If you plan to pursue your higher education in the United States, then look no further than the American University Program (AUP) at INTI International College Penang (IICP). By enrolling in AUP, students can enjoy the benefits of an American university education at great value.
Cheah Wan Theng, Head of the Center for American Education at INTI International College Penang, said one of the advantages of obtaining an American degree is the potential of wider career options in the future.
According to Cheah Wan Theng, who is the Head of the Center for American Education at IICP, INTI’s AUP programme has been running for more than 30 years to serve students seeking higher education in the United States, and has successfully transferred over 15,000 students to the US who have gone on to pursue popular majors chosen including those in Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Applied Science and Business.
“International partnership is the best way to provide students a holistic education and this programme is designed to allow students to stay at IICP for up to three years, depending on their major before completing their degree of choice in the US,” she said, adding that the flexibility of this programme can help reduce the financial burden on parents.
Dr. Calvin Cheah, a senior lecturer at the Center for American Education at INTI International College Penang, said the AUP programme has one of the most unique pathways for SPM leavers to obtain a US degree.
Wan Theng said one of the advantages of obtaining an American degree is the potential of wider career options in the future.
“AUP graduates are versatile and highly sought after in multinational companies. They have the opportunity to learn different languages, experience new cultures, and engage in different views and perspectives, making them ideal candidates,” she said.
Dr. Calvin Cheah, who has been lecturing at INTI for over a decade, said INTI’s AUP offers students the choice to further their education in over 300 universities in the US and Canada.
“INTI AUP has one of the most unique pathways for SPM leavers to obtain a US degree in four years and they can pursue any major, even those that are not offered in Malaysia,” said the senior lecturer from IICP’s Center for American Education.
Jodie Lam Kah Huong, 19, hopes to pursue Actuarial Science at an American university.
Fourth semester student Jodie Lam Kah Huong shared that she aspires to pursue Actuarial Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To make this a reality, she enrolled in INTI AUP. Jodie, who is currently studying on an INTI Merit scholarship, said INTI lecturers play a role in the success of students.
“Lecturers at INTI are approachable and ever willing to help and entertain our questions, even those about university application. I hope to make a smooth transition to my dream university,” she said.
Oong Jin, 20, says that the freedom to explore interesting courses and different subjects allows him to become more well-rounded.
Meanwhile, Oong Jin, who applied for an Applied Science course through INTI AUP, said the programme was structured to maximize transferability to US universities. The 20-year-old, who started his journey as a student at the University of Minnesota in August, said his transition was quick and smooth despite the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One of the key attributes of the INTI AUP program is to create an environment which emulates that of the American higher education system, and I found that helpful not only towards improving academically but also honing interpersonal skills.
“Having the freedom to explore interesting courses outside the science subjects was one of the better parts of my experience at INTI. It helps to bring numerous perspectives and ideas to a topic, and it helps me to become a more well-rounded person,” he said.
Rhyan Arshwin Arunasalam, a master’s student at Arizona State University, say the INTI AUP programme prepared him to thrive in a new learning environment.
Rhyan Arshwin Arunasalam, 23, a master’s student at Arizona State University said the INTI AUP programme prepared him to thrive in a new learning environment and also helped him establish a solid foundation for life as a student in the US. If he could offer advice to others who are keen to study abroad, he said he would tell them to squash any fear.
“Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity and if you need help, there is always someone you can reach out to – be it your lecturers, your seniors, and even alumni. Grab any chance you get. Go out and have fun, explore, learn, and make new memories so that one day you can look back and say you did it all,” he said.