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Which Foundation Programs to Choose in Malaysia?

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If you have just completed a major exam like SPM or  IGCSE, you’ve just marked the ending of your highschool journey in life. Chances are your mind is clouded with way too many questions like “What’s next?” or “Which Pre-University course should i choose? ” If you’re planning to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, you would be required to earn a pre-university qualification beforehand to gain entry into the degree of your choice. 

What is a Foundation Program?

One of the most common choices of a pre-university qualification is a foundation program. A foundation program is generally a programme that will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to prepare you for the demands of an undergraduate degree. Courses are broad enough to offer a good introduction to a subject, but they also provide enough depth for you to gain credible vocational skills from expert tutors before progressing into a full degree.

Foundation programs are highly recommended as they : 

1. Allows you to explore a variety of subjects in your specific field of interest

Foundation programs of specific fields usually are streamed according to general subjects of the field which allows students pursuing foundation programs to get started on their studies whilst learning about different areas of expertise.  This aids as a guide for students that have an interest in a specific field but are still unsure of which specific speciality to go into. As an example, if you have an interest in Science, a “Foundation of Science” program concentrates on subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and information technology where you can go on to pursue your degree in various science related fields such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, engineering and even computer science. 

2. Allows you to get a feel of the tertiary education life whilst improving your academic skills

A foundation program is known to be a low-commitment step into the world of tertiary education which can be a big change from what you are used to, with independent learning style, addition of assignments and different daily challenges as a whole. General subjects offered for foundation programs allow you to develop the skills needed to succeed in tertiary education such as academic writing, presentation skills, time management and independent research. Taking time to complete a foundation program gives you the opportunity to adjust to tertiary study before committing to a higher level. 

3. Cheapest, quickest and easiest pre-university program

A Foundation program is quicker in comparison to other pre-university programmes such as A-Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as it is only 1 year. In sync with it’s duration, it is also a cheaper option. However, prices may vary depending on the university of choice.

Duration & Assessment of Foundation Program

Foundation programs are generally 1 year, studied full time and 1.5 to 2 years studied part time. (50 credit hours, 3 semester, 14 weeks per semester)

Assessment

50% Coursework & Assignments – Writing paper, reports, presentations 

50% Final Examination 

Entry Requirements for Foundation Programs

Entry Requirements 

Score

SPM

Min. 5 Credits  and a pass in Bahasa Melayu & Sejarah

IGCSE

Min. 5 Credits 

UEC 

3B’s 

  • Important to note that entry requirements vary based on foundation of choice. For inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

1. Foundation in Science

Foundation in Science aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue a science-related undergraduate degree. Examples of subjects offered in this program are such as algebra, chemistry, physics, biology, information technology and languages. 

A ‘Foundation in Science’ programme can lead you into industries as shows in the infographic below :

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a) International Medical University (IMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics for Health Sciences 
  4. Mathematics
  5. Thinking Skills

Intake (2021)

March, July & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,900 (Malaysian & Non-Malaysian) 

b) MAHSA University

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Academic English 
  2. Psychology 
  3. Professional Development
  4. Mathematics
  5. Basic Laboratory Skills 

Intake (2021)

April, May, June and September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 18,000 

c) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Chemistry 
  2. Human Biology 
  3. Mathematics 
  4. Quantitative Techniques 
  5. Critical & Creative Thinking 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

2. Foundation in Arts

Foundation in Arts program aims to equip students with knowledge on topics that focus on arts and humanities. Examples of subjects that are generally offered in this program are such as English, Economics, Marketing, Communication and Public Speaking. 

