Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jun, Sept / Oct
Mode of Study: Full Time
Duration: 1 Year
Credit Hour: 51* / 55** credit hours

*51 credits for students opting for Engineering option
**55 credits for students opting for Non-engineering option

Foundation in Science is designed to provide an entry into degree programmes in the engineering and non-engineering fields. Both the engineering and non-engineering students will study Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Language at different levels. In addition to this, students have elective subjects based on their Major. Engineering students will choose Dynamics, Statics and Physics laboratory work while the non-engineering students will choose Biology, Biology Laboratory work and Biochemistry. The total credit hours vary based on the fields chosen by the student: Engineering (51 credit hours) and Non-engineering (55 credit hours).

Students undergoing this programme have a wide selection of degree programmes to enrol into. In the engineering field, they have Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Automobile Engineering, etc., while in the non-engineering field; options include Pharmacy, Food Science, Biotechnology, Agriculture, etc.

This is a full time programme conducted in 3 semesters (1 year) and it develops students’ ability and knowledge in theory and practice.

Year 1

Programme Module: Chemistry I & II, Chemistry Laboratory, English I, II & III, Physics I, II, & III

Elective Subjects:

Engineering option : Statics, Physics Laboratory, Dynamics

Non-Engineering option : Biology I, Biology II, Biology Laboratory, Biochemistry

SPM Minimum 5Cs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject)
O-Level Minimum 5Cs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject)
UEC Minimum 4Bs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject)
SAM/HSC/AUSMAT (Kindly refer to the Faculty)
CPU/CIMP (Kindly refer to the Faculty)
Other Qualifications As recognised by the Senate of IUKL as equivalent to STPM
UEC: United Examination Certificate
HND: Higher National Diploma
SAM: South Australian Matriculation
HSC: Higher School Certificate
AUSMAT: Australian Matriculation
CPU: Canadian Pre-University
CIMP: Canadian International Matriculation Programme
IB: International Baccalaureate Diploma
STPM: Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
SPM: Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia
Tuition Fees RM14,070.00
Deposit (Refundable) RM250.00
Insurance RM70.00/year
Other Fees Sem
Student Club

To view complete fee structure for Malaysian Students, please click HERE
To view complete fee structure for International Students, please click HERE

Tuition Fees RM14,700.00
Caution Fee (Refundable) RM1,500.00
International Student Administrative Fee RM4,800.00
Medical Insurance RM530.00/year
Visa Processing RM381.60/year
Medical Examination RM265.00/year
Other Fees Sem
Student Club



  • Pharmacy, Food Science, Biotechnology, Agricultural Science, Health and Sports Science related degree courses fromother universities, including both local and overseas.


Foundation in Science

"My aim is to be a civil engineer and that’s the reason why I chose to do Foundation in Science. The lecturers are very professional and supportive. I know for sure that if I have any problems, I can always refer to them for guidance."



Foundation in Science

"The environment here is conducive. Facilities such as gym, shuttle bus service and sport facilities are provided for students. To me, IUKL is a good place to study and we are free to showcase our talents."



Foundation in Science

"The part I enjoy the most about my course is my classmates who consist of both international and local students. Thus, I get to widen my circle of friends to include those from the other parts of the world."


Foundation Studies is better understood as a preparatory course to prepare you for the degree programme. Tertiary education will be a lot different from what you have been used to in school and Foundation Studies will help you to adapt yourself before you commit to pursuing a degree later on. While some of you may already know exactly what you want to pursue after leaving secondary school, others may still be weighing a few options that they should go for. In either case, you will find Foundation Studies at IUKL a good start.

Is this programme for me?

For school leavers who have already decided on what field to pursue and should you prefer a faster pathway to your degree, this 1 year intensive programme is the best route for you.

If you have yet to decide on what you want to do after you finish school, IUKL Foundation Studies is the best choice to keep your option open and gain entry into your Bachelor’s programmes. You will be equipped with the subject knowledge and skills you will need for your preferred degree programmes.

What should I expect?

IUKL Foundation in Science is designed to keep the options open. The idea is to provide students a wider range of programmes in the relevant fields to select at the Bachelor’s Degree level. The open option is important as many SPM and O-Level students can only decide after their foundation year.

What will I learn?

Students who wish to go for the Foundation in Science, can choose between the Engineering Option and the Non-Engineering Option. The subjects common to both options are Chemistry, Chemistry Laboratory, English, Mathematics and Physics. Students also get to participate in educational visits to industries and companies.

Engineering Option

Students in the Engineering Option will be studying these elective subjects - Dynamics, Physics Laboratory and Statics. Theoretical and practical input is imbedded in the lectures.

Non-Engineering Option

Meanwhile, students pursuing the Non-Engineering Option will study Biology, Biology Laboratory and Biochemistry. Theoretical and practical input is imbedded in the lectures.

How will this programme benefit me?

This programme offers you a wide selection of degree programmes to pursue according to your field of interest.

Engineering Option

Students who opt for the Engineering Option will be able to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Construction Management, Water and Wastewater Technology and other relevant degree programmes in IUKL or other universities, both locally or overseas.

Non-Engineering Option

Students who opt for the Non Engineering Option will be able to pursue a degree in Biotechnology, Biomedics, Agriculture, Medicine and other relevant degree programmes in other universities, both locally or overseas.

In addition to this, students taking Foundation in Science are also eligible to pursue a degree in other fields such as Information Technology, Business, Language or Architecture based programmes.

Is this programme accredited?

Yes, this programme is MQA accredited. After completing their Foundation Studies, students can either continue their studies in IUKL or choose other Private Higher Education Institutions to pursue their degree programme, locally or internationally.

Did you know?

Students will have the chance to go for educational visits to places such as Beryls, Planetarium and Royal Selangor Pewter. Students will also get the chance to participate in faculty events and competitions such as innovation competitions, sports competitions, etc.

Contact Us



Phone Number*




*We will not forward your email to any third party.