FAQs

Do you have questions about what you can study after SPM/STPM/A-Levels?
Worried that your grades might not be good enough? Need more information on scholarships?

We have compiled a list of FAQs for students just like you.

The exam result scenario generally comes down to three categories:

  1. You did better than you expected;
  2. Your results are just what you expected (more or less); or
  3. You didn't do as well as you hoped.

In the first and second scenarios, you can probably go ahead with what you have planned for your higher education (but if you haven't, just read on, we have you covered). But if you didn't quite get what you were hoping for, don't fret. Don't let one exam result stop you from pursuing your dreams. There are many education options out there that can help you achieve your goals in the long term.

Read more here : What to do after getting your SPM or STPM results?

If you’ve just completed secondary school and have just sat for an exam like SPM, IGCSE or O levels, then read on. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for information that can help you decide on what to study next.

If you are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree, you would most likely need a pre-university qualification to gain admission to a university or college. Besides Form Six, students can now choose from a wide range of pre-university programmes offered by both public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia.

Many students are at a loss when it comes to choosing a suitable pre-university programme. Some may decide on a programme simply because the majority of their friends are enrolling in the same programme. Then there are those who end up with a particular programme simply because they never knew that other types of programmes existed.

Read more here : What are foundation programmes?

BA, Bsc, BEng, LLB – Hons or without – major, minor and specialisations? Do the names of degrees confuse you sometimes? Knowing what the degree offers can help you decide between two (or more) similar courses.

A bachelor’s degree is also known as a ‘first’ degree or ‘ordinary’ degree. This higher education course generally leads to a qualification known as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). A bachelor’s degree usually takes three or four years to complete full-time, with some degrees like medicine taking five to six years. A four-year degree is usually called an honours degree.

The BSc is awarded mainly in the areas of natural sciences, humanities, business sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics and informatics. The BA is qualification is awarded in the areas of social sciences, linguistics, cultural sciences, and informatics and business sciences. In addition, there are first degrees in specialised areas such as: law (LLB), engineering (BEng), medicine (MBBS), and others.

Read more here : Bachelor degrees – What's in a name?

Now that you have completed (or are about to complete) your secondary schooling, you probably want to know what higher education options there are out there. The process of deciding on the right higher education options can be full of overwhelming decisions. Along with what to study, you will need to consider which country and institution to choose, and think about the type of qualification you would like to acquire.

Studying abroad doesn't have to be just a dream anymore. Malaysia welcomes all international students from primary to tertiary levels, offering quality education that is more affordable than you may have thought. Besides home-grown schools and universities, Malaysia has world renowned international schools and universities setting up branch campuses in the country to provide world-class education opportunities to bot Malaysian and international students.

The Malaysian government has placed every effort in ensuring that the quality of education in Malaysia, offered both by higher educational institutions and international schools, are of global standards. Our well structured higher education system offers you the opportunity to pursue an international qualification that is recognised, reputable and affordable.

Read more here : Studying abroad - Where to next? : Your higher education options in Malaysia

Malaysia is a pioneer in this region in the development and promotion of transnational bachelor degree programmes. Since the early 1980s, Malaysia has collaborated with reputable universities from countries like the UK, the US, New Zealand and Australia.

Unique bachelor degree programmes at private higher educational institutions (PHEIs) such as ‘2+1’ twinning degrees and ‘3+0’ degrees offer international students an extensive range of study options that meet their budget and academic needs.

The establishment of foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia (offering courses ranging from bachelor degrees to postgraduate levels) as early as 1998 is another effort by Malaysia to be a pioneer in higher education in this region. Together with home-grown private universities, a diverse range of bachelor degree programmes have been created by PHEIs for international students like you.

Read more here : Why choose Malaysia for your bachelor’s degree qualification?

If you're planning to study a bachelor's degree at a private higher educational institution (PHEI) in Malaysia, you would be glad to know that they accept all qualified students with pre-university qualifications such as STPM, GCE 'A' level, SAM (Australia), CPU (Canada), SMU3 from Indonesia, university foundation programmes, and other qualifications deemed equivalent.

