Entry Requirements for Foundation, Diploma & Degree Courses in Malaysia


What are the Entry Requirements for the Different Courses in Malaysia?

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In order to choose the right course that fits you to study in Malaysia, you would also need to know the entry requirements. Entry requirements would vary from some private universities and courses. Students after SPM & O-Levels would need to know the different entry requirements for Foundation, Pre-U and Diploma courses in Malaysia or Singapore.

For students after UEC, STPM, A-Levels or Pre-U, they will need to find out the entry requirements into the degree programmes of interest at their particular private university. Generally, arts students will never be able to take science-related degree programmes. It is possible for arts students to enter into engineering courses with the relevant results.

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Foundation or Pre-University Entry Requirements in Malaysia

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Gan twins, Foundation in Arts at Taylor’s University

Students will need to have at least 5 credits in SPM or O-Levels to join a Foundation or Pre-University course in Malaysia. There is no PTPN Loan for the Foundation or Pre-University course.

You will need a minimum 5 credits in SPM or 4Bs in UEC, inclusive of Mathematics and 2 pure science subjects for entry into the Foundation in Science or Foundation in Engineering at most universities. For the Foundation in Arts, you need at least 5 credits in SPM in any subject to enter or 4Bs in the UEC.

For Pharmacy and Medicine you need SPM or O-Levels 5 B’s inclusive of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics/Add. Mathematics and an additional subject (Pass in B. Melayu and B. inggeris is compulsory)

To enter into the Foundation in Business, you will need at least 5 credits in SPM. You may need credits for English or Maths depending on which university. If you plan to go for the degree in Actuarial Science, Finance or Accounting, you must have a credit in Maths.

Foundation courses are internal courses by the private universities and is 1 year in duration. They stream into the degree programmes offered at the university.

Diploma Courses Entry Requirements in Malaysia

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You will need at least 3 credits in SPM and a pass in BM & Sejarah to enter into a Diploma course in Malaysia. To enter TARUC College or TARUC diploma programmes, you need at least 5 relevant credits including English. That’s the only college in Malaysia that requires 5 SPM credits to enter into all of their diploma courses. Students with 3 SPM credits can only enter into the Certificate courses at TARC for 1 year 4 months before entering into the Diploma courses.

Each course will have its specific requirements such as the Diploma in Electronic Engineering will require a credit in Maths and Science, while the Diploma in IT will need a credit in Maths.

Students from the Arts Stream who are interested to join a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical & Electronic Engineering course will be able to join certain universities with SPM 3 credits including Maths & General Science. Please contact us  at 01111408838 for more details.

With the change in the duration of the diploma programme from 2.5 years to 2 years, students can go for the Diploma programme for 2 years and then enter into Year 2 of the relevant degree programme and complete the degree at the same time as those who took the Foundation.

Courses like business, IT, mass communication, etc takes 2 years. Courses like engineering, architecture, culinary, hotel and design take 2.5 years. However, the design courses at INTI takes 3 years to complete.

One advantage of taking the Diploma is that you can apply for the PTPTN loan. You cannot apply for the PTPTN loan for the Foundation course. In addition, for the Diploma, you would be studying subjects that you like.

However, if you are not sure of what you want to study, then taking the Foundation course you have time to decide later which course you would like to pursue.

Degree Courses Entry Requirements For A-Levels and STPM in Malaysia

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Another confusion is when students take the AS subject in the A-Levels, it is not a full subject and therefore is not counted as a principal.

When choosing subjects in the A-Levels, it is important to ask the counselor the right questions and to choose wisely.  The General Paper is also not accepted by some universities as well. General Paper is taken as a subject in TAR College A-Level programme.

You will need at least 2 Principals to enter into the degree courses. A-Levels will be at least 2E’s while STPM is at least 2C’s or CGPA 2.00. The Pengajian Am is not accepted into Science degree courses and but can be counted for entry into Business, IT, Mass Comm, Psychology and Social Science courses.

If you have at least a C in Pengajian Am and another subject, you may enter into these courses at certain universities. Please contact me for more details.

Medicine and Pharmacy entry requirements vary from university to university.

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Chong Han, Foundation in Engineering at Taylor’s University

Applied Science degree courses such as Biotechnology, Food Science, Nutrition, etc – STPM 3 principals (C) in Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics / Physics or A-Levels 3 principals (E) in

Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics / Physics or UEC 5Bs (Inclusive of Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics / Physics)

Engineering Degree Programme Entry Requirements – STPM 2 principals (C) in Mathematics and Physics or A-Levels 2 Ds in Mathematics and Physics or UEC 5 Bs (inclusive of Mathematics and Physics). Some universities may accept 2 Principal Es in A-Levels. For Chemical Engineering, the subjects required are Maths & Chemistry.

