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The Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC) was established in April of 1998 to provide a foundation for those students who needed to improve their English skills before studying at MUIC.

In the first year of PC (1998-1999), two levels were offered: PC1 (Intermediate) and PC2 (Upper-Intermediate), with two groups in each level. The center was immediately successful, reflected by the number of students who were able to pass the MUIC entrance examination during that first year. Each year the enrollment increased, and more levels were added to accommodate the growing popularity and continued success of the program.

In October, 2010, the Pre-College Program was designated as the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics. It currently provides four levels of instruction: PC1 (Elementary), PC2 (Pre-Intermediate), PC3 (Intermediate) and PC4 (Upper-Intermediate).



Each quarter, the enrollment reaches an average of 400 – 500 students in 15 – 22 groups. The students represent nations including Bhutan, China, France, India, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, The USA, and Southeast Asian countries.

How can I apply to PC?

Applicants can apply to study in the PC program via:

Thai/Foreign residents in Thailand are eligible to study at the Preparation Center (PC) only after taking the MUIC Entrance Examination and when the entrance results show that their English skills do not meet minimum requirements for entrance to MUIC but show potential for future studies at MUIC. These applicants will be eligible to sit for a PC interview and study in the PC program before gaining entrance to MUIC.

PC Curriculum

The curriculum for the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC) is student centered. It outlines clear learning objectives and gives teachers the freedom to use methodologies and strategies which are appropriate for students. A strong feature of a student-centered curriculum is the importance placed on the process of discovery, integration, and application. Formal test taking, while still important as a measure of progress, has relatively less emphasis.

There are four main levels offered at PC; students enter at the level which is most appropriate for their English language ability. Each level runs for one quarter (10 weeks). Students attend 24 hours of classes per week, or a total of 240 hours of class time per quarter.

In the lower levels (PC1 and PC2), students take classes in Writing, Reading, and Listening & Speaking.

In the higher levels (PC3 and PC4), students take classes in Integrated Skills, Writing Enrichment, and Academic Reading for Research Skills.

In addition, Elementary Mathematics is taught in PC level 2 – 4.

By the end of their PC experience, students should be able to:

  • Comprehend a typical university lecture and reading.
  • Recognize and correct common grammar and pronunciation errors which can impede communication.
  • Use words encountered most frequently at the university level.
  • Understand the structure of an essay and appropriately use various kinds of supporting information.
  • Express their opinions in English in group and class discussions about ethical issues relating to their future courses of study.
  • Evaluate their learning strategies in order to develop effective goals for their future studies.
  • Show maturity and responsibility in their outlook and conduct in a multicultural environment, and demonstrate an interest in local and international issues.

PC Passing Criteria

Passing Criteria for PC 1 - 2

Students must achieve an overall grade of D+ (>65%) to pass each PC level. In addition, students must pass every objective. Students who do not meet these criteria are required to repeat the level.

Jumping (Outstanding) Students

Students that achieve very good grades (85% overall score and no objective lower than 80%) may be given the option of jumping a level. However, only professional and mature students will be considered – i.e. those students that have attended all classes, participated well in class activities, and shown their teachers that they are motivated and can work hard enough to make this jump. Long-term, it will not help students to jump a level and then fail through not being ready.

Please note that, this option is only available to PC1 and PC2 students.

Passing Criteria for PC 3

Students must achieve an overall grade of D+ (>65%) to pass PC3. In addition, students must pass all six core requirements (i.e. the term paper, the referenced essay, the discussion, and the average of all other assessments).

Final grades are calculated according to the assessment items and weighting table given in the Level Syllabus. Students are given a final grade for each objective, and an overall grade for the whole of the level.

Passing Criteria for PC4 & Matriculation to MUIC

Students must achieve an overall grade of D+ (>65%) to pass PC4. Final grades are calculated according to the assessment items table given in the PC4 Syllabus. Students are given a final grade for each objective, and an overall grade for the whole of the level.