A ‘Foundation in Arts’ programme can lead you into industries as shows in the infographic below : 

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a) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. English 
  2. Critical & Creative Thinking Skills 
  3. Social Psychology 
  4. Public Speaking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

b) UOW KDU Malaysia

Foundation in Arts in UOW KDU provides you with 2 electives areas 

i) Law/Humanities 

ii) IT/Computer Science 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Study Skills
  2. Principle of Management 
  3. Writing & Research Skills 
  4. Economics 
  5. Intro to Mass Communication 

Intake (2021)

January, March, May, July, September & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 16,850 (Malaysians)

RM 25,750 (Non-Malaysians) 

3. Foundation in Business

Foundation in Business aims to equip students with knowledge and skills on business-related topics by focusing on specific areas such as Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing and International Business. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in business such as accountant, consultant, human resource manager, entrepreneur and marketing analyst.

a) Asia Pacific University (APU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Essentials of Web Application 
  2. Fundamental of Finance 
  3. Principles of Accounts 
  4. Communication Skills 
  5. Further Mathematics 

Intake (2021)

April, June, July & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,800 (Malaysian)

RM 25,600 (Non-Malaysian) 

b) Taylor’s College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Business Expertise 
  2. Introduction to Business Law 
  3. People and Organization 
  4. Principles of Accounting 
  5. Quantitative Technique 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

c) University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Social Science 
  2. Elementary Economics & Mathematical Skills 
  3. Fundamentals in Economics 
  4. Business Accounting 
  5. Contemporary Global Issues 

Intake (2021)

April, June & September 

Duration

1 year (2-3 semesters)

Indicative Semester Fees (2021)

RM 8,500 (Malaysians)

RM 9,900 (Non-Malaysians)

4. Foundation in Engineering

Foundation in Engineering & Technology focuses on equipping students with the basics of engineering and technology which consists of areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, problem-solving techniques, programming and computer-aided design. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in engineering and technology such as mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, product & material testing technologist. 

a) University of Southampton Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Computer Applications 
  2. Electricity and Electronics 
  3. Mechanical Science 
  4. Mathematics for Science & Engineering 
  5. Engineering Principles 

Intake (2021)

April, July & September

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 29,000 (Malaysians)

RM 34,100 (Non-Malaysians)

b) University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Principles of Chemistry 
  2. Light, Waves & Electrons 
  3. Mathematics for Engineer 
  4. Advanced Calculus 
  5. Probability and Statistics 

Intake (2021)

April, June & September  

Duration

1 year (2 & 3 semesters)

Indicative Semester Fees (2021)

RM 9,900 (Malaysians)

RM 11,800 (Non-Malaysians) 

5. Foundation in Computing & Technology

Foundation in Computing & Technology focuses on equipping students with knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a degree related to computers. This course usually consists of fundamental skills as well as practical knowledge by engaging in hands-on projects. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in computer & technology such as data analyst, information security analyst, algorithm specialist, automotive software engineer and systems programmer

a) Asia Pacific University (APU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Essentials of Web Application Mathematics 
  2. Introduction to Computer Architecture & Networking Perspective in Technology 
  3. Introduction to Visual & Interactive Programming 
  4. Personal Development & Study Methods 
  5. Perspective in Technology 

Intake (2021)

April, June, July & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,800 (Malaysian)

RM 25,600 (Non-Malaysian) 

b) Multimedia University (MMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Business Management 
  2. Introduction to Computing Technologies 
  3. Communicative English 
  4. Multimedia Fundamentals
  5. Principles of Physics 

Intake (2021)

March, June & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 6,000

c) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Algorithm
  2. Introduction to Computing
  3. Web Programming
  4. Practical IT Skills
  5. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

6. Foundation in Law

Foundation in Law focuses on equipping students with a strong understanding of the legal system along with the basic skills and foundation needed to succeed in the law field. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in law such as lawyer, social worker, probation officer, legislative assistant and paralegal. 

a) Brickfields Asia College (BAC)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Business Studies 
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Introduction to English Legal System 
  4. Practical Legal Skills 
  5. Critical Thinking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & July 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 18,900

b) Multimedia University (MMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Law 
  2. General Principles of Law 
  3. Introduction to Criminal and Constitutional Law 
  4. Fundamentals of Business Management 
  5. Essential English 

Intake (2021)

March, June & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 18,000

7. Foundation in Design

Foundation in Design focuses on building creative thinking skills, research and drawing skills with exploration of various art disciplines with a range of methodology, materials and approaches. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in design such as interior architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, photographer and even an animator. 

a) The One Academy

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Design Fundamentals & Art Finishing 
  2. Drawing Fundamentals 
  3. Figure Anatomy Studies 
  4. History of Art
  5. Letterforms & Typography 

