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.