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Ummul Qura University Makkah KSA

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Umm Al-Qura Program to Teach Arabic

JEDDAH, 12 May 2007 — The Umm Al-Qura University has embarked on a project to make Arabic language learning easy for non-Arabs living in the Kingdom and elsewhere in the world.The Makkah-based university, one of the oldest in the Kingdom, will develop an electronic program to facilitate learning of Arabic through the Internet and distance education system.
“We have decided to launch this project titled the Makkah Program to Teach Arabic Language to nonnative speakers considering the growing demand to learn Arabic worldwide,” said Dr. Ali Al-Harithy, head of the Institute of Arabic Language for Nonnative Speakers.
Under the new project, students will have to attend a four-semester program with 120 credit hours. “This program will be available not only for the institute’s students but also for others who can access to the institute’s website on the Internet,” he said. The website will also show live classrooms from the institute.
“Students in different countries will be able to follow lessons of this program through the Internet,” he said. Students in foreign countries, however, have to visit the Kingdom to attend a single semester to obtain additional skills.
Students attending the program will have to sit an exam in order to receive certificates. “The new system will increase the number of beneficiaries and save a lot of time and energy,” Al-Harithy said.

The examination, named Makkah Test, will be similar to Tofel for English, he said, adding it would help the university understand how successful were students to learn the language through the program. The institute, which was established in 1976, receives about 100 students from foreign countries annually under a scholarship program.

Related links from Bakkah.net


A Virtual Tour of Umm Al-Qura University

Frequently Asked Questions About Studying at Umm Al-Qura University

About The ‘Arabic Language Program at Umm Al-Qura University (EL)

Important Advice for Potential Overseas Students: What You Must Know Before You Go


51 thoughts on “Ummul Qura University Makkah KSA

  1. Do you have any idea if this program has been launched and where we could possibly enroll in it? Jazakillah khair! :)

  2. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I apologize to all the sisters who asked about Ummul Qura. Have sabr with me as I am behind in some tasks. In Shaa Allaah I’ll give them a call and post some info when I can.


  3. As salaamu ‘alaikum. Just reposting some old comments in their proper place:


    amatuallah said,

    September 24, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah sister,

    InshaAllah my family is looking into sending me to Jeddah to live with my uncle(s) or grandfather to study, do you know of any schools in Jeddah and their contact that are for women or allow women to study there? I woul really appreciate the help.

    jazakiAllahu khayran.


    Desert Diaries said,

    September 25, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Wa ‘alaikumus salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Ukhtee, what type of education are you seeking?

    If you’re seeking an Islaamic education (like ‘Arabic Studies, Quraan, Ahaadeeth memorization, etc.), then please click on the Quraan link on the left side of this page, then scroll down until you see “Daarul Haafithaath al Ishreen.”

    Let me know if you need more information In Shaa Allaah.



    amatuallah said,

    September 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    barakAllahu feeki, I am seeking Islamic education inshaAllah. I wrote down the information about the school and will be contacting them inshaAllah. Do you know of any other schools that are more intensive or have a semester/yearly program?
    I also only have studied Qur’anic arabic, so I probably need to study that before I enter a full-time arabic program inshaAllah!

    JazakiAllahu Khayran ukhtee for your help, may Allah endow you with taqwa this Ramadan and make you and your family among those whom He showers with His Mercy and Forgiveness. ameen

    asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah


    amatuallah said,

    October 2, 2007 at 3:21 am

    asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Do you have the contact information for Kareema Czerpinski’s school? I know its called Al-Huda, but there are many schools under that name mashaAllah :-)

    jazakiAllahu khayran, please let us know how the last 10 days/qiyaam are over there inshaAllah!

    barakAllahu feeki


    Desert Diaries said,

    October 2, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Wa ‘alaikumus salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Wa feeki baarakallaah yaa ukhta.

    For intensive studies, try Ummul Qura in Makkah. There are sisters commuting by bus from Jeddah and the ride is only 45 minutes, walhamdulillaah. I can ask a friend of mine who’s currently studying there for more information In Shaa Allaah.

    Do some research on the Zam Zam Inst. in Makkah. The admin of Bakkah Net may be able to help you (he may know the owner – Allaahu Aa’lam). When you reach his web site, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “contact us.”

