Saturday, February 20, 2016

JPA Program Khas Kejuruteraan Jepun , Korea , German dan Perancis 2015 (FAQ)

It's the time of the year again ! SPM leavers would be cracking their head deciding what's next for them after completing their studies in secondary school .I'm pretty sure it is everyone's dream to earn a scholarship to further their studies abroad .

Recently ,a few of my juniors approached me to seek information and advice about the scholarship I secured . I'm glad they did , because I wouldn't want to see my juniors being as clueless as I was after my SPM . I regret so much as i missed so many other opportunities that i desired for years because I was so ignorant and clueless . So , I'm going to compile all the questions directed to me and publish them with answers here , on my website . I hope it helps .

Q1 : Which scholarship program are you currently involved in?
  • : I'd accepted JPA's scholarship to Japan . Under this program's policy , I have to complete a 2-year-foundation locally before getting a diploma and followed by a degree in Japan . The whole program would take 7 years . 2 years in Shah Alam , Malaysia and 5 years in Japan (3 years diploma , 2 years degree) . I'm currently doing my foundation in Intec Education College ,Shah Alam .
Q2 : why JPA scholarship ? 

  • In short , I had no better choices than this scholarship . My dream was to secure a scholarship to study abroad in the States .I studied hard during secondary school to be qualified for KPM Bursary . Yes , I did it but things didn't turn out too well for me . Previously , kpm bursary holders will be sponsored up till degree level (any course) at their choice of university if their result during their prepatory course is maintained . Unfortunately , this privelege is not available for my batch anymore . When I received this news , most of the sponsors out there already closed their scholarship application . 

  • I applied for JPA , Petronas and Maybank . I was hoping to scholarship from Petronas , since JPA did not offer the country of my choice , and its very competitive to get a scholarship from Maybank . In the end , I wasn't even shortlisted for Petronas interview . I was really , really disappointed as I feel it wasn't fair when you're turned down without any assessment . As for Maybank , I wasnt called for interview too . Well , let's just believe everything happens for a reason.  I'm very grateful that I was selected for this scholarship and I didn't regret making this decision .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Q3 : Why did you choose Japan instead of Korea , Germany or France ? 

  • It was a decision without much thought since i already decided to take up the kpm bursary at that time . 

  • I don't particularly have any preference to any 4 of the countries .Studying engineering in a foreign language is my major concern. So, i chose the country where their language is easier to master .  German is said to be one of the hardest language in the world . I heard european language is not easy . So i eliminated Germany and France as my choice . Rumours also said that these two countries are also harder to get selected as the competition is quite stiff . 

  • Between Korea and Japan , my dad told me Japan is more notable in the field of engineering . I don't know how true is that btw ! Besides , Japanese language consists of 80 percent of kanji (汉子/ 漢字/ chinese characters ) which most of chinese-speaking students are familiar with . So if i come across any kanjis that i haven't learnt in class (japanese) , I can always guess the meaning based on my knowledge in Chinese Language . You definitely can't do that if it's in Korean ! So , you're on the winning side if you've learnt Chinese . Japanese is also more widely used and spoken ,according to Wikipedia . 

 Q4 : Do you know anyone who is currently involved in JPA overseas scholarship for engineering program (South Korea, Japan, Germany, France)?

  • Yes ! My roommate is in German program , studying ALG ( A-level German ) . I made some friends who will be flying to Korea during orientation too ! The orientation was fun but tiring . They will be flying on the 20th of February this year , a year ahead of me and my friends . All the best to them ! As for France , I don't really know them , as their class in Malaysia was too short , not even a month . They also didn't really join us for the orientation too. 
Me , my Japanese Programme (KTJ ) friends and Korean Programme friends, nice photobomb at the back.
( Photo taken at Pak Li kopitiam, Seksyen 18 , Shah Alam)

Q5. Are there any scholarships which are eligible for us to apply now without actual result?

  • Yes , of course they are ! Bursaries and scholarships offered by some private colleges only requires trial results. 