In order to pass PC4 and matriculate to MUIC, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Pass all PC4 objectives (Core requirements)
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior throughout PC4.
  • Pass the Elementary Mathematics course or equivalent exam (for non-Math exempt students)
  • Pass the TWE*, which will be created and assessed by the MUIC English Studies Program.
  • Meet all admissions requirements for the chosen major.

*Attention: Qualifications and TWE Assessment

To be eligible to take the Test of Written English (TWE), students must pass PC4. The TWE will be double marked by MUIC teachers. Students will be placed into the College in the following ways:

  1. High Achievement – enter EC1
  2. Medium Achievement – enter ERS
  3. Not Accepted – Your TWE performance does not meet MUIC standards. You will not be eligible for entrance to MUIC.

Note: To be accepted to MUIC, PC4 students are NOT required to retake the MUIC Entrance Examination. Students who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible to enter MUIC. Final grades cannot be changed.

Course Description

English courses at PC differ slightly, depending on the level. In addition, students at the PC2, PC3, and PC4 levels may be required to study math courses.

PC1 – PC2 Levels
Students in these levels study three English courses.

Listening and Speaking

The main goal of these courses is for students to develop the listening and speaking skills that will be required of them in an international degree program. In PC1 and PC2, students learn through interacting with theme-based recorded material that is divided into social, broadcast, and academic English tasks. They take part in an assessed speaking activity at the end of each quarter and are exposed to a wide variety of topics in a wide range of accents. The students’ progress is determined through continuous assessment and final examinations.

Writing

These courses are designed to improve students’ academic writing skills on a pre-intermediate level. Students learn how to write through the “process approach”. This means they write their paragraphs and essays in multiple drafts, which they edit and improve after submitting their work to their peers and teachers for editing. Grammatical accuracy is a particularly important objective at the lower levels of PC.

Reading

The objective of these courses is to develop the students’ ability to understand the main ideas and supporting information in level-appropriate reading texts. To facilitate this process, students are given a wide range of practice, which aims to improve comprehension by encouraging students to summarize and critically reflect on outline notes they have taken. Furthermore, because students will not be able to cope with university-level readings unless they have an appropriate level of vocabulary, all PC students are required to demonstrate knowledge of the Academic Word List (AWL) sublists 1-4 by the end of PC2.

PC3 – PC4 Levels
Students in these levels three English courses.

Integrated Skills

When students enter MUIC, they are expected to be able to understand and discuss what they have heard in lectures and read in books, newspapers and other sources. Furthermore, they are expected to be able to write and speak coherently and logically. Accordingly, the purpose of the Integrated Skills courses is to help students make connections between the receptive skills of reading and listening and the productive skills of writing and speaking. In these courses, students take notes on lectures and readings, using the Cornell University method of note-taking; then they use these notes to demonstrate their understanding of what they have heard and read. Students are also expected to show a competent use of basic logic, APA referencing and plagiarism avoidance strategies. The courses are thematically organized and are strongly integrated with the Writing Enrichment courses.

Writing Enrichment

Well-regarded universities require their students to demonstrate understanding of and engagement with source material in the form of essays and term papers. They also expect their students to be able to summarize accurately and use citations and reference lists. Accordingly, in these courses, students are required to write essays based on texts they have read and are expected to produce writings at a high academic standard. Students need to successfully produce timed essays and a term paper in order to graduate from PC.

Academic Reading

Academic Reading is designed to improve the academic reading and research skills of intermediate- to upper-intermediate level non-native speakers of English. The focus is on reading comprehension and the development of research skills. This course is student centered and is aimed at enhancing students’ learning autonomy and independence. The major assessment in this course is an extended research-based Term Paper Project.

Mathematic Course Descriptions
There are two mathematics courses offered at PC: Elementary Mathematics and Foundation Mathematics. PC2, PC3 and PC4 students are required to take mathematics classes unless they are exempt.

Elementary Mathematics (Required)

This course serves as a reintroduction for students with a non-mathematics background and students who need to revive their mathematics skills. It helps students learn about various topics in algebra, such as basic arithmetic operations, simplification of algebraic expressions, factoring algebraic expressions, solving simple linear and quadratic equations, solving simple linear inequalities, analyzing and solving simple word problems, understanding of relations and functions.