    As for “intensive” schools in Jeddah teaching the ‘Arabic language, I don’t know if I’d call them “intensive.” Most have classes 3 days a week (4 at the most), but you only get 2 or 3 hours per day for 3 months. This is not enough clock time, Allaahu Aa’lam. These types of schools average at about 1,500 SAR every 3 months. You are better off finding a sister who is faseehah and pay her that same amount for the whole year.

    There are many sisters here who are kind and will offer you free classes, but most do not speak English (that in itself can be a pro or a con depending on the level of the student). They tend to race after the ajr of teaching someone the Quraan and ‘Arabic language, may Allaah reward them.

    Al Huda School – Allaahu Aa’lam. Let me ask someone else and get back to you.

    It is good that you want to brush up before coming here, zaadakillaahu ilmaan naafi’ aameen. No matter where you go or what you plan to study, there will be an entry exam.

    As for the last 10 nights of Ramadhaan in KSA – In Shaa Allaah I will try my best to write about my experience. It’s a lil hard for me, but I’ll try.

    I will try to research this more In Shaa Allaah.
    My opinion (which doesn’t mean much) is regarding just a few places in Jeddah.

  4. As salaamu alaiki
    Nice to see someone I am familar with blogging at WordPress. I am popping in hoping for info on the Ummul Qura Online Program. Nothing new yet, but I look forward to keeping up with your blog all the same.

    Umm Ebraaheem

  5. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I just wanted to let you all know that I did not forget about you. I called Ummul Quraa and they asked me to call back after 30 minutes In Shaa Allaah.

    In the meantime, take a look at their web site. It has a nice, brief history of the school, administration contact info, a list of subjects to study, etc. See the links section on the right of the screen In Shaa Allaah.

    Jazaakillaahu khairaan ukhtee Umm Ebraaheem…good to see you blogging as well. We share a common interest in the medical field (I took up Med. Office Management when I studied to be a Med. Assist.). I miss taking my mom’s blood pressure and we’d laugh at how I almost cut her blood circulation off…smiles. May Allaah bless you in your line of work. We need more sisters in this field. Alhamdulillaah, Ummul Quraa has a tibb section if anyone’s interested in going to study medicine, Tabaarakallaah.


  6. assalamualaikum, i am in real need to learn the arabic language online.pls tell me how it will be done as soon as possible

  7. As salaamu ‘alaikum Nazarha. I’ll send you some info regarding online ‘Arabic classes tomorrow In Shaa Allaah. The info isn’t about Ummul Quraa, but bi idhnillaah it’ll help.


  8. As salaamu ‘alaikum. I called Ummul Quraa again today and no one had info about the online classes. I was transferred after being on hold for about 5 mins to someone who had an inkling, but Qadarullaah my mobilee connection dropped. In Shaa Allaah I’ll get another phone card and call back Sat. morning.


  9. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Just what I suspected…the article was about an idea in the making. None of the reps. at the Uni. had a real clue about what I was talking about. I asked our sister in Islaam – Umm Ismaa’eel (jazaahallaahu khairaan) – a current student at the Uni. for some info. Here’s her reply:

    “Last time I asked about it – we were actually informing the women’s side abt it more than asking them lol…y’anni- they didn’t even know about it. If you haven’t already noticed…they do things at a VERY slow pace here. So what you read was prob an idea that they had at that time…insha Allah they’re moving forward with it now, but as of last yr (when it was 1st announced) nothing has been done.”

  10. As salaamu ‘alaikum. Here’s some brief advice on age (older husband/younger wife) wanting to attend the Uni.



    “Ok you can tell her that they lowered the age limit again as of this year which is now 23. I’ve heard they’re being more and more strict in enforcing that now…wallahu ‘alam. They might always make an exception so they should still try insha Allah…but don’t exactly bank on that. They, more often than not, go w/the husbands credentials over the wife’s…meaning his age and everything would weigh more than hers…but Allah is ‘ala kulli shaayin qadeer so u never know.”

  11. As salaamu ‘alaikum. I hope the idea of lifting age limits go well with schools like Ummul Qura.


    Few Options for Older Saudi Students
    Arab News

    RIYADH, 19 March 2008 — Jaber Al-Abdulmohsen is a 58-year-old Saudi man, who decided to go to college recently to pursue studies in special education but he learned quickly that there were few options for older students.

