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APIIT - Diploma in International Studies

2 years (5 Semesters)

APIIT Diploma

14 Apr 2021
12 Jul 2021
20 Sep 2021

The APIIT Diploma in International Studies is designed to:

  • Provide a programme that covers the academic aspect as well as the vocational aspects of International Studies.
  • Prepare students for careers in the International Studies environment.
  • Provide students with academic and professional skills to develop solutions requiring a holistic outlook in International Studies.
  • Provide students with critical,  independent and cooperative learning skills so as to facilitate their response to continuous future international change.
  • Develop students' intellectual skills, communications ability and team working capability.
  • Provide students with opportunities for progression into Degree Programmes of international standard in relevant areas.

Admission Requirements:

3 Credits in at least 3 subjects at SPM level, with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

3 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels;

3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC;

Pass relevant Certificate Programme or its equivalent;

A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

*Credit in English is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.

Note: Please take note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level is required for progression to BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Business Information Systems.

Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/UEC; will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.


International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
Diploma in International Studies• IELTS : 5.0
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

What You Will Study:


In this semester, students will be introduced to preparatory modules which would be essential for them to embark on their journey in completion of their diploma. Students will be taught English for academic purpose, basic of entrepreneurship and business plus computing skills. Students are also required to take one General Studies module as required by the Malaysian Qualification Agency.


  • English for Academic Purpose
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Practical IT Skills
  • Managing Business


Continue from semester 1 on preparatory modules, students will be learning more on professional communications. They will also embark on more academic research skills which are essential in all their future works. They will also venture out to look at global business trends as well as journalism and society; these will give them exposure in some of the areas of international related issues.


  • Professional Communications
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Global Business Trends
  • Journalism and Society


Starting from semester 3, students will be learning the core of international studeis and will be introduced to international relations and issues in world politics. They also will look at sustainable lifestyle and communities and learn to carry out evaluation on related films. Particularly in the messages that the films might have in relation to international issues.


  • Sustainable Lifestyle and Communities
  • International History Since 1900
  • International Relations
  • Critical International Film Studies

Continue from semester 3, students will be exposed to more relevant international studies issues, particularly looking at history. For example, debating the past and philosophy life and existence will allow students to understand how certain concepts started and influenced the way the modern world operates now. They will also look environmental issues and concerns.


  • Debating the Past
  • Modern Political Ideas
  • International Organisations
  • Environment Issues & Case Studies 1
  • Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

In this last semester, students will continue to look at history in different context as well as environmental issues. In the module 'War, Peace & Cooperation', students iwll be introduced to international agreement between countries, and how conflicts appeared and led to war. Also, how all these impacted the current society that we live in now.


  • Local & Global Perspectives in History
  • War Peace and Cooperation
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Environment Issues & Case Studies 2
  • Issues in World Politics

* In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-curricular activities.

Further Studies:

Upon successful completion of the Diploma Programmes with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, you will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of any of the following degree programmes offered at APU.

Students who undertake this programme will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of:

  • BA (Hons) in International Relations
  • BA (Hons) in International Business Management**
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management**
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management with a specialism in E-Business**
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management**
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management**
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management with a specialism in Digital Marketing**

** Please take note that Bridging module/s needed before progress into Year 2
- For the full listing of our Diploma Programmes, please refer to the Pre-University programme brochure.

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

RM 39,600

RM 46,800 (USD 11,700)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

MQA Accreditation:

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.