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Uploading of IC to Pohon@USM



Dear freshmen, be reminded that you’re required to upload a photocopy of your IC (coloured or B/W as long as it’s clearly legible, in PDF format) to the Pohon@USM portal.
If you do not have a scanner at home, you can use a document scanning app with your smartphone. Here’s how it works (using one such app, CamScanner, available for Android and iOS):

1. Open CamScanner app
2. Tap on the camera icon
3. Select ‘Docs’ and carefully take a full-sized photo of the IC (front side)
4. Confirm crop and save the scanned image
5. Open the image in the app and save (share) as PDF file
6. Upload the PDF file to Pohon@USM

(If you prefer to use other scanning apps, the procedures may differ slightly but the basics are the same)

Please check that the resulting PDF file is less than 1MB in size before uploading, as the system supports upload of maximum 1MB in a single file.


School of Biological Sciences FAQ


School of Biological Sciences FAQ

  1. Where is the school situated?

The school of Biological Sciences is located in between the lecture halls’ complex STUVW and the School of Chemical Sciences. If you are coming from the grand hall Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (We call it DTSP), you can reach the school from the second library along the pathway by your left, before you reach the Dewan Kuliah foyer. Key item to remind you to turn to the pathway, the vendor machines and atm machines! It is generally situated in the center of the university’s compound, we can easily reach to other facilities and places!

  1. Can our buses reach the school?

There is no bus stand outside the school, but there is a bus stand at our Chemical Store and another bus will stop at lecture halls’ complex STUVW. Our school situated just walking distance from the two spots. Laboratory? No worries, there is another bus stand nearby it and the school of Housing, Building and Planning.

  1. Breakfast? Lunch hour? Where to go to have meal nearby the school? Any nice food nearby?

Live a healthy lifestyle, we advise you to take meals on time. There are a few cafeteria nearby, for instance the Bakti Permai hostel’s cafeteria, Pi’qapen nearby Lecture Hall U, Fajar Harapan hostel’s cafeteria, Kafe Siswa (or we called it the Bird Nest), wide variety of food…. And DESSERTS! *ps: different cafe have different ‘famous’ cousine, so do go explore and leave your comment!

  1. Job prospect? What can i do with my degree?

Besides lecturer, actually there are a lot more job opportunities related to our studies, could be in the laboratories as researcher, in the field such as agricultural pest supervisor, consultant, or in medical field as medical assistant, or work with the government as project consultant, forestry officer, department of Environment officer, or in tourism field as tourism officer or tour guide. There are a few USM graduates now working in World Wildlife Fund too! There are a lot more job opportunities for us to be exposed, be open and do some research!

  1. Can I use my biology degree to reenter University after I graduate for another course?

That’s for sure. The degree is recognised in local public and private institutions, as well as institutions overseas.

  1. What is the difference between pure bio students and applied bio students?

The difference between the pure and applied bio courses is that pure courses is more towards theory while applied science is more to application of the theory. For instance, Botany and Agrobiology. Both courses study plants, but Agrobiology is study on crops, while Botany course focuses physiology, morphology, anatomy and taxonomy in theoretical view. Pure sciences requires in-depth study, thus students tend to further studies, while applied sciences more on practical part, hence more job opportunities for the graduates. Pure bio during third year of study will have their major in either Botany, Zoology or Microbiology, while applied bio students will choose among Biotechnology, Agrobiology, Aquatic Biology, Environmental Biology, and Vector and Parasites.

  1. Can I do credit transfer to another university to study later on ?

Yes. However, we need to check with our school’s officers and academic advisor as different terms are used in the course naming. Hence, some credit transfer can be made if the scope and topic is the same and agreed by the dean.

  1. Is there a Twinning programme ?

Yes there is. You have to go to the International Office to ask for the proper procedures, then get the permission from the dean. Do some research, as some foreign universities require some basics in foreign language and check is that possible to do credit transfer. If credit transfer is allowed then you can proceed, or extend for another semester to graduate, and please do check with the scholarship contract if there’s any to avoid contract being breached.

  1. What is the minimum point to get 1st class? What if I get 1st class honoured?

In order to get honoured as first class degree holder, you have to maintain your cumulative grade point average, or CGPA at or above 3.67 over 4.00 by graduation. Well, being honoured first class you can fully waive your ptptn loan and might get higher chances to be employed and better salary (of course, your extra-curricular activities’ involvement and your performance play important role too!) .