Intake (2021)

May

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

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b) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Photography
  2. Fundamental Drawing
  3. Design Exploration
  4. Contextual Studies
  5. Design Basic 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

c) INTI University

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. 3D Design 
  2. Critical Studies 
  3. Design Project 
  4. Portfolio Design 
  5. Self-development Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 19,188 (Malaysians & Non-Malaysians) 

8. Foundation in Natural & Built Environment

Foundation in Natural & Built Environment focuses on introducing studies to the different fields of study including designing and construction industry. Upon completion of the foundation programme and a relevant degree programme, you will be able to venture into careers such as construction manager, architect, quantity surveyor and building surveyor. 

a) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Constructed Landscape 
  2. Elements in Natural & Built Environments 
  3. Introduction to the Construction Industry 
  4. Introduction to Drawing 
  5. Critical & Creative Thinking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

b) USCI Kuala Lumpur

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Economics 
  2. Algebra & Trigonometry 
  3. Introduction to Built Environments 
  4. Introduction to Structure 
  5. Fundamentals of Oral Communication 

Intake (2021)

January, May & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 20,630 (Malaysians)

RM30,600 (Non-Malaysians) 

c) Lim Kok Wing

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Built Environment 
  2. Introduction to Project Management 
  3. Professional Writing 
  4. Building Technology & Concepts 
  5. History & Cultural Studies 

Intake (2021)

April, May, September & November 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 20,500

9. Foundation in Communication

Foundation in Communication focuses on equipping students with conceptual, analytical and critical thinking skills with an emphasis on various fields of communication such as writing, computer, communication, marketing, design and even advertising. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in communications such as Branding Specialist, Cinematographer, Digital, Content Creator ,Strategy Planning Manager, Public Relations & Marketing Consultant.

a) UOW KDU

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Critical Writing and Research Skills
  2. Media Appreciation
  3. Introduction to Multimedia 
  4. Introduction to Marketing 
  5. Introduction to Sociology 

Intake (2021)

January, March, May, July, September & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM  20,470 (Malaysians)

RM  27,220 (Non-Malaysians)

b) Taylor’s College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Social Psychology 
  2. Discovering Mass Communication 
  3. Introduction to Media Workshop
  4. Audio Visual Production 
  5. Media Appreciation 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

c) IACT College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Media and Communication
  2. Introduction to Academic Writing 
  3. Sociology 
  4. Introduction to Journalism
  5. Introduction to Radio & TV Broadcasting 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 9,900 

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How to Further Study in Australia After SPM?

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It must have been an intense week for all the SPM leavers. The anxious and nervous night before the result is released must have made you sleepless. But it’s okay, we are proud of you because You Did It! Congratulations to all the passing students, you have overcome the big hurdle.

Now, it is time to move forward as exciting college adventures are waiting for you. It is very important to make the right decision as you are about to embark on a new chapter of life, you certainly want to take the right step. And if you are planning to further your study in Australia, then you come to the right place because we are more than happy to assist you in the right university of your dream.

With your SPM result, you can take a foundation program because it is suitable for international students before heading to their dream bachelor’s degree.

Foundation Program in Australia for SPM Leavers

Foundation program is an intensive one – year preparatory course that is designed for the students before proceeding into the 3-year undergraduate program.

Students will be taught through lectures and tutorials to ensure they become familiar with the university style of teaching. Not only that, this program helps students to adapt to the Australian academic environment and life in the land under.  

Below is the illustration of university life from SPM onwards:

Top 5 Colleges in Australia for SPM Leavers

Recommended College in Australia:
University of Tasmania (UTAS)

UTAS is located in Hobart, Tasmania, a beautiful island with the cleanest air in the world. When you have successfully completed the foundation program, you are in the direct entry to more than 100 undergraduate degree programs.

UTAS also believes in working hard and playing hard. For those who love the outdoors, activities such as surfing, kayaking and hiking is a perfect thing to do in Hobart. Those who love the city, fret not because Hobart hosts plenty of festivals that will ensure you have the best time of your life.

