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English Requirements

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  1. 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 below 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MALAYSIAN STUDENTS
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.

English Proficiency Test Equivalency Chart
Use this chart to see how your test score compares to other English proficiency test scores.

English
Competency

Types of
Examination

CEFR
Low
B1

CEFR
Mid
B1

CEFR
High
B1

CEFR
Low
B2

CEFR
Mid
B2

CEFR
High
B2

MUET

MUET

B3.0

B3.5

B4.0

B4.5

IELTS

IELTS

4.0

4.5

5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

TOEFL

TOEFL IBT

30-31

33

40

46

60

79

TOEFL Essentials (Online)

5

6.5

7.5

8

8.5

9.5

PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH

PTE Academic/PTE Academic (Online)

36

43

47

51

59

63

CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH QUALIFICATIONS AND TESTS

(i) B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency

140

147

154

160

169

176

(ii) Linguaskill Online

(iii) Occupational English Test (OET) (Conventional/Online)

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200

250

300

English Language Proficiency Requirements For International Students
ProgrammesRequirements
Certificate in Administrative Skills (CAS)

Certificate in Information & Communication Technology (CICT)
  • IELTS : 4.0
ProgrammesRequirements

Foundation Programme

Diploma in Information and Communication Technology
Diploma in Information and Communication Technology with a specialism in:

  • Software Engineering
  • Data Informatics
  • Interactive Technology
  • IELTS : 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT : 30-31
  • Pearson (PTE) : 36
  • MUET : Band 2
ProgrammesRequirements

Diploma in Design & Media

  • IELTS : 4.5
  • TOEFL IBT : 35
  • Pearson (PTE) : 43
  • MUET : Band 2
ProgrammesRequirements

Diploma in Business Administration

Diploma in Business Information Technology

Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Diploma in International Studies

BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in:

  • Information System Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Computing
  • Mobile Technology
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Digital Transformation
  • Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • Business Information Systems

BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering

BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in:

  • Data Analytics
  • Digital Forensics

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Cyber Security)

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)

BA (Hons) in Tourism Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media and Communication Studies

BA (Hons) in International Relations

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering with Honours

MSc in Information Technology Management

MSc in Software Engineering

Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Master of Science in Cyber Security

MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics

MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics (ODL) - 100% Online

Master of Philosophy in Engineering

Master of Science in Computing

PhD in Computing

PhD in Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

  • IELTS : 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT : 42
  • Pearson (PTE) : 47
  • MUET : Band 3
ProgrammesRequirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Industrial Design

  • IELTS : 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT : 35-34
  • Pearson (PTE) : 36
  • MUET : Band 3
ProgrammesRequirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Digital Advertising

  • IELTS : 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT : 35 - 45
  • Pearson (PTE) : 36
  • MUET : Band 3
ProgrammesRequirements

BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology
BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology with a specialism in:

  • VR/AR

BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development

Diploma in Accounting

BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Forex and Investments
  • Internal Audit

BA (Hons) in Business Management

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

BA (Hons) in International Business Management

BA (Hons) in Marketing Management

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Effects

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Animation

Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting with a specialism in:

  • Forensic Analysis
  • IELTS : 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT : 46
  • Pearson (PTE) : 51
  • MUET : Band 3
ProgrammesRequirements

Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons)
Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in:

  • Investment Analytics
  • Financial Technology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Actuarial Studies

  • Data Analytics
  • Financial Technology

Master of Technology Management

Master of Business Administration

  • Digital Leadership

Master of Business Administration (ODL) - 100% Online

Master of Business Administration (Euro Asia Business)

Master of Science in Global Marketing Management

Master of Science in International Business Communications

Master of Project Management

Master of Arts in Design Innovation Management

Master of Philosophy in Management

PhD in Management / Doctor of Philosophy in Management

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

  • IELTS : 6.0
  • TOEFL IBT : 60
  • Pearson (PTE) : 59
  • MUET : Band 4
ProgrammesRequirements

Master of Finance
Master of Finance with a specialism in:

  • FinTech

PhD in Finance

  • IELTS : 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT : 79
  • Pearson (PTE) : 63
  • MUET : Band 4.5