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Cardiff University has worked successfully in Malaysia for many years and enjoys an excellent reputation in the country.

The University has a wide range of links across a number of institutions in Malaysia. These partnerships include, but are not limited to, joint programmes in Law, Business and Pharmacy with some of Malaysia’s leading colleges and universities.

Foundation courses

If you graduated from the Malaysian education system and have the SPM you can apply to study on our International Foundation Programme. The following grades are required:

IFP Business - no subject lower than a grade B with a grade A in Maths and a grade A in at least one other academic subject.
IFP Health and Life Science - an overall grade B with a minimum of a grade B in Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
IFP Engineering - No subject lower than a grade B with a grade A in Maths and a grade A in another science subject.

Plus IELTS 5.5 (Academic) for UKVI with no sub-score below 4.0 - (for standard courses).

Undergraduate courses

Cardiff University will consider students with good grades in the GCE A-level examinations, STPM or the International Baccalaureate.

Diplomas from Polytechnics and similar institutions may sometimes be acceptable for first and second year entry for Engineering, Law or Business courses.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to hold a good bachelor’s degree (normally, a minimum GPA of 3.0) from a recognised Malaysian institution to qualify for Cardiff University's postgraduate taught programmes. Consideration is also given to applicants who have completed a five year Advanced Diploma.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for research programmes from Malaysia, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

You need to have successfully completed a relevant bachelor's degree from a recognised institution and possibly also have a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.

English language

A relevant English Language Qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

Cardiff University will also be accepting the '1119' at A-C grades. Please note that each English language qualification has a limitation period of 2 years.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

To help with your preparations for coming to Cardiff, Katie Jones from the International Office will be holding our Malaysia pre-departure briefing sessions at two locations in July. These will be:

Johor Bahru on Saturday 23 July 2016
Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 24 July 2016

Find out more information and how to book your place.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Jessy Lee

Jessy Lee

Course Title: MPharm Pharmacy
Country: Malaysia

Year of Graduation: 2017

Jessy comes from Malaysia and is in her second year of her pharmacy degree. After graduating, she hopes to do her pre-registration year in the UK and obtain a few years of work experience before heading back to Malaysia to work.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

I chose Cardiff because of its academic excellence. It is one of the UK’s leading research- intensive universities and the pharmacy school is ranked one of the top in the UK. Besides that, it is a vibrant, safe and affordable city perfect for students and young professionals!

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

The difference is I’m required to do more independent and self- directed study compared to classes back home. This makes me think outside the box and acquire more knowledge. Also, I can access the online library sources which make it easier for me to do research.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

I have really enjoyed my student life here. There are always fun things to do and discover ranging from the world’s largest coal exporting port, Cardiff Bay and the Brecon Beacon’s.

Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

Everywhere is so close by! Being a relatively small city, the centre is compact which makes everywhere accessible by foot. Most of the restaurants, shops and attractions are within a short distance.

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

I’m a member of the Malaysian Society (MSSCF) and recently had the opportunity to take part in the award- winning Festival of Diversity. It was an amazing experience. I feel that joining a society is the best way to meet new people who share your interests while having fun. 

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The university staff have been really helpful with any queries. The lecturers are also very happy to help if you have any questions about the lecture materials or assignments.

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

Cardiff is an amazing city to study in. Coupled with friendly people from diverse backgrounds, it has everything to offer to make the most out of your student life here.

What are your plans for the future?

After graduating, I hope to do my pre- registration year in the UK and obtain a few years of work experience before heading back to Malaysia to work.

The city is perfect for students and young professionals!

Read more about Jessy in her monthly blog on:

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Summer Internships

Company Contact name Address Contact details

EMS Management Centre
Kuala Lumpur Office

Dato Lawrence Lim

EMS Management Centre
B-1-13 Mezzanine Floor, Megan Avenue II,
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
Kuala Lumpur 50450

Tel: +603-2162 2008/2163 3008
Fax: +603-216-3008
Email: or
NAS Education
Kuala Lumpur Office

Hayrani Radi

Level 24, Unit No. B1
Menara MARA
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2693-9121/1123
Fax: +603-2698-9121
Selangor Office
Thilagawathy Kannipan MABECS Sdn Bhd,
B-3A-5, Block B West, PJ8,
No 23, Jalan Barat,
Section 8,
46050 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603-79567655/439
Fax: +603-79550876
IDP Education
Penang Office
Andy Tai 441-1-1 Pulau Tikus Plaza
Jalan Burma
Tel: +60-2-226 1811
Fax: +60-4-227 1811
IDP Education
Subang Jaya Office
Khoo Tang Wooi 18 Ground Floor, Jalan SS 15/8 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +60-3-5636 5548
Fax: +60-3-5632 4212
IDP Education
Kuala Lumpur Office
Liz Yong 6th Floor, West Block, Wisma Selangor Dredging
142-C Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60-3-2162 3755
Fax: +60-3-2162 2078
IDP Education Limited
Johor Bahru Office
Marilyn Tai 38-01, Jalan Austin Heights 3/2
Taman Mount Austin
81100, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60-7-364 0080
Fax: +60-7-364-0081
IDP Education
Kuching Office
Alvina Lau 1st Floor, No. 289, Sub-Lot 2, Wisma Ho Ho Lim
Jalan Abell
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel: +60-82-233 645
Fax: +60-82-234 246
IDP Education
Kota Kinabalu Office
Audrey Liansun Lot 2-1, 1st Floor
Lintas Plaza 1
Jalan Lintas
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: +60-88-242 336
Fax: +60-88-242 351
Intan Dollah

Intan Dollah

Course Title: LLB, Law
Country: Malaysia

Year of Graduation: 2000
Current Employer: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Intan has used her knowledge gained in Cardiff Law School to deal with important international conventions and diplomatic treaties in her professional career as a diplomat. She shares with us an inspirational account of her time here and gives Malaysian students important advice on how to capitalise on the opportunity to study in Cardiff.

