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The American Degree Program or American Degree Transfer Program (ADP or ADTP) is a degree level of study offered by private institutions of higher learning that is designed to prepare students for entry into American universities.
Are you uncertain about which course you should join? Maybe you have no clue, as much as you’ve tried to think about it. But, that’s okay! Have you also dreamt of going to the United States of America and studying in a prestigious university there, only to have your dreams crushed by
ADP provides you with the opportunity to experience the American education system. A huge difference that gives ADP students an advantage is that they’ll already be enrolled in a degree programme directly after SPM! Imagine the look on your friend’s faces! You will experience a wholly different type of education than what you're used to, with more flexible grading systems, and you’ll be forced to think outside the box.
Liberal Arts / Literature
Oral Communication and Writing
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Aerospace (Aeronautical) Engineering
Chemical / Petroleum Engineering
Electrical / Electronic Engineering
Anthropology / Archeology
Foundation of Acting
Introduction to Philosophy
World Civilizations 1
World Civilizations 2
Introduction to Christian Theology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology
Biology 1 with Lab
Biology 2 with Lab
Chemistry in Context with Lab
Introduction to Foods with Lab
Introduction to Nutrition with Lab
College Chemistry with Lab
General Chemistry 1 with Lab
General Chemistry 2 with Lab
College Physics with Lab
General Physics 1 with Lab
General Physics 2 with Lab
Concepts of Calculus
Calculus 3 with Lab
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Statistical Methods with Lab
Statistical Analysis with Lab
English for Academic Writing 1
English for Academic Writing 2
ADP is notable for having great flexibility and gives students options. It’s ideal for those looking into pursuing double majors, a variety of major-minor combos, less popular courses and are scarcely offered around these shores. You are able to explore and discover your areas of interest and help you decide what you like!
The structure around which the ADP is based, allows students to work at their own pace. To graduate, you will need a certain number of credits, on top of taking anywhere from two to six subjects per semester. It’s up to you! So, for those who work fast, you’ll graduate faster! For those who work slower, you may take longer, but this course allows you to do so at whatever pace you choose to adopt!
Something about the country has enamoured you. Maybe it was the movies you watched growing up, perhaps it was Obama’s smile. Either way, you’ve dreamed of heading there to study, and the ADP is the perfect catalyst for that dream to materialise.
70% of your grade will be derived from continuous and constant assessments. So if you flourish when work is given to you in class, and prefer a less exam oriented programme, this would be a match made in heaven!
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While this may seem obvious, the structure of ADP can be quite confusing. You are, basically, enrolling in a degree course, and if at any point, you intend to transfer to a public university, they will not recognise your qualifications. Not until you graduate.
While exams do comprise 30% of your final grade, it would be wise to look elsewhere if you prefer an exam-heavy course. The ADP emphasises classroom activities and extra co-curricular participation.
While last-minute studying is acceptable under special and certain circumstances, it would be detrimental in a programme such as ADP, that grades you continuously and would be the pitfall of those people who shine by cramming the night before an exam.
The ADP is brilliant at helping students find out what they should pursue. However, for those of you who already know what you want, studying irrelevant subjects to accumulate the credits you need to graduate may be frustrating.
There are many areas of American Degree Programme, including:
Students who have undergone SPM/O-Levels have to obtain at least 5 credits including English in order to qualify for ADP.
Important Note: If you want to pursue a course in Medicine or other Medical-related courses, it’s best to choose a shorter pre-university programme to complete your studies faster. With ADP, you will need eight years to complete a Medical course.
Synopsis of Pathway
Students are offered an option to choose between a 1+3 or 2+2 curriculum. 1+3 means you’ll be studying your first year in Malaysia and the remaining three years in the US or two years here and another two over there.
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ADP lasts a total of four years and upon completion, will see you conferred with a Bachelor's Degree. Students can take as few as two subjects, and as many as six, with the only prerequisite being that they fulfill the required credit hours to advance. To calculate your credit hours, you multiply the number of subjects taken (a) by the credits allocated for that subject (b). Then, multiply that answer with the number of semesters you took the subject for (c). a x b x c = number of credits you have. To obtain an undergraduate degree, you will need around 110 to 140 credits. As mentioned earlier, the more subjects you take, the more credits you accumulate, the faster you graduate. It’s really that simple! But taking too many subjects in one go can drain you. So be wise in your choice.
The grading system is similar to what you’ll find in Malaysian universities, the CGPA. An A+ would give you a GPA of 4.00 for a particular subject, a B+ would give you a 3.33, and so on. The total of all your GPAs from your chosen subjects will be averaged and thus, you get your final CGPA which can range from 0.0 to 4.0.
The programme is four years long
Varies, depending on the institution
Approximately RM60,000 – RM80,000
Here are some of the most popular colleges offering ADP in Malaysia
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