And good news, there are scholarships offered for international students! Call us to find out more about the scholarships.

Below are the details:

Program

Duration

Intake

Indicative Fees 

University Preparation Program

12 months

February & July

AUD$ 20,800

Recommended College in Australia:
Griffith College

The foundation program offered by Griffith College is a fast track to a broad range undergraduate degree program at Griffith University, ranked 35th in the QS Ranking Top 50 under 50.

Griffith has a full-time counselors who cares about the students’ welfare and well being. So, when you are home-sick, make an appointment with them, they will be happy to listen to you.

The college is located at Gold Coast, Queensland. A place where you are spoiled with a massive choice of entertainment to go to, to release your stress from study. From Australia’s biggest theme park, Dreamworld to SkyPoint Climb where you can climb one of the highest external building walks in the country.

Their course details are:

Program

Duration

Intake

Indicative Fees 

Griffith Foundation Program

8  months

February, June & October

AUD$ 22,000

Recommended College in Australia:
Deakin College

Deakin foundation program offers direct entry to the 1st year of a broad range undergraduate degree in Deakin University. QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked Deakin in the top 1% worldwide for 21 different subject areas. Deakin’s nursing program is ranked 24th in the world and 30th for education and sports-related subjects, with their law program that is top 100.

So, if you are keen to become a nurse to save lives or lawyer to get justice prevail, consider Deakin College foundation program.

Below is the details:

Program

Duration

Intake

Indicative Fees 

Standard Track

8  months

March, June & October

AUD$ 26,240

Extended Track

12 months

March, June & October

AUD$ 30,960

Recommended College in Australia:
La Trobe College Australia

The program offered by this university is a pathway to Bachelor Program at La Trobe University Sydney Campus.

A team of highly qualified teachers will help international students to adapt to tertiary studies in Australia. Not only that, 87.8% of graduates managed to secure work within 4 months according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Below are the details:

Program

Duration

Intake

Indicative Fees 

Foundation Studies Program

8  months

February, June & October

AUD$ 22,800

Recommended College in Australia:
Aspire Institute

This college is the perfect place to study if you want to enter:

  1. University of Technology Sydney
  2. The University of Newcastle Sydney, Australia
  3. University of Wollongong Australia
  4. University of South Australia
  5. International College Management of Sydney  

Aspire Institute has partnered with the above prestigious universities and offers a direct route to enter the bachelor degree program. You will also gain more experiences and learn a lot of different cultures as this college is attended by students from over 50 different countries.

Read this article if you want to learn more about Aspire Institute: https://www.e2studysolution.com/news/aspire-institute-pathway-to-your-university/

Their program details are:

Program

Duration

Intake

Indicative Fees 

Australian Foundation Program

8  months

February, May & September

AUD$ 24,000

Another important article you can read is: https://www.e2studysolution.com/news/top-5-colleges-in-australia-pathway-to-your-dream-university/

To find out more about these colleges and the entry requirements for the foundation program, you may contact us and speak to our education consultant.

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After SPM: What’s Next?

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One of your biggest exams, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, also known as SPM is done! There are so many things to plan now and might become overwhelming & confusing. 2 essential things that need to be considered thoroughly are the course and the college/university. Here, we provide a handy list of things that hopefully can simplify your options and can find the one that suits you the best!

Finding the right course

There are several aspects that might influence your course choice. Different people may be influenced by different things. So let’s get deeper into it one by one.

1. Know your hobby(ies)

Spent some time to observe what you enjoy to do the most in your spare time. You might find what area you’re interested in better. For instance, if you like to read books related to entrepreneurship and some man’s successful stories, you might be inspired to follow their steps by pursuing a degree in business first. 

Another example, if you like to watch law-related tv-shows/movies like Suits, Law and Order, or binge-watching Legally Blonde, you might be interested in pursuing a law degree On the other if you’re more excited with tv-shows related to medicine such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, or Chicago Med, you might probably have an interest into the medical world.

2. Career opportunities

If you are the type of person that likes to plan everything ahead and clearly, you might want to dig in more research on what courses lead to a more rewarding career in the future. In 2020, the Australian Government released the official data for top employing industries which include Healthcare and social assistance, Professional and Scientific Services, and Education and Training.

