Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

UTAR welcomes all qualified students of all races, religions and countries to apply. 

Admission to UTAR is purely meritocratic basis. You need to satisfy the minimum academic requirements as well as the language requirement set by the University.

Online Application and Submission

Several application alternatives are available to students interested in applying for undergraduate and postgraduate admission to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). Please choose the one that best fits your situation. 


Bachelor Degree 

International Students

Online Application Form

Postgraduate Programmes (Master's and PhD)


MBA Studies

Supporting documents for Application (Foundation and Bachelor's Degree Programmes):

  1. Certified true copy  of actual SPM/other equivalent results
  2. Certified true copy of actual STPM/A-level/SAM/CPU/UEC/other equivalent results
  3. Certified true copy of school leaving certificate
  4. Certified true copy of identity card
  5. Certified true copy of MUET (compulsory for STPM holders)
If using other qualification(s), for example Diploma/Advance diploma from College/Institution/Polytechnic:

  1. Certified true copy of Certificate of Awards.
  2. Official Academic transcript
  3. Programme structure and syllabi
  4. Official letter from Private College/Institution of Higher Learning on the standard Minimum/Accreditation from the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA)
  5. All relevant information and materials related to your previous studies from SPM onward.
Please take note that application submitted without the above documents will be processed for normal admission without any consideration for credit transfer.

English Language Requirement (Malaysian students)

You need to be proficient in the English language, which is the medium of instruction and examination at the University. Most programmes would normally require a credit relevant score in English Language in one of the following examinations:

Recognised Tests Foundation   Undergraduate Postgraduate
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Paper-based TOEFL
Internet-based Testing (iBT) - new TOEFL
SPM English Language / O-level English Language   Credit   Credit   Credit   
MUET   Band 2   Band 3   Band 3   
UEC English Language   Grade B   Grade B   Grade B   
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)   A2   B1   B1   
Person Test English 30 36       36

Note: All Malaysian applicants (except for Chinese Studies) must have one of the above English Language qualifications or any other English Language qualification as approved by Senate. 

Specific English Language score is required for admission into the following programmes:

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)
- SPM Credit/ equivalent and MUET Band 2/ IELTS 5.0/ TOEFL 500 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science/ Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health
- MUET Band 3/IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550

Bachelor of Nursing
- MUET Band 3/IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 515

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)
- MUET Band 4/IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 580

English Language Requirement (International Students)

All international students are required to meet academic entry requirements as well as a standard of English Language proficiency in order to study in UTAR.

Starting from 1 January 2018, international students who wish to enrol into the Foundation and Bachelor's degree programmes shall possess English Language score in of the following tests:  

Recognised Tests Foundation   Undergraduate
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Paper-based TOEFL
Internet-based Testing (iBT) - new TOEFL
Cambridge English: Advance (CAE)   160   160   
Cambridge English: CPE  180   180   
Pearson Test of English (PTE)  30   36 
Malaysia University English Test (MUET)   Band 2   Band 3   
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)   A2   B1   

Some Bachelor's degree programmes may require high English Language test scores as set by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) or the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). These programmes are:

1) Business programmes - IELTS 6.0/TOEFL 550/PTE 50/equivalent (IELTS 6.0/equivalent for Finance)
2) Computing programmes - IELTS 6.0/TOEFL550/PTE 50/equivalent
3) Journalism/Public Relations - IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550/PTE 50/equivalent
4) English Language/ English Education - IELTS 6.0/TOEFL 550/PTE 50/equivalent
5) Biomedical Science/Chinese Medicine/Physiotherapy - IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550/PTE 50/equivalent
6) Nursing - IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 515/PTE 50/equivalent
7) MBBS - IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 580/PTE 58/equivalent

Condition offers will be issued to students who have fulfilled the academic entry requirements but do not have or achieve one of the above English Language test scores as required. Under such condition, the students will undergo the UTAR English Enhancement Programme (EEP) and sign up for the IELTS test through UTAR. The students must pass the IELTS test with required score within 1 year, before they can commence their Foundation/Bachelor's degree programme.

English Language Requirement for Postgraduate Programmes (International Students)

Students who wish to apply for the Master's and PhD programmes, in addition to the academic requirements a candidate is also required to possess an English Language certification as stated in the below table:  

Programmes English Language Requirement
Business ProgrammesIELTS 6.0/equivalent 
IELTS 5.0/TOEFL 500/equivalent
ComputingIELTS 6.0/equivalent
Media & Communication StudiesIELTS 6.0

Notwithstanding the above, English language requirement for programmes not stated in the above table, candidate is required to possess any one of the following:

English Language RequirementMinimum score
TOEFL (paper based) 410-413   
TOEFL (internet based)34 
IELTS5.0  / a minimum of B1 level in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Cambridge English Advance (CAE)160 / a minimum of B2 level in CEFR
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)   180 / a minimum of C1 level in CEFR
Person Test of English (PTE)36   
MUETBand 3   

An international student who do not fulfil the English Language requirement will be considered for conditional offers. They need to enrol in the UTAR English Enhancement Programme (EEP) first and pass the IELTS/TOEFL/MUET test with the required score within 12 months after arriving Malaysia.

Additional supporting documents: Those intend to pursue postgraduates studies with UTAR should provide a letter from former institution's Registrar stating that English was the sole medium of instruction for the Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes studied previously.  

Chinese Language  Requirement (only applicable for Chinese Studies programmes)

In addition to the academic requirements and English requirement*, an applicant is also required to possess any one of the following:

(a) a credit in SPM Chinese Language;
(b) a credit in "O" level Chinese Language;
(c) a credit in UEC Chinese Language Examination;
(d) a pass in STPM Chinese Language;
(e) minimum grade A (Level 8) in Chinese Proficiency Test: HSK (The Intermediate Certificate);
(f) minimum level 5 in Test Of Proficiency- Huayu: TOP (Advanced level);
(g) Level 5 (180 maximum 194 out of 300 marks) in China's Hàny? Shu?píng K?oshì (NewHSK)/ New Chinese Proficiency Test (from 2010 onwards);
(h) Level 5 in Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) (from 2013 onwards);

If the applicant has obtained the Bachelor's or Master's degree with Chinese as the sole medium of instruction, please provide the letter from the institution's Registrar as support document.

*English language requirement only applicable for International applicant.