution. Located in the pristine administrative hub of Malaysia, Putrajaya, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a condusive campus to study in.

Curtin University Sarawak

Curtin University Sarawak provides the core ingredients of setting up and managing a business through well-designed modules for their Foundation in Commerce, which sets it apart from the rest. Located in Sarawak, students are able to enjoy a world-class education in the midst of Mother Nature. 

Foundation in Science


Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NuMed)

This Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences allows students to venture into medicine, biological or biomedical sciences or science, in preparation for their undergraduate studies. Largely influenced by the British way of teaching, a strong emphasis of English language is heavily looked upon and modules are taught under the moderation of the parent university in the UK. 

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

Foundation in Science in UNMC is a well-known program that builds a solid platform for students that sees themselves venturing into the science industry. Students would be able to learn about the basics of Cells and Molecules, Atoms and Bonding, Laboratory Practicals in Science and others, in which is packed in a cohesive curriculum for approximately 15 months.

Taylor's University

Taylor's University Foundation in Science (FIS) guides students on their journey in the vigorous field of science. With state-of-the-art laboratories and well reputable lecturers, it's a condusive learning experiece for students to enhance their knowledge and hone their scientific prowess through 4 main subjects (Biology, Physics, Chmistry and Mathematics) that would shape the main structure of this course.

Foundation in Engineering


University of Southampton Malaysia

With a specialization in Engineering, there is no doubt in the quality of the University of Southampton Malaysia Foundation program which provides students a solid foundation before proceeding to a more advanced degree. This prep programme is taught through laboratory applications, lectures, tutorials, and exclusive study with a huge emphasis on engineering principles and applications. 

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Like other foundation courses offered by University of Notthingham Malaysia Campus, Foundation in Engineering is equally as well-knowned by students. Upon completion in 15 months, students would already be rich with the basic knowledge and skills from various Engineering modules such as Basic Engineering Mechanics, Termal Science, C Programming and etc. 

Curtin University Sarawak

Developed in partnership with the industry, this award-winning Engineering Foundation Year equips students through the learning by doing concept and boasts a cross-disciplinary curriculum. With often industry visits and hands-on simulation projects, Curtin churns out sought-after graduates with an extensive portfolio under their belt.

KDU University College

KDU University College provides a 1-year Foundation in Engineering program which provides a strong foundation in physical sciences, technical knowledge in engineering and language skills, in prepartion for degree education. Available in the new Glenmarie campus as well as Penang campus, students are able to kickstart their journey of becoming a engineer through KDU. 

(Do note that criterias in choosing a college / university varies in individuals, depending on what you feel is important to you. This article simply serves as a guide in hopes of helping you to narrow your choices down.)