Studying TESL in Malaysia

There are several public and private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia that offer TESL as a learning programme apart from taking the course of study via teacher training institutes nationwide.

The standard minimum requirements for pursuing a TESL degree is a good credit in SPM English (perferably B3 and above), and a Band 4 and above for MUET, apart from the compulsory credits for Bahasa Melayu (SPM) and Pengajian Am (STPM). You need to demonstrate good proficiency in the English language with passion for teaching.

We have listed them in the following list. We’ll be posting more details on the programme offered in each of the institutions from time to time and if you have information you would like to share, feel free to email us.

Public Institutions

University of Malaya (UM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Interview Details: Need interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Institute of Education
Interview Details: No interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)
Remarks:only for IIUM Matriculation students

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Interview Details: Need Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: School of Education & Social Development
Interview Details: Need Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Educational Studies
Interview Details: Need Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac.of Arts with Education/Bac.of Education)
Faculty: School of Educational Studies
Interview Details: No Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Sc with Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Interview Details: Need Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Interview Details: Need Interview (Bumiputra Candidates Only)
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
Level: Bachelor’s Degree Level (Bac. of Education)
Faculty: Faculty of Language
Interview Details: Need Interview
Duration: 8 semesters (approx 4 years)

Private Institutions

Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Level: Bac.of Education

Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL)
Level: Bac.of Education

This Post Has 185 Comments

  1. Gavithra says:

    i wish to apply for TESL.i’ve got an A+ in english n an A- in Bahasa Melayu and an A1 in my 1119 paper.can i take TESL?

  2. Gavithra says:

    n also,what r the minimum requirements to do TESL?

  3. fizah says:

    i wish to apply TESL and i am spm leavers . can i apply foundation TESL in UITM . i’ve just got A for my english and A+ for my Bahasa Melayu . Gavithra . i think the The requirements for B. Ed. (Hons) TESL @ UiTM:
    Minimum of 2.50 CGPA
    A minimum of Band 4 in MUET
    Pass the MEdSI (Malaysian Educators Selection Inventory) written test
    Pass the Ministry of Higher Education selection interview

    and An excellent result in SPM or its equivalent with a minimum of 5 credits of B+, B, C+, C grades including Bahasa Malaysia
    Candidates must score a minimum distinction A- grade in English AND a credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics.
    Candidates must pass a written test AND interview

  4. hamba Allah says:

    how about english A- in spm ? am i passed ? and how to aplly TESL in UM and UKM ?

  5. Amani says:

    i would love to take TESL as my coming studying course. i was an STPM student in 2011. i got 1B+, 1C, 2C-.. my muet was band 3. my spm english was A+ as well as my 1119, A1. Is there any possibility for me to take this course as my future? thanks!

  6. huda says:

    hai..i wanna ask a few questions here. i just finished my foundation in science uitm..i’m thinking of continuing my degree in tesl..i know its a lil bit weird,but is that posibble? is it difficult to get in um tesl? i scored bnd 4 in muet and got A+ in spm. the question is..IS IT ENOUGH? CAN I GET THROUGH? really need help.plz!

  7. siti says:

    hamba Allah: just apply through upu.
    huda: yes, it’s enough

  8. farah says:

    how to apply ? :/

  9. My brother also applying TESL but the result still dont known either he will get or not…when the result will be known?

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  11. zila says:

    i wanna ask about the interview to take tesl…what the applicant need in order to pass the interview?i will have the interview this thursday..please response in my email

  12. amirah says:

    salam and hye.
    i’m amirah.currently i am doing my diploma in tesl at Kolej Polytech MARA KL.i want to ask when i am going to further in degree,can i graduate in shorter time as i might already take some of the courses that needed to complete the degree.or maybe some credit hours transferation can be done?or i still need to take the full 3/4 years of time?

  13. Vk9545 says:

    If i study diploma in education tesl and degree in education tesl(hons) at unisel or msu can i join as an english teacher in any government school’s? Please anyone do lend me a helping hand on this matter please..

  14. franklaud says:

    Vk9545, it all depends. There’s also Msu/UNISEL graduates who placed in goverment school upon completing their diploma and degree in tesl. From what i’ve heard, they usually apply for temporary teacher first,..Then they proceed to be permanent teachers, but all depending on the school requirements.

