Foundation in Arts (FIA) Scholarships in Malaysia

1) What is Foundation in Arts?

Foundation in Arts (FIA) focuses mainly on topics related to humanities and arts, which typically leads you to a non-Science related degree. Most FIA programmes are about 12 months long and you can register for this course with your SPM / O-Level results.

FIA courses help prepare you well so that you can proceed quickly to a non-Science degree, usually at the same university. You will be graded based on a combination of coursework and examinations.

Other than that, FIA also offers lower entry requirement advantage to enter degree in certain universities.

2) What You Need To Know About FIA Scholarships

  • Most colleges / universities offer generous scholarships for FIA courses
  • Most scholarships are merit-based which don’t require interviews
  • Some even offer tuition fee waiver for both Foundation & Degree with your SPM results

3) List of Institutions & Scholarships for FIA

Here is a comprehensive list of all the available FIA scholarships offered by institutions, companies, GLCs and associations in Malaysia, and how you can apply for them.

FIA scholarships are widely available. However, those offered by companies usually have a bond period which you’ll need to serve after you graduate so be extra cautious and make sure you read the terms & conditions before accepting any offers.

Name of ScholarshipKey HighlightsDeadline
HELP Distinction Award (FIA & FIS) - Up to RM13,000 tuition fee waiverAlways Open
INTI-Laureate Merit Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
INTI Leadership X-cellence Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Must have strong record of leadership and participate in extra-curricular activities
- Student must show proof of financial need
- Interview required
Always Open
INTI Sports X-cellence Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Open to state or national players of any sport
- Interview required
Always Open
INTI Chairman Award - Up to 20% tuition fee waiver
- Only for Bumiputera Malaysians
Always Open
Teo Soo Pin Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Interview required
30-Apr-17
30-Aug-17
KDU High Achievers Scholarship - Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
- Interview required
30-Apr-17
30-Aug-17
KDU Driving Dreams Scholarship - Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
- For students who have outstanding sports achievement at state and national levels
30-Apr-17
30-Aug-17
Taylor's University Talent & Leadership Scholarship- For students who have participated in competitions and are talented in music, art, theatre, etc.
- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Interview is required
22-May-17
21-Aug-17
Taylor's University World Class Scholarship- Minimum 8As at SPM for Foundation; ABB at A-Level for Degree
- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Interview required
14-Apr-17
UTAR Scholarships for Top Achievers - Minimum of 7As & above for SPM
- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
UTAR Sport & Talent Scholarship - For students with proven track record in Sports, Music, Art, Theatre and Writing2 weeks after the start of the semester
UCSI University Trust Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- For new intake students only
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
5-Aug-17
UCSI University Trust Pre-U Scholarship - Up to RM18,000 tuition fee waiver
- For new intake students only
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
26-Aug-17
UCSI University Trust Sports Bursary - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- For state or national athletes only
26-Aug-17
The Star Education Fund 2017- Must excel in extra-curricular activities
- Open to students below the age of 25
30-Mar-17
Koon Yew Yin Scholarship - Open to students with a minimum of 6As in SPMAlways Open
Nottingham High Achievers Scholarship - Open to all students applying for foundation and undergraduate programmes
- Up to 25% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
BAC Merit Scholarship 2017 - Up to RM15,000 tuition fee waiverAlways Open
SEGi High Achiever's Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
SEGi ACE Scholarship - Rebate of RM500 for every distinction receivedAlways Open
Swinburne Sarawak Academic Excellence Award (Foundation)- Up to RM12,000 tuition fee waiver
- At least 6As at SPM to qualify
- Additional fee waiver if you continue on with your degree
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Outstanding Youth Award- Up to RM3,500
- For those who excel academically and/or active at co-curricular activities
- Requires a Letter of Recommendation from school principal
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Principal Award- Up to RM3,500 per award
- For SPM/STPM leavers from selected secondary schools in East Malaysia
- Requires a Letter of Recommendation from school principal
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Engagement Award- Up to 30% waiver for first year tuition fee
- For students who have won a competition organised by Swinburne Sarawak
Second Friday after commencement of term
Swinburne Sarawak Bumiputera Financial Scheme- Must be a Sarawakian Bumiputera
- Family income of not more than RM1,300 per dependent
- Must meet course entry requirements
Always Open
Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Peneraju Tunas Potensi)- Open to Malaysian Bumiputeras only
- Household income must be less than RM3,000 per month
- At least 5As at SPM or 2As at STPM
- Sponsorship includes tuition fees, accommodation and living allowance
Always Open

Already decided on FIA but not sure which college to go to? Check out our FIA college comparison table and you’ll have a much easier time picking your dream college!