Academic Variation

Academic Variation / Changing Your Course

With a wide array of programmes available, students can apply for a variation application when they wish to change to another course or another institution that better suits their needs and passion. A variation application is only applicable to changes made by the student within the same level of study.

Do note that you will not be able to apply for a change a course unless you have received a confirmed offer of study for that specific course.

If you are applying to move to another institution, a confirmed offer letter to study in that specific institution is required. Your original institution will have to cancel your current pass before you can apply.

Do note that each student is allowed to change course or institution twice.

See the illustrations below for more information:

International Student enters Malaysia to Study Course A at College A

Apply to vary to Course B in College A before finishing Course A – this counts as one change

Apply to vary to Course B but at College B before finishing at College A – this counts as the second change


Apply to vary from Course A in College A to Course A at College B – this counts as one change

Apply to redo Course A in College B after 2 years – this counts as the second change.

Important :

If you are studying at an Accredited Skills Training Centre:

Individuals are allowed to change to a different course within the same institution.
Should you wish to change your institution, you will be required to leave the country first before making a new application.

If you are studying at a Language School:

Individuals are allowed to change their course once (within the same institution) during your period of study. Changing your institution is not allowed.

If you wish to change your institution, you will be required to leave the country before making a new application.

The maximum duration you can study in a Language School is one year.

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