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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Academic
What courses does Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia offer?
Diplome de Commis Cuisinier (486 hours)
- Certificat d'Assistant de Cuisine (162 hours)
- Certificat de Cadet de Cuisine (162 hours)
- Certificat de Commis de Cuisine (162 hours)

Diplome de Commis Patissier (486 hours)
- Certificat d'Assistant de Patisserie (162 hours)
- Certificat de Cadet de Patisserie (162 hours)
- Certificat de Commis de Patisserie (162 hours)
Will I get a certificate if I complete only one level?
Yes. A certificate will be awarded even if you complete one level.
Can I defer my offer until next year?

Yes. It is possible to defer your offer until the next academic year if valid reasons are given.

Please contact the admissions staff as soon as possible for further advise.

What is the school's policy on student absenteeism?

Students need to attend all their demonstration and practical sessions to ensure they derive maximum learning exposure. If a student has more than 6 absences, that student will be required to re-enrol in that course in a subsequent semester in order to obtain their award.

Students missing a demonstration class will not be allowed in the corresponding practical class and will be marked with 2 absences.

Students who enter the class within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled class time will be marked "late". 6 lateness recorded will be equivalent to 1 absence. Student who are more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled class time will not be allowed into that class. In the event a student is frequently late, the Chef Instructor may refuse entry to future classes.

How is a student's work marked?

Students are marked for each practical session they attend on criteria such as technique, hygiene, taste, seasoning and presentation (these are sessional evaluation conducted in each practical class).

There is a final examination at the end of term for which it is compulsory to gain a pass. The sessional evaluation is 50% of the total mark, Final Practical Examination is 40% of the total mark whereas Written/Theory Examination is 10%.

The pass mark is 50% for students.

 
General
What is the latest I can apply before commencement of the class?

The earlier you apply for a course the greater is the possibility of enrolling on the course of your choice and preferred commencement term. A confirmed place will only be given when final payment is cleared – we strongly suggest that you pay your outstanding balance at least 30days before the course begins to secure a place for the programme of your desire.

Should a course be full, applicants will be placed on a Wait List and will be contacted should a place be available.Seats for the course is strictly on a first come first served basis. If a place on a chosen course does not become available, Waiting List applicants will be offered that course at the next term.

Is there any minimum age to apply for the course?
To apply for the course, students have to be 17 years of age when the course starts.
What is the average age of most students?
The average age of our students is between 21-30 years of age. The oldest student since commencement of our programme is above 60 years of age. Age has no barrier to pursue our course. All you require is your passion, talent and commitment.!
What do I do if the courses are full?
Applicants will be placed on “Wait List" when courses applied are full and you will be contacted once a place is made available.

The institute reserve the right to offer seats of earlier applicant should the required payment is not receive by the stipulated date after being request by the institute.
Do I need to understand French?

No, all the courses are taught in English.

However, there are some French culinary terms and specialised vocabulary used for certain cooking techniques and methods which you might need to know and they will be taught in the class.

We would recommend students who are really interested in learning the French terms to buy a French Culinary Dictionary for future reference purposes.

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test to enter the courses?

We require the application to have intermediate level of English language skills in listening, speaking and writing to be able to learn effectively and communicate with your Chef Instructors and classmates.

English language proficiency test is required if the student did not obtain a pass in English. In such cases an interview will be conducted to gauge the student proficiency in English and should the need arises we will advice the student to undergo the English Proficiency Test.

How long does it take to receive a ‘Letter of Offer’ after submitting my application?

After submitting the application form together with payment of application fees, you should receive a ‘Letter of Offer’ through email which includes program payment details within 7 working days.

If you have not receive your letter after the stipulated date, please contact us at malaysia@cordonbleu.edu or Tel (603) 5632 1188.

Can I work while taking my course?

International students area allowed under immigration rules to work for 20 hours a week in approved industry whilst taking their course, to help fund their course. We would recommend an approved list of F&B establishments who takes in part time student workers in order to gain valuable industry experience.

Students taking the both Diplôme Programmes will find it hard to work as they will be heavily committed to lessons in their weekly class schedule. Students should be careful not to let their work commitment distract from their studies in the School.

What is the typical profile of student?

We welcome students both Local and international from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The average age is 21-35 but we do have adult or older students beyond 50 years of age, school leavers,college graduates, career-changers, professional chefs to learn just for leisure or interest.

But they all share the same passion for the culinary arts!
Do I have to choose between Cuisine and Pâtisserie?
Absolutely not! Le Cordon Bleu encourages students to follow both Cuisine and Pâtisserie courses. We work on our scheduling so that students are able to combine both courses at every level! Often, a Cuisine student will decide to take a Pâtisserie course after completing their Cuisine study programme, and vice versa.
Can I visit the school before I make a decision?