Foundation Mathematics (Elective)

This course serves as a reinforcement for students with some basic mathematical background and students who need to advance their mathematics skills. It helps students learn further topics in pre-calculus such as analyzing relations and functions, linear functions and its application, linear inequalities and its applications, sketching graphs, solving system of linear equations, applications of linear equations, applications of quadratic equations, radical expressions and rational expressions, statistics and data interpretation, solving word problems.

PC Academic Calendar

The academic calendar for the Preparation Center (PC) for Languages and Mathematics below shows when the students who are qualified for PC will be able to attend classes and subsequently enter MUIC as college students.

PC Quarter
MUIC Trimester*:
Students that pass PC4 and the TWE Examination could subsequently study at MUIC in:
Quarter 1 (January – March)
Trimester III (April – July)
Quarter 2 (March – June)
Trimester I (September – December)
Quarter 3 (June – August)
Trimester I (September – December)
Quarter 4 (September – November)
Trimester II (January – March)

Course duration: 10 weeks per level per quarter; classes are conducted on Mondays – Fridays

*Remark: A student who passes PC4 and the TWE Examination in any PC quarter is eligible to study at Mahidol University International College in the subsequent trimester.

Applicants via MUIC Entrance Examination or PC International Track may rely on the PC Academic Calendar for arrangement of your study plan, depending on your Entrance/Placement result.

Example: A student has been accepted to study in PC3 level in Quarter 4/2018. He or she will start the PC3 course in September 2018. When he or she completes the PC4 course and passes the TWE Examination in March 2019, he or she could be enrolled at MUIC in April 2019 (Trimester 3/2018).

TCAS

(Thai University Central Admission System) * For Thai high school graduates

If the MUIC entrance examination results shows that I get accepted to PC,will my name be submitted to the TCAS (Thai university central admissions system)?
No. Only the students who are accepted to MUIC will have their names submitted to the TCAS. Those with PC student status will not have their names submitted to the TCAS until they complete PC4 and have enrolled at MUIC and paid the MUIC admissions fee.

I have been accepted to PC but I had my name submitted to another university in the TCAS earlier. What should I do?
The PC program does not submit the students’ names to the TCAS; all the accepted students can study at PC on condition that they have to cancel their admission status in the TCAS before continuing to Mahidol University International College.

PC FAQ

What are the benefits of studying at PC?

Studying at PC offers several benefits. Firstly, the four levels of instruction (PC1 – PC4) offered by PC aim to improve students’ language skills, so they can continue their studies at MUIC. Additionally, PC students learn study skills, basic concepts of logic and ethics, and independent learning strategies. Students at PC also have the opportunity to take math courses.

What are the PC courses like?

There are four levels of English classes at PC. The first two levels focus on four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In the third and fourth levels, the skills are combined. The main focuses of the higher levels are term projects, group discussions, and academic essay writing.

How long do I have to spend at PC before entering MUIC?

PC students generally spend 3-12 months at the PC program, depending on their beginning level. Each PC levels takes 10 weeks, or approximately 3 months.

What are the tuition fees for the PC program?

Students are required to pay a tuition fee of 38,500 THB per PC quarter. Those who need to take a mathematics course may need to pay an additional 8,000 THB.

However, non-Thai students applying through the PC International Track will also be required to pay a one-term deposit fee of 38,500 THB. The deposit will be returned once they are enrolled at MUIC or register for the next PC quarter.

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What kinds of support are provided to students while they are studying at PC?

PC provides a wide range of welfare and support for students, such as:

Accident insurance with the coverage of 200,000 THB and 10,000 THB for medical treatment at certified hospitals
Student visa documentation
Certification letters
Medical & first aid services
Counseling services
Student activities
Dormitory information

Contact PC Office

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
1st floor, Mahidol University International College Building 2
+66 (0) 2700 5000 #1762/3902-3905
+66 (0)2-441-0234
 icpc@mahidol.ac.th