What are Pre-University programs?
Pre-university courses are programmes that allow students to attain the right qualifications to apply to a degree program. There are various kinds of Pre-University programs including
- GCE A-levels,
- Australian Matriculation
- Canadian Matriculation
- American Degree Transfer Programme
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP),
Each Pre-University program has its own benefits and costs, but choosing the correct Pre-University program is vital for every student. In Malaysia, many universities often offer Pre-University programs that allow students to pursue their desired degrees within the same institution or elsewhere. But first, what Pre-University program should you choose?
What to study after SPM?
There are many options to choose from once you complete your SPM. Each Pre-University program is beneficial in a different way for a different academic goal. The illustration below explains the different pathways a student may choose from after their SPM.
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||> Complete six Subjects – three standard level subjects and three higher level subjects|
> Complete a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
> Complete an extended essay
> Participate in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
|A-levels||> Complete three to four subjects of your choice|
> The programme split into two levels: the advanced subsidiary (AS) Level and the A2 Level
|18 – 24 months||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|STPM||Complete four or five subjects including General Studies||18 months||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|American Degree Transfer Programme||> Made up of General and Core course and Major Courses|
> Approximately 110 to 140 credits are needed to graduate
|Australian Matriculation||> Five subjects including English to be completed|
> Continuous assessments, followed by a final exam at the end of the year.
|10 – 12 months||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Canada Matriculation||> Complete six courses to graduate|
> Students will graduate with an international recognised Ontario Secondary School Diploma
> Offers a variety of extra-curricular programmes with many after-school clubs
> Complete 10 hours of community services
|Foundation||Complete all subjects required in the course structure||1 year||⭐⭐|
|Diploma||> A combination of coursework and final exams|
> Compulsory internship or practical training
|24 – 36 months|
- In most cases where students cannot afford to study at a private university is advisable to continue with government-operated high school for their Year 12 or STPM studies. In most cases, students are unable to choose their preferred degree program as it is allocated by the government.
- Students who are certain that they wish to study abroad but yet to make up their mind on the program and university to study are advised to pursue GCE A-Levels, ADP and SAM respectively depending on their strategy.
- If students are certain on the particular field and university they want to study, it is advisable to join the foundation with the university of their choice. In most case, university priorities their foundation students for placement into degree before accepting students from external pre-university programs. This is great for student targeting Ivy league university or quota based program such as veterinary or medicine.
- For those wishing to study in a specific country like the USA, it’s best to study their pre-university qualification such as the American Degree Transfer Program (ADP).
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5 Best College to study for Pre-U Programs in Malaysia
|University||Programs||Intake||Indicative Fee 2019|
|Foundation (Business, Communication, Computing, Design, Engineering, Natural and Built Environments, Science)||Jan, Mar, Aug||RM 24,500|
|SACE International||Jan, Mar & Aug||RM 23,450|
|Cambridge A-level (3 subjects)||Jan, Mar, Aug||RM 46,374|
|American Degree Transfer Program||Jan, May, Aug||RM 60,200|
|HELP University & College|
|Foundation Studies in Arts||Jan, Apr & Aug||RM 24,300|
|Foundation Studies in Science||Jan, Apr & Aug||RM 24,550|
|Edexcel A-Levels||Jan, Mar & Jul||RM 34,060|
|American Degree Program||Jan, Mar, May & Aug||RM 45,800|
|UCSI University & College (KL Campus)|
|Foundation in Arts||Jan, May, Sep||RM 18,000|
|Foundation in Science||Jan, May, Sep||RM 18,000|
|South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) International||Jan, May, Sep||RM 19,000|
|Cambridge A-Levels (3 Subjects)||Jan, Apr & Jul||RM 25,020|
|Foundation (Non-Engineering Pathways)||Apr, May, Sep & Nov||RM 24,500|
|Foundation (Engineering Pathways)||Apr, May, Sep & Nov||RM 24,800|
|Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering||Apr, May, Sep & Nov||RM 36,500|
|Diploma in Information & Communication Technologies||Apr, May, Sep & Nov||RM 43,900|
|Diploma in Business Administration||Apr, May, Sep & Nov||RM 41,500|
|Diploma in Design and Media||May & Nov||RM 36,500|
|Methodist College KL (MCKL)|
|Cambridge A-Levels (3 Subjects)||Jan, Apr & July||RM 24,800|
|Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)||Jan||RM 18,350|
For a wider range of university and colleges, check out Top 10 Private Colleges and Universities with the Best Pre-University Program in Malaysia
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