  1. When can we start to take our minor papers?

For certain minor courses such as Management, we can take starting first semester. Some papers only taught in either semester one or two of the academic year, so please be cautious!

  1. What are T,E,M, and U papers?

They stands for the basic or core courses “Teras”, “Elective” courses, “Minor” courses, and “University” courses. It can be found in the programme guidebook, so no worries as you will be briefed on the distinct courses during the orientation week or the Program Siswa Lestari USM.

  1. What is unit? What to do with it?

Units, is just another term as credit hours in other institutions. You need to accumulate certain amount of units in order to graduate.

  1. By taking biology course, can I be a doctor?

Absolutely no. You should take Medical or Health Sciences instead of Biological Sciences. However, by majoring in Microbiology you can still be vaccine researcher or medical assistants that works in the hospital.

  1. Where to get the reference books? Campbell? Pearson Longman?

During first few lectures, your lecturer will show you the reference books to be used for the semester. By that time, you can go to the bookshop in the school, which we call “ko-op”. Most of the books are available there as lecturers will order for you. There is another bookstore at Sungai Dua shoplots, Pustaka Union. Campbell and Pearson can be your reference, wide range reading enhances understanding and helps in memorising the concepts!

  1. What minor courses we can take?

In the programme guidebook that will be given during the orientation week, there is a list of papers you can take and minor courses that fits well with our school’s timetable for our core courses. Hence, you can take any minor programme as long as the lectures’ time does not clash. You can get the timetable for the minor course papers and the packages from the office of the school that offers the course.

  1. Do we need to bring original certificates? Need to be certified?

If you’re applying ptptn, you don’t need to bring the original copy of certificates. Photostated copies will do, and can be certified by USM officers. If you plan to apply for scholarships, you will have to bring along your original copies.

  1. What is BIOSOC?

BioSociety. A school’s society that have activities and bio-related events. Aimed to bring exposure and experience to bio school students.

  1. Do we need to take co-curricular activities? What are the options we have?

We have to accumulate at least 6 units for Co-curricular activities to graduate, however we can replace it with language as option course, or skills courses.

  1. Is that easy for us to buy stuffs? Or we need to buy them beforehand?

There are market and shops nearby and at a few hostels’ cafeteria. Just bring the essential stuffs you think you’ll need.

  1. Is there any scholarship offered to us?

Yes there is. You have to check out and do some researches online to look for scholarships that you’re eligible. Sometimes posters might be pasted on school’s notice boards

  1. What is a fieldtrip?

A paper compulsory for bio students. We will go to our school’s Center for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) to have our fieldtrip to study on 4 different habitat and the ecosystems. It is really fun! And it provides you an opportunity to really know which field you’re really into and interested.

  1. Academic advisor? Who are they and what are they for?

Academic advisor is lecturer that will be your mentor throughout your study life in USM. If you having doubt in course and major choosing, you can always seek advice from them! They are nice, to the ground and very willing to share their experiences.

  1. Lectures will be conducted in which language?

In English for most of the courses, except in few university courses such as Bahasa Melaysia, Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS), Hubungan Etnik and so on.

  1. Biology papers easy to score?

It depends. Investment of time and effort is crucial in order to get good result and deepen understanding.


For more information, you may further visit:

-School of Biological Sciences’ Official Webpage: http://bio.usm.my/

-School of Biological Sciences’ Official Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bio.USM

School of Industrial Technology (TI) FAQ

Where is TI? How to get there?

TI School is building G07. It is surrounded by Desasiswa Bakti Permai, School of Physics and DK carpark. If you are taking bus, you can stop at basketball courts of Bakti Permai and walk across the road to reach TI.

What are the bachelor degree courses offered by TI? What do I study in my course?

(a) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Food Technology): Students focus on “farm to table” i.e. the processing, preserving, and packaging of foods before they reach the consumer market. (4 years programme)

(b) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Bioresource, Paper & Coatings): Commonly known as BPC. Students study on the knowledge of bioresource (Example: wood), paper manufacturing, coating technology (Example: paint, ink) and also furniture manufacturing. (3½ years programme)

(c) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Environmental Technology): Students focus on waste and pollution management of industries. Physics and mathematics calculations are often involved in most subjects. (3½ years programme)

(d) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Bioprocess Technology): Similar with biotechnology, students learn to manufacture industrial products by transforming living matter, using nutrient and enzyme technology. (4 years programme)

What are elective and minor subjects? Which should I choose?

