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Study International Relations in Malaysia 2021

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If you are someone who loves learning about the way this world works, and how countries around the world operate, International Relations might just be the best choice for you.

What is International Relations?

International Relations is a broad subject that allows you to learn about the relationships between different countries and governments. International Relations can have various names such as, global studies, international affairs or international studies. This course usually comes under a university’s social science and humanities department. 

During your course of study as an international relations major, your main focus would be on national states and large governmental organizations such as the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO). This subject mainly falls under the political science category or its interdisciplinary. Degrees as such cover topics such as, law, politics, geography, economics, history and global issues. 

Reasons You Should Consider Studying International Relations?

We live in a world filled with uncountable amounts of global issues, ranging from war to poverty, deforestation to epidemics and pandemics. The world therefore, is in dire need of individuals who can speak up and make a positive impact on the world for the better. International Relations can give you a deeper understanding of global issues and puts great emphasis on political science, culture, economics, education and the impact they have on society as a whole. Hence, International Relations is definitely an interesting course to invest your time and effort in. However, the question you should ask yourself is why should you consider studying it. No worries, because we have a list of reasons why you should go for it right here.

  1. You enjoy debating and engaging in conversations about global issues 
  2. You aspire to make a difference in the world 
  3. If you are looking for a career in the government sector, it is a great starting point for your career
  4. The unique skill sets you develop with this degree will be high in demand 
  5. Opportunity for many career paths, including public affairs, international business, politics and government and international organizations such as the UN

 

What Are The Career Opportunities for an International Relations Major?

A degree in international relations will equip you for wide range of sectors such as ( but not limited to);

  • Government sectors
  •  Aid and non-government sectors
  •  Finance and international business
  •  Foreign ministries
  •  International media and journalism
  • International organizations
  • Political analyst
  • Communications Specialist 
  • Lobbying
  • Policy advice and think-tanks

General Academic Entry Requirements for International Relations Degree

STPM

• 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) and a Credit in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.

A-level

• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, and a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level/ IGCSE or its equivalent.

UEC

• 5 Grade B’s in UEC including English.

Matriculation/ Foundation

• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

General English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS

5.0

TOEFL IBT 

34

MUET

Band 3 

Pearson (PTE):

36

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

Top Universities to Study International Relations in Malaysia

University of Nottingham, Malaysia

University of Nottingham is a private university constantly ranked among the top 100 universities across the world (QS World University Rankings 2021) offering programmes from foundation level to doctoral degrees. The university provides excellent teaching, learning and research facilities such as a library, computers, study areas, labs, and online lessons alongside virtual labs as well. 

On campus, students have a wide variety of other facilities such as a purpose-built sport complex and swimming pool to ensure students stay physically and mentally fit.  

The entry requirements and course fee for University of Nottingham however, is quite high. Hence, it is very important for you to take a look at your budget and academic qualifications before applying. For enquiries you may contact Excel Education.

Course Details 

Program

International Relations BA
(Hons)

Intake

September 

Duration

3 Years (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM37,000 per year

International Students: RM43,300 per year 

Taylor’s University

Taylor’s university is often regarded as Malaysia’s top private university based on QS Ranking. Taylor’s is also ranked the top private university in Southeast Asia, placing them among the world’s top flight universities. It is the one of the few universities in Asia which are rated 5 star for online learning as well. 

The international relations programme offered at Taylor’s University is actually Asia’s first International Relations degree combining 2 years of on campus university learning and a year of first hand industrial experience. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (International Relations)

Intake

March, August, June (Special Semester) 

Duration

3 Years 

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: 86,570

International Students: USD25,885

Asia Pacific University (APU)

Asia Pacific University is one of Malaysia’s premier private universities with a unique fusion of technology and innovation in order to transform students into highly competent and successful professionals. APU is an award-winning university with over 200 prestigious awards at local and international levels.

If you want to opt for a university with lower entry requirements and course fee, APU just might be the right choice for you. 

Through APU’s International Relations Degree, you will be able to learn about global affairs through debates, film studies, discussions and reports in addition to studying the latest news reports. 

Course Details 

Program

BA (Hons) in International Relations

Intake

May, September 

Duration

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM78,000

International Students: RM88,200

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A-Levels Program and Scholarships in Malaysia

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It’s no joke when it comes to pre-university programs, there are plenty of choices out there and most of the time students end up confused on which one to choose. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes students tend to take the wrong path and end up not meeting the entry requirement for their preferred degree program. This leaves the students devastated and the money and time invested in the program are redundant. But fret not, in this article, we will be explaining in detail about one of the most chosen pre-university programs by Malaysian students, that has given them the opportunity to enroll in top universities both abroad and locally. 

What is A-Levels?

