How to Choose the Best Private University or College in Malaysia that Fits Me?


How to Choose the Best IPTS or Private University in Malaysia to Study after your SPM, STPM or UEC

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Below are a list of the best private colleges and universities in Malaysia to study after your SPM, STPM, A-Levels or UEC.

When choosing a university and college in Malaysia, it is important for students to visit the campus and see the facilities and feel the culture of the students to see if it fits you. The environment should be one where students speak mostly in English so that you can improve your English and communication skills.

Talk to the lecturers and find out from the counselors there if the courses have been accredited by MQA and other external bodies like the Board of Engineers Malaysia or Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia. The best universities and colleges in Malaysia have excellent facilities, years of experience running the programme, strong student support services, and experienced lecturers.

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Choosing the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study  

Don’t choose a university just because someone told you that it is good. Ask why is it good? Don’t choose because a university is “famous” because it has put out a lot of advertisements.

The best university in Malaysia will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university) and good facilities.

A student with 10As from Muar that I know had joined a famous college in Subang for Pre-University. He had wanted to go for

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

dentistry but now is planning to go for a Business course because he did not get the necessary grades to enter dentistry.

Furthermore, he said that his results was one of the best in his class and half of them had to re-take the Pre-U at other colleges because they had failed.

So, if you do not have the self-control, it is better to choose a university that has less distraction or partying students so that you achieve success. Just because a university has a lake or has a beautiful campus doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality or environment is the best for you.

Remember the best university doesn’t mean it is the best university for you. The best university is one that fits your career goals, your personality and can push you to a higher level of success.

The university that you choose now can either equip you with the knowledge and skills to have a successful future or not enough skills ending up in joblessness.

Cost of studying at that college or university in Malaysia

  • My dream is to study film but there are few colleges offering this course and those that do are expensive. After talking to EduSpiral, he helped me to find the right college to achieve my dreams. Khar Heng, Film Studies at Point College

    My dream is to study film but there are few colleges offering this course and those that do are expensive. After talking to EduSpiral, he helped me to find the right college to achieve my dreams.
    Khar Heng, Film Studies at Point College

    What type of college do I like? (Large, medium, small, city, suburbs, or outer city) Some people like small colleges where you get a community feel while others like large colleges where they get to meet lots of people.

  • Know yourself, if you like city life, don’t choose a college far away from the city even though the facilities are great. However, if you have a discipline problem in having too much fun, studying away from the city may be a good choice
  • Facilities – computer labs, computers, science labs, student centre, job placement centre, etc. Note – You should expect to get what you pay for.
  • If you like sports, you may not want to choose a college without a football field or gym.
  • Is it near public transportation? This is important if you do not have transportation.
  • Note that you get what you pay for, if you pay for a Kancil don’t expect a Mercedes service. Nothing wrong with a Kancil, it’s just being realistic with your “purchase” however that does not mean that you should get lousy service from that college.

Choosing the Right Course at the University or College in Malaysia

  • Initially I was planning to go to a "famous" design college. EduSpiral showed me that the "famous" college is only good for animation & hasn't won any awards in Interior Design. KBU has won many top awards for Interior Design. Zhi Yih, Interior Design at KBU International College

    Initially I was planning to go to a “famous” design college. EduSpiral showed me that the “famous” college is only good for animation & hasn’t won any awards in Interior Design. KBU has won many top awards for Interior Design.
    Zhi Yih, Interior Design at KBU International College

    Is that course popular at that college?

  • Are the courses recognised and approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Audit (MQA)?Do they have enough students to start a class?
  •  How many students do they have studying that course at that college?
  •  What is the duration of the course?
  •  Quality of lecturers. What are their qualifications? Years of experience.
  •  Ask your friends who have studied there. Ask your friends who are studying there.
  • How much money do I have? Ask your parents. If you take the PTPTN loan, note that you will need to have enough to pay the tuition fees as well as your cost of living.
  • How much are the tuition fees? Does it include the exam and other fees?
  • How much does it cost to live in KL?
  • How much is on-campus accommodation?
  • How much is off-campus accommodation? Note that it might be cheaper to find off campus accommodation on your own with friends. Is the accommodations near eateries, banks, entertainment, public transportation, etc.?