Entry requirements into Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s engineering programmes are higher.

Architecture – STPM a minimum CGPA of 2.33 for 3 subjects (ANY SUBJECTS) with a Credit in Math OR Science at the SPM level. A-Levels a minimum 2 Cs including Maths or

Equivalent. In UEC, 6 Credits or Bs inclusive of Math OR Science.

Law – Any subjects for STPM 2 principals (C) or A-Levels 2 Es

Most courses – Any subjects for STPM 2 principals (C) or A-Levels 2 Es or UEC 5 Bs

If you had obtained 5B’s in the UEC, you can go directly into the degree programme. I talked to a student who completed the UEC with at least 5Bs and was advise to take a Foundation course therefore wasting one year, when he could have entered directly into the degree program.

Grading System

SPM UEC O-Levels STPM A-Levels
A+ A1 A A A
A A2 B A- B
A- B3 C B+ C
B+ B4 D B D
B B5 E B- E
C+ B6 U – Ungraded C+ F
C C7 C
D C8 C-
E D+
G D

Transferring your Diploma to a Degree course in Malaysia

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My mum contacted EduSpiral to help advise me on which course & university to choose as I was quite confused. He took us to visit the universities & helped guide me to make the right choice.
Bryan Yap, Foundation in Business at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

If you had taken a diploma course, you can transfer your credits into Year 2 of a relevant degree. For example, if you have a

Diploma in Accounting, you can generally be accepted into Year 2 of the Accounting degree programme. At some universities, you may not get full exemptions as the subjects may not be similar, so you may have to enter into Year 1 second or final semester.

If you decide to join a marketing degree course, you may not get as many exemptions.

To perform the exemption advise, you will need to submit the transcripts, course outline for all the subjects that you have taken at the college and SPM Certificate.

It will take some time to perform the exemptions so you need to submit the documents early.

Certificate Course Entry Requirements in Malaysia

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Kezhan, Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

Many students in Malaysia are confused about the education possibilities available to them after SPM, UEC, STPM or A-Levels.

For those who only obtained 1 credit in SPM/UEC and a pass in BM & Sejarah, there is still hope for you as you can go for a Certificate in Business, Certificate in IT or Certificate in Creative Design and then go on to the Diploma course.

Generally, you won’t be able to study Certificate in Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, Health Science, Biotechnology, etc because you are to weak in your results to continue on in diploma or degree levels.

You will study the Certificate course for 1 year and 4 months and then only continue to the Diploma for 2 or 2.5 years depending on which course. After the Diploma, you will enter into Year 2 of the degree for another 2 years.

There will be no PTPN Loan for the Certificate, Diploma or Degree courses. You will need to pay them all on your own.

Some students are also confused that the “C” in UEC is equivalent to a credit and that is not true.

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    Thanks

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  2. Hi sir..recently i had complete my diploma in graphic design so it’s possible for me to do degree in computer science..?

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  3. Hi Sir…i’m currently pursuing diploma in business with information technology at asia pacific university..so is it possible for me to pursue a bachelor degree in computer science(software engineering) with is unrelated field.

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  4. Lee Kuan Hui

    Hi Sir, may i ask if i pursue Diploma In Business Administration, can i pursue my degree later on in Accounting and Finance?

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  5. hi sir,i would like to ask if i did diploma in graphic design but degree i want to do in computer & technology,is that possible for me?

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  6. Hi. I would like to ask you, if I can apply for english course. Because I got B+ for english and my results in spm is 3A, 4B+ and 2D.

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  7. My daughter finish her spm 6 credit but in account stream, can she study diploma in MLT . Can she cope with it?

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  8. lingishanmugam555

    hi i will be finishing my diploma in singapore by next year. but my pointer is very low. so can i still do my degree or have to retake the diploma?

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  9. 1) SKM – No need pass in Sej? how many years and will that lead to a diploma eventually?

    2) Certificate – minimum 1 credit and pass in BM & Sej? Also, how many years to diploma?

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  10. Hello, im just have 2 Credits in my SPM & can i do Diploma In Health Care?

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  11. Do I need to take foundation in art after stpm if I wish to study degree in architecture ?

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  12. Yeong weng siong

    I would like to ask can I study food science if I did not take biology in spm? Many university did not stated must have biology, they just written require two credit in science subject, but some universities stated must have biology

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  13. How many marks is credit in O level?And how many marks is pass in O level?

