IOU’s Commitment to YOU
At IOU, no student will be left behind regardless of his or her religious, ethnic or socio-economic background. The IOU asserts that its doors will remain open for all, irrespective of the borders that exist in the real world.
The IOU has been dedicated to changing the lives of countless students for over a decade. It is our belief that if we can change the path of just one student at a time, he/she in turn can uplift his entire community through earning an education and setting an example for others to emulate.
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 a 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.
Our university has progressed from absolutely free certificate and diploma level courses to
tuition free accredited bachelor's degrees in various fields of study and a maste's degree.
The International Open University (IOU) provides students from all over the world with the unique opportunity to acquire a higher education. Doors that were once closed, have been swung wide open for impoverished and disenfranchised students from even the darkest corners of the globe. IOU’s team of expert educators works tirelessly to educate students and open their minds to the power of higher education. IOU offers various fields of Islamic studies and Islamized modern disciplines.
"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 Islamic Online University
Seeking knowledge is an obligatory deed in the Islamic faith. The IOU gives its’ students the opportunity to gain authentic Islamic knowledge with five different streams of study to choose from:
- BAIS accredited degree with a Minor
- BAIS accredited degree
- IOU Higher Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies
- IOU Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies
- IOU Advanced Diplomas in the Minors
Welcome To International Open University (IOU)
The International Open University (IOU) was launched by Dr. Abu Ameenah 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 BA and MA degrees in various fields of study.
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AROUND THE GLOBE
How It worksComprised 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 StudyThis video contains a visual description of a course page from IOU's degree campus.
What Our Students Say
ASSALAMU ALAÄ°KUM I really appreciate your initiative and all those behind IOU. I make dua that Allah gives you courage and resources to continue.
Saminu Musa Ahmad | IOU Graduate
Asalmu o alikum brothers and sisters Now I am proud to call myself Muslim. Allah gave me chance to learn about our beautiful Islam. ALLAH AKBAR! I'm going to try my best to be a good Muslim. Many thanks to Dr. Bilal Philips for this opportunity.
Easmin Akter | IOU Graduate
May Allah reward all the people who are working for this cause. I love Dr. Bilal Philips and ask Allah accept his efforts.
Aftab Alam | IOU Graduate
ALHAMDULIILLAH! My heart filled up with thankfulness to the IOU team and especially the founder, Shaykh Bilal Philips, who (with the help of Almighty Allah) made gaining authentic Islamic education within the comfort of home a reality!
Hasan Abid | IOU Graduate
I'm here to learn the deen of Islam and I hope you will help me and lead me to the right path. I praise Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, for leading me to this site.Jazaakumullahu khayran.
Malick Jallow | IOU Graduate
Salam alaikom. Special thanks to Dr. Bilal for his contributions and efforts to Islamic knowledge.
Muhammad Adnan | IOU Graduate
AsSalamu Alaykom. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bilal Philips for such a platform. Jazak Allahu Khair . May Allah bless each and every person contributing to this university. May Allah bless all the students with knowlegde and lead us to straight path.
Jasim Abdul Jalil | IOU Graduate
Asalamu alaykum all my brothers and sisters. I am glad to join Islamic Online University.
Ahmed Mohamed | IOU Graduate
Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. It is necessary to know authentic knowledge about our religion, ISLAM. I like it and joined to learn about Islam. In sha Allaah, I hope to give service to all Muslims in the world. I recommend that every Muslim join now.
Reis Mustefa | IOU Graduate
Assalaamu alaikum. I just came to know about IOU last Saturday when Dr. Bilal Philips delivered a lecture in our mosque. I am very delighted to hear about this progress. I would like to join the university and I invoke Allah to bless you. Ameen.