- What are the options to complete my degree?
- How many semesters do you offer?
- How many courses can I take every semester?
- Can I take year 1 and year 2 courses at UIU?
- Will my classes from HELP CAT transfer to UIU?
- Does my cummulative grade point average (CGPA) carry into the UIU transcript?
- Are there summer courses available?
- Am I required to enroll in summer courses?
- Can I change my major?
- How many majors can I do?
- Is my degree recognized in Malaysia?
- What kind of visa will I need/receive if I decide to study in the USA?
- Can I work while studying in the USA?
- What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
In order to start take courses at UIU, you must first apply for admission. To do so, please submit the following documents to the UIU Malaysia office:
1. Online application. (Note: When you fill out the application make sure you select “Online” if you intend
to take online courses, or “Fayette” if you want to take classes at the main campus
2. Submit your HELP CAT transcripts to the UIU Malaysia office.
3. Provide proof of English proficiency. This could be a TOEFL, IELTS, MUET or any approved test.
In addition to the documents above, if you are planning to study at the main campus in Fayette (USA), you must also submit the following documents:
4. Copy of your passport (we just need the copy of the page that has your picture
5. Original and official bank statement (or multiple bank statements) showing a minimum balance of USD$16,804 in the bank account(s). The bank statement(s) can be from you, your parents, a relatives or other person willing to sponsor you. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Kohr (email@example.com).
6. Completed Affidavit of Support for each sponsor.
Once we receive the information above, we will process your admission file. Once admitted,
you will be able to enroll in courses, apply for housing (Fayette students), and complete
other required paperwork.
Back to questions ⬏
The tuition fees to study online or at the main campus in Fayette are the same. Of course, students taking online courses only pay tuition fees, not dormitory or meal plan fees. These fees will be honored until the student graduates from UIU.
At this time, you have two options with UIU: completing your program online or at the main campus in Fayette (USA), or a combination of both. That is, you can start online, then come to Fayette (or vice versa). Please note that MQA does not recognize online courses. However, HLC does. As such, we recommend students come to the main campus in Fayette to complete their studies.
Please note that a degree from UIU is exactly the same whether it is obtained through our online program, in-person at the main campus, or at any location worldwide.
At our online program, we offer three semesters: Fall (long semester), Spring (long semester) and Summer (short semester). At our main campus is Fayette, we offer two semesters: Fall (long semester) and Spring (long semester). A Summer semester (short semester) is usually not offered but can be offered if there is enough interest from the students. However, please note that as a student, you can obtain the same number of credits in two long semesters in the USA than what you would obtain in Malaysia in 2 long semesters and a short semester. So in summary:
UIU USA: 2 long semesters (24-36 credit hours) = UIU Malaysia: 2 long semesters and 1 short semester (30 credit hours)
Your fees in the USA include 12-18 credit hours of classes (4-6 classes) per semester. Therefore, if you really want to maximize your money and reduce your costs, you may want to take as many classes as possible.
|Term||Average Credits Taken||Term||Average Credits Taken*|
|Fall (Long Semester)||12||Fall (Long Semester)||12-18|
|Spring (Long Semester)||12||Spring (Long Semester)||12-18|
|Summer (Short Semester)||6||Summer (Short Semester)||0|
Note: 1 course = 3 credits
Yes, you can take any classes needed to complete your degree. That includes classes from years 1, 2, 3 and 4. Please note that if you take Year 1 and Year 2 courses with UIU, you will earn a GPA for these courses, which may help you improve your CGPA at UIU. Any courses taken at HELP CAT in Year 1 and Year 2, including MPU courses, will be treated as transfer credits courses and will have no effect on your CGPA. Only courses taught by a UIU faculty are considered UIU courses.
The list of approved transfer classes can be found here. If you have taken a class that is not listed in the document there is still a possibility that we may still accept it. Please contact Kalai Ponniah if you have any questions.
No. Once you start with UIU your start with a brand new CGPA.
Summer semester courses are always offered online. At our main campus in Fayette, summer semester courses are usually offered if there is enough student demand.
No, you are not required to take any summer courses. Think about this…if you take 18 credit hours in the Fall semester and 18 credit hours in the Spring semester, you will have completed 36 credit hours of classes in a year without taking a summer semester. So in essence, you will have completed the same amount of courses typically taken in Malaysia in just two semesters.
Absolutely! You can change majors at any time but keep in mind that, the longer you wait to change your major, the more likely you could extend your stay at UIU. As a result, it is in your best interest to talk to your academic advisor as soon as you’re thinking about changing your major in order to look at your options.
Many students at UIU seek a double major. So feel free to explore the options with your academic advisor prior to making a decision.
Once admitted you will receive an I-20. This will allow you to obtain an F-1 visa at the US Embassy in Malaysia.
Yes, but please note that per United States Immigration Authorities, international students can only work on-campus. Jobs, although usually available, are not guaranteed.
OPT is a program by the US Government that allows you to work in the USA for one year after graduation. In order to qualify, the student must study in the United States for at least one academic year. This is an extremely popular program and one that provides students with the opportunity of gaining real work experience in an American company. For more information, please contact Megan Kohr (firstname.lastname@example.org).