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WHAT IS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

A community college is a two-year public institution in the U.S. that allows students to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree. Students who have completed their first two years at a community college can earn an Associates Degree which is similar to a diploma in Malaysia. They can then enter the job market or transfer to a public or private university to complete their bachelor's degree. This option allows students to complete all four years of their education in the U.S. and a chance to graduate from a top-ranked university in the U.S. at a lower cost compared to going direct to a 4-year university. 

WHAT IS AMERICAN DEGREE TRANSFER PROGRAMME (ADTP)?

ADTP allows Malaysian students to complete the first two years of their degree programme at a private university in Malaysia, and then transfer to certain universities in the U.S.. This programme allows Malaysian students who have just finished their SPM/IGCSE to enrol straight in a degree programme without having to first complete any pre-university courses.  This programme is a popular and cost-efficient option for those who wish to study in the USA but not aiming at top-ranked universities or the ivy leagues. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Completed grade 10 / Form 4 / high school

  • Minimum age of 16

  • No credits required in SPM / IGCSE*

  • May require proof of English proficiency such as IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo (exemptions apply for IGCSE students)

ADTP

  • Minimum 5 credits of SPM

  • A pass in Bahasa Malaysia & Sejarah

* Community College: The open admissions policy of community colleges accept students without specific academic conditions. You may also need to prove that your English level is sufficient by taking IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo. 

TUITION FEES

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

USD8,000 - USD12,000/year​

ADTP

USD 6,000 - USD 9,000/year​

WHICH ONE AM I SUITED FOR?

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Consider community colleges if you...

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  • wish to have a head start in the U.S. 

  • want to transfer to a top university or ivy league 

  • wish to maximise your credits transfer

  • improve your chances of securing work experience in the U.S. during or after your studies

ADTP

Consider ADTP if you...

  • want to save some money

  • wish to study in Malaysia before continuing your studies in the U.S.

  • are not particular about transferring to top-ranked universities

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