Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Is study on the Islamic Online University really free?

Islamic Online University has two sections namely, Diploma and Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) degree program. Diploma is completely free while for BAIS there is a fixed registration fee for each semester which is calculated on a sliding scale (from $40 to $120) depending on the student's country of residence.

2. What are the benefits of studying on the IOU?

IOU provides you with the authentic Islamic teachings that are based on the Qur'an and Sunnah. IOU also includes modern subjects like Economics, Psychology, Management etc. all taught from an Islamic perspective to provide students better understanding and enable them to practice their profession according to Islamic values and ethics.

3. Where is the Islamic Online University based?

Islamic Online University is an online university which means that it is accessible anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. The IOU head office is based in The Gambia but the entire study is conducted only on the Internet.

4. What is the purpose for the establishment of Islamic Online University?

It was established with a vision to change the nation through education; to impart Islamic knowledge to Muslims and non-Muslim alike, where it is readily accessible and affordable for all. In keeping that vision we are providing online intensive, diploma and degree courses in Islamic Studies completely tuition-free.

5. Which school of thought does the IOU follow?

IOU follows the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah according to the understanding of the first three generations of Muslim scholars. It recognizes and holds in high regard the contributions of the great Imams to the development of Fiqh and benefits from all of them. The IOU strives to follow the math'hab of Abu Haneefah as distinct from the Hanafi math'hab, the math'hab of Maalik as distinct from the Maliki math'hab, the Math'hab of ash-Shaafi'ee as distinct from the Shaa'fi'ee math'hab and the math'hab of Ahmad ibn Hambal as distinct from the Hambali math'hab. The math'hab of these great imams, as is known to all, was that of Rasoolullaah (PBUH).

5. What programs does Islamic Online University offer?

Currently the Islamic Online University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies, IOU Adv Diploma in Islamic Studies (for students who do not qualify for BAIS), IOU Adv Diploma in Islamic Subjects and a Free Diploma section where the students get a certificate after completing each course and a Diploma after completing all the required courses.

7. Where does the study take place?

The Islamic Online University is an "online educational resource". The entire program is taught online via internet. Anybody from any part of the world can join easily and benefit from it if one has access to a computer and internet connection, Insha'Allah.

8. Who are the students of the Islamic Online University?

Anyone who has the desire to gain authentic Islamic knowledge correctly derived from the Qur'an and Sunnah as understood by the early generations of righteous scholars is a potential student of the IOU. The students represent a diverse group coming from both developing and developed countries.

9. Any prior education qualification before enrolling for the courses?

For Diploma courses there is no prior educational qualification required. For the BAIS degree program the minimum requirement is a High School Certificate/Diploma. However it is possible for students who have not studied up to High School to join the program and do the entire study without getting a degree at the end. Such students will get an IOU Advanced Diploma upon successful completion of the program.

10. Do we have to complete the Diploma courses before enrolling into the Degree program?

No, you can enroll for the Degree program without doing any Diploma courses.

11. Is there age limit for the courses?

There is no age limit.

12. What is the language of instruction at the IOU?

All courses are taught in English with the exception of advanced Arabic classes.