Elective subjects are related to your major. They are considered deeper and concentrated study of a particular division of your major.  (Example: Post-harvesting Technology and Management of Halal Food are elective subjects for Food Technology course).

Minor subjects may not be related to your major. The subjects are for you to widen and explore second area of interest other than your major. Usually, each school in USM will offer a package of subjects for their minor students. (Example: Introduction to Management and Marketing are minor subjects offered by School of Management)

Further information can be obtained from TI Buku Panduan given during orientation week. However, you only choose whether taking elective or minor after the first semester.

What if I am going to study the course that I have no foundation? (Example: You are studying Environmental Technology, but you are not a Physics student before)

No one is born smart. The only advice is to work as hard as you can. Get friends and seniors’ help. You are not the only one who encounters this. Some seniors are like you before. However they are still able to score and graduate. All this depends on your attitude and effort.

Is it hard to score “A” or pass for TI students? Any tips to do well in exam?

Different subjects, different lecturers, different standards. As mentioned above, work hard and work smart. Try not to only study at last minute. If you fail to catch up the syllabus on the front part, then the following parts will be challenging for you. Understand instead of memorizing the facts. Search and try to do past year questions. For tutorial or assignment, try to do it on your own instead of copying, it will help you a lot.

Are we compulsory to join all Persatuan Teknologi Industri (PTI) activities and buy the T-shirt?

All first year TI students are compulsory to join Interaction Day of PTI, the remaining activities are not. For T-shirt, usually first year and second year students have to buy.

Do we have to do internship as TI students?

All TI students are compulsory to do their internship for one semester in order to graduate. Check your TI Buku Panduan for further information.

Are the lecturers of TI nice?

The lecturers and professors are hired to teach us, not to scold or punish us. If you complete their task and pay attention to their lecture, there is no reason that they will treat you badly. Just remember to respect them, and also be punctual to their classes.

When can we know our timetable in TI?

During Dean’s and Programme Chairman’s briefing, each of the first year TI student will get a copy of timetable of the new academic session. It may look a bit messy because all subjects of TI are on one piece of paper. So, you can highlight the subjects on first semester or using Microsoft Excel to make your own timetable.

Are we compulsory to buy any textbooks in TI?

The lecturers usually do not force you to buy any book. Instead, they only recommend you which book to refer, or list you the books which they use to make lecture notes during the first lecture. However same subjects require you to buy the book to get an activation key in order to complete online quizzes.

Do we have to bring laptop all the time?

This will depend on your lecturers. Normally, laptop is only required to be brought when doing presentation and for tests of IUK108 Statistics with Computer Application.

Are we doing laboratory report and experiments individually or with group?

Most lecturers will divide the students into groups for laboratory class. Laboratory reports of each group are passed up in hardcopy, usually one or two week after the experiment.

Can we register extra subjects for first semester?

Yes, but please make sure the classes do not crash. Usually during orientation week, the language course and KO-K briefing and registration is only conducted after you get your timetable, which means you should prioritize the classes your must-take subjects of the first semester before registering extra subjects.

Can we bring our own old lab coat?

Yes, you are allowed to wear lab coat without USM logo to save money. However, please make sure the lab coat is long sleeves and is long enough to cover till your knees.

Must we attend Kursus Asas Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (KKP)?

Yes, all TI students are COMPULSORY to join KKP talk in order to graduate.


For further information, please refer to the following:

Official website of School of Industrial Technology USM


School of Mathematical Sciences FAQ

1) Where is the location of School of Mathematical Sciences?

The School of Mathematical Sciences is the nearest school to the Sungai Dua gate. (Outside this gate, you have various food restaurants and bus stop) Basically, it is very convenient to locate the School of Mathematical Sciences.


The School of Mathematical Sciences


From ground floor to second floor is the School of Mathematical Sciences (The ones painted in grey) whereas from the third floor to seventh floor is the School of Computer Sciences. The main office is located at the ground floor.


2) Difference between Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics?

In Pure Mathematics, we are interested in theoretical mathematics. Pure Mathematics studies the theories and proofs of the existence of these theories that builds up the field of Mathematics.

In Applied Mathematics, we will also study theoretical mathematics but not so much in depth into it as the title suggests, we are more inclined towards the application of the theories. We apply these mathematical theories into solving real-world problems.


