Top 10 Mistakes Students Make in Choosing Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia


Choosing a University in Malaysia for the Wrong Reasons

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Part of finding the right college or university in Malaysia for you will be picking out the criteria that matters to most to you, and then seeing if any of the top private colleges or universities in Malaysia that you’re looking at fit those criteria.

Students after SPM or O-Levels tend to choose their university for the wrong reasons. Choosing a university is an important decision that should not be taken lightly as it will shape your mind and character for your future career.

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Top 10 Mistakes Students Make When Choosing a University in Malaysia

  1. Choosing a university because your friends, girlfriend/boyfriend is going there
  2. It is the cheapest university to study at
  3. The university gave me a discount
  4. I like the party lifestyle
  5. I saw and heard many advertisements about that university
  6. My uncles and aunties told me that it is good but didn’t say what was good
  7. The agent kept pushing me to go there
  8. The courses at that university are easy to pass
  9. My parents want me to go there
  10. It is the nearest university to my house

 

Make your list of Top Private Universities in Malaysia

I went for the EduSpiral Education Fair and gained a lot of information. After the fair, EduSpiral even arranged to take me around for a campus tour, assisted me with application and accommodation as well. Nixonn Cheong, Engineering at UCSI University

I went for the EduSpiral Education Fair and gained a lot of information. After the fair, EduSpiral even arranged to take me around for a campus tour, assisted me with application and accommodation as well.
Nixonn Cheong, Engineering at UCSI University

You may already know what some of the best universities or colleges are in Malaysia from talking to friends or teachers, but you can find out about more schools and broaden your opportunities through careful online research. Make sure you check the information provided to see if they are true.

There are also many agents or education consultants around trying to recruit students for the private universities so you need to make sure that they are knowledgeable and experienced.

A knowledgeable education consultant would be able to provide detailed information about the course, facts & evidence to support the job prospects for the course and in-depth information about which university would be suit you. While an experienced education consultant would be able to analyse your results, understand your personality & skills to figure out which course and career suits you.

A knowledgeable education consultant means that he or she would know the entry requirements, course details, in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of courses out there, career prospects, job demand, professional recognition requirements, accreditation, best universities for the course, and other information that would help a confused student to make the right choice.

While an experienced education consultant would have had counseled hundreds of students analysing their

EduSpiral has more than 10 years of experience in counseling students on choosing the right courses

EduSpiral has more than 10 years of experience in counseling students on choosing the right courses

personalities and skilfully guiding them to the right course and university.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression. After knowing which course, we can then determine which private university in best for that course.

Once you compile your list of favorites, examine their admission requirements to determine if you qualify. Then consider visiting your favorites to help you decide which is the best university for you.

Take Time and Effort to Choose the Right Private University in Malaysia to Study at

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights. Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights.
Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

Choosing a university is important as it will help to shape your mind, character and help you to develop the necessary skills for a successful career. Therefore, not all private universities are the same. You should not choose a university because it is the cheapest, easiest and nearest. It should be based on which university that best fits your needs.

Many students in Malaysia also make the common mistake in choosing a university because their friends are going there. I even had one student tell me that his choice of university depends on where his girlfriend is going! This is one of the most important decisions that may change your life forever hence it should not be taken lightly.

Step 1: Choose your Course

EduSpiral chatted with me on Facebook & helped me with my application & accommodation. Jian Yi, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral chatted with me on Facebook & helped me with my application & accommodation.
Jian Yi, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

Determine what you might like to study or major in at the university in Malaysia. Yes, many students after SPM or O-Levels are still confused about what to study.

Knowing which course you want to study will help in determining which university. Just like signature dishes for restaurants, certain private universities are famous for particular courses. Choosing the best university for that course would ensure that you benefit from their experience.

For example, HELP University is famous for Psychology, Asia Pacific University for Computing, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for Actuarial Science & Engineering, UCSI University for Pharmacy & Engineering, First City University College for Interior Design, KDU University College for Mass Communication, etc.

There are basically 2 pathways after SPM or O-Levels. You can either go for a Diploma course or Pre-University Course in Malaysia or Singapore. “Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university bachelors degree programme. The common courses under Pre-University are STPM, A-Levels, Foundation, AUSMAT, etc.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who are not sure what to study at degree level can go for the Pre-University course in Malaysia like A-Levels, AUSMAT or Foundation and then proceed on to the degree in Malaysia or Singapore.

Choosing the right Pre-University course that fits you would mean that you have to ask yourself which methods of assessment best suit you? Exams, coursework, practicals, group projects and presentations could all be in the mix in differing quantities. Every Pre-University course will include a % breakdown of assessment. You need to understand yourself and capabilities in order to decide which Pre-University course would best suit you.

Students who are sure of what they want to study after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Diploma course

After starting class at college, I was still confused if the course suited me. I took a bus from Seremban to meet up with EduSpiral for counseling. I have a clearer picture of what to do now. Kuang Joe, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at HELP College of Arts & Technology

After starting class at college, I was still confused if the course suited me. I took a bus from Seremban to meet up with EduSpiral for counseling. I have a clearer picture of what to do now.
Kuang Joe, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at HELP College of Arts & Technology

first. The Diploma pathway in Malaysia for students after SPM is 2 or 2.5 years and then enter into Year 2 of the Degree programme. Completing a degree at top private colleges in Singapore is the fastest pathway after SPM. Students will take 7 to 12 months to complete a Diploma and then enter into the Degree programme for another 2 years.

