Chance to study over­seas

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THE time has come for the ques­tion, “What is my son/daugh­ter go­ing to do af­ter high school?”

As you may (or not) al­ready know, there are cour­ses for Malaysian high school-leavers as a means to begin their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, such as A-Lev­els, Foun­da­tion and Di­ploma of­fered across the United King­dom, Australia and New Zealand. How­ever, which pre-univer­sity pro­gramme is the right one for stu­dents in­tend­ing to study abroad? That comes down to which sub­ject area the stu­dent is in­ter­ested in.

Read on for an ex­pla­na­tion on over­seas pre-univer­sity pro­grammes.

The UK: Ad­vanced Level (A-Lev­els)

This two-year pro­gramme is recog­nised and ac­cepted world­wide, but there is a heavy em­pha­sis on ex­am­i­na­tions. If you are highly skilled at dom­i­nat­ing ex­ams, you’re ba­si­cally made to take on the A-Lev­els. Most im­por­tantly, if Medicine, Den­tistry, Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence, Law or high-rank­ing uni­ver­si­ties are your goal, A-Lev­els is the best way to go.

The UK: Univer­sity Foun­da­tion

Some uni­ver­si­ties have their own foun­da­tion pro­gramme and there are oth­ers pro­vided by pri­vate col­leges. Gen­er­ally, Foun­da­tion in the UK is only nine months.

Australia and New Zealand: Foun­da­tion and Di­ploma

Australia and New Zealand pro­vide foun­da­tion and di­ploma as their univer­sity prepara­tory pro­grammes. One sim­i­lar­ity between ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) and UK is that you may ad­vance into a univer­sity af­fil­i­ated to the institution where you have com­pleted your foun­da­tion or di­ploma. Sim­i­lar to UK’s Foun­da­tion pro­gramme, the foun­da­tion and di­ploma can be of­fered by uni­ver­si­ties or pri­vate col­leges.

The US

Many fall vic­tim to the com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that a pre-univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion is the path to the US. The truth is, you can study in the US right af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school. In fact, it is highly rec­om­mended to do so as JM Ed­u­ca­tion Group’s US univer­sity part­ners do not re­quire SAT. The de­gree lasts four years – the first two years is when stu­dents can pick their gen­eral sub­ject of in­ter­est; when en­ter­ing Year Three on­ward, stu­dents are re­quired to de­clare and spe­cialise in their choice of ma­jor.

Still con­fused? Fret not – an over­seas pre-U fair or­gan­ised by JM Ed­u­ca­tion Group is com­ing soon:

> Aug 5 (Satur­day), noon-6pm at Ci­ti­tel Mid Val­ley, Kuala Lumpur

> Aug 6 (Sun­day), noon-6pm at One World Ho­tel, Petaling Jaya

> Aug 12 (Satur­day), noon-5pm at The Water­front Ho­tel, Kuch­ing

> Aug 13 (Sun­day), noon-5pm at Prom­e­nade Ho­tel, Kota Kinabalu

En­trance to the fair is free.

■ Still have some ques­tions? Call Subang Jaya (HQ): 03-5633 4732, or e-mail in­quiry­data@

An over­seas pre-univer­sity fair or­gan­ised by JM Ed­u­ca­tion Group is com­ing soon.

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