3) What are the courses offered from the School of Mathematical Science?

The School of Mathematical Sciences offers 5 courses, namely:

(i)         Pure Mathematics

In Pure Mathematics, we are interested in theoretical mathematics. Pure Mathematics studies the theories and proofs of the existence of these theories. You will be studying programming such as C++, MATLAB, and etc.
(ii)        Applied Statistics

Applied Statistics focuses on statistics stuffs like data and decision making. Remember your hypothesis testing? It is a lot on that too. Undergraduates will also be looking at the theory of probability, decision making, prediction as well as a lot on analysis. You will also study programming such as C++, MATLAB and so on.
(iii)       Operational Research

Operational research (OR) encompasses a wide range of problem-solving techniques and methods applied in the pursuit of improved decision-making and efficiency, such as simulation, mathematical optimization, queueing theory and other stochastic-process models and many more. Operational researchers faced with a new problem must determine which of these techniques are most appropriate given the nature of the system, the goals for improvement, and constraints on time and computing power.

(iv)       Mathematical Modelling

Mathematical modelling is the process of using various mathematical structures – graphs, equations, diagrams, scatterplots, tree diagrams, and so forth – to represent real world situations. Meaning, undergraduates in this course will use mathematical structures to transform problems into mathematical representation and solve it, therefore trying to solve the problems that occur.

(v)       Mathematics and Economics

This course offers you two major namely Mathematics and Economics. These 2 courses are interrelated with each other as the things you learn in Mathematics can be applied into Economics and vice versa. This course is almost like Actuarial Science, just that it is not as in depth as Actuarial Science. You will be studying about Mathematics as well as Economics.


4) How many units should be accumulated for graduation?

Courses Type Pure Mathematics Mathematics & Economics Other Applied Mathematics Courses
Core T 71 units 75 units 75 units
Minor M 20/0 units 20/0 units
Elective E 12/32 units 32 units 12/32 units
University U 20 units 20 units 20 units
Total Minimum Units 123 units 127 units 127 units


5) What is the language used in teaching and learning?



6) What are the programming language that will be taught?

Some of the programming language that will be taught are C++, MATLAB, AutoCAD, Mathematica and many more.


7) What is our future prospect?

Bank officers, Stockbroking Executives, Statisticians, Teachers, Lecturers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Systems Engineers, Investment Analysts, Administrative Officers, Planning Officers, Quality Control Officers, Production Engineers, Research Officers and many more.


8) Do we have internship and industrial training?

In School of Mathematical Sciences, internship and industrial training are optional and not granted any units and grades for graduation but are strongly encouraged to undergraduates.


9) How are course registration done?

For first year first semester, undergraduates will register the courses manually at the office of School of Mathematical Sciences. Starting from second semester, undergraduates will register courses online via www.campusonline.usm.my


10) What is Dean’s list and what’s the requirement of dean list?

A Dean’s list is a category of students in a university who achieve high grades during their stay in an academic term or academic year. The minimum requirement of earning Dean’s list is stated as below:

-CGPA above 3.5, and

-Accumulated units above 14 in one semester.


11) Do we have to buy or reference books or textbooks?

It depends on the decision of lecturer. If you are lucky, your direct senior might give you free notes and reference books!


12) How are the lecturers and seniors?

Most of the seniors of the School of Mathematical Science are friendly and helpful. They are more than willing to assist should there be any doubts. Some of the lecturers are nice and they are willing to go the extra mile for his/her students.


13) What minor can we take?

In School of Mathematical Sciences, you can choose to take a minor in any of the schools in USM. Mostly, undergraduates of School of Mathematical Sciences will minor in Management, Psychology, Computer Science, Economics or Islamic Studies. This applies to all courses under the School of Mathematical Sciences except for Mathematics and Economics as this is a Double Major course, so undergraduates for this course are not allowed to take minor.


14) When can we take minor?

Usually, you can start taking your minor subjects during your second semester in your first year. (With exclusion to the undergraduates of Mathematics & Economics)


15) What is the attire for attending lectures and tutorials?

Undergraduates are not allowed to wear shorts, slippers, short skirt, singlet, and any other dress codes that are deemed inappropriate to attend classes.


16) What are the facilities provided in the School of Mathematical Sciences?