Here's a list of foreign pre-university qualifications which are equivalent to Malaysia's STPM or A-level.

Read more here : Are you an international student? Here’s a list of foreign pre-university qualifications which are equivalent to Malaysia’s STPM or A-levels

Private higher education institutions (PHEIs) in Malaysia provide a wide spectrum of quality study options for International and Malaysian students to acquire both local and foreign university degree qualifications that are extremely affordable.

If you’ve completed a pre-university programme like the A-levels or a university foundation studies programme, you can apply to pursue a bachelor’s degree. But did you know that there are many study modes to choose from? Click on each of these study modes to find out more.

Read more here : How many ways are there to study for a bachelor’s degree?

For many students, the prospect of studying at a college or university is an exciting one. You will be in a new environment, make new friends, learn new things and for some of you, have the chance to live away from home.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – before you apply for a college or university, you need to know what study opportunities you have at higher education level and understand the study pathways available to you. Further, you need to find out more about the institution you’re thinking of applying to, for example, its admission requirements, its reputation, the facilities they offer, and many others.

Read more here : What you need to know when applying to a university in Malaysia

Have you ever wished you could study for a bachelor's degree while you work? Or do you wish you could be a university student without having to leave your hometown?

Earning a bachelor's degree through distance learning is possible in Malaysia through distance learning universities, open universities or e-mode universities. Malaysia's home-grown higher educational institutions such as Open University of Malaysia, Wawasan Open University and Asia e-University conduct distance learning programmes with the approval and quality assurance from the national quality assurance agency, MQA.

Students learn at their own pace through online tutorials and course materials from the institution. However, students may be required to attend a number of face-to-face tutorials at the institution's premises.

The advantage of a distance learning programme is that it provides the flexibility of acquiring a degree at your own pace and at a reduced cost.

Read more here : Studying for a bachelor’s degree through the distance learning mode

Going abroad to study to get a foreign degree qualification may be the dream of many students but not all may be able to afford the steep tuition fees and cost of living. Before you throw away your hopes, there are many more affordable options you can explore which may give you the outcome you want. Here are some ways you can study for a foreign degree qualification starting right here in Malaysia.

Read more here : How to study for a foreign degree qualification in Malaysia

Malaysia's private colleges has a well-developed transnational education or 'advanced standing' structure since the early 1980s. This has enabled students who are unable to study abroad in countries like the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, China and Taiwan for a full 3-year duration (due to financial constraints) to have an option of doing part of their degree in Malaysia.

'Advanced standing' means that recognition (full or part) is given by a foreign university for a particular course pursued at a Malaysian PHEI (such as a diploma or Year 1 or Year 2 of a bachelor's degree) that allows a student advanced entry into the foreign university’s degree programme.

If you're looking for an overseas learning experience but have a limited budget, choosing a course that has a credit transfer or advanced standing arrangement with foreign universities can be the solution.

Read more here : Getting a bachelor’s degree abroad – how does the ‘Advanced Standing’ pathway work?

Are you planning to study for a bachelor's degree in Malaysia? There are a few types of qualifications offered by private universities and university colleges in this country. Generally, these are the types of qualifications that are offered by home-grown universities:

  • Internal degree qualification
  • Joint award degree qualification
  • Dual-award degree programme

Read more here : Studying for a home-grown Malaysian bachelor’s degree qualification

Most of the scholarships are offered only to Malaysians while others includes scholarships for international students.

View our latest list of available scholarships offered by private and public organisations in Malaysia here : What scholarships are there for students?

Check out your choices in Options After SPM: What Can I Study?

In the article How to Begin Your Search for the Right Course After SPM?, you can read more about fields of study. By begin with finding out which field of study you are interested in, you will be able to determine a good course match for yourself.

Your choice of pre-U programme depends on a number of factors - from your budget to your choice of bachelor’s degree programme. Check out these articles to find out more.

If you’ve always dreamed of studying abroad but lack the education funds, read How to get a foreign degree even if you think you can’t afford it before you dash off all your hopes.

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