Intensive English Language Programme

International students who wish to enrol in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) are required to meet the university’s English language requirements as listed below:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Scheme) score of 5.5 or;
  • TOEFL (test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or;
  • CBT (computer-based TOEFL) score of 230 or;
  • IBT (internet-based TOEFL) minimum score of 80 or;
  • Applicants who have successfully completed full time secondary or tertiary studies or equivalent qualification where the language of instruction and assessment was in English may be EXEMPTED. (Academic transcript and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the medium of instruction and assessment must be provided.)

Programme Offerings

The Intensive English Language Programme (IELP) is offered to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been given a conditional offer by UNIMAS. The learning objectives, contents and assessments of the courses closely follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standard. This programme will be conducted at the Faculty of Language and Communication (FLC).

The IELP consists of 4 modules which are taught over a year. There is one intake each year (June). The hours consist of face-to-face or in class contact, online/ self-access activities, outside-class-on campus activities, and field trips.

At the end of each module, students will sit for an internal test. The students who achieve the required scores will continue to a new module and those who fail will need to repeat the module for an extra 2 months.

When to apply

  • Deadline for June 2018 intake: 6 February 2018 (closed)
  • Deadline for June 2019 intake: 1 December 2018


The fee for this programme is RM8,796. Payment is to be made prior to the starting date.

Placement Test

A placement test is to be administered to determine students' command of English during the first week of their arrival.

The test will help the faculty to know more about the students’ proficiency levels and allow the teaching staff to strategize their teaching materials and approaches accordingly.

The result of the placement test cannot be used as an entry fulfilment to the academic programme offered at the university or to get exemption from any module in the IELP.

Ideally, students who want to excel in a programme should have a minimum English requirement of Band 4.0 (IELTS). However, students who want to come with lower results can still pursue their studies with the condition that they attend and complete the required English proficiency levels offered by the faculty.

Undergraduate students who have successfully completed the Intensive English Language Programme will be taking two compulsory generic English courses during their undergraduate studies while postgraduate students will be offered optional courses on thesis writing and presentation of research projects upon completion of this programme. Any inquiries, please contact Miss Ivy Rigar, Tel: +6082581686 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.