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  14. I had C plain in kcse as mean grade, with ;
    Maths:B-
    English: D plain
    Chemistry: C plain
    Biology: C plain
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    History:B-
    Physics:C-
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  16. Hai edu spiral I’m a science stream student and now doing diploma in risk management which is related to business management. After finishing this diploma can I continue my degree in software engineering ?

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  17. I’m doing diploma in risk management which relate business management . Can continue my degree in software engineering .

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  18. I currently studying diploma in Nursing at KKM college, my last year. after graduate can I use my diploma to further study in other courses like medical lab?

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  19. I have E in physics and chemistry then O in biology I want to do nursing

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  20. I have a Diploma in Graphic design and would like to enrol for further studies (degree).. But I need around 3 years to just be able to enter degree as I have personal problems… After 3 years is my diploma certificate still valid for credit transfer?

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  21. hi
    My daughter has only NCEA Level 1.she doesnt want to sit SPM. Is there any chance she can further her study in Malaysia

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  22. Hello , I graduated in 2008 my SPM results pass BM, BI, Sc, P.seni & BC.
    In 2014 I applied
    SPM (U) and the result Mathematics, pass.
    SPM 2014 November and the results BI, D (lulus atas)
    , SC, c (kepujian).
    So can apply for Certificate in electrical engineering Course?
    Tqvm.

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    • You need at least a credit in Maths and Science to enter into the Diploma in Engineering course. Certificate courses would not be relevant. Anyway, engineering is a very tough course. You should just choose a course suited for your academic capabilities.

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  24. Hello i have completed masters in biotechnology from india so what can i study further in malaysia.i am ineterested in medical lab course also.can u pls help me to figure out.is der any certificate course in health science.tysm in advance

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  25. my friends daughter is doing STPM now.she is studying in science class.Does she have chances to get geology course in goverment universities to continue her studies in degree?

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  26. KOH ZHI LING

    Good evening. I’m now studying in Form Six. I wonder about a thing. As I knew that if want to apply for the medicine course in Degree. 5 subjects like Addmath, Maths, Physics, Bio and Chemistry much be B+ and above. Unfortunately, I’m not qualified for some of those subjects. So I want to know if I retake certain subjects again, it is still have the opportunity to apply for the medicine course, and how is the procedure goes for retaking for some certain subjects again. I’ll be very thankful if my comment get response. Thanks a lot! 😊

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  27. Cristina cadano

    Can my niece enter a certificate on hotel management if she onky have 1 credit but did not pass her bm and sejarah. Thank you

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  28. Hello, can I apply for bachelor in chemical engineering if my chemistry in spm is D? I really like chemistry but I don’t knw why I got D, and I hate physics a lot but I got B for spm ( my physics is always fail tho) .

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  29. Hi ! May i know if i get 3As in A-level, then is it I can straight away go to degree year 2 in TAR UC ?
    TQ.

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  30. Hi, I would like to ask that what if I take the diploma of business management in Reliance college , can I continue my degree course in other school ? like Kdu ?

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  31. Can a stpm arts student apply for engineering or IT or computer science at public university in Malaysia?

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  32. Any minimum cgpa from foundation to go for degree?

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  33. My nephew plan to take foundation at tarc. Is there any minimum point in foundation he need to get to enter for his degree? He got 3A 3B 2C in his spm. Should he go for Foundation or Diploma

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  34. i am diploma holder in computer science from uniten……. can i take degree courses { software engineering } at asia pacific university….. my diploma CGPA is 2.60…..

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  35. i hav a question.i am a science student who had just gotten my result. i got my cgpa is 2.08 and can i transfer from science to accountancy in any ipta??p.a B+, chem C+ math n phy D+

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  36. My friends got only 4 credits in SPM does it possible can study foundation of arts in TARC ?

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  37. I got 2 credits in spm. I want partime courses nearby kuala lumpur

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  38. I got 3 credit in SPM
    Passed English,bm, sejarah
    Did I possible to apply diploma in hotel management in tarc college?

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  39. I got 3 credit in SPM
    Passed English,bm, sejarah
    Could I still possible to apply diploma in hotel management in tarc college?

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  40. I just completed my certificate in IT. Can I do degree straight? Any suggestions ?? I’m interested to continue on IT field .

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  41. Lets say If I got passes for PA and chemy,C- for physics and maths:and get 2.00 above for my STPM,can I still do degree course private???..Preferred course like architechture,building and construction management or Interior architecture!

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  42. I got 4 credits in spm Mats A and English B+ can i study degree for bussiness course i need a ans asap pls

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  43. I got 1 credit and passed in other subjects in my SPM. Im planning to resit for some of the papers. If i get 3 credits after resitting, will I be eligible to apply for PTPTN loan?

