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Feature Overview

Welcome to IOU Explorer, an initiative that allows students to take a single course at a time from our extensive range of Bachelor’s degree programs. At the International Open University (IOU), our priority is to make education accessible to all, understanding that not everyone has the time to commit to a full degree program. With this new feature, you can study that subject you’ve always desired to explore, enjoy learning, and whet your appetite for further educational pursuits, in shaa Allah.


Why Choose IOU Explorer?

Whether you have limited time, or you are curious about our courses, IOU Explorer is the perfect platform for you. Here’s why:

Affordable, scalable fee structure

The fees structure operates on a sliding scale, taking into account the country of residence of each student. Students may pay more or less depending on their location, but fees are still affordable.

Expand on your knowledge

By choosing courses that align with their personal interests, students can deepen their understanding, acquire new knowledge, and develop valuable skills in their desired discipline.

Explore Diverse Topics

With the wide range of degrees the IOU offers, students will have the opportunity to learn about various interesting topics in a variety of disciplines including modern and Islamic studies.


Students can customize their learning experience according to their interests, schedule, and pace, making it convenient for those with busy schedules and everyday life commitments.

No exams or assignments

Enrollees are not required to submit any assignment, are not subject to assessments and do not sit for exams. This removes anxiety and pressure, which allows the student to focus solely on the joy of learning and exploration.

Non-credit bearing

As no exams are required, there will be no credits attached to any of the courses taken under this scheme. As there are no credits, and no exams, these courses cannot be used as exemptions if the student decides to enroll for a full degree program.

Test the waters

Enrolling for single courses allows students to explore different subjects before committing to a full degree program. This is a low-risk opportunity to sample courses and determine if a specific field of study aligns with their long-term goals and aspirations.

Ready to start?

The admissions application process of IOU Explorer is very straightforward and easy to complete. The applicant needs to fill out an online application and they are ready to go!


The Online Application Process

Please use only English throughout the entire application process.

Please follow the following steps to complete the online application.

  1. Complete the electronic application form. You will be required to agree to our disclaimer form. Check your email for a confirmation email and click on the link provided to activate your account. When completing the form, please be sure that you select the correct stream of study.
  2. Once your account has been created, please proceed to pay the fees.
  3. After you have paid, you will be registered in IOU Explorer.


Before you begin:

Have your personal information ready.

When creating the account, use an email address that you check regularly. This email address will be used to send you the account activation link and also for our regular correspondence with you throughout your studies. You might consider creating a new email address for the purpose of your study with IOU.


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