The Berklee – ICOM Pathway program provides students who have been accepted to Berklee College of Music, with an exciting opportunity to study abroad for one year on the Foundation in Music program at the International College of Music (ICOM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.For more information on applying to Berklee, click here.

ICOM is a member of the Berklee Global Partners (BGP) network, and the Berklee-ICOM Pathway program allows students to attend Berklee after completing the Foundation in Music program at ICOM.

About ICOM

ICOM was founded in 1995 with a mission to discover and develop musicians for professional careers in music. With a diverse student population from 28 countries and award-winning alumni, ICOM is Asia’ leading college of contemporary music.

About the Foundation in Music Program

About the Foundation in Music ProgramThis program is taught across three (3) trimesters in January, May and September annually.

Students learn music theory, contemporary harmony, ear training, music technology, private lessons, ensembles, traditional harmony, traditional counterpoint using Berklee workbooks. In addition to music courses, students also take liberal arts subjects such as English Language, Academic Writing, Computer Applications, Survey of Pop Music and Musical Acoustics.

Upon completion of the program, students would receive a Certificate from ICOM and transfer over 50 earned credits to Berklee’s undergraduate degree programs.

Entry Requirements

Minimum high school completion (equivalent to “O” levels with minimum 5 credits)

Affordable Fees

FIM Tuition Fee: RM 50,000 = US$ 12,500*
Housing: RM 8,400 = US$ 2,100*
Subsistence: RM 15,000 = US$ 3,750*
*Subject to change based on exchange rate.

Click here for a full list of program fees and living expenses.

About Kuala Lumpur

About the Foundation in Music ProgramKuala Lumpur or “KL” as referred to by the locals is the capital city of Malaysia. Starting off as a tin mining district in the formative years, KL is today a bustling cosmopolitan city, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, gastronomic delights and shopping paradise. KL hosts music festivals and homegrown theatre productions all year round. Besides modern music, you have many opportunities to learn the music of Malaysia in an around KL. For more information on KL, click here.


Studying in Malaysia

Malaysia has long been the choice of study destination for international students from ASEAN nations, South Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

International students need a student visa to study in Malaysia. To apply for a student visa, you must provide the following documents and we will assist you in your student visa application process:

  • Admissions offer letter from ICOM
  • Passport copy (all pages)
  • Passport size photograph
  • Academics Transcript and Certificates
  • Pre-arrival Medical examination

For general information on the study visa process, visit Education Malaysia Global Services.

Where to Live

International students are recommended to stay in prescribed off-campus apartments housing, which are near the campus.


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