As a Student at Cardiff University
How did your degree prepare you for your current job. Did you get lots of practical training?

Before I was attached to the Malaysian embassy in the Philippines, I was working with the Multilateral Department at the Ministry’s headquarters in Putrajaya. I found that my understanding of the legal tenets and the international law aspect helped me a lot in the many negotiations and meetings on international treaties which I had to attend. In these types of negotiations, you have to be really patient and analytical in order to ensure Malaysia’s interests are well represented and protected.

I have to thank my International Law professor, Dr. Robin Churchill for being such a great mentor in giving me the preliminary insight on the fascinating world of International Law.

Life after Graduation
Tell me about your post as First Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in the Philippines. What did your job entail?

To give a brief description, I was one of the officers attached at the embassy to assist in bridging the diplomatic relation between Malaysia and the Republic of the Philippines. Malaysia and the Philippines enjoy great bilateral interaction and this had ensured robust cooperation between the two countries. There are many misconceptions that diplomatic work revolves around “wining and dining”, of this I have to disagree. As a diplomat you bear great responsibility in trying to ensure your country’s policies and interests are represented effectively and are accepted by the host country. This can be very tricky especially if it involves sensitive matters.

This of course was only part of the job that I did. I am also responsible for promoting Malaysia and this means that I have to work hard at organising various events which help achieve this objective. The work at the embassy requires you to be ready 24/7 to serve your country’s interests be it in the form of helping Malaysians in need or writing urgent reports to the headquarters in the early hours of the morning.

What would you say are the biggest risks and biggest benefits about your job?

I must say that the biggest risks would be security issues.

The biggest benefit would be peace and knowing that you have contributed to improving inter-country cooperation, understanding and relations.

What important lessons, academic other otherwise did you carry with you till today?

When I was in Cardiff I was exposed to various cultural, religious and racial backgrounds. This early important exposures had helped me in my career, especially in understanding the different paradigms on various issues. Apart from that, the most important thing that Cardiff has given me is the gift of confidence – especially the confidence in myself, in who I am and what I am.

Being a Muslim in the western world post 9/11 was quite difficult. Even before the tragedy I had friends coming up to me and asking “don’t you feel restricted in some way? You can’t drink alcohol, can’t eat pork, etc.” I explained to them that I do not feel even remotely restricted because as a practising Muslim I understand the reason for the so-called “restrictions”.

Regardless of our differences – we are all human beings. Our differences are the things which make the world a beautiful place to be in. The differences should make us feel special and we shouldn’t let it be an obstacle to enjoy life. This is what Cardiff taught me.

If you were to meet a prospective student who was thinking about coming to Cardiff what would you tell them?

I would say if you have a chance to go to Cardiff – just grab it. It’s a very nice place to study. You have a lot of people who will help you to achieve your dreams. Regardless of which school you’re going to chose to study – all these people in Cardiff are working very hard to help you. You should take that opportunity and embrace it.

What would you say to someone who is ethnically different and has reservations about going abroad to study?

I say don’t have them. In order to be a successful person you need to be outside your comfort zone enjoying different aspects of what life has in store for you. Cardiff is a great place for you to start your life’s adventure. Once you are in Cardiff, you should take the opportunity to enjoy it. Go see the sites, talk to people, enjoy people; simply seize the day. If you are adventurous in your life, you’ll be able to do a lot of things you never dreamt of before.

Dream more, gain more and achieve more. Don’t feel frightened or intimidated because of the fact that you’re a different, and think ‘will these people look at me differently?’ If you think negatively, negative things will come to you. Think: ‘okay, this is a new thing and I’m going to enjoy this. If they ask me about my religion and culture, I will answer and help them to understand it.'

Spoken like a true diplomat.

You should not spend your life in “isolation” - it’s about meeting other people –understanding other cultures and enriching yourself. You should be able to look at it and say “I did this” and “I have friends from different countries” and “I’ve been to this place”. Life should be like a book that you want to read again and again and again. That’s the life you should lead.

If you have a chance to go to Cardiff – just grab it!


Every year, the Malaysian Society puts up one great performance after the other. Watch their award-winning Festival of Diversity Dikir Barat performance here.

Want to study at Cardiff University but are unable to visit us beforehand? Watch this video and enjoy a taste of what life in Cardiff has to offer.

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My accommodation was excellent. I enjoyed the facilities provided and also got to know other students from other courses living in the same flat. It only took a 15-minute walk to get to school which is really good.

Mahfuzah Zainol, BSc Occupational Therapy

A degree at Cardiff prepares you for the future. The classes aren't too big, especially in tutorials. I've had good rapport with my lecturers.

Alithea Wong, LLB

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Cardiff Contact - Katie Jones

Hello. I’m Katie Jones and I am Country Manager for Malaysia.

My role involves guiding and assisting students applying to Cardiff. As well as meeting with prospective students, I also work closely with Embassies and other partner organisations of the University.

Please do feel free to let me know if you have any questions about studying at Cardiff University, as I will be very happy to advise further.

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