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Diploma in International Studies

2+ years (5 Semesters)

APIIT Diploma

18 Nov 2019
13 May 2020

The Diploma in International Studies is designed to:

  • provide a programme that covers the academic aspect as well as the vocational aspects of International Studies
  • prepare students for careers in the International Studies environment.
  • provide students with academic and professional skills to develop solutions requiring a holistic outlook in International Studies
  • provide students with critical,  independent and cooperative learning skills so as to facilitate their response to continuous future international change.
  • develop students' intellectual skills, communications ability and team working capability.
  • provide students with opportunities for progression into Degree Programmes of international standard in relevant areas.

Admission Requirements:

  • An overall credit pass in 3 subjects at SPM and a minimum of pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History); or
  • An overall credit pass in 3 subjects at O-Levels/GCSE; or
  • A qualification that APIIT accepts as equivalent to the above

What You Will Study:


In this semester, students will be introduced to preparatory modules which would be essential for them to embark on their journey in completion of their diploma. Students will be taught English for academic purpose, basic of entrepreneurship and business plus computing skills. Students are also required to take one General Studies module as required by the Malaysian Qualification Agency.


  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Managing Business
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Practical IT Skills


Continue from semester 1 on preparatory modules, students will be learning more on professional communications. They will also embark on more academic research skills which are essential in all their future works. They will also venture out to look at global business trends as well as journalism and society; these will give them exposure in some of the areas of international related issues.


  • Professional Communications
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Global Business Trends
  • Journalism and Society


Starting from semester 3, students will be learning the core of international studeis and will be introduced to international relations and issues in world politics. They also will look at sustainable lifestyle and communities and learn to carry out evaluation on related films. Particularly in the messages that the films might have in relation to international issues.


  • Sustainable Lifestyle and Communities
  • International History Since 1900
  • International Relations
  • Critical International Film Studies

Continue from semester 3, students will be exposed to more relevant international studies issues, particularly looking at history. For example, debating the past and philosophy life and existence will allow students to understand how certain concepts started and influenced the way the modern world operates now. They will also look environmental issues and concerns.


  • Debating the Past
  • Modern Political Ideas
  • International Organisations
  • Environment Issues and Case Studies 1
  • Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

In this last semester, students will continue to look at history in different context as well as environmental issues. In the module 'War, Peace & Cooperation', students iwll be introduced to international agreement between countries, and how conflicts appeared and led to war. Also, how all these impacted the current society that we live in now.


  • Local & Global Perspectives in History
  • War, Peace and Cooperation
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Environment Issues & Case Studies 2
  • Issues in World Politics

* In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-curricular activities.

Further Studies:

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to progress into any of the following degree programmes offered at APU & APIIT:

  • BA (Hons) in International Relations
  • BA (Hons) in International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management with specialism in E-Business
  • BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management with a specialism in Digital Marketing

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

RM 36,500

RM 46,000 (USD 11,500)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

(N/313/4/0021) (05/20) (PA 4059)