Following are the facilities provided in the School of Mathematical Sciences:

(i)         Water dispensing machine

(ii)        Drinks vending machine

(iii)       Computer labs

(iv)       Open study area

(v)       Tutorial rooms

(vi)       Lecture hall

(vii)      Toilets

(viii)     WiFi (USMSecure)


17) Are the undergraduates qualified to take actuarial exams?

You can take actuarial exams regardless of what course you’re taking. With the modules in USM, you can possibly take Exam P and Exam FM only.


18) How to get to the School of Mathematical Sciences?

Undergraduates can hop onto Bus AC, Bus B, Bus C, Bus D and drop at Fajar Harapan bus stop. The school is just opposite the bus stop of Fajar Harapan .


19) What is Mathematics Society? Are undergraduates compulsory to join?

Mathematics Society is a society under the School of Mathematical Sciences. All undergraduates in the School of Mathematical Sciences are automatically members of Mathematics Society. Undergraduates are not made compulsory to join the activities of Mathematics Society, but are strongly encouraged to participate as participants or organizing committee of these activities.


20) Is Mathematics all about calculation?

If you think a student of the School of Mathematical Sciences is all about calculations, then you are wrong! Mathematics is, in fact, not calculation. It is a language of communication. You will realise that you will need to start reading Mathematics reference books or notes provided by your lecturer and understanding the theories in order to sit for your exams. The myth of mathematics is just about calculation is long gone once you are a student of the School of Mathematical Sciences.


21) Can we get enough sleep?

Unless you choose to do your tutorials or assignments last minute, there’s ample time to sleep.


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School of Management FAQ


Good day dear juniors. First of all, we would like to congratulate and welcome you all to the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Your many years of hard work had finally paid off. Right now, you are about to embark on a brand new chapter of your life. If you are having any doubts or confusions, here’s the FAQs that hopefully will be of help to all of you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What will students study in a Management degree?

Management is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate successfully, students will have to accumulate 136 units (credit hours) including 21 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation etc). Management students are required to choose a major and minor from the lists below.


  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Operational Management
  4. Organizational Behavior
  5. International Business
  6. Islamic Finance

Minor (whatever School that provides Minor courses):-

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Southeast Asian Studies
  4. Psychology
  5. Computer Science
  6. Information Technology
  7. Communication Studies
  8. Science and Environmental Journalism
  9. Islamic Studies
  10. English Language
  11. Translation and Interpretation
  12. Japanese Language Studies
  13. Chinese Language Studies
  14. Communication Arabic

SOM do not offer double major programme currently. And programmes offered for major cannot be chosen as a minor. Eg. Students CANNOT major in Finance and MINOR in Marketing. Students must choose ONE from the major list as major and ONE from minor list as your minor.

Students will only be asked to choose minor during 3rd semester and major during your 4th semester.

So, for first year, students will normally take subjects about the basics or some fundamental of those major courses. Students will take papers such as Principle of Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behaviour, Operational Management and International Business. All the papers mentioned above will unveil what can expect from those majors.

2. What is the best major or minor?

There is no such thing as the best major or minor. It all depends on what students like and enjoy the most. So, when the time comes, choose something that you are interested in.

3. What will students study in an Accounting degree?
Similar to the Management program, Accounting is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate, you will have to accumulate 137 units (credit hours) including 15 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation, Core Entrepreneurship etc). Students will get more details about this inside a guide book that will distribute during orientation. Accounting program is a professional course so students are not required to have no minor subjects.

4. For accounting students, what qualification we may get after graduate?

The Bachelor of Accounting degree graduates are recognized by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Graduates will be obtained a certificate in Bachelor of Accounting (Hons.) and accepted as Certified Accountants after gaining 3 years of working experiences at an accounting firm or an industry.

*For more information, you can get from http://www.mia.org.my/new/members_being_application.asp

5. How many examination papers can exempted from professional accounting bodies? (*subject to changes)

(a) CIMA – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (10/16)

Syllabus – http://www.cimaglobal.com/PageFiles/360026951/CIMA%20Syllabus.pdf

Exemption – http://www.cimaglobal.com/Starting-CIMA/Starting-CIMA/Exemptions/Exemption-Search/University-Sains-Malaysia-USM-9859/?qualification=1-2NIVF22
(b) MICPA – The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (exemption granted – professional stage exam)

Advanced stage syllables – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf

Exemption – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf
(c) CPA Australia

(d) ACCA – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (9/14)

(e) ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (8/15)


6. What is the medium of teaching in management and accounting program?

English. Lectures, tutorials and examinations are all conducted in English. However, for Minor courses, it may be in English, BM or other languages.

