Intensive Arabic Program (IAP)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, it is possible to enroll into IAP along with another Bachelor’s, Diploma- or Certificate Program at the IOU, under the Dual Program. Please check the details here:

IAP is a 2 year intensive program that can be completed in a maximum of 6 years of time.

IAP should be completed in a maximum of 6 years. However, if a student exceeds the allotted time duration without completing the required number of courses, then s/he will need to repeat their earliest courses on case to case basis. For example, if one enters the 7th year of study, s/he has to repeat their first and second semester courses. If one enters into the 8th year, the third and fourth semester courses have to be retaken by the student, so on and so forth.

International Open University is globally accredited. However, institutions may have a list of colleges and universities that they consider acceptable. So, it is recommended that you check with the institution where you might want to do further studies or seek employment.

For more information about accreditation click on the given link:

The International Open University is an online educational institution; the entire program is taught online via internet. Anyone from any part of the world can join easily and benefit from it, Insha’Allah.

High speed internet connection is strongly recommended, however, if it is not possible, all video and audio recordings can be downloaded and watched later on without any connection disruptions.

The International Open University is an online educational institution. The entire program is taught online via internet. Anyone from any part of the world can join easily and benefit from it, Insha Allaah. The admission is open throughout the year. If a student is admitted and enrollment is closed, s/he will begin studies in the following enrolment phase.

Before you begin the registration process, make sure that you have your personal information and necessary scanned images ready on your PC. The registration form is available here:

Please choose the program as Intensive Arabic Program and select the stream as IAP

The admission process can be seen here

Once all the required documents are uploaded, you will receive a reply from the registrar regarding your admission confirmation and fee payment details within 3 days, Insha Allaah. If you will not receive any reply, please contact the IOU Info Desk at

Upon the completion of the 3 registration steps, the payment of the fees included, you will receive an email with the enrollment instructions few days before the studies begin. There are two enrollment phases in IAP for each semester, Session 1 and Session 2, as two courses are taught in each semester.

In the first phase of the enrollment, Session 1, students will enroll in the first course of the semester and study it for the first two and a half months of the semester. After the final exams, the second enrollment phase of the same semester will commence, Session 2, and students are at liberty either to choose the second course of the semester or repeat the first if they wish. Please note that you are given only two attempts to enroll. Staff will be available to help you only if there is some genuine reason.

Students who will join in the second enrollment phase of the semester, Session 2, will be able to enroll in the second half of the course when the new semester will commence, in shaa Allah.If you have completed the registration before or after the regular enrolment period, you may enroll via the early enrollment system by visiting this link. Please note that you have only two attempts to enroll. Therefore, you should choose your courses carefully. Staff will be able to help you only if there is some genuine reason.
When will the enrollment and classes begin?
The International Open University offers two terms each year.

Spring semester – March to July
Fall semester – September to January

The Intensive Arabic program does not follow the general enrollment phases as the other IOU programs do. One semester of the Intensive Arabic program consists of two sessions which includes two enrollment phases (one for each session) and one course is to be enrolled per session. Therefore, the enrollment phases for the Intensive Arabic program are Spring Session 1, Spring Session 2, Fall Session 1 and Fall Session 2. The exact dates of the enrollment for each term are announced on the site news before the semester begins.
The early enrollment for those who want to enroll during the non-regular period can be accessed via this link.
How much are the tuition fees?
Alhamdulillaah, there are affordable semester registration fees based on the development of the student’s country of residence.

Please see here for more details and sliding scale fees structure

These are the only fees we charge per semester. The course material is provided free of cost. Additionally, there is an e-library available as a study aid for the students.

All course materials are free of charge; ebooks, video lectures and MP3 audio recordings. There is E-library also available. Hard copies of textbooks are not provided by IOU, however, they are easily obtainable from an external sources.

Intensive Arabic Program is open to everyone and there are no prerequisites. However, those not fluent in reading Quranic Arabic script are required to complete Arabic 100 program before joining the Intensive Arabic program.

