Online Seminar:
International Exams to Degree Sharing Seminar

As an STPM/A-Level applicant, how do I apply for an undergraduate degree in China? 

What are the challenges throughout the application process? 

Why choose to study in China?


To answer all your doubts, MSAS had organized a sharing seminar on 27 November.

Don’t worry if you have missed out on the session, because we have compiled the highlights of the sharing seminar specially for you! 

Let’s have a look.

Chong Hong Xuan

  • Taylor’s College, Cambridge A-Level
  • Fudan University, Year 1
  • Major: Broadcasting & TV Journalism

I. Choosing an Ideal University

• To be considered:

  1. Does the university accept applicants with your international examination certificate?

  2. Is the applied department the strength of the school’s discipline?

  3. QS World University Rankings (Certain companies will value it)

  4. Location of the university

  5. Economic factors

• Notes:

  1. Is the course accepted by Malaysian Government?

    (For instance, currently only Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Medical School are recognized by our government).

  2. Find out about the university’s treatment of international student, as it affects the quality of online learning especially during this pandemic.

  3. Applicants who wish to apply for courses conducted in English need to pay extra attention during the application stage.

  4. Figure out the resources provided by the school, such as laboratories, alumni networks,etc.

• Application Planning:

  1. It is recommended to set up an Excel table, which includes the official website of universities, admission guides, application deadlines, and weighing out the pros and cons of applying to each university.

  2. Ensure all the information is clean at a glance in order to smoothen the whole preparation process.

II. Application Procedures

• Self-Application:

  1. Save on extra handling fees.

  2. More freedom to make choices and find out more accurate information.

• Alumni-Application:

  1. The Alumni Association has established their own scholarship.

  2. Application fees can be discounted, such as Zhejiang University Malaysian Alumni Association.

• Application through Educational Consultants:

  1. More convenient and save time.

• Procedures: 

Mainly through the official website of university (subjected to the respective admission guides of each university), details are as follows:

  1. Set up a personal account and password.

  2. Apply through the “International Students Admissions” portal and take note of the application number of your course.

  3. Start the application process and make sure you are applying for a written test-free program.

  4. Submit the relevant documents as below:

Basic Documents 

  • A copy of scanned passport
  • High school Transcript
  • Graduation Certificate
  • International Examination Certificate
  • HSK Chinese Exam Certificate
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Recommendation Letters (2 to 3)
  • Personal Statement
  • Passport-size Photo 

Additional Documents

  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • Physical Examination Record for Foreigners
  • Guardian’s Guarantee Statement (if under 18 years old)
  • Statement of Financial Support
  • Personal Portfolio (Art/Design applicants)
  • Award Certificates
  • Birth Certificate
  • Hard copy of application form
  • Self-introduction video.
  1. Follow up on application status regularly.
  2. Pay application fees
  3. Interview session
  4. Wait for the result
**Please do not hesitate to contact international students office of the university by email should any clarification be needed.


III. Interview Session

• Quick Tips:
  1. Always prepare beforehand, including paying attention to recent news, doing additional research on your course and preparing a brief but memorable self-introduction.
  2. Have a good night’s sleep before the day of interview to ensure that your body and mind is in the best condition possible.
  3. Be honest throughout the interview session and avoid making up false stories.
  4. You may request to conduct the interview in English if needed.
• Experience Sharing:

Individual Interview

    • Example: Fudan University
    • Duration:15minutes
    • Content: Mainly related to the context of personal statement and courses applied
    • Features: Able to answer with your own personal style

Group Interview

  • Example: Peking University
  • Duration: 40-60 minutes
  • Content: Focuses on current social affairs and philosophical questions
  • Features: Conducted in a debating format, which tests your ability to stand out among the group

Nikki Ng Xin Yee

  • SMK Sultan Abu Bakar, STPM
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Year 1
  • Major: Clinical Medicine

I. Reasons for studying in China

    1. It is highly competitive for STPM graduates to apply for Clinical Medicine degree in local universities.
    2. The tuition fees in China universities are relatively cheaper as compared to local private universities.
    3. The Clinical Medicine degree offered by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine is recognized by the Malaysian Government.

II. Experience Sharing

  • Challenges throughout the application process:
    1. Tight application deadlines.
    2. Documents translation and notarization takes up a lot of time.
    3. Payment of Application Fees.
  • Solutions:
    1. Always prepare in advance so you can sit for your major exam with peace of mind.
    2. Since STPM documents are mainly in Malay, thus it is necessary to translate to Chinese and have certified by the school office. It is recommended to seek for help from teachers at this stage.
    3. Bank transfer procedures are often complicated so you can request a friend who owns Alipay to pay for your fees.
  • Difficulties encountered throughout the semester:
    1. Takes time to adapt to the change of teaching language from English to Chinese.
    2. Online learning experience is worse than physical classes.
    3. Difficult to know new friends.
    4. Purchase of learning materials (you can purchase learning materials through university/TaoBao/seniors, or use digital textbooks).

III. Advice for Juniors

Do more research on the future development of your desired course in Malaysia and choose the university and teaching language that matches your preference. After submitting your application, wait patiently for the outcome.

Yeo Zi Wei

  • Taylor’s College, Cambridge A-Level
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Year 2
  • Major: Clinical Medicine

I. Experience Sharing

  •  Challenges of online classes:
    1. Productivity decreases as it is much more difficult to focus in class and communicate with the professors.

    2. Poor VPN connection while looking up on references.

    3. Lack of campus life and unable to use the facilities provided by the school.

    4. Not every class has live lectures, so it is needed to watch the recorded lectures on your own.

  • Solutions:
    1. Change your mind and face the problems optimistically.

    2. Preview your learning materials before lectures.

    3. Set your own timetable to arrange your time and avoid procrastination.

  • Online university life:
    1. Participate in online exchange programmes, get to know friends from different regions and countries.

    2. Organize online study sessions with friends to constantly motivate each other.

  • Online learning platforms:
    1. VooV Meeting (Mainly for live lectures)

    2. ChaoXing Learning Platforms (Mainly for assignment submissions and examinations)

II. Advice for Juniors:

Always think thoroughly before making any decisions, do more research and consider whether if studying in China is suitable for you or not, otherwise it would only be a waste of time and money in the end.

Mak Kar Kei

  • Methodist College KL, Cambridge A-Level
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Year 2
  • Major: Clinical Medicine

I. Experience Sharing

  •  Pressure of online classes:
    1. Takes time to adapt to Chinese teaching style, since Clinical Medicine courses contain many professional terms, thus it can be challenging to understand to some extent.

    2. Easy to lose motivation to study.

    3. Have to be proficient in both English and Chinese.

  • Ways to overcome:
    1. Always pay attention in class and review the learning materials afterwards to strengthen your knowledge.

    2. Do not be shy when it comes to asking questions when you have any doubts.

    3. Refer to the English version of the learning materials through online.

II. Advice for Juniors:

    1. Be aware of the application deadline and prepare all the documents needed by the university.

    2. It is important to build a solid foundation since the curriculum in Year 1 is often an extended content of what you have learnt in A-Level.

    3. Avoid the habit of procrastination.

    4. Study hard but don’t overwork yourself.

These are the highlights of the sharing seminar. 

We would like to express our gratitude to the guest speakers for sharing their experiences and the participation of the audience to make this event a successful one.

We also hope that this seminar can help answer your doubts on applying to undergraduate degrees in China as an STPM/A-Level graduate.

All the best and see you soon!

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