Size of the university in Malaysia and its facilities

  • The size of the college also matters to some people as some prefer a small and friendly college environment where you
    EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills. Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

    EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills.
    Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

    know everyone’s names. Some may prefer a medium sized college where there are more students to interact with and more facilities to use like a bigger library, student centre, computer labs etc.

  • In large universities you might feel lost but there will be more facilities like a football field, gym, swimming pool, basketball courts, etc.
  • You just need to understand your personality and then choose the type of college that fits you.
  • If you are a sports person, you might want to find one with a football field, basketball courts, gym or swimming pool.
  • The language spoken mostly at the college by the students may also matter if you don’t know Mandarin or BM or English. If most of the students speak Mandarin at that university then it will not help you to improve your English. Having a good command of the English language helps you to get good jobs and promotions.
  • Be careful of colleges who offer freebies like iPads, computers, etc. They are just marketing gimmicks to get you to register. Look at their quality and ask about their lecturers. I know of one new college who is giving away iPads to the first 100 students but is planning to buy used iPads to give away. This college does not even have any lecturers yet at their city campus. So, as students, you are spending a lot of money therefore you need to be wise.

Common Factors 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

Talk to the Best Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Make the Right Choice in your Studies

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Choosing a course to study after SPM is not a science, it is a process

Students in Malaysia need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors in Malaysia to help you. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor in Malaysia would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

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.

Below are a list of the best private colleges and universities in Malaysia in their various fields, in my opinion.

A List of Top Courses offered by the Best Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Outstanding Foundation Programmes in Malaysia at Leading Private Universities & Colleges

We didn't know that First City University College had won many awards for Interior Design until EduSpiral showed us the awards. The "famous" college that we had planned to join hadn't even won any awards in interior design. Zhi Yih & Chin Xien, Foundation in Design at First City University College

We didn’t know that First City University College had won many awards for Interior Design until EduSpiral showed us the awards. The “famous” college that we had planned to join hadn’t even won any awards in interior design.
Zhi Yih & Chin Xien, Foundation in Design at First City University College

First Rate Private Universities in Malaysia for Business Administration, Management or International Business Degree Programmes

EduSpiral provided me with in-depth advise on choosing the right course for my career. Terence Wong, Business at Taylor's University

EduSpiral provided me with in-depth advise on choosing the right course for my career.
Terence Wong, Business at Taylor’s University

Excellent Private Universities in Malaysia for Actuarial Science Degree Programmes

Private Universities in Malaysia with First Rate Accounting & Finance Degree Programmes

EduSpiral explained the pathway to become an actuaries & gave facts on why Heriot-Watt is the best for actuarial science. We also toured the campus and hostel. Weng Hang, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

EduSpiral explained the pathway to become an actuaries & gave facts on why Heriot-Watt is the best for actuarial science. We also toured the campus and hostel.
Weng Hang, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Leading Private Universities in Malaysia for Marketing and Human Resource Management Degree Programmes

We did not know where to go after our STPM results and our friend recommended EduSpiral to us. EduSpiral helped us to make the best choice. Foo Hong, Business at HELP College of Arts and Technology Kuo Qiat, Marketing at UCSI University

We did not know where to go after our STPM results and our friend recommended EduSpiral to us. EduSpiral helped us to make the best choice.
Foo Hong, Business at HELP College of Arts and Technology
Kuo Qiat, Marketing at UCSI University

Highly Acclaimed Private Universities in Malaysia for Logistics Programmes

Top Ranked Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Accounting and Business Diploma Programmes

Our mum asked us to talk to EduSpiral as we did not know what to study. EduSpiral had helped our older sister before. He met us at Taylor's, talked to us and then gave us a tour. Gan twins, Foundation in Arts at Taylor's University

