FAQs

1. How do students balance work, life and classroom?
Students will find balance in work, life and classroom through smart planning of time and life priorities. KDU Penang UC offers many activities for students to explore their interests and talents. There are student-run clubs for artistic, musical, social and athletic pursuits. Extracurricular activities are encouraged and supported for personal growth, and friendship and cultivating talents.
 
2. Who are your lecturers and what are their qualifications?
All lecturers are fully qualified with degrees and postgraduate degrees in their fields. Some are from the industry and 95% of staff have more than five years teaching experience.
 
3. What is the difference between Journalism and Communication Arts?
Journalism is a sub category of Communication Arts.
 
4. How big is the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and how many students are admitted each year?
We take in students every January, March/April, May and August. Each batch of students is small, around 25, to ensure the quality of teaching is not compromised.
 
5. Where do Mass Communication graduates from KDU Penang work?
Mass Communication graduates from KDU Penang UC work in different fields across the world. Our students have found the jobs of their dreams in places like Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, China and Dubai.
 
6. What can I do with a degree in Mass Communication?
Armed with a degree in Mass Communication, our students are able to hold these jobs below:
Corporate Communication Personnel; Speech Writer; Anchorperson; TV Host; Arts Administrator; Film Director; Public Speaker; Journalist; Communication Consultant; Political Campaign Planner; Entertainer; Radio Talk Show Host; Communication Statistician; Media Specialist; Publications Editor; Public Relations Officer; Actor; Theatre Director; Fund Raiser; Developmental Officer; Media Critic; Film Reviewer; Advertising Executive; Media Buyer; Market Researcher; Script Writer; Sound Technician; Lighting Technician; Business Manager; Communication Researcher; Theater Manager; Tour Guide; Recreational Supervisor; Human Rights Officer; Diplomatic Host/Hostess; Human Resources Manager; Hotel Manager; Sports Announcer; Sports Publicist; Media Account Executive; Marketing Communication Manager; Public Information Officer; Advertising Account Executive; Press Secretary; Reporter; Public Opinion Researcher; Marketing Specialist; Community Relations Director; Customer Service Representative; Communication Trainer; Community Affairs Liaison; Training Specialist; Entrepreneur; Publicist; Telecommunications Specialist; Marketing Manager; Public Affairs Director; University Professor.
 
7. What kind of job can I get with a degree in journalism?
You could work as a journalist, photo journalist, speech writer, publications editor, script writer, travel writer, blogger etc.
 
8. Are there age limitations to study for a diploma or degree? 
There are no age limitations, however, entry requirements must be fulfilled.
 
9. What is the academic calendar for a diploma?
There are three semesters in an academic year. The semester typically runs from January through March (short semester), April to July (long semester) and August to December (long semester) with short breaks for holidays.
 
10. Can I apply to a university after completing a diploma?
Yes, you can transfer some credits as well and hence require less time to complete your degree.
 
11. Do students have a choice of subjects to take in the diploma programme?
No. The diploma programme has structured subjects which are all compulsory.
 
12. What is the credit system in a programme?
A credit is a numerical value assigned to each subject which reflects the number of hours the class will meet with the professor each week and the number of hours the students spend studying on their own.
 
13. What is a GPA?
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numeric indicator for a student's academic performance in a semester, calculated on a scale of 4.0.
 
14. What is the grading system in KDU Penang University College?
Letter grades are used to indicate a student's academic performance, A, B, C etc. Each letter grade has a numeric value which is used to calculate a GPA, on a scale of 4.0.
 
15. How are grades determined?
Grades are typically determined by but not limited to quizzes, midterms, final exams, papers, projects, class attendance and class participation.
 
16. Are there academic advising and counseling services available to students?
Yes. The University’s department head and all lecturers are available for academic counselling services with the students. There is a professional counsellor who will attend to you by appointment.
 
17. Is there a career services centre that can offer help to graduates seeking job opportunities?
The Placement Office offers help to graduates by providing them with employer networking, internship information, resume writing, and mock interviews. 

18. What is the average class size?
25 – 35 students is the average class size. 

19. How are classes scheduled?
Classes are scheduled from Mondays through Fridays. Classes usually run from 9 a.m.  Occasionally classes are conducted on Saturdays for university wide subjects.
 