Yes, certainly. You may sign up online to book a scheduled tous with us

We have dedicated staff who will show you around our school, explain our teaching method and answer all your questions. Please click on "Campus Tour" for more information and to book your tour.

 
Industry Exposure Placement
How do I apply for Industry Placement?
Unpaid internships are available to All International students. Students are to submit their CV's and will undergo an interview process conducted by our Industry partner before they are selected. Only the best students will be recommended by the Institute. Please note that your application does not guarantee a placement. Local Students may also apply for industrial Placement but we would encourage and assist them to seek for a full time job
Can anyone undergo industry placement at the Institute?
All students are welcome to apply for work experience placements but priority given to students who have graduated with Diplôme de Commis Cuisinier and/or Diplôme de Commis Pâtissier. Students considered for industry placement back at the school will be selected base on their correct attitude during their course work.
Can international students work during their studies?
International students are allowed to work with the approved organization during their studies with a maximum of 20 hours a week .
How do I find a job?
You can find advertisements for jobs on the school notice’s board, website and Facebook. There are many job search websites and agencies in local newspapers or you can find more about employment opportunities from the Industry Employers for any related jobs available.
 
International Applicants
Do I post my documents in hard copy or will a scan in an email be enough?

International student is required to obtained a student visa from Malaysia Immigration in order to study in Malaysia.

Please refer to the Admission page for further info.

Do I require a student visa to study at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia?

If you are not a Malaysia citizen or a permanent resident of Malaysia, you must obtain a student visa to study in Malaysia.

However, the school also accepts anyone who is holder of a Dependent Visa / Diplomatic Pass / Employment Pass / MM2H Pass / Red MyKad to take courses at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia but each student has to be responsible for any visa extension.

What is a “Visa Approval” Letter?

This is the official document issued by Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOHE) that allows foreign students to study in Malaysia.

International students must submit the letter upon entry of Malaysia with single entry ticket.

 
Living in Malaysia
Does Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia help students find accommodation?

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia is a joint venture of Le Cordon Bleu International with Sunway Education Group (SEG). There is residence management under the Sunway Education Group which able to provide hospitality to all students.

Student may off course source for their own accommodation.

How much will I need per month in addition to housing costs?

In addition to housing costs, personal expenses vary greatly: RM1,500 for food and incidentals is the estimated minimum.

Our Tuition Fees include all costs associated with taking a course at Le Cordon Bleu, including your uniforms*, equipment, ingredients at the end of each certificate.
[*Students only have to buy a pair of stout non-slip shoes]

 
Tuition Fee & Payment
Do I have to pay any fees when I apply?

Yes, all applicant must pay a non-refundable application fee in order for your application to be processed.

International applicant who requires a student visa in addition to the EMGS fees will be required for us to commence student visa application process.

What payment methods do Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia accept?

You have options for paying your fees as follows :-

1. Cash / credit card payment
Payment method under this category must be done over the campus finance counter

2. Local bank personal or company cheque, bank draft, postal order
Payment method under this category can be post to our admission office or hand to finance counter

3. Online banking, Bank telegraphy transfer
Payment method under this category must email the proof of transaction to the admission unit.

Can I pay for my course in installments?

Yes, you can pay your course in three installments; new students must pay a one time initial fee for uniforms and their tool kit before the deadline set by the school, and any overdue balance must be settled at least 30 days before the term starts.

should a student is unable to pay the full fess 30 days in advance, the Institute defines the "Orientation Day" as the last day for making full payment and should there be no payment made by Orientation Day, students will NOT be allowed to commence their studies.

If students opt for the "A La Carte" application (each level of the certificate course taken individually), then the course fee is due 30days before the start of each level.

Fresh application fees are required to be paid should the student decide to take the next level of the Certificate programme wither in cuisine of Pastisserie. All payments may be made by cash, local bank cheques, bank draft or postal order, credit card or bank transfer (Ringgit Malaysia only).
Is an insurance plan necessary?

All students is covered with insurance during the days as student with the school.

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia strongly suggests international student who is holder of a Dependent Visa / Diplomatic Pass / Employment Pass / MM2H Pass / Red MyKad who does not wish the Institute to include you in their Indurance plan are to seek appropriate advice from a qualified financial advisor as to the appropriate insurance cover to safeguard against any possible loss of deposit/fees through being unable to attend the course.

Are there any discounts available?

No discounts nor rebate are available for fees chargeable for any programmes. However should a student decide to apply for both Diploma Programmes from the beginning by paying the relevant deposits to secure the seats, the student will only need to pay one application fee instead of 2 for the respective programmes.

A fresh application fee is required for student who wish apply for their next Diploma program upon completion of one. there will be no exemptions

Each application fee is required for student who opt to apply "A la Carte" course.

 

 
 
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