Get Ready For A Liberal Arts Education With ADP In KDU

Open discussion and debates among classmates are encouraged in the American Degree Transfer Program. New students at the KDU-ADP WOW – College Success Series workshops.
KDU College is the pioneer in Malaysia in providing the American Degree Transfer Program (ADP) since 1983. From there on, this program has grown leaps and bounds, enabling thousands of Malaysian and International students to transfer to over 500 universities and colleges across the United States of America, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years.
For students who have their hearts set on studying in the US, a year or two in KDU’s ADP will provide a good foundation prior to continuing their studies at an American university of their choice. The program implements the American curriculum, liberal arts environment, teaching methods and culture, resulting in students being well-prepared – personally, academically, socially and mentally, to adapt to university and life in the United States.
“Studying in KDU provides an ideal environment for students, which are flexible and dynamic where students gain an all-rounded education system. This is due to its continuous development process for students in the various fields of studies which stress on practical knowledge and not just book-learning,” said Mr Rajasingam Rajaratnam, Academic Department Head of the American Degree Transfer Program at KDU College.
“Students are exposed to different perspectives in their studies as they are expected to observe and analyse a situation or a problem and find methods to solve it. Open discussion and debates among classmates are encouraged, and students are given the opportunity to listen and challenge their points of view. These produce well rounded graduates who are able to think critically, independently and communicate confidently,” he continued.
KDU lecturers, with their vast experience in American higher education and liberal arts environment, use methods and examples similar to those of American universities; which include a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus projects and activities. Besides being trained to think critically and independently, ADP students will have opportunities to achieve their fullest potential and are able to thrive in multicultural environments that celebrate diversity on a global setting.
“I love that my lecturers were always attentive and helpful toward my needs. I have learned how to step out of my comfort zone and that, is essential,” said student Rachel Lim, who transferred to University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, to continue her degree program.
One significant feature that sets KDU apart from other colleges is that it believes in small class sizes and providing pastoral care to all students. There may be as few as 10 to 20 students in a class, giving students the personal attention they need to succeed. Students are encouraged to participate or contribute during class sessions. Lecturers provide consultation hours to assist students in their studies and projects, and this positive relationship serves to motivate students to perform better in their studies.

“The lecturers are very friendly, and encourage students to apply critical thinking, rather than simply regurgitate everything that is taught. Hence, being the questioner that I am, I never felt ashamed or belittled in asking any of my doubts on the subject matter. This played a huge role in aiding my academic development,” explained Lauren Tan, who furthered her studies in Psychology at the Pittsburgh State University, Kansas.
Another unique feature of the program is the college’s introduction of the KDU-ADP WOW – College Success Series (CSS) to new students. This program eases the transition to college life, creates an open communication platform to engage students with college life, faculty and peers and to develop a strong sense of belonging. The program runs for 8 weeks and includes various workshops and talks such as the College Experience, Self-Discovery, Working in Teams, First Semester Advising and University Selection, Transfer Processes, and more.
Alongside their academic studies, students are encouraged to organize and take part in a range of extracurricular activities, including community service such visits to children’s and old folks’ homes, field trips, sporting events and American celebrations such as American Independence Day and Halloween. 
“By actively taking part in organizing events and activities, it helped in boosting my organizational and people skills which been valuable in helping me to integrate quickly and smoothly my transfer to Western Michigan University majoring in Biology,” said Richmond Agbomah, a KDU ADP alumni.  
Students can choose courses from a wide variety of fields, ranging from applied sciences to the liberal arts. The curriculum at KDU offers opportunities for students to develop intellectual breadth of several fields of knowledge in preparation for an in-depth pursuit of a specific discipline in the US. Students will complete approximately half of the degree requirements in KDU whilst the remainder of their studies will be completed in the US at a university of their choice.