Top 10 Private Colleges and Universities with the Best Pre-University Program in Malaysia

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If you have just completed high school, IGCSE or SPM exam and plan to study a bachelor’s degree abroad or in Malaysia, pre-university program is the next step for you. Students after completing SPM can obtain either pre-university or diploma qualification abroad or in Malaysia before continuing with their degree in Malaysia or globally.

Excel Education represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia. With so many types of pre-university programs available in Malaysia, it can be confusing to choose the right one that fits you. Students who are not sure of what to study after high school, IGCSE or SPM can contact Excel Education to help guide you to choose the right course and university. There are many pathway programs to go after high school, SPM or IGCSE so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.

To choose the best Pre-University program to study in Malaysia, you have to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What do you want to study for degree?
  2. Do you want to continue your studies in Malaysia or overseas?
  3. Are you applying quota based program such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine or veterinary medicine in overseas?
  4. Are you planning to shortcut the time length of your education?
  5. Are you looking for scholarship? If yes, A-level lo 🙂
  6. Timeline to complete, some medicine program only available 1 intake a year, if you missed the particular intake month, you might have to wait for another year before enrolling in. Therefore planning your graduation timeline is very important

Choosing the Best College or University for the Pre-University Program in Malaysia

The duration of the Pre-University program vary from program to program and takes about 8 months to 18 months to complete.

  • Foundation program – 10 – 12 months
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) or Year 12 – 18 months
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) – 18 months
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-Levels – 12-18 months
  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International – 10 to 18 months
  • Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) – 7 to 10 months
  • American Degree Transfer Program (ADP) – 24 months

Entry Requirements of Pre-University Programs

  • SPM or IGCSE or equivalent – 5 credits. Additional requirements may include credits in English, Mathematics or Science depending on the Program or degree you intend to take.
  • Medical & Pharmacy degree programs will require at least 5Bs in SPM including the Science subjects while Engineering would require credits in Physics & Maths.

Acceptance & Recognition of the Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

As long as the Pre-University Programme has been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), it will be accepted into any private university in Malaysia and the International Pre-University programs such as A-Levels, AUSMAT, SAM, etc are accepted into universities abroad.

List of the Top Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

Below is a list of pre-university programmes offered by top universities & colleges in Malaysia:

  1. Foundation programs
  2. Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Malaysia
  3. International Baccalaureate (IB)
  4. Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
  5. Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) UK A-Levels
  6. South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International
  7. American Degree Transfer Program (ADP)
  8. Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
  9. Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)

The Top 10 Colleges and Universities Offering Top Notch Pre University Programs in Malaysia

Annual Fee
Heriot-Watt University
Foundation in Business & DesignApr, JulRM23,789
Foundation in ScienceApr, JulRM26,333
Taylor’s UniversityInternational Cambridge A-LevelsJan, May, AugRM22,633
Foundation in ArtsJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Foundation in ScienceJan, Mar, AugRM24,066
Taylor’s Business FoundationJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Foundation in CommunicationJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Foundation in ComputingJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Foundation in DesignJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Foundation in EngineeringJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
American Degree Transfer ProgramJan, May, AugRM32,635
South Australian Matriculation (SAM)/AUSMATJan, Apr, AugRM27,700
Foundation in Natural & Built EnvironmentsJan, Mar, AugRM24,000
Asia Pacific University
Foundation Accounting & FinanceApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation Animation & Visual EffectsApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation Business & ManagementApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation in Computing & Business ComputingApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation in Computing & TechnologyApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation Creative Media TechnologyApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation industrial DesignApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation Industrial Design & Brand ManagementApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation International Studies & SustainabilityApr, May, SepRM23,800
Foundation in EngineeringApr, May, SepRM24,200
HELP University
& Colleges
International Cambridge A-LevelsJan, Mar, JunRM22,033
Foundation in ArtsJan, Apr, AugRM17,100
American Degree Transfer ProgramJan, Mar,
May, Aug
UK Foundation ProgramMarRM32,546
Foundation in ScienceJan, Apr,
May, Sep
UCSI University
& Colleges
Foundation in ArtsJan, May, SepRM18,000
Foundation in MusicJan, May, SepRM21,180
Foundation in ScienceJan, May, SepRM18,000
SEGI University
& Colleges
Foundation in ScienceJan, Mar,
May, Jul
Foundation in ArtsJan, Mar,
May, Jul, Sep
Foundation in CommerceJan, Mar,
May, Jul
Foundation in Information TechnologyJan, Apr,
Jul, Oct
Curtin UniversityFoundation in CommerceMar, AugRM17,100
Foundation in Arts (Media)Mar, AugRM17,100
Foundation in Engineering & ScienceMar, AugRM17,100
Sunway University & CollegesInternational Cambridge A-LevelsJan, JunRM26,750
South Australian Matriculation (SAM)/AUSMATJan, Mar, SepRM26,800
Foundation in Science & TechnologyJan, Mar,
Jun, Aug
Foundation in Arts (Business & IT)Jan, Mar,
Jun, Aug
Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP)Jan, Mar,
Jul, Sep
American Degree Transfer ProgramJan, Mar,
Jun, Aug
INTI International
University & Colleges
International Cambridge A-LevelsJan, JulRM12,600
American Degree Transfer ProgramJan, May, AugRM18,258
Foundation in ArtsJan, Apr, AugRM19,199
NSW Higher School CertificateJanRM15,390
Foundation in Arts (Business & IT)Jan, Apr, AugRM14,805
South Australian Matriculation (SAM)/AUSMATJan, AprRM21,530
Foundation in DesignJan, Apr, AugRM19,199
Foundation in ScienceJan, Apr, AugRM18,050
UK Degree Transfer ProgramJan, May, AugRM24,925
University of Nottingham MalaysiaFoundation in Arts and EducationApr, SepRM23,400
Foundation in Business and ManagementApr, SepRM23,400
Foundation in EngineeringApr, Jun, SepRM28,200
Foundation in ScienceAprRM27,000

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

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