Credit Transfer

Students with prior formal study are welcome to join UTAR undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with credit transfer.

Credit transfer will be granted based on student’s previous academic achievements obtained at another local/foreign institution of higher learning.

Through the process of credit transfer, a student will earn the credit value of the transferred course. The approved transfer credits will be counted towards the total credit requirement for graduation of the programme enrolled. The credit transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The credit evaluation and course assessment will be carried out by the respective faculties at the point of application for admission to UTAR.

Credit Transfer Application (For Malaysian and International students)

  • Students who have obtained a diploma or higher academic qualification (including incomplete degree) of an accredited programme are eligible for
         the consideration of credit transfer.

  • The evaluation of credit transfer will be processed upon receiving the duly completed Online Admission Application Form [click here] from the
         prospective students.

  • The official academic transcripts and other supporting documents* such as programme structure and course syllabus from previous study must be
         submitted together with the Online Admission Application Form.
         *Please refer to the “Document Checklist for Other Equivalent Qualifications” stated on Page 1 of the Online Admission Application Form. 

  • Students with prior experiential learning or informal study may apply for credit award through APEL(C) [click here] based on their relevant knowledge
         and skills acquired through non-formal work-related learning experience and informal training courses.

Vertical Credit Transfer

  • Vertical Credit Transfer refers to the transfer of credit from one programme to another programme of higher academic level (i.e. from diploma
         qualification to bachelor degree qualification).

  • The maximum percentage of credit transfer permitted for Vertical Credit Transfer will be capped from 30% to 50% of the total graduation
         requirement, which vary depending on the type of bachelor degree programme enrolled and the grades of the equivalent courses obtained from
         previous institutions.

Horizontal Credit Transfer

  • Horizontal Credit Transfer refers to the transfer of credit from one programme to another programme of the same academic level (i.e. from
         bachelor degree to bachelor degree).

  • The maximum percentage of credit transfer allowable for Horizontal Credit Transfer is subjected to student’s residential requirement in which the
         student must spend at least one long trimester of study at UTAR to qualify for the award of a scroll, excluding Engineering degree programmes
         whereby the maximum transferable credits will be limited to 50% of the total graduation requirement as set by the Engineering Accreditation
         Council (EAC).

Granting of Credit Transfer

  • In general, the approval of credit transfer will be guided by the following criteria: 

         a. The equivalent course must score at least grade C or better (minimum grade B for English Language courses)

         b. The course mapping must achieve at least 80% similarity in course content and learning outcomes

         c. The credit value of an equivalent course must be of same value or more than the credit value carried by UTAR course

         d. The course evaluated for credit transfer must be from an accredited programme (or with Provisional Accreditation status) recognized by
             Malaysian government or the relevant national authorities from the country of origin

  • Credit transfer for degree programmes with professional certification and recognition will be granted in accordance to the rules and requirements
          set by the related Professional Bodies.
  • Students who have been granted credit transfer will not be required to take the transferred course(s), thereby reducing the number of courses
         required to be completed in the programme enrolled.

  • Click here to view the UTAR Credit Transfer and Course Exemption Policy.

Credit Transfer for UTAR MBBS programme for Malaysian Medical Students returning from Overseas during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • UTAR is one of the approved institutions in Malaysia that could accept Malaysian medical students returning from overseas or whose learning
         progress have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and plan to continue their medical study in Malaysia.

  • The aforesaid medical students may apply for entry to UTAR MBBS programme with credit transfer using their results obtained from overseas
         institutions. They must first meet the admission criteria and entry requirements as approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and
         Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

  • The credit transfer evaluation will then be carried out based on the MoHE and MMC credit transfer guidelines and procedures. The credit transfer
         will only be granted upon getting approval from MMC.

  • In general, medical students from a 5-year medical programme may be eligible for credit transfer where the maximum credit transfer allowable will
         be capped at 40% if the curriculum mapping is equivalent to 80% or more while for curriculum mapping that achieved 100% equivalency, the
         advanced standing student must fulfil at least 2 years of academic residency at UTAR.

  • Click here for more information about UTAR MBBS programme.

  • Click here to get in touch with our programme councellor for guidance and further assistance.

Credit Transfer Charges (Advanced Standing Fee)

  • RM100 advanced standing fee will be charged for each successful credit transfer course approved at the point of admission offer.

  • The total charges of the advanced standing fees will be reflected on the student bill for prospective students to be paid upon enrolment to UTAR. 

    Important note:
    UTAR reserves the right to reject any application or retract any decision if it is found that the information given by the student is incorrect and/or inaccurate.