3. Find something you’re good at

Different than hobbies, which is something that you like to do, other things that can be your consideration is by looking at something that you’re actually good at. Other than being realistic, it can be easier for you to follow the things that you already know the basics beforehand. For example, you’re good at math and dealing with money, maybe accounting can be your course options. Another example, you’re good at listening to other’s problems and can give a really helpful solution, a degree in psychology might be perfect for you.

Finding the right program & university

After you are down with several options of study areas, you are now entitled to choose the perfect programs out of plenty of programs available out there. Knowing the one that suits you the best might be a challenge. That’s why we’re here to give you a rough idea of some of the most popular pre-university programs in Malaysia.

A-LEVEL

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Taylor’s University

Local: RM 35,690

International: RM 48,533

Sunway University

Local: RM 34,900

International: RM 37,170

HELP University 

3 Subjects: RM 28,000

4 Subjects: RM 35,000

Read also: Which Pre-Uni Should You Choose: Foundation, A-Level, SAM, or AUSMAT?

AUSMAT

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Sunway University

RM 28,880

MCKL

RM 14,000

SAM (1)

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

INTI College & University (SAM)

RM 24,000

Taylor’s University (SACE)

RM 36,806

FOUNDATION

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Monash University

RM 31,580

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Engineering:

  • Local: RM 27,000
  • International: RM 31,800

Non-Engineering:

  • Local: RM 15,600
  • International: RM 19,000

Curtin University

Local: RM 17,100

International: RM 25,768

Diploma

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Asia Pacific University

Business

  • Local: RM 41,500
  • International: RM 46,000

Design: 

  • Local: RM 36,500
  • International: RM 45,000

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Local: RM 36,500
  • International: RM 46,000

Information Technology

  • Local: RM 44,900
  • International: RM 46,000

SEGi University & College

Mass Communication: RM 38,300

Business/Computing: RM 36,000

Early Childhood: RM 14,600

Culinary Art: RM 41,900

Tourism Management: RM 35,650

Taylor’s University

Communication / Interior Design / IT:

  • Local: RM 48,400
  • International: RM 66,098

Business:

  • Local: RM 48,000
  • International: RM 66098

Culinary Art:

  • Local: RM 55,000
  • International: RM 68,869

Tourism Management

  • Local: RM 48,000
  • International: RM 75,061

We hope by now you might have an idea for your plan after receiving your SPM results! If you need more information regarding the programs and universities mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Which Pre-Uni Should You Choose: Foundation, A-Level, SAM, or AUSMAT?

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What's a Pre-University program?

Choosing the right path of study is crucial for the future. If you have taken your SPM/UEC, the next thing to think about is: what’s next? If your next decision is to pursue a degree, then the next step you are most likely to take is doing a Pre-University program.

A Pre-University program is a preparatory course that aims to provide students with essential skills and knowledge that helps them to handle the challenges of an undergraduate course.

In Malaysia, there are numerous different pre-university programs that are offered by universities and it can surely be challenging to find one that best suits you. It is necessary to spend some time finding out more about each type of pre-university program so that your transition into a bachelor’s degree will be much easier. That’s why here, we’ll help you clarify different pre-university programs such as:

  1. Foundation Program
  2. A-Level
  3. South Australian Matriculation (SAM) and Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

and get you a better understanding of each of them!

Foundation Program

What is Foudation?

Certain qualification does not allow students to enter University directly. So, the Foundation program will be the key for the students to enter the University. At the same time, pursuing foundation program helps students to build up their understanding towards the field that they are interested in. For international students, it helps them to improve their English language skills while learning the basics of their field. Foundation Program comes with several benefits.

Benefits of Foundation Program

  • Short Study Duration

Usually, the University foundation program will only take 12 months to be completed. It is considered as a short duration because the alternative option which is the A-Level, will take 18-24 months to be completed. Shorter the duration means lesser the cost. The average price for the Foundation Program in Malaysia is RM 16,000 but it may vary at each university.