7. How to register the courses for the first semester?

For the first semester, School of Management provided automatic courses registration. Students are only required to check the courses that auto-registered.

8. Do students have to do internship?

For management program, the students will do their internship during the 8th semester which is the last semester. For accounting program, the students will do their internship during the 6th semester.

9. Do students need to buy textbooks?

Textbooks will be recommended by lecturers. We do not encourage photocopying of textbooks but students may make their own decision.  For some papers, lecturers will require students to take online quizzes which carry weight into coursework grades (eg. 5% or 10% of coursework grades). In order to take those online quizzes, students will need to have an activation code that comes along with the purchase of textbooks. So in this case, students will have no choice but to buy the textbooks.

Lecturers will be using slides to teach most of the time, and USUALLY, students will be given the lecture notes (PPT slides or PDF). Anyway, for those courses don’t have the online quizzes, juniors can try to get the textbooks from seniors for free or buy the textbooks from seniors.

10. What is the proper attire for attending lectures and tutorial classes?

In discussing this issue, USM is comparatively liberal among public universities. Students do not have to wear formal to attend classes every day. As long as they wear long pants and covered shoes.  Round neck t-shirts are also acceptable in USM.

11. How do students get access to Internet?

Within USM compound, students can connect to USM network using their own IDs which will be given upon entering USM. However, being able to connect does not guarantee the speed of the connection.

12. Can students choose not to attend lectures or tutorials?

Students are required to have at least 70% and above attendance or else they may be barred from final examinations. So, students are not endorsed to skip lectures and tutorials. Moreover, lecturers might give tips for examinations during certain lectures or tutorials. Some lecturers may choose to give pop quizzes to ensure students attend their classes.

13. Must all students join any co-curricular activities?

USM does not force students to join co-curricular activities. However, students might need the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully. So, to join or not is up to students own preferences. 1st year students will be given more information during orientation week.

USM also have a lot of societies or clubs which they can choose to join. These societies or clubs offer NO units. However, by joining those societies or clubs, students will be able to gain MyCSD points (important to secure a hostel room in second year). MyCSD is My Continuous Student Development in full. It is a program that intends to build a holistic student personality under the APEX program. Having a low MyCSD points will lessen the chance of getting a room in subsequent year in USM. Again, joining these societies or clubs is based on students own preference.

 14. Can students drive in USM? How to get the sticker?

First year students are NOT allowed to bring in any vehicles into USM. If students get caught driving any unregistered vehicle in USM, they will receive a summon. Students can only bring their own vehicle to USM start from second year. Still, students have to get a sticker and register their own vehicle with Jabatan Keselamatan in USM. In order to entitle a sticker, students have to be active in societies and clubs. Stickers are limited and they are only given to students who are actively participating in the clubs. Anyway, vehicles without stickers can be parked at Padang Kawad ONLY.

15. Can students take foreign language? Is it compulsory to take it?

Yes, management and accounting students are allowed take foreign language. It is not compulsory but you can take foreign language to fulfill the units (credit hours) in order to graduate successfully.

Foreign languages that are available in USM:

15.Where is School of Management located?

School of Management is in building E45. It is located opposite the Hamzah Sendut Library 2 (E41) and School of Educational Studies (E43).

16.Does School of Management have any societies or clubs?

Yes, there are two societies which are Management Society (for management students) and Accounting Society (for accounting students).

Get Connected with Us

USM School of Management FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.SOM
USM School of Management FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USMSOM/
USM Management Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.Management
USM Accounting Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/usm.accounting.society
USM SOM (Intake 2016/2017) FB 
USM School of Management Official Web: http://www.som.usm.my/

Fee Payment Methods


:::::Notice from USM:::::

Payment can be made before registration day. Here are the details of payment methods:-

  1. Online banking (http://epayment.usm.my )

    Follow the steps below:
    a. Log in to the ‘Bahagian Bil Yuran’
    b. Press ‘Bayar’
    c. Just follow the steps and key in the details
    d. Make your payment (Debit Card / Credit Card / Master Card / Visa / Perbankan Internet-FPX)
    e. Print out the payment slip and keep it as proof of payment

  2. At counter Jabatan Bendahari USM
    a. You can make payment by using Maybank QR Pay / Credit Card / Debit Card / Touch’n Go
    b. NO cash transaction

Students are not advised to carry large amount of CASH to university during Orientation Week.