Q6 . What subjects do you have while completing your foundation , requirements to pass the foundation and fly ? ( KTJ Program )

  • We have 5 main subjects in total . Do bare in mind that each program varies accordingly . The subjects we have in common are Sciences , Mathematics and a foreign language . For my program ( Kumpulan Teknikal Jepun , aka KTJ ) , We study Physics, Chemistry , Mathematics , Japanese Language ,and English (after a year) . Besides, we have 2 minor subjects that is compulsary for all college students which is MPU(Malaysian Studies , something similar to Sejarah)  and CTES (teology)

  •  At the end of the fourth semester ( The end of the foundation ) , we will be required to pass the exam called Monkasho shiken for admission into Japan National College of Technologies(JNCT) , or Technical School for 3 years of diploma programme, we may pursue a degree in engineering in any of the Japanese Universities for another 2 years.To pass the Monkasho Shiken  , we must get at least an average of 60/100 for all 5 subjects .
Q7 : Do we need to study everything in a foreign language ?

  • Sorry but the answer is yes  ! We are talking about getting an engineering degree abroad in a foreign language. Don't worry . we all started with English first , and switched to our respective foreign languages ,depending on the programme you're in . For KTJ , you're going to study every subject in English except Japanese language of course , during your first semester , which lasts about 4 months . You will have to study the subjects in full Japanese from 2nd semester onwards . You will get all those Japanese textbooks that were imported from Japan , for free if you got the scholarship !

My textbooks in full Japanese Language
Q8 : What kind of engineering courses are we allowed to study ? 

  • Any kind of engineering as long as it is engineering . Architecture is not included even though it is classified under engineering in Japan . You don't have to decide immediately . For ktj , we have to decide during our 3rd semester as we have to complete our application to Japan National College of Technologies(JNCT) , or Technical School during that period of time.

Q9 : Is this scholarship still available in 2016 ?

  • Yes , JPA has been sending students to Japan since 1983 . The scholarship maybe a little different starting from 2016 but it is still available . Firstly , the place allocated has been reduced to 200 , from 300 . 

  • Secondly , it's leaning towards a study loan .It is a scholarship only if you work as a government servant after your studies . You have to payback everything to JPA is you choose not to serve the government . ( As in the image below)

Q10 : How to apply for this scholarship ? How is the interview conducted and is it tough to be selected ?

  • The application is open right immediately after SPM results are announced . Keep abreast of the latest update by checking this JPA's Website  or their Facebook Page . The application would normally last a week . You will be informed about the interview after approximately two weeks . For my year (2015) was during the end of March . SPM results was announced on the 3rd of March , yeah one of my happiest days in my life ,btw. 

  • How competitive is it to get this scholarship ? 10000 applications and 300 were selected in 2015.

Q11 : Are all the fees covered in this scholarship ?

  • Yes , tuition fees , accommodations , air tickets for those who come from Sabah and Sarawak , books and monthly allowance of RM 430 . In Japan , the allowance per month would be around RM 4500 , and it is the highest amount compared to scholars in Germany , Korea and France.
Q 12 : Are we sponsored until we graduate ? 
  • Generally , we are sponsored up to 7 years ( locally and abroad) . However , JPA has to right to cancel the scholarship anytime if our result does not meet their requirement . For korean and Japanese Program , we will graduate with a degree .Due to the different education system in Europe ( German and France)  ,  they would get a master after completing their studies , even though the duration is the same as Japan and Korea . However , it may not be recognized in Malaysia . 
I will be blogging about my life,studies and stuff while doing my foundation ,how I adapt and I will talk about the environment in my college on my next post . Stay tuned . it will be out on March .
(20/3 , Just done blogging about my stay in the college hostel , CLICK HERE )

Like my blogpost ? Follow/be a member of my blog for more  . Look there's a share button below , don't forget to hit that button . Remember , letting others know about a scholarship does not make you lose the chance of getting a scholarship . If you have what it takes , you will make it !

I hope this blogpost would be as helpful as possible for you people out there , so 

If you have any questions , don't hesitate to ask me (please !)in the comment section down below ! You can ask me too if you want to know the details ,( whether it's about the korean , japanese , German or France Program ) or maybe i missed out something in my blogpost .  I'll reply you as soon as possible !

Lastly , ok mom and dad , this is part of the reason why I'm always on my cellphone , lately . I'm actually blogging . 

Peace out (\/)

Kaylyn Ang


  1. How did you know that you get shortlisted for the scholarship after the interview? Will they send you an email or you have to check with the system?
    Thanks! ��

  2. Hi , anonymous ! sorry for the late reply , life in Intec have been very busy . I checked the results through the system on their website . It is advisable to visit the website frequent so that you won't miss any important notice . Btw , the results are supposed to be out already since they will be coming in to Intec next week for orientation =)

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  4. Hi Kaylyn,i would like to know whether 300 ppl are allocated under one programme or all four programmes?

    Thanks!! :D