    “I had to delay going to college due to my parent’s health,” he said. “And after nine years, I couldn’t pursue further education because higher education institutions in the Kingdom do not accept applications from those who have been out of college for more than five years.”

    So Al-Abdulmohsen dismissed the idea of continuing his education until much later in life when he was accepted at the only college in the Kingdom that admits older students: the Arab Open University, Saudi Arabia, an accredited institution affiliated with The Open University, UK.

    Al-Abdulmohsen is one of 105 students over the age of 50, a demographic at the university that has more than doubled in the past five years. Sixteen percent of these older students are women.

    Abdullah Al-Salamah, rector of the Arab Open University, Saudi Arabia, said that the growing numbers of older students seeking admission to college is a challenge confronting all higher education institutions in the Kingdom, public and private.

    Not only would the Ministry of Higher Education need to lift the ban on accepting students who have been out of college for more than five years but, over time, institutions need to incorporate continuing-education programs such as ones found in universities in North America and Europe.

    These programs are specifically designed to help older students overcome their unique challenges such as learning computers and balancing the demands of college with job and domestic responsibilities.

    “Some students really need special courses that can assist them in upgrading their skills, especially considering they are returning to college after many years,” said Faizah, a 42-year-old Saudi woman with a bachelor’s degree, who would like to go back to university to improve her spoken and written English.

    The Kingdom offers free college education to its citizens seeking to attend public universities; the government also offers scholarships to study abroad.

    Increasing Pressure

    According to the Ministry of Education, graduates are growing by nine percent annually, which puts increasing pressure on these institutions to make room for those seeking to go to college.

    Amira Almenieir, the head of student affairs at Alyamamah private college in Riyadh, admitted that the institution does not have any senior students.

    She pointed out that the college would consider giving conditional acceptance to some cases, especially for those who are already in the work force but are seeking to hone their skills and knowledge.

    Abdulrahman Bawazeer, 48, is one such student. Bawazeer, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, took up a job at Saudi Arabian Airlines. He said that when he was younger, having a high school diploma was good enough to find a decent job. Today, he says, his bachelor’s degree is barely enough.

    “Throughout my career, I have been passed up for promotion due to my limited educational background,” he said, adding that he would like to go back to school to pursue advanced studies in business administration with the aim of starting his own business to carry him into his golden years.

    Continuing education is not easy even when policies make it easier to do so, as Sarah Mohammed found out.

    The 53-year-old Saudi woman dropped out of the Open University because she couldn’t balance her job, her charitable activities and her domestic responsibilities. “There’s no reason to stop learning, but I just couldn’t make it because I couldn’t manage my time,” she said.

  12. AsSalamu aleykum wa rahmatuLahi wa barakatuHu.

    I’m wondering is there any update on the online course? At least is tehre any improvements?

    JazakALLAHu khayran. Amin

    AsSalamu aleykum wa rahmatuLLah

  13. Wa ‘alaikumus salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. It’s Wed. evening here in Saudi, which means families are getting dressed to go out for a nightly picnic under a bridge, at the park, the beach or on the sidewalk. It’s the beginning of the weekend. In Shaa Allaah I will have to ask your question come Sat. morning when everyone goes back to work/school. I’ll write you back as soon as I can.


  14. Assalamoalaikum,
    I want to know all the courses and certifications offered at the ummulqura university.Is there any official website of the university????


  16. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I am not a student at Ummul Quraa Uni. I just like to share useful info with my sisters and brothers in Islaam. If I knew of an easy way to get into the school, I’d be there right now as happy as can be.

    Click here for Ummul Quraa’s official web site: http://www.uqu.edu.sa/english/index.php

    Here is their contact us page: http://www.uqu.edu.sa/inner.php?id=683

    May Allaah make it easy for you to seek knowledge for His Sake.