IAP comes under the Open Education Program and upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to receive a stamped and signed certificate from Somalia. However, please note that the transcript will mention that the credits earned do not carry the equivalent of the university credits nor count toward the admission requirement of any of the accredited degree, diploma, higher diploma or certificate program at the IOU.

Module tests and midterm exams can be taken at home within the prescribed time. The final exams must be taken only in an IOU approved exam center. There are several designated IOU centers across the globe. You may look for a center near you before the exams begin and register for it. If there is no IOU approved exam center nearby, you can suggest an exam center and if it will meet our requirements, we will approve it even if you are the only student taking exams in it, Insha’Allah.

Please read the exam center requirements by clicking on the link

No, there are no examination fees charged by IOU. However, students might have to pay fees to the exam center directly if requested. Therefore, we advise students to confirm with the centers beforehand.

In order to reset your password, click on the ‘forgotten password’ button located just under the login fields. If your password reset was not successful and you are still unable to log in, email to . Please do not create a new account; having multiple accounts with IOU is not allowed under any circumstance.


If you forgot your login details or are unable to access your old email account, kindly email to Please do not create a new account; having multiple accounts with IOU is not allowed under any circumstance. ?

Please find the graduation requirements of the IAP program here.

We cannot claim that ALL universities will accept IOU’s degrees, as it each country has its own practices and standards for recognition of university credits and studies, accreditation and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL). As such, IOU can only focuss on meeting requirements for registration, accreditation and endorsement in our host countries. Through international higher education conventions, a registered and accredited university of a particularly country is recognized globally, however, some countries and universities may reserve the right not to recognize another’s qualifications – which is completely beyond the control of the degree-issuing university.
The International Open University (now renamed to the ‘International Open University – The Gambia’) is fully registered and accredited with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education in the Somali Federal Republic. Our newly-relocated head offices are in The Gambia. We are registered with the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) of Gambia and awaiting finalization of our institutional accreditation. The ‘International Open University’ also holds provisional registration with the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) in Malawi.
We have multiple satellite campuses in various countries world-wide that operate under the registration and accreditation obtained in our host countries (Somali Federal Republic, The Gambia, and Malawi).
Whilst every effort is made to fulfill, meet and maintain registration and accreditation requirements in our host countries; as per international practice, the recognition of IOU-issued qualifications in non-host countries is at the discretion of their relevant national councils, that have diverse criteria for accepting foreign qualifications. As such, we encourage all our students not residing in our host countries to validate the recognition of the qualification with their national authorities. IOU is governed by the regulations and quality assurance practices and policies of our host countries.

While it is quite difficult to keep track of this, we have been notified of some of our graduates pursuing postgraduate studies in Indonesia and Gambia.

IOU is registered and accredited in Somalia. This was the first country in which IOU received full registration and accreditation. IOU then subsequently applied for registration in Gambia and has established a headquarters there. The finalization of registration is underway in The Gambia. We hope to conclude the finalization soon, In sha Allah. IOU also has provisional registration by the National Council of Higher Education in Malawi. We are also busy with the finalization of registration in Malawi currently. Once full registration is granted in Gambia and Malawi, IOU will then shift completely over to their systems and legislation.

The onus lies with the applicant seeking credit transfer externally to apply using the standard IOU-issued documents. In the motivation of the application, the student may naturally refer to an MoU in place.
The other university will follow their procedures to determine the validity and scope of the MoU. If the MoU explicitly cites credit transfer/recognition, then the applicant should not face challenges.
However, there are instances where admissions departments of partner universities might not grant credit transfer of some/all courses because the MoU might not have been intended for the purpose of credit transfer, or there could have been changes to syllabi that prevents credit transfer, as courses between IOU and partner university are no longer aligned.
It would be best to check the conditions of the MoU in place with the specific partner university to explore its scope.

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