Student Hostels

Staying in the USM Student Hostels (Desasiswa)

No matter where you live on campus, you’re usually within walking distance of everything you need. It’s about RM2.70 to RM4.50 per day per person (only for students). Different prices applied on non-students. All rooms are equipped with basic furniture, including:-

  • Bed with a mattress;
  • Table;
  • Chair;
  • Wardrobe;
  • Fan, rubbish bin and a broom.

Pillows, linen and additional cleaning equipment are not provided. The hostels have no kitchen, although facilities to boil water are made available. Coin self operated laundry machines are also available. Each hostel will have different design and layout, therefore the amount of toilet and bathroom are not same. There are different hostels for men and women.

  • Men are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED to visit the hostels for women, and vice-versa.
  • Overnight visitors are not allowed but your friends are welcome to visit you during the day.
  • Quiet hours should be observed after 12:00am.

When you live in the hostels, USM has free WiFi provided. There is a chance that you may not be able to get access to the Internet. This is due some of the blind spots of the Wifi Zone.

In case you wish to continue living in the hostel after the exams, you can apply for an extension to do so. Eateries are available outside campus during the semester break. The hostel officers will inform you about the application procedure, as well as handling over the keys. No application is needed for staying in the hostel during shorter school breaks.

All Freshie are COMPULSORY to stay in the campus during Orientation Week (Program Siswa Lestari).

To continue staying in Campus Hostel, you are required to obtain a minimum requirement of MyCSD units. Find out more about MyCSD here (http://www.myusminfo.com/mycsd/)

List of USM Hostels

Off-Campus Accommodation

However, if you prefer staying outside the campus, please make sure you are clear about all the costs that you might incur in your housing arrangements, and that USM will not be held responsible.

  • Usually water and electric bills are not included in the rent.
  • Also, be prepared to pay a deposit, usually one month’s rent in advance.


For more information about USM Housing and Accommodation, kindly contact UPPU:-

Main Campus

Pejabat Pusat Perumahan & Penginapan Universiti
Tingkat 1, Bangunan H23,
Kompleks Cahaya Siswa, 11800 USM.
No Tel: 04-653 4459; Fax: 04-657 8962
Email: uppu@usm.my

Engineering Campus

Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal,
Pulau Pinang.
No Tel: 04-599 5530; Fax: 04-594 1005

Health Campus

Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
16150 Kubang Kerian,
No Tel: 09-767 3000; Fax: 09-765 2678

Website: http://uppu.usm.my

USM Panel Clinics

There are several clinics close to USM for the student’s convenience. Opening hours vary between clinics, most of them being closed in the afternoons during lunch time.

Remember to bring along your IC & Matric card when you visit to the clinics.

Check out the list here.

PDF version able to download from HERE

Majlis Sambutan Siswa


Apa itu Majlis Sambutan Siswa (MSS)?

  1. Majlis rasmi penuh protokol menyambut kedatangan pelajar-pelajar baru.
  2. Majlis memperkenalkan Pengurusan Tertinggi Universiti, Ahli Senat yang terdiri dari dekan, pengarah PTJ dan professor yang berkaitan.
  3. Majlis lafaz ikrar oleh pelajar baru.
  4. Majlis menandatangani surat ikrar oleh pelajar baru.


Tarikh-tarikh Penting MSS

Raptai Majlis Sambutan Siswa

3 September 2018 (Isnin) 8:30 am – 10:30 am (K2)
3 September 2018 (Isnin) 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm (K1)

Majlis Sambutan Siswa

DATE: 4 September 2018 (Selasa)
TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
VENUE: Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (DTSP)



  • Seluar Slack Panjang (warna gelap)
  • Baju kemeja berkolar (putih berlengan panjang dan bertali leher)
  • Kasut bertutup berwarna gelap dan berstokin (Selipar & Sandal tidak dibenarkan)


  • Baju kurung / kebaya atau blaus berlengan panjang (berwarna putih)
  • Kain / seluar / skirt panjang (warna gelap)
  • Sopan (Bukan Melayu)
  • Skirt panjang bawah lutut
  • Skirt pendek tidak dibenarkan
  • Berkasut (Selipar & Sandal tidak dibenarkan)

**Sila bawa pen bersama