• IOU’s Commitment to YOU

    As an advocate for equality, the International Open University does not discriminate against any person based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, or socioeconomic background. Our virtual doors are open to everyone across the globe.

    For over a decade, our institution has been dedicated to transforming our students’ lives.

    We believe that we can help uplift entire communities and change the course of the future for many through educating one student at a time.

  • Our Doors are OPEN, 24/7

    The IOU’s goal has always been to empower anyone, from any place or any time, to access quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level courses. We bring higher education to YOU. Earn your education without ever having to leave your home!

  • Affordability for All

    The IOU is committed to making education affordable for students regardless of where they live. We have progressed from offering free Certificates and Diploma courses in Islamic Studies, to providing fully accredited tuition-free Bachelor degree programs in a variety of subjects as well as a Master's degree program.

  • Transforming Minds

    The International Open University gives anyone from any part of the world the opportunity to pursue tertiary education. Doors that were once closed have been swung wide open for the impoverished and disenfranchised who would normally not have the means to afford higher levels of study.

    IOU's team of qualified faculty members who possess high levels of expertise work tirelessly to teach students, and open their minds to the power of education to transform their lives and by extension, their families and their communities.

    We offer various fields of Islamic studies as well as Islamized contemporary disciplines.

  • Seeking Knowledge

    "Making authentic Islamic knowledge readily available to the world through the Internet solely for God's pleasure is a noble life-goal and a mission well worth sacrificing all of one's energies and means for."

    -Dr. Bilal Philips
    Founder and Chancellor, The International Open University

    Seeking knowledge is an obligatory deed in the Islamic faith. The IOU provides students the opportunity to gain authentic Islamic knowledge with five different streams of study to choose from.

  • Commitment
  • Open 24/7
  • Affordability
  • Mind
  • Knowledge

Welcome to the International Open University (IOU)

The International Open University (IOU) was launched by Dr. Bilal Philips in 2007 as a higher education institution that offers intensive online undergraduate and graduate programs completely tuition-free.

Our university is committed to spreading beneficial knowledge that is easily affordable and will benefit not only individual students but also empower entire communities.

The IOU provides an equal opportunity for all students and makes earning a degree a real possibility even for the neediest of students. Students can benefit from tuition-free accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in various fields of study.

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Accredited Degree Programs

Stand out from the crowd by learning your discipline from a different perspective.


Top Reasons To Study at IOU

We would like to remind you of some of the many benefits of studying at IOU



You can study online from anywhere in the world.


Fees are comparatively low and affordable for a degree program


You could be a part of a global community of over 180,000 students from over 224 countries.

Islamic Ethics

We strive for the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility as Muslims first.


Our curriculum is based on correct and authentic knowledge based on the principles of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

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How It works

Comprised of students from around the globe, the student body will learn through watching and listening to video and audio lectures as well as reading PDF format txts with the support of well-trained tutorial assistants.

How to Study

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IOU Central E-Library

IOU Central E-Library

Fostering academic research, intellectual development and growth, enhancing the study experience, and enriching the minds of the students are some of the goals of the IOU

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guarantee of Incredibly Low Fees

Incredibly Low Fees

Total Cost of a BA or BSc US $880 – US $2560 only

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