  • Opportunity to settle into tertiary studies

Tertiary studies are significantly different than how we are used to studying in school. The style of learning will be more independent and the interaction with lecturers will be lower. It could be a challenge for the students but it will be a chance for them to adapt to the changes and prepare themselves to continue with their tertiary studies.

  • Study area

The Foundation program is short and focused on a particular area of study. It will prepare the students with the basics of their chosen field. Subjects that the students learn in this program will be the fundamental components of their chosen area of study.

Types of Foundation Program in Malaysia

There are many top private universities in Malaysia that offers different foundation programs. There are some foundation programs like engineering and science which are available in many Universities and there are some rare programs such as the arts and creative media fields that are only available in certain Universities. Therefore, knowing which program suits you the most is important. The entry requirement may vary for different programs and different places. These are some of the Foundation Program available in Malaysia:

  • Foundation In Science
  • Foundation In Engineering
  • Foundation In Business 
  • Foundation In Arts
  • Foundation In Information Technology
  • Foundation In Communication 
  • Foundation In Design
  • Foundation In Law

Top Universities to study Foundation Program in Malaysia

These are the recommended and well-reputed Universities in Malaysia to study foundation program:

1. UCSI University

UCSI University is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This can be a desirable choice for you. Ucsi has managed to be ranked as Malaysia’s top private university in the QS World University Ranking 2020. UCSI University is also one of the largest universities in Malaysia with over 12,000 students. UCSI offers a number of foundation programs.

Foundation Program In UCSI University

Program

Tuition Fee

Foundation in Arts (Arts and Design)

RM 18,000 (Local Student)

RM 20,000 (International Student)

Foundation In Arts (Hospitality and Tourism)

RM 18,000 (Local Student)

RM 20,000 (International Student)

Foundation In Science (Applied Science)

RM 18,000 (Local Student)

RM 20,000 (International Student)

Foundation In Science (Engineering)

RM 18,000 (Local Student)

RM 20,000 (International Student)

2. Taylor's University

Taylor’s Lakeside Campus is located in Subang Jaya, Selangor. It is one of the most well recognized and reputed universities in Malaysia. Taylor’s University is ranked 2nd as the best private university in Malaysia in the QS World University Ranking 2020. The University has been awarded an overall 5-star rating. It shows that the Taylor’s hospitality and leisure management is well recognized. 

Program 

Tuition Fee

Foundation In Business

RM 24,500 (Local Student)

RM 44,177 (International Student)

Foundation In Science

RM 24,500 (Local Student)

RM 44,177 (International Student)

Foundation In Communication

RM 24,500 (Local Student)

RM 44,177 (International Student)

Foundation In Design

RM 24,500 (Local Student)

RM 44,177 (International Student)

3. Sunway College

Sunway College was established on 25th July 1987 and is located in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Sunway College has developed locally and internationally into a highly reputable and respected institution of higher learning by offering quality and excellence in education. Studying foundation in Sunway College can leads you to receive a continuing scholarship. These are the foundations that are offered by Sunway College

Program 

Tuition Fee

Foundation In Arts

RM 23,000 (Local Student)

 

RM 24,980 (International Student)

Foundation In Science and Technology

RM 24,980 (Local Student)

 

RM 24,980 (International Student)

 

4. Multimedia University (MMU)

Multimedia University (MMU) is one of the well-established universities in Malaysia. It has three campuses located at Cyberjaya, Melaka, and Johor. Based on QS World University Ranking, MMU is ranked in the top 15 University in Malaysia and holds the 4th position for the best private University in Malaysia. A survey conducted by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and MMU showed that 97% of MMU graduates had secured a job within six months after completion of their studies. It is one of the highest employment rates for a private Malaysian university.

Program

Tuition Fee

Foundation In Management

RM 15,180

Foundation In Business

RM 15,180

Foundation In Engineering

RM 15,840

Foundation In Information Technology

RM 15,180

A-Level

What is A-Level?

A-Level, short for ‘Advanced Level’, is a widely recognized pre-university program that is based on the UK education system and is offered in Malaysia. The program can take up to 18 months depending on when you start your studies. It can be said as the “STPM” of UK since both are equivalent to other pre-university programs. Thus, they still have some differences. As A-Level is 100% exam based, STPM consist of school-based assessments (20–40% of final score) plus final exams (60–80% of final score).

