Pre-university courses are programmes that bridge the gap between high school leaver qualifications and qualifications required for entrance into a degree program. Pre-university courses in Malaysia are different from foundation studies as they are generally more renown and globally accepted.

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Course Name & University
Sunway University

American Degree Transfer Program

  • Sunway University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Aug
Duration: 4 years
Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

American Degree Transfer Program

  • Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Apr, Aug
Duration: 2 years
Taylor's University

American Degree Transfer Program

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 4 years
KDU University College

American Degree Transfer Program

  • KDU University College
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 4 years
INTI International University

American University Program

  • INTI International University
  • Negeri Sembilan Selangor Pulau Pinang
Intakes: Jan, May, Jun, Aug
Duration: 4 years
Asia Pacific University (APU)

APU Foundation Programme (Computing & Engineering)

  • Asia Pacific University (APU)
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Apr, May, Sep, Nov
Duration: 1 years
Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

  • Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Aug
Duration: 11 months
Sunway University

Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT)

  • Sunway University
  • Selangor Johor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Sep
Duration: 8 months
KDU University College

Cambridge A Level

  • KDU University College
  • Selangor Pulau Pinang
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul
Duration: 1 year 6 months
INTI International University

Cambridge A Level

  • INTI International University
  • Negeri Sembilan Selangor Pulau Pinang
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 year 3 months
Taylor's University

Cambridge A Levels

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 year 3 months
HELP University

Cambridge A-Levels

  • HELP University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 year 6 months
Sunway University

Cambridge GCE A-Level

  • Sunway University
  • Selangor Johor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 year 6 months
UCSI University

Cambridge GCE A-Levels

  • UCSI University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 year 6 months
Taylor's University

Canadian Pre-University (CPU)

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul, Oct
Duration: 1 years
Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • Johor
Intakes: Apr
Duration: 1 years
HELP University

Foundation in Arts

  • HELP University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
UCSI University

Foundation in Arts

  • UCSI University
  • Kuala Lumpur Sarawak Terengganu
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
KDU University College

Foundation in Arts

  • KDU University College
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Arts and Education

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 year 6 months
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Business and Management

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 year 3 months
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Foundation in Business & Design

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  • Putrajaya
Intakes: Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 years
Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)

Foundation in Commerce

  • Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)
  • Sarawak
Intakes: Mar, Aug
Duration: 10 months
Taylor's University

Foundation in Communication (FICM)

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 years
Taylor's University

Foundation in Computing

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 years
Taylor's University

Foundation in Design

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 years
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Engineering

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 year 3 months
Taylor's University

Foundation in Engineering

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Jul
Duration: 1 years
KDU University College

Foundation in Engineering

  • KDU University College
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)

Foundation in Engineering & Science

  • Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)
  • Sarawak
Intakes: Mar, Aug
Duration: 10 months

Pre-university courses students can apply for in Malaysia include the A Level program, SACE International, Canadian Pre-University (CPU) program, International Baccalaureate (IB) and STPM. The latter of the two are highly selective and government administered, respectively.

A unique inclusion into the pre-university course is the ADP program, which is a hybrid of a pre-university program and a degree program that allows students to complete their degree right after SPM / O Level.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-University Programs in Malaysia

Who are these programmes suited for?
Students who would benefit from this program are students who:

  • Want the freedom to apply to any university around the world
  • Want the flexibility to choose subjects and modules
  • Want to be a part of a large network of students
  • Want their pre-university qualification accredited by a well-known body
  • A Level: Prefer exam based learning
  • SACE / CPU: Prefer continuous assessment and hands-on earning

What are the requirements to enter this programme?
In general, most programs require a minimum of 5 C's in SPM / O Level with passes in Bahasa Malaysia, English and History. Certain pathways (i.e sciences) may require specific credits in certain subjects. 

Who sets the exam questions and who marks the papers?
The subjects are designed, set and moderated by a governing exam body. Invigilators for the exam papers are usually trained by the boards and mark according to the guidelines set by the respective exam boards.

  • SACE International: SACE board
  • A Level Program: Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel
  • Canadian Pre-U (CPU): Ontario Secondary School District (OSSD)

What is the exam structure and grading system like?

  • A Level: 100% examination based at thinned of AS and A2 levels.
  • CPU / SACE / ADP: 50% coursework 50% examination, with coursework being assessed continuously throughout the semester

What are the kind of subjects you can take?
Almost all programs include core subjects like English and Mathematics, and MQA subjects like Malaysian Studies and/or Moral Studies. The balance of subjects are those related to field of interest, i.e sciences, law, business, communication or a combination of fields. Due to the international quality of the programs, the subject list is vast and varied.

Which university recognises international pre-university programs?
International pre-university programs have the benefit of being globally recognised and obtaining good results will allow students to apply to almost anywhere in the world. The A Level program in particular is one of the most globally accepted pre-u program in the world, easing access into universities like Cambridge, Harvard and many more. CPU and SACE are just as well known, however students often use these programs as direct access into Canadian and Australian universities respectively, even though they are well accepted elsewhere. ADP graduates are bound to partnering universities of the offering university in which they take the program, however the list is usually extensive, encompassing American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand universities.  

How established are these programs in Malaysia?
Some of the earliest colleges in Malaysia started by first running A Level programs, followed by other international pre-university programs. Established colleges and universities locally have had almost fifty years of experience, and Malaysian students have long been using the results from these programs to enter top universities in the world.

What are the advantages of taking these programs?

  • Allows students to choose from a wide array of universities to continue their studies
  • Is certified by an international body 
  • Freedom to choose course subjects and modules

What are the disadvantages of taking these programs?

  • Highly competitive and challenging programs
  • Cost is higher than doing a foundation program

What's the price international pre-u courses in Malaysia?
The cost of pre university programs in Malaysia can cost from about RM 15,400 to RM 56,380.

When are the intakes in Malaysia?
January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Where should I pursue my pre-u program?
It is first good to choose based on how you like to study - exam based or continuous assessment. Then decide if you have a specific country in mind, or want to keep your options open. Then apply to a course based on preferred choice, and our experienced team of counsellors will help you cement the best choice for you.