There are many types of diploma and Pre-University courses in Malaysia & Singapore as well as hundreds of undergraduate majors to choose from. But knowing the right one for you is the most difficult decision. If you read this guide from start to finish, you’ll know the best courses in Malaysia that would suit you.

If you are not sure what to study, do ask a trained counselor and always make decisions based on evidence and facts. The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever.

You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision.

Step 2: Make a List of Criteria

Develop a list of criteria you want to use to evaluate and weed out colleges.

Part of finding the right college or university in Malaysia for you will, of course, be picking out the criteria that matters to most to you, and then seeing if any of the top private colleges or universities you’re looking at fit those criteria. Develop a list of top private universities in Malaysia that is based on the most important criteria for your education. The criteria that you use to develop a list of the best colleges will depend on your personality, values, academic interests, and career goals.

Common Criteria in Choosing the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university in Malaysia:

EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study. Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy

EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study.
Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy

  • Diploma and degrees offered
  • Subjects offered in the diploma or degree (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
  • Type of programme (local degree, 3+0 UK or Australian degree, 4+0 American degree, degree transfer programme, etc)
  • Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
  • Location of the university
  • Size of the student population
  • Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
  • Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
  • Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
  • Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
  • Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study. Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study.
    Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

  • Internship and co-op programs
  • Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
  • Safety (campus, community)
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
  • Student support services
  • Intake dates

Step 3: Compile a list of possible colleges and universities in Malaysia & Singapore

With at least some idea of the criteria that are important to you, begin the gathering phase. You can find college information in the universities’ brochures. You will surely also get suggestions from family, friends, and high school teachers and guidance counselors. You should also consider attending education fairs, university open days where you can actually meet representatives from the universities, as well as gather important literature.

Step 4: Gather all your resources and information about each private university you’re considering in Malaysia & Singapore

If you don’t have all the information you need on a particular university, you should consider visiting the university’s Website. And most colleges offer some sort of virtual campus tour, so you can get an early taste of the look and feel of a college from your computer. You can also talk to us at EduSpiral Consultant Services and search our blog for detailed information on the courses and private universities in Malaysia and colleges in Singapore.

Step 5: Use the criteria from Step 2 to narrow your list of colleges to a manageable number.

This number will vary widely among teens and their families, depending in part on how many you and your family can realistically visit. You should narrow them to about 3 or 5 to consider.

Step 6: Visit the colleges & universities on your list from Step 5.

The best way to really get a feel for a university is by visiting the campus, taking a tour, meeting with students & lecturers, attending a class, reading the campus newspaper, eating in the cafeteria, etc. You have to feel “at home” at the place where you will spend the next four years of your life, so visiting is important.

For more information and strategies, read our article, EduSpiral University Campus Tours to Help Students Choose the Best Universities. If some universities on your list are just too far away to make a trip, then you can add EduSpiral on Facebook and we can show you videos and photos of the campus and its facilities.

Step 7: Apply to the university that made the cut after the first six steps.

Now that you have gone through all the steps, you are ready to apply to the university of your choice. EduSpiral Consultant Services is an officially appointed representative of many top private colleges and universities in Malaysia and Singapore to assist students in their application process. Contact us and we will help you to apply to your university of choice easily and free of charge.

Talk to a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant to Help you to Choose the Best Private University or College in Malaysia

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students

Choosing a the right university to study after SPM or O-Levels in Malaysia takes time, it is a process in finding out which university in best for you. You need to talk to the right counselors who are knowledgeable and experienced.

A knowledgeable counselor would be able to provide detailed information about the course, facts & evidence to support the job prospects for the course and in-depth information about which university would be suit you. While an experienced counselor would be able to analyse your results, understand your personality & skills to figure out which course and career suits you.

A knowledgeable education consultant means that he or she would know the entry requirements, course details, in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of courses out there, career prospects, job demand, professional recognition requirements, accreditation, best universities for the course, and other information that would help a confused student to make the right choice.

While an experienced education consultant would have had counseled hundreds of students analysing their

EduSpiral has more than 10 years of experience in counseling students on choosing the right courses

EduSpiral has more than 10 years of experience in counseling students on choosing the right courses

personalities and skilfully guiding them to the right course and university.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression. After knowing which course, we can then determine which private university in best for that course.

Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia

EduSpiral helped me to find the right college for A-Levels, & now they have helped me to choose what to study after my A-Levels. Chee Kin, Actuarial & Finance degree at UCSI University

EduSpiral helped me to find the right college for A-Levels, & now they have helped me to choose what to study after my A-Levels.
Chee Kin, Actuarial & Finance degree at UCSI University

Switzerland

Malaysia

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  2. Curtin University, Sarawak campus
  3. Asia Pacific University (APU) 
  4. APIIT
  5. UCSI University
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. Taylor’s College Subang and Sri Hartamas
  8. UCSI University Sarawak Campus
  9. HELP University
  10. HELP Academy
  11. HELP College of Arts & Technology
  12. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  13. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  14. KDU University College Penang
  15. YTL International College of Hotel Management
  16. IACT College
  17. Point College
  18. Saito College
  19. Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
  20. Nilai University
  21. Reliance College

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia.

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get. These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable.

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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EduSpiral seeks to offer information and advise on courses & careers and placement services to top private colleges & universities in Malaysia & Singapore. Our experienced consultants will share from years of counselling students to guide students personally on to the best possible career choice. The decision that you make now, can change your life forever....so make it wisely.

Posted on March 26, 2016, in Choosing the right course, Choosing the right university, Study in Malaysia and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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