In Malaysia, A-Level courses offered are either governed by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or Edexcel examination boards.

The A level subject is divided into two levels: Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Two (A2) levels. Each of them contributes 50% of the final grade. The A level programs offer two streams – Science and Arts. It offered various subjects from Biology, Math, Chemistry, Computer Science, Accounting, to Law. You have the freedom to choose the subjects that you want to take. Universities usually required you to take 3-4 subjects only, since it is better for you to focus and concentrate on fewer subjects and then do well on them.

Benefits of A-Level

  • Opens to a lot of options

Since you can choose different subjects that you want, you can choose the one that you are expert in and like the most. Moreover, if you still don’t know what to pursue, then A-level is perfect for you since it enables you to pursue a wide range of degrees after the completion of the program.

If you still have some trouble in choosing the combination of subjects that you want to take, consult with us here!

  • Pathway to top universities

It is widely known that A-Level is one of the most popular qualifications studied to get into higher education. Since it is accepted worldwide in over 160 countries, pathway for you to study in top universities overseas such as UK, USA, Singapore, and Australia is widely open.

  • Gain deeper knowledge

As mentioned previously, A-Level allows you to focus on only a few subjects and gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen subjects. Furthermore, with only taking 3-4 subjects, you are eligible to enroll in a lot of universities.

Top Universities to study A-Level Program in Malaysia

1. INTI University

Why choose Inti University?
  • INTI offers over 100 programs which all are approved by Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and its qualification agency (MQA)
  • They aim to strive towards your desired career upon graduation with workshops, initiatives, coaching sessions, and academic programs that are designed in consultation with renowned industry partners.
  • INTI partnered up with universities from all over the world such as Singapore, USA, UK, China, Canada, and many more.

Intake

Jan, Jul

Duration

1.5 Year (18 Months)

Fee for 3 subjects 

1. INTI Subang
-RM 29,997 (Local Student)
-RM 29,997 (International Student)

A-Level subjects that are offered

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Entry requirement

1. SPM/O-Level: 5Cs including a credit in
English, or;
2. UEC: 3Bs including credit in English,
or other equivalent qualifications

2. Taylor's University

Why choose Taylor’s University?
  • Taylor’s University was the first one in Asia to introduce Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which benefited people from every part of the world.
  • One of their best courses, Hospitality and Leisure Management is ranked #14 by QUS WUR By Subject Ranking 
  • It was among the top 2% of global universities, ranked  511-520th worldwide according to QS Top University. 

Intake

Jan, Mar, Aug

Duration

1.5 Year (18 Months)

Fee for 3 subjects 

-RM 35,690 (Local Student)
-RM 48,546 (International Student)

A-Level subjects that are offered

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Law
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Entry requirement

1. SPM/O-Level: 5Cs including a credit in
English, or;
2. UEC:
Science: 3Bs including credit in English,
Math, and one science subject.
Humanities: 3Bs including credit in
English, Math, or any other equivalent
qualifications.

3. HELP University

Why choose HELP University?
  • HELP University was the first University to offer both Edexcel International Advanced Level and Cambridge A-Level.
  • Recognized by Forbes as one of the 200 Best Performing companies in Asia Pacific with capitalization below USD1 billion (2011)

Intake

Jan, Mar, Jul

Duration

1.5 Year (18 Months)

Fee for 3 subjects 

RM 26,700

A-Level subjects that are offered

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry or Law
  • Physics or Accounting
  • Biology or Economics
  • Further Mathematics or English Literature

Entry requirement

1. SPM/O-Level: 5 credits (with a pass on
Bahasa Melayu&Sejarah for SPM students)
or equivalent qualifications

4. UCSI

Why choose UCSI University?
  • Appearing at #442, UCSI University is the highest-ranked private university in Malaysia 2 years in a row.
  • Acknowledged as a Regional Centre of Expertise Kuching (RCE Kuching) by United Nations University (2018).