  15. Evarish says:

    hello. Im a STPM student in 2011. I would like to apply for Tesl. I had being through MUET about 3 times and my last result come out just 3 marks away from band 4. Is it possible to me took Tesl? I got quite remarkable marks in SPM, for english, i score A and for bahasa melayu, A+.

  16. mimisya says:

    Hi, I’m a malaysian citizen living oversea. I did my IGCSE/O level last year and am planning to apply for foundation for TESL.which universities offer foundation for TESL? And I didn’t take bahasa Malaysia, is it possible for me to pass the requirement wthout having bahasa malaysia? I got a B in O level english.
    kindly reply as soon as possible.

    • TESLMalaysia Admin says:

      @Mimisya: If you plan to enrol in public universities, you are required to take Bahasa Malaysia. You can try contact Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) for their foundation programme. Or try contacting Nottingham University Malaysia Campus.

  17. keyrolnua says:

    There IS an interview if u wanna take TESL in UIA Gombak. I was one of them. TESL in UIA is NOT only open for Asasi UIA graduates but also for other universities because my classmates were from UiTM.

  18. Myra says:

    Hello, so I am planning on taking the TESL course since all my siblings were older then me and had different education systems back then, I’m pretty clueless how to apply. I just finished my SPM this year, and I read that we need to take MUET is it? Where can I take the MUET test and I hope I do not have to enter school as a form 6 student ; _ ;

  19. abby says:

    may i know if Unisel Degree programme for TESL is accredited by the Malaysian government or not?

  20. Aten says:

    Hi, I would like to know about diploma Tesl programme. how much subjects for that programme actually?

  21. Priscilla says:

    I need to get some information about TESL Degree programme. The fees and the application. How to apply for this TESL programme ??

  22. MsCurious says:

    Hi, I’m currently doing my degree in Accounting in a public university. Is it possible for me to pursue a master in TESL after I graduate? I am very keen in English and has passed MUET with band 4 and A1 in SPM. Do I need a teaching experience too?

  23. Nanol says:

    I took the Foundation in TESL in UiTM Shah Alam, and I wish to pursue my study for Degree in TESL also. however, my MUET is currently in band 3, and i am 2 points away from band four because the Education Ministry didn’t give me any points after i payed and asked for them to recheck (So not fair of them) . Then I failed to apply for Degree in TESL for now. So, can anybody please tell me, what can I do to enter a degree course in tesl? I don’t want my future to be ruined just because of that damned 2 points :( thank you people.

  24. Ann says:

    May I know what are the questions they usually ask for an interview. If anyone had any experienced before?

    • TESLMalaysia Admin says:

      Hi Ann

      Typical questions apart from asking about your academic achievement:
      1. Do you have a passion to teach?
      2. Are you willing to be posted to rural or remote schools?
      3. What makes a good English language teacher?
      4. If you were asked to teach “weak” students, how would you deal with them?
      5. Why TESL?

  25. mama_liza73 says:

    I;m 40 yrs and interested with tesl. is there any possible way for me, taking tesl at this age. and please advise. I;m interested to teach!.tq

  26. riz says:

    hi. i’m one of the spm leavers and dying to take tesl. can someone pls list the fees of universities — uitm or upsi if you know the fees for their own U– and thank you in advance. i would be very grateful if anyone can help me. i kind of need to tell my parents about the fees but unfortunately i couldnt find anything on google

  27. skittles says:

    I took foundation in tesl at uitm and my cgpa is only 2.89.
    while my muet band is only 3.
    will i be able to pursue my degree in tesl or I have another option ?
    and what qualification needed to enter the degree program ?
    i dont mind any as long it is education, language, communication or literature.
    can you list oit the ipta/ipts that i can go for my degree ?

  28. skittles says:

    if i have foundation in tesl can i continue my degree in any ipts ?

  29. Afrina says:

    Hi
    I really need an exact answer for this to satisfy my curiosity
    I just got my CGPA result for TESL foundation in UiTM. Meaning that i’m going to further my degree soon, but i still have to go through the UPU thingy. I got 2.99 for my result and yeah i know it’s terribly disappointing to even heard of it. But I got Band 4 for my MUET. Soooo is it possible for me to further my degree in TESL in UiTM or other public universities? I really really really need your answer and that’ll mean so much to me ;<<<<< Thank you!

  30. vier says:

    Hi… I wish to pursue my study for degree in Tesl in ipts.. May i know where is the best place to study besides oum and unisel?

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