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Factors to consider when choosing a course

by StudyMalaysia.com on February 24, 2020 | Top Stories

Factors to consider when choosing a course - StudyMalaysia.com

When exploring courses of study, there are many things about the course that you need to consider. Here’s a handy list of items to get you started.

Factors to consider when choosing a course Factors to consider when choosing a course

Choosing a course - Tip #1

You don’t want to sign up at a college that doesn’t fulfil your higher education needs. Making sure the course and institution you have chosen is approved by the Ministry of Education is important. To check if a course has been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), go to https://www2.mqa.gov.my/mqr/

Choosing a course - Tip #2

Your higher education plans don’t just stop at choosing a course. You need to plan ahead to make sure that the course enables you to pursue a career you want. When deciding on a course, finding out what jobs you can apply for when you graduate could help you with your decision.
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Choosing a course - Tip #3

Can you afford the course fees? You don’t want to have to drop out of a course because you run out of funds. Don’t forget to cost in accommodation, textbooks and other expenditure.

Can’t afford a course you want? Don’t fret yet! The course fees for the same programme can vary rather significantly between different institutions. So, explore your options for the same course at different institutions. You might just be able to fit one in your budget.

Look for scholarships here!

Choosing a course - Tip #4

Many of us depend on our folks to fund our higher education but wait, there are other options out there. Check if you qualify for a PTPTN loan. Also, the institution may offer bursaries and scholarships.

For an extensive list of scholarships, look here!
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Choosing a course - Tip #5

When searching for a course, do remember to make sure that you meet the entry requirements for the programme.

Some programmes can have a particular set of entry requirements—from specific subject requirements to English language proficiency—make sure you check them out!

Choosing a course - Tip #6

So you think you’ve decided on a course but have you checked out the subjects they offer in the curriculum? Are you comfortable studying the subjects offered? Good to know—two bachelor degrees with the same name can have very different curricula.
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Choosing a course - Tip #7

With some degrees, the qualification can be awarded by more than one institution, or a different institution from the one you’re studying at.

Choosing a course - Tip #8

With some professions (for example, nursing, medicine, architecture, accountancy, law and others), you may need a professional license in order to pursue a career in that field. Do make sure that the degree you choose offers a qualification that is recognised by the relevant professional bodies.
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Choosing a course - Tip #9

What’s the assessment method for the programme? Find out the types of assessment used in the course you’ve chosen. Is it mainly coursework or do written examinations make up most of your grade? Which would you prefer?

Choosing a course - Tip #10

Is there an internship programme? Is internship part of this programme? How long is the internship and how many times is it conducted during the course of study? Does the institution help with internship placements?
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Choosing a course - Tip #11

For many of us, studying abroad may seem like a dream out of our reach but the good news is that some institutions offer their students a chance to complete a year or a semester at a partner university abroad at no extra cost in terms of tuition fees. You will, however, need to make sure you can pay your own way for accommodation, food and other day-to-day expenses.

Choosing a course - Tip #12

Common facilities at a college or university include a library, lecture theatres, sports complex, cafeteria, hostel and others. However, you should also find out about the facilities offered that are specific to your course.

For example, if you’re taking a science-based course, are the labs well equipped? If you want to study a computer-based course, are the computers installed with the latest software and hardware? Students studying music would want to ensure there are enough practice and recording rooms while hospitality or culinary students would benefit from actual restaurant and kitchen set-ups.
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Choosing a course - Tip #13

Making sure you like the course you want to study is extremely important, but a well-rounded college life is also about taking part in social and recreational activities. Whether it’s a sport, society or club, do some exploring to see what the college or university has to offer.

Choosing a course - Tip #14

Questions on employability to ask a college or university: Do your graduates enjoy a high employability rate? Are they typically employed within six months after graduation? Do students get job offers even before they graduate?
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Choosing a course - Tip #15

Some colleges or universities may organise a career day or an employment fair where they invite potential employers to chat with their undergraduates. Some other institutions may also offer their students workshops on how to write a resume and how to do well at a job interview.

Choosing a course - Tip #16

Sometimes, choosing a course can be quite a difficult decision especially when the courses all seem to offer the same thing. A simple question to ask a course counsellor is: What makes the course special? You’ll be surprised by what you could discover this way. Try it!
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Choosing a course - Tip #17

If you have the chance, speak to a few of the professors, lecturers or tutors while you’re visiting the college. Are they friendly and approachable? Do they have industry experience? What are the expectations of the teaching staff for the students?

Choosing a course - Tip #18

A college or university with a good demographic mix ensures diversity in its student population. Studies show that diversity on college campuses promotes intellectual and cultural engagement, self-motivation and citizenship. It also improves academic skills like critical thinking, problem-solving and writing.
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Choosing a course - Tip #19

What awards and achievements has the college acquired? Do the undergraduates participate in any special projects especially in collaboration with the industry? Projects, competitions and collaborations are a great way for students to learn beyond the classroom.

Choosing a course - Tip #20

More and more consumers today rely on recommendations and reviews. Should your college choice, too? While not everyone’s advice is pertinent to your situation, speaking to current students could give you an idea about how satisfied they are about the course, campus and teaching staff in general. They may even offer you some tips on how to survive your first year at college and what to expect.

Source: myCOURSE Guide

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