Our mum asked us to talk to EduSpiral as we did not know what to study. EduSpiral had helped our older sister before. He met us at Taylor’s, talked to us and then gave us a tour.
Gan twins, Foundation in Arts at Taylor’s University

Business Foundation Programmes at the Best Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Study Psychology at the Best Private Universities in Malaysia

First Class Mass Communication Programmes at Malaysian Universities

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me. John Lai Wai Hong, Diploma in Mass Comm at KDU University College

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me.
John Lai Wai Hong, Diploma in Mass Comm at KDU University College

The Best Private Universities in Malaysia to Study Computing, Computer Science, Software Engineering, & Information Communications Technology Degree Programmes

Being in Sabah made it difficult for me to survey the universities in Peninsula. I found EduSpiral online and they provided detailed information & helped me with my application. They even took me around the university for a tour when I went to visit. Xavier Phang, Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Being in Sabah made it difficult for me to survey the universities in Peninsula. I found EduSpiral online and they provided detailed information & helped me with my application. They even took me around the university for a tour when I went to visit.
Xavier Phang, Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Outstanding Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Computing, IT or Computer Science Diploma & Foundation Programmes

EduSpiral advised me on Facebook and then met me and my friends at APU to take us around for a tour. Edward, Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral advised me on Facebook and then met me and my friends at APU to take us around for a tour.
Edward, Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Excellent Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering Degree Courses

I loved motorsports and EduSpiral gave me great advise to help guide me to achieve my dream. Justin Moo, Mechanical Engineering graduate from Taylor's University

I loved motorsports and EduSpiral gave me great advise to help guide me to achieve my dream.
Justin Moo, Mechanical Engineering graduate from Taylor’s University

Top Notch Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia to Study Applied Geology, Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Engineering Degree Courses

Civil Engineering Degree Courses Accredited by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) at Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Award-Winning Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering Degree Courses

Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia to StudyAerospace Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering & Other Engineering Degree Courses

Top Rated Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia to Study Engineering Diploma & Foundation Courses

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

Premier Private Universities in Malaysia for Architecture and Built Environment Courses

I had taken a course and wasn't doing well. Then, I met EduSpiral who guided me to the right course and now I am doing very well. Brendon, Entertainment Arts at KDU University College

I had taken a course and wasn’t doing well. Then, I met EduSpiral who guided me to the right course and now I am doing very well.
Brendon, Entertainment Arts at KDU University College

Outstanding Applied Science and Health Sciences at Private Universities in Malaysia

EduSpiral provided us with in-depth information about UCSI University and also took us around for a campus tour and to find accommodation. It really helped us to make a good decision about our future. En Qi, Pharmacy student

EduSpiral provided us with in-depth information about UCSI University and also took us around for a campus tour and to find accommodation. It really helped us to make a good decision about our future.
En Qi, Pharmacy student

List of Award-Winning Private Colleges & Universities in Malaysia for Hospitality Management, Hotel Management, Events & Tourism Programmes in Malaysia

EduSpiral met me and my parents at KDU University College to explain about the hospitality course and then took us around for a campus tour. This helped me to make my choice on what to study and where to study easier. Jia Lin, Hospitality at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

EduSpiral met me and my parents at KDU University College to explain about the hospitality course and then took us around for a campus tour. This helped me to make my choice on what to study and where to study easier.
Jia Lin, Hospitality at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Highly Acclaimed Private Colleges & Universities in Malaysia for Culinary Arts & Patisserie Programmes in Malaysia

Talking to EduSpiral on Facebook helped me to find my direction in life and to choose the right college that fit my career goals. Austin Ang, Hospitality at KDU College Penang

Talking to EduSpiral on Facebook helped me to find my direction in life and to choose the right college that fit my career goals.
Austin Ang, Hospitality at KDU College Penang

Study Design at Top Private Colleges & Universities in Malaysia

"I met EduSpiral at their Education Fair in Ipoh. I don't come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral recommended First City UC to me and my parents. We found that First City UC is excellent for design and the fees are very affordable as well. Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at First City University College