Advanced Based Qualifications or widely known as A-Levels, the most chosen pre-university program by young Malaysian students that opens up the gate of opportunities for students to progress into higher education. The program is based on the British education system and the A-Levels program in Malaysia is governed by two main examination bodies: the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel

Although in Malaysia the two main boards for the A-Level program, there are several other assessment boards for A-Levels too such as:

Types of A-Level Assessment Bodies

  • Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA)
  • Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA)
  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examination (OCR)
  • Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJE)

The program is 100% exam based, similar to SPM. It might be a relief that you would only need to focus on 3 main subjects instead of 9. But don’t get your hopes too high up because it is also known that it’s tough to score straight As for the A-Levels program. However, the good news is that you’ll have full control over the subjects you chose to pursue during your A-Levels. 

Signing up for A-Levels gives you a taste of what university would be as throughout the course you would be gaining in-depth knowledge of the subjects you choose to take. It will definitely be a different experience from school as you’ll not be spoon-fed but being taught how to be independent and think logically which will help you present your ideas better and prepare you for your degree program in the future. 

A-Levels Program Structure

The A-Level program is structured into two parts; the first part being Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) and the second part known as A2.

  • Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level): Forms the first of the program and is the foundation of A-Levels. In this part, you’ll learn the basics of the subjects you’ve chosen, more like an introduction level to get to know the subjects better.
  • A2: Forms the second half of the program, in which you will be covering the more complex side of the chosen subjects. 

A-Levels Grading System

At the end of each level, students will need to sit for exams to test their knowledge and understanding of the subjects that they have taken. Each level will contribute 50% towards the final grade. 

However, the main difference between the Cambridge A-Levels and Edexcel A-Levels is in the event that a student would want to repeat a subject in order to improve his/her marks.  In the Edexcel A-Levels, you would not need to repeat the entire level but the subject only. Only the highest mark will be taken into account whereas for the Cambridge A-Levels you would need to repeat the entire level both AS and A2

A-Levels Grading Scale

Grade

Percentage 

A*(not applicable in AS Level grading system)

90+ average in A2 unit with 80+ average overall

A

80+

B

70-79

C

60-60

D

50-59

E

40-49

Duration of A-Levels

The entire A-Level course averagely takes 18 months to complete from start to the end. The intake dates and examination dates vary according to the institution. However, the exam period is only once a year both for AS Level and A2. 

For example:

Programs 

Edexcel

Cambridge 

Intakes 

January, March & July 

January, March & July

Exam Dates 

January & June

The exam takes place in two phases: AS and A2: May/June and Oct November 

Intake and exam dates vary according to the institution for more details please contact Excel Education

What Subjects Should You take for A-Levels?

There are over 50 subjects offered by the Cambridge International Advanced Level and around 40 subjects by the Edexcel. You’ll be spoilt for choices and might be even confused about which subject to choose, however, not all the subjects will be offered at colleges/ universities in Malaysia. You must pick the subjects wisely to create an easier path for you to progress into your degree program.

Some of the Subjects Offered in A-Levels are:

  • Physics 
  • Chemistry 
  • Biology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • English 
  • Accounting 
  • Economic 
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science 
Subject availability depends on colleges/ universities, for more information please contact Excel Education

Example of Recommended A-Levels Subject Combinations

Degree 

Recommended Subject

Engineering or Actuarial Science

Core Subjects: Mathematics & Physics

Recommended subjects:  Economics & Further Mathematics 

Biomedical, Architecture, Business, Computing, Pharmacy, Psychology & Material Science

Core Subjects:  Biology & Chemistry 

Recommended subjects: Physics, Mathematics, Economics & Psychology. 

Law, Education, Finance, Journalism, Management Studies & Mass Communication

Core subjects: Mathematics & Economics

Recommended subjects: Accounting, English Literature, Sociology, Business. Computer Science, Law, Psychology and Further Mathematics. 

Please note that these are just examples of the combination of subjects that can be taken; subject availability depends on the college/ university; for further information please contact Excel Education

There are plenty of art and science subjects that you can choose from, but again it all depends on which type of degree you would like to pursue in the future. If you’re not quite sure yet on which degree program you would like to pursue;

Tips for Choosing the A-Levels Subjects Combination

  • Choose subjects you’ll excel in: It’s no joke when it comes to a 100% exam based course. You’ll be spending most of your time with your nose in books, pulling an all-nighter so why not choose a subject that you might enjoy.
  • Choose subjects that are relevant to your degree: Since A-Levels provides you with the freedom to pick a combination of subjects for your degree program, you must choose the right ones as some subjects might allow you to change courses if you change your mind; therefore, all your hard work would not go to waste.
  • Pick subjects which provide more comprehensive degree options: Being cited as one of the most flexible pre-university programs and widely accepted by universities worldwide, you would not be pressured into choosing a degree program, if you have not made up your mind yet. The rule here is to keep your options broad by taking some of the flexible subjects which are frequently required for admission in top universities

For further information, please contact Excel Education

Why take A-Levels?