20. Do you have to have a personal computer on campus? Are there computer labs available on campus?
A personal computer is not required, though most students choose to bring one. There are computers in the computer labs available for students’ use free of charge. Students can access WiFi campus wide.
 
21. Is it difficult to switch majors?
It is not difficult to switch majors as long as students meet the academic requirements for that programme. The students need the approval of their academic department head. 
 
22. Is there a lot to do in Penang? 
There are many options for recreation and relaxation. There are public buses for nice-weather trips to the beach, island hopping on motorised boats, treks and trails around Penang Hill. There are various parks open to the public. Shopping malls house cinemas, world-class restaurants, gymnasiums etc. Rental of futsal courts and badminton courts can be arranged and a bowling alley is situated in town. The Spice arena offers recreational swimming for a modest fee.
 
23.  How available are the teaching staff to the students?
Teaching staff make themselves available to students, giving out their office hours, email addresses, etc. They encourage students to drop in during their consultation hours in the office. If you can’t make it during their office hours, they will be able meet with you by appointment.
 
24. What is the student to faculty ratio on campus?
25—35 students:1 lecturer.
 
25. What should I do if my permanent address changes?
You will need to file a change of address with the Student Record Office.
 
26. Does the university provide services to people with disabilities?
The University assists students with any impairment limiting their abilities on an individual basis upon request.
 
27. Are there research opportunities for undergraduates?
Research opportunities are available for undergraduates. You may enquire on research projects with departments and teaching/research staff.
 
28. What advising and support services are available?
First-year students benefit from the First Year Experience Programme, with guidance from mentors who will provide mentorship for academics as well as living and studying at the UC. The UC offers extensive academic advising resources. If you need extra help in coursework, you can turn to the School for help. The School and Placement Office offers career counselling. The Registry Office will help you with financial aid issues.
 
29. What is the graduation rate?
The graduation rate is estimated to be 99 percent.
 
30. What campus security measures are in place?
The University has a full campus security force and a computer-card key system for access into certain areas of the campus.
 
31. Where will I take my meals?
Cafeteria food is available on campus. Cafes and restaurants are situated all around the campus. Halal food is available within campus.
 
32. What extracurricular opportunities are available?
There are student-run clubs for artistic, musical, social and athletic pursuits. Extracurricular activities are encouraged and supported for personal growth, friendship and cultivating talents.
 
33. What jobs are available for holders of a Mass Communication degree/diploma?
Our graduates work in these areas
  • Media - Research Analyst, Media Consultant, Information Analyst, Information specialist, Customer Service Representative, Content Marketing Specialist
  • Education - Educational Writer, Teacher/Lecturer, Media librarian, Author/Writer
  • Media/Journalism – Journalism, Technical writer, Newspaper Editor, Critic, News Director, Sports Director, Proofreader, Columnist, News Analyst, Radio/TV Reporter, Videographer, Editor, Biographer, Print Coordinator, Talk Show Host, Radio Show Host, News Readers, Sports Commentator, Video Journalist
  • Government – Lobbyist, Mediator, Press Secretary
  • Publishing – Editor, Writer/Contributor
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations - Media Buyer, Designer, Publicity Director, Information Specialist, Marketing Communications Manager, Account Manager, Graphics & Production Specialist, Promotion Representative, Public Relations Consultant, Event Planners, Media Planners, Media Researcher.
34. What is the difference between "Undergraduate" and "Graduate" degrees?
Undergraduate programs lead to a bachelor degree. Graduate programs lead to a master’s or doctoral degree.
 
35. What are the different types of graduate degrees?
A Master’s degree provides additional specialisation. Doctorate or PhD degrees will certify the student as a trained research scholar.
 
36. Is it possible to obtain a bachelor's degree and a master's degree at the same time?
No.
 
37. What is the transfer application process to another university?
You must fulfil the requirements of the transfer institution.
 
38. What is the difference between public and private universities?
Public universities are partially funded by the government and are generally larger and less expensive than private universities.
 
39. Are there opportunities for university exchange programmes?
There may be opportunities for university exchange programmes. The academic department will inform the students of university exchange programmes coming up.