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  44. Can a stpm student with 1.66 cgpa do degree in mass comunication ?

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  45. Hi, I am a student just had my SPM in 2015
    I would like to ask that what if I take the diploma of architecture in tarc, can I continue my degree course in other school, like USCI?hope to get reply soon thanks

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  46. I have only 8Cs for UEC (no B at all), is there still hope for me?

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  47. I got 3 credit, IT, English and Mathematics, pass in BM and Sejarah, but I’m failed in Chemistry, Physics and Additional Mathematics.
    Could it still possible to apply for Diploma Of IT in Segi or APU?

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  48. I am studying for diploma in TESL now. But for degree i want to take Business. Is that possible and what are the requirement. Your suggestion please.

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  49. I’m a Malaysian, just done my diploma in business management and i’m thinking and trying to apply for a local university in Malaysia. But, my CGPA is 2.5, can i apply for any local university for my further study to degree??
    The university i prefer is University Utara Malaysia.

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  50. i want to be a fashion designer… but is fashion is abt art? i heard art isnt really abt art but more to account n business… im confused which course i should take whether art or science stream~

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    • Not sure what you mean by fashion is art. Fashion is a a design course, it can be art but not as displayed in an art museum platform. If you want to study fashion design, you can go for arts stream. Science streams students can also choose to study fashion design for their tertiary studies.

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  51. sarmella murugan

    what are the qualification is required for mass communication after stpm and which local university is best to continue degree in mass com? Is that pengajian am and pengajian perniagaan is important to continue degree in mass com?

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  52. My son is currently studying ICGSE syllabus in an international school. I have been advised that my son should take SPM BM and Sejarah. Can he just sit for SPM BM paper?

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  53. If just get 1 passes in STPM means can’t do degree in any course’s?

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  54. Uec only 2 Bs…. what sort of certificate course can enrol?

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  55. I got my maths D but I wanna do my diploma in computer in science but their minimum requirement is C . Can you help this problem ?

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  56. I took my IGCSE in 2014 and only obtained 1A, 1C & 2D. I wished to take diploma course in pharmacy or interior design but are not eligible. Can I proceed to the diploma course first while re-take my 2 more subject to make up my credit before completing the course?

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  57. Two passes in my STPM .This including my PA and Biology.Still confusing whether which way to go design,nursing or mass communication…etc

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  58. My younger bro just get the spm result last few days.Unfortunately he fail the history but he pass the BM & he get 3’s credit in his result. May I know did he qualified to register for the diploma course which offer?And which college will accept him?Kindly advise.
    Thanks!

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  59. Hi…. Im interested in optometry and planning to enrol in segi, but i understand that v can transfer credits to yr 2 in uk universities. Have u done any of these transfers. What universities have u done. Do u charge agency fees?

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  60. I graduated in diploma in quantity survey now i would like to further my study in degree in civil engineering may i know how many semester can i get exempted?

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  61. Cn I apply for ptptn loan if I do cert..??

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  62. let say i finish my diploma course in pharmarcy..do i get to enter degree in 2nd year..

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  63. KAUTHAM A / L KRISHNAN

    I am a pre-university student, studying at Malacca Matriculation College for One Year Programme 2014 / 2015 in Accounting course. I would like to pursue my career in Financial Services. My question is, can I do my Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration directly after completing my pre-university studies?

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  64. I am a Malaysian who is currently studying in an international school in Klang. I’ve learned that one of the entry requirements for taking certain courses in our local colleges/university colleges is a pass in SPM BM. Does that mean I have to sit for the SPM BM?

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  65. my spm has 2 credit only but me pass in bm so that can i apply for the ptptn loan if i take cert??

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  66. i completed my SPM….now i am studying french and waiting for resit my SPM..i gets 7 credits…but wonder why my maths gets D …so i decided to learn different foreign language and for resit my SPM ..
    i am still haven decided between diploma program and A-level or American Degree Transfer Program..can you tell me which one is better…

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  67. if i am now in diploma and after complete the diploma program i apply for the US university …i will be in first year or seconds year of degree? and how aboout UK?

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  68. oh…i get it… but the honour of bachelor degree also same right?UK for threeyears and US for four years….

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  69. the diagram above showed UK to graduated from a UK university needs three years only but US university needs four years .is thats true?or i just misunderstand? if the diagram is true ,is that means apply for UK university will save more time and moneys than study in US university?

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    • It is a different education system. The amount of time taken to complete a degree from both universities is about the same. After SPM, you will go straight into the USA degree programme for 4 years. For the UK degree, you must go into Foundation/Pre-U for 1 year and then into the UK degree for 3 years bringing it to a total of 4 years after SPM.

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