Opens a gate of opportunity: Since the program is well known, it is widely accepted by many top universities around the world. It is also known to be the golden ticket for those who would like to pursue their degree in the UK and many other countries such as Australia, Singapore, and Canada

Specialized subjects : Unlike foundation programs where you would be learning new sets of subjects every semester, A-Level only focuses on the subjects that you’ve chosen. 

Resources/Study Materials: There are plenty of resources for A-Levels students ranging from past year papers and lecture notes, which could help you prepare better for the exams.

Who should take up A-Levels?

You should take up A-Levels if:

  • You’re comfortable with 100% exam based courses
  • Aiming to apply for competitive degree programs such as Medicine or Law
  • You have plans to study your degree in the UK 
  • If you like being in a structured program 

You shouldn't take up A-Levels if:

  • You prefer coursework over the examination
  • You don’t want to learn a wide range of subjects 
  • You do not have plans to study abroad.
  • You’re planning to take up more hands-on degrees such as Hospitality, Culinary Arts and so on. 

General Entry Requirement for A-Levels

SPM/ IGCSE

Minimum 5 Credits (including English and relevant subjects to the course)

UEC

Minimum 3Bs including English and relevant subjects to the course)

The requirements may vary among colleges/universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Being similar to other pre-university courses such as Canadian Pre- University (CPU) and STPM, the entry requirement for A-Levels in Malaysia requires at least 5 credits from SPM or IGCSE students. In the event, if you like to pursue subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Further Mathematics, you would need to have a subject prerequisite which means that you would need to achieve the minimum entry grade for the subjects during your SPM/ IGCSE.

Best Universities to Study A-Levels in Malaysia

Taylor’s College & University

Video Credits: Taylor Univeristy 

Taylor’s College & University has continuously produced more than 3000 students scoring 3As, earning the institution 144 awards for Top in the World Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award and 45 awards for the top in Malaysia, outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, April & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 months)

Subjects offered

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

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: USD 12, 302

4 Subjects: USD 14, 515

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Taylor’s University

Category 

Academic Requirement 

Awards

Assessment 

Taylor’s Merit Scholarship 

SPM: Minimum 45 points 

IGCSE: Minimum 40 points 

UEC: Minimum 10 points 

50% Tuition Fee Waiver

75% Tuition Fee Waiver

Full Scholarship

Online Assessment 

Taylor’s Excellence Award

5As – 9A

Scholarship starting from RM4,000 

Help University

Video Credit: Help University 

Help University is one of the first to offer both Cambridge and Edexcel A-Levels modules. Help University is currently the holder of the highest record of 101 World Top Awards for best scores worldwide in individual subjects together with another 37 National Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels & Edexcel A-Levels

Intake

January, March & July

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

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

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local & International:

3 Subjects: RM28,000 

4 Subjects: RM35,000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Help University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Help A-Levels Scholarship 

1A to 8As  and above

Starting from RM13,000 to Full Scholarship 

Distinction Award

6A/A+to 10A/A+

Partial Scholarship starting from RM5, 000 to RM13,000. 

UCSI College

Video Credit: UCSI University

UCSI College continues to repeat its streak of 100% passing rate for its Cambridge A-Levels program throughout the years. Many of its students have been admitted to universities around the world such as Cambridge University, King’s College London. Australia National University and also University of New South Wales.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, May, July & September

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

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

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local 

3 Subjects: RM25, 020

4 Subjects: RM30, 000

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM27, 000

4 Subjects: RM33, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by UCSI University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

UCSI University Trust Principal’s Award 2021

Merit-based scholarship recognises students who demonstrate excellent academic achievements, exemplary leadership, as well as notable accomplishment in sports and extracurricular activities

Tuition Fee Waiver up to 100%

UCSI University Trust A-Level Scholarship 

5A+/A/A- to 9A (minimum 8A+)

Scholarship amount starting from RM 5,000

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

Video Credit: MCKL 

MCKL A-Level graduates have gained admission to some of the world’s top universities such as the University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale University and Imperial College upon completing their A-Levels. They have also gotten the award for 14 top in the world outstanding Cambridge Learner Award in the November 2019 series.

Cambridge A-Levels

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

March & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

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

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local:

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM 30, 300

4 Subjects: RM 33, 000

MCKL provides a German A-Levels pathway for students who are interested in furthering their studies in Germany. There are many advantages of studying in Germany, the first being the low tuition fees and also their affordable living cost compared to the other European countries. MCKL also works with German Educare to ensure that students are proficient in the language.

 

Cambridge A-Levels (German Pathway)

Intake

January & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • German Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Law 
  • Economics/Business
  • Psychology 

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local: RM38, 000

 

International: RM48, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by MCKL

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Assessment

Merit Scholarship 

9A+ or 10A (minimum 9A+)

100% Scholarship 

Interview 

Other Merit Scholarship 

5As and above 

Starting from RM1,000

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