“I met EduSpiral at their Education Fair in Ipoh. I don’t come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral recommended First City UC to me and my parents. We found that First City UC is excellent for design and the fees are very affordable as well.
Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at First City University College

External Pre-University (Pre-U) Programmes at Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

“EduSpiral gave me advise over phone, Facebook, Skype and even took me to visit the universities. He spent a lot of time to help me make my decision on what to study and at which university.”
Ban Moon (Left), Scored 3As in the A-Levels at HELP Academy

All students after SPM have to take a Pre-University course before entering university such as A-Levels, STPM, AUSMAT, Foundation, UNSW Foundation Year, etc.

It can be confusing when choosing the right Pre-University course. When choosing a Pre-U course, you should understand yourself whether you want an exam-based course or a Pre-U course that contains a mix of coursework and exams.

You should also choose the Pre-University Programme based on what you would like to study for your degree, your budget, which country, and recognition.

Below is a list of some of the best universities and colleges in Malaysia offering the Pre-University Programmes.

Leading Private Universities in Malaysia to Study Law, Education & Music Programmes

EduSpiral helped me to transfer my business diploma into UCSI University. He had advised me to go for a university with an English-speaking environment so that I can improve myself. Kwang Wei, Business graduate from UCSI University

EduSpiral helped me to transfer my business diploma into UCSI University. He had advised me to go for a university with an English-speaking environment so that I can improve myself.
Kwang Wei, Business graduate from UCSI University

STUDY The BEST MBA & POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN MALAYSIA

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 & Singapore.

"I attended EduSpiral's Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU." Julian Hum, Accounting at Asia Pacific University

“I attended EduSpiral’s Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU.”
Julian Hum, Accounting at 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 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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  1. can i do b.sc course in automobil in Help University at American Degree Program course

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  2. Is point college a trustful and great college to continue studies? And are the facilities good?

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  3. Vimalan Ayappan

    Other than Nilai university, how about MSU, Despark college, Taylor university and linclon university their offeering me.

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  4. Hello,May i know which university/college in Malaysia offer double major/degree or major-minor program?
    The course that I interested is Software engineering and Finance , i wish to study both but don’t know which uni/col has offer . Can help me here?

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  5. Hi may I know which university/college offers business related degree in which their mode of assessment is leaning more towards coursework instead of exams?

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  6. Hi. May I know which university is better if I want to take Business International courses?

    Thanks.

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  7. I want to choose in foundation in studies or management.unisel,kdu,uniten which one best choice???pm me???

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    • You have to compare the lecturers’ experience, university reputation for the course, course subjects, facilities, student environment and your budget to see which one best fits you. Uniten is famous for engineering and technical courses while Unisel doesn’t have much of a reputation.

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  8. May I know which university is better if I want to take Human Resources courses?

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  9. I need to visit d campuses before I choose d right uni , do I need to pay any fee if yr consultancy company bring us to visits d campus, my son still haven choose d courses yet , I was thinking bring my kid to visit d campus before he decide d courses. Advice please , tq

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  10. Are there any universities near or in Johor offering chemical engineering ?

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  11. Hello may i know which university offers English teaching programmes better between Unisel B.ED TESL and IUKL B.A TESOL? Apart from that, does Mara provides loan for these courses in both universities.. I am quite confused after made too much research. I hope you can help

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  12. Is that the Asia Pacific University of technology and innovation is better than curtin university if i study banking and finance degree course?

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  13. sorry for the wrong email….its dashvivo@gmail.com

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  14. Hi Eduspiral,

    I have SKM lavel 3 in Mechanical engineering and having issues in finding a college or uni to continue my diploma. Can you help me? Prefered with PTPTN loan…..thank you in advance

    Soma
    dasivivo@gmail.com

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    • I am sorry to say that the SKM Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering is not recognised or accepted by any private college or university in Malaysia. You won’t be able to apply for the PTPTN Loan as well because you will need at least SPM 3 credits to enter the diploma course. Good luck.

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