Applying for UPU : Made easy!

Hey there! Ever heard of UPU? It’s not some kind of new trend or a new social media app – UPU stands for Unit Pengambilan Universiti, and it is the gateway to public universities in Malaysia!

For SPM leavers, applying to UPU can be quite the challenge – it’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded while standing on one foot. 

How to apply for UPU you ask? Worry not, my friends! This article is here to guide you through the UPU application, step-by-step with screenshots that will ease your application, and who knows, with our help, you can get into your dream course!

upu online

1. Register your account

Open up your browser and go to this link:

Upu register

After you have clicked ‘daftar akaun’, you will be redirected to this page.

upu registration

Fill in all the information needed to register your UPU account.  


After you have completed your registration, you will be redirected to the login page. Enter your login credentials and select ‘LEPASAN SPM’

upu register (3)

Once you have logged in, you will be brought to the main dashboard.

Click PERMOHONAN to make an application.

upu dashboard

Make sure your identification card number is correct.

Select the category that applies to you.

Category A – Current SPM year’s candidate 

Category B – Past years’ SPM candidate

After you have done this, click SETERUSNYA

2. Fill in your information

upu info

On this page, you will be asked to fill in your private information. 

Ideally, we encourage you to click SIMPAN (save) every time before proceeding to the next page.

After you have done this, click SETERUSNYA

On this page, you will be asked to fill in your family’s information. 

After you have done this, click SETERUSNYA

upu family info

On this page, you will be asked to fill in your academic information. 

Item 5 and 6 can be added based on your best achieved result.

After you have done this, click SETERUSNYA

3. Choose your course


You are required to pick at least 6 OPTIONS. However, it is recommended for you to fill all of the option spaces above.

Before applying, we recommend that you check the minimum entry requirement through UPU’s e-Panduan:

Options highlighted in blue and marked with # are options with special interview. Courses with interview will only be shown in Option 1-4.

Option 1-2: Programs with interview (with Education)

Option 3-4: Programs with interview (without Education)

For those who selected programs with interview sessions, you are required to check for interview call-ups on the official website of IPTA (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam) or ILKA (Institut Latihan Kemahiran Awam).

For the additional information on this page, pick your Interview Zone wisely as it determines which zone you will have the interview session.

After you have done this, click SETERUSNYA

upu confirmation

This is the confirmation page of all the info that you have filled on the previous pages, including your options earlier.

On this page, you can see the list of the options that were chosen. 

Next, click on the CETAK button.

upu print

You will be redirected to this page. This means that your application has been sent.

IMPORTANT: Make sure to print and keep a copy of your application slip!

upu confirmation

4. Do's and Don'ts

Here are some extra tips so that you may secure an offer to continue your study!


Review your application: Reviewing your application before submitting it can ensure that every piece of information you entered is correct and doesn’t require any corrections. This includes your personal information, family information, and your course options.

Prepare for the interview: If you have chosen any courses that require an interview, you must prepare for the interview right away. Research common questions, interview etiquette, location, and dress code.



Apply without further research: Don’t just apply without doing some research on the course you plan to apply for, including the market demand, cost, and minimum requirements for enrollment. Many people complain about not receiving an offer, only to find out later that they did not meet the minimum requirements for the course.

Miss the deadlines: Pay attention to the official announcements made by UPU on their social media pages. Note down every important date mentioned, add them to your phone’s calendar, and set a reminder.

Now that you have read the guideline, but you are still contemplating on which to enroll for: public or private universities? Worry not! Read our article on “Public vs Private Universities: Which one is better?”

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