Prospective students from Malaysia

This page is part of the section for International applicants to Christ's College, Cambridge. It provides support for applicants from Malaysia.

International Awards ceremony

Welcome to all students from Malaysia who are considering an application to Cambridge University. At Christ's we have a long history of admitting students from Malaysia, and we currently reserve one of the College International Awards for an offer-holder resident in Malaysia (see below). We are always keen to hear from students who are looking at Cambridge courses.

This dedicated page is for students considering Christ's College, and we hope that you will find the information here a helpful addition to our international students section.

Christ’s (student population) was the perfect size. It was small enough not to feel lost having left home; big enough to have a diverse social circle.

Kenneith Yong, a former Medicine student from Selangor

Qualification requirements

Our typical entry requirement for students taking the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) requires grades AAA.

Our typical entry requirement for students taking International A levels is 

  • A*AA for Arts subjects other than Economics, plus Psychological and Behavioural Sciences;
  • A*A*A for Sciences subjects other than Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, and for Economics.

International A levels are offered by Cambridge International, Oxford AQA or Pearson Edexcel.

Our typical entry requirement for students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma is 42 points overall (including bonus points), with 776 at Higher Level. Information about the IB Diploma in Malaysia.

Offers for Mathematics include STEP II and III. Offers for Engineering and Chemical Engineering via Engineering include STEP I. Further information about STEP and preparation support is available on the relevant subject page. 

Most courses also require an Admissions Assessment which, depending on the course, you sit on a specific date in late October / early November or at the time of your interview.

You will also need to ensure that the subjects you are taking / have taken meet any subject entry requirements for your chosen course. These are set out on the subject pages. Where the entry requirements for a specific Cambridge course include particular A-level subjects, you will need to show that you have knowledge equivalent to the relevant A-level, if you have not taken the A-level course itself. You and your referee can assist assessors by providing details of the topics taught at your school, within each relevant subject. It is also helpful to list any major academic achievements outside the classroom.

Tour with the senior tutor

English Language requirements

If English is not your native language, in most cases students from Malaysia will need to take an English Language qualification such as IELTS Academic or TOEFL and achieve scores as specified on the University website.

If you have already taken an English language qualification when you apply, please include this in your UCAS application, and include the certificate in your transcript. It is not a problem if you are not able to take an English Language qualification by the time you apply. In this case you may be asked to achieve the specified scores in one of these qualifications if we make you an offer, as part of the offer conditions . You would have from January (when you receive your offer) until August to take the test and send us the results.

Do bear in mind that for non-native English speakers who will need a visa to study in the UK, specific certificates are normally needed (e.g. IELTS Academic, TOEFL).

Iris from KYUEM, studying Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge

Christ's students and former students from Malaysia

We have quite a few current and former students from Malaysia. Emily is a Law student from Ipoh and explains that "there's a really lovely network of international students here - last Chinese New Year the Christ's Southeast Asians got together for steamboat in one of our rooms. Last year we had six Malaysian freshers - it was nice to see familiar faces and hear familiar slang 😉 ."

We hope that you will enjoy reading some of the further comments:

Another Malaysian student, Iris, is from Pulau Pinang. The picture above shows a photo opportunity from when we welcomed visitors from her old school, KYUEM, to Christ's College. Iris was pleased to be pictured with both her former teacher and Dr Emily Tomlinson, our Director of Admissions who met her a few years ago on one of the school visits she does in Malaysia and advised her on Cambridge applications! Iris is now studying Natural Sciences here at Christ's.

Application process

The application deadline is 20 September each year for students who would like to be interviewed in Malaysia.

We encourage all applicants to read the information about applying on the relevant subject page, as well as the how to apply page and the additional application support well in advance of 20 September, as there are a number of parts to the application procedure which may take time to organise and complete:

  1. For students from Malaysia, there is more than one application form.
  2. You will need a referee who can provide a reference and predicted grades for any exams that you have not yet taken.
  3. You will also need to arrange for your school to provide a transcript
  4. If you have a late October / early November Admissions Assessment (needed for about half of the courses), you will need to make sure you are registered for this by the deadline. See details on the Admissions Assessments page.
  5. There are also some smaller details that it is worth being aware of, such as the need to upload a photo. 

On 20 September Christ's publishes the current applicants section, which will then support you once you have submitted a valid application.  

Interviews in Malaysia

We interview the majority of applicants, though not every applicant is selected for interview.  

News on interviews for students applying in Sept 2020
In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are not planning to conduct any overseas interviews in person this year in the countries in which we usually interview.  We plan to conduct these interviews remotely and we will release further details about these arrangements in due course.  We recommend that you check the university overseas interview page regularly for updates.

Arrangements in normal times: Most of our Malaysian applicants choose to be interviewed in Kuala Lumpur, and this works well. In most subjects, there is no disadvantage to being seen by our Overseas Interview team; we receive reports from this team relatively early in the admissions cycle, and if a report suggests that some aspect of your application requires urgent clarification, we will arrange to talk to you ourselves by Skype. If you are applying for a subject that requires an 'at-interview' assessment, this will also be organised for you when you go for interview, and details of the time and place of your admissions assessment will be sent with your invitation to interview.

You will be asked about your interview location when you complete the COPA form. Interview dates, once available, will be published at the bottom of the overseas interviews page

"I had an overseas interview in a college in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I also sat for my Law admissions test."

Emily, a current Law student from Ipoh, Perak
Xian Jing Awards Ceremony
  Xian Jing receiving his International Award certificate


There are Christ’s College International Awards, and we anticipate making at least one such award to an offer-holder resident in Malaysia each year. Offer-holders from Malaysia who are in financial need may apply for support from the Cambridge Trust


Where can I find out more?

Do explore the undergraduate admissions section, and the international students section plus the relevant subject page in particular. We hope that you will feel free to email the Christ's Admissions Office: with any questions. We'll be pleased to hear from you!

If you would like to visit Cambridge and see Christ's College in person, we have a number of open days through the year. Don't worry if you can't travel, however, as the information is also online, and we have international webinars if you would like to listen. If you sign up for these, you can also listen to recordings for webinars that have already taken place.

"I would advise other Malaysians to give it a shot because the whole application process is an experience in itself and a lot can be learnt from it."

Advice from a previous applicant from Malaysia