Intake

Jan, Apr, Jul

Duration

1.5 Year (18 Months)

Fee for 3 subjects 

RM 25,020

A-Level subjects that are offered

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology / Economics
  • Physics / Accounting
  • Psychology
  • Further Mathematics

Entry requirement

1. SPM: 5 credits (inclusive of English and relevant course)
2. O-Level: 5 credits (inclusive of relevant
course)
3. UEC: 3 credits (inclusive of English and
relevant course)

South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

What is South Australian Matriculation (SAM)?

South Australian Matriculation (SAM), also can be known as South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) International is a pre-university program that is equivalent to a year-12 Australian High School course. If A-Level is the UK version of STPM, then SAM is the South Australian version of STPM.

It is set and administered by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA). This is a statutory authority of the South Australian Government that is utilized and recognized in several countries, including Malaysia.

Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

What is Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)?

Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) or WACE (West Australian Certificate of Education) is also a pre-university program that is based on Australia and equivalent to year-12. It is administrated by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia. This program takes up to 12 months of completion. 

If you’re wondering: so what’s the difference between SAM/SACE International and AUSMAT?

Let us give you the brief difference :

  • SAM/SACE International
  1. It covers 70% coursework (which includes assignments, test, research papers, etc) and 30% exam
  2. Administrated by South Australian Government
  • AUSMAT
  1. It covers 50% coursework (which includes assignments, test, research papers, etc) and 50% exam
  2.  Administrated by Westers Australia Government

If you still need more information about both program, contact us here!

Benefits of SAM & AUSMAT

  • Balanced between exam and assessment

Good news for you who don’t really like exam! As mentioned previously, this pre-uni program looks more into your assessment. If 100% exam based like A-Level might scare you, taking SAM/SACE International or AUSMAT can be your choice. You can perfectioned your performance throughout the program duration by completing all assignments, projects, and other requirements in class.

  • Flexibility

Both SAM/SACE International and AUSMAT requires you to take 5 subjects. Furthermore, you’ll have the flexibility to take whichever subjects you loved the most, from science related to art-related subjects.

  • Get access to study abroad

If you wanted to take either SAM or AUSMAT, but doesn’t want to study further in Australia, it is totally possible! Both SAM and AUSMAT are internationally recognized pre-university programs and accepted in the home to top university countries such as UK, USA, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, and many more.

Top Universities to study SAM/SACE International and/or AUSMAT Program in Malaysia

1. INTI University

Apart from foundation and A-Level programs that were mentioned above, INTI University also provide SACE Program that allows students to pursue their Australian based education

SACE International Program

Intake

Jan, Apr

Duration

1 Year (12 Months)

Fee for 3 subjects

RM 24,000 for Local Students

RM 24,000 for International

Subjects that are offered

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English as Second Language Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Research Project
  • Specialist Mathematics

Entry requirement

1. SPM/O-Level: 5 Cs Including English, or;

2. UEC: 3 BS Including English

2. Taylor's University

Taylor’s University has not only A-Level and foundation program, but they also provide SAM/SACE International Program. The SAM/SACE International program at Taylor’s continues to be the largest center for Australian Pre-University programs in Malaysia since its inception in 1982. 

SACE International Program

Intake

Jan, Mar, Aug

Duration

1 Year (12 Months) on average

Fee for 3 subjects

RM 24,000 for Local Students

RM 24,000 for International

Subjects that are offered

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Specialist Mathematics

Entry requirement

1. SPM/O-Level: Pass with minimum of 5
credits including English, or;
2. UEC: 
Science: 3Bs including credit in English
Math, and one science subject,
Humanities: 3Bs including credit in
English, Math, or any other equivalent
qualification

3. Sunway University

With plenty of bachelor’s degree available, Sunway University provides pre-university pathway for students to choose before pursuing their degree, including AUSMAT program

AUSMAT International Program

Intake

Jan, Mar, Sep

Duration

Up to 14 months

Fee for 3 subjects

Jan & Mar intake: RM 28,880

Sep intake: RM 33,275

Subjects that are offered

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Human Biology
  • Mathematics Application
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematics Specialist
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Entry requirement

Pass SPM, O-Level, or equivalent with minimum
five (5) credits

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