  17. asslamoalikum my name is Mohammed shahidilahi my life target is get the admission in umul qura university in mecca ……….please help me i want admisson in umul qura or any jobs in qura my study is compelited enter and alim final in Jamia nizamia hyderabad india i know best urdu and english and some arabi ya iam not reach boy or my dad is a rach i cant come there place who person is called me ………………………….. Allah alam .. mohammed shahid ilahi from raichur karnata India .and last of all i am computer oprater and doinfg better Data entry ………..maus Salam Khuda hafiz

  18. Asslamu alikum, i wanna admission in university could u provied me i am b.com 1st year exam doing after 15 days i wanna admission in alim course

  19. AsSalamu aleykum wa RahmatuLlah.

    I didn’t get a reply for my qbive message(((

    I’d like to know is there an age limit to be admitted to the university or I can apply at any age?

    Is there ascholarship for the students?

    AsSalamu aleykum

  20. as-sallaamu’Alaykum, the age limit is 25, but sisters remember to have you mahrams, this is a must,

  21. Assalaamu ‘alaykum

    Kayf haluk? This is Zahra Mukhtar, your sister from Toronto. Jazakillaahu khairan for sharing all this info with your fellow Muslims. Ukhti, do you know if the mahram policy is the same with Jaamiatul Imaam in Riyaadh? Is it enough if a mahram brings the sister, or does he have to remain there while she studies, as in the case with ummul quraa? Any idea?

    bint mukhtar

  22. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Alhamdulillaah yaa ukhta, everything is ok here..how have you been? I will try to find some concrete info for you regarding the uni., In Shaa Allaah.

    The mahram issue has been answered by the ‘ulamaa. I don’t want to misquote, so I will post it as soon as I can find it in my inbox. Please give salaam to banaatis sunnah in Toronto for me.

  23. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Here are some apps:


    I did not forget the fatwaa Zahra…still looking.

    I have something beneficial from Shaykh Mohammad al Malki (particularly for sisters in Jeddah). As soon as I find the recording I will transcribe what he said in regards to the permissibility of us going from Jeddah to Makkah without a mahram. His explanation was interesting. He said something most of us would have never even considered.


  24. Wa’alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    Believe me, I’m not interested in residing in a land without a mahram, especially in Saudi Arabia where the need for a mahram to meet your basic needs is so necessary. Anything can happen, plus one would have to rely on taxi as transport which would mean being alone with a man. And many other complications are almost unavoidable. I was thinking perhaps if one resides near their school (i.e. walking distance) then it may be a bit easier. (Being in Riyaadh near the kibaar ullema is a dream.) Regardless, I look forward to the shaykh’s advice.

    My father is currently residing in Hargeisa, Somaliland, so this has become my next objective inshaAllaah. There are opportunities to seek ilm there, so I’ll take advantage. It’s nothing like being in Riyaadh near the kibaar, but I think its the most feasible/suitable for me. Wallaahu ‘alam

    InshaAllaah, I will give salams to everyone I can for you, but please excuse me for those who I’m unable to reach. Barakallaahu feeki.

    Zahra Mukhtar

  25. asslamoalikum my name is Abdul Karim my life target is get the admission in umul qura university in mecca ……….please help me i want admisson in umul qura. my study is compelited enter and alim final madrasa aliya rampur india i know best urdu and english and arabic i am not reach boy. i am computer oprater and doinfg better Data entry……………….

  26. As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I don’t have info yet on the uni. in Riyaadh (per the mahram situation), however for those (sisters) who’ve asked about Ummul Quraa, I pasted an excerpt of the q/a below from the thread “Sisterly Advice Regarding Ummul Quraa.”


    -Q: After the Language Institute, does a student automatically get accepted into the Islamic Sciences Department? So they have an Uloom al-Hadeeth major/school? Barak Allahu feekum.

    A: No, after the language program only a selected few are accepted into the actual University. 1) You have to have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher- nothing less than mumtaaz (some students have been accepted w/an overall jayd jiddan), 2) your mahram has to still be present, 3) you also have to take an entrance exam. There are other rules that apply but these 3 seem to be the most important as far as women are concerned from what I’ve seen, Wallahu Alam. The University does have a Kitaab was Sunnah department, in which Uloomul Hadeeth is studied in depth.

    Sahar Gordon
    Sharee’ah Student- Umm Al-Qura University
    Makkah, KSA


    BTW, to reiterate…I (Haneefah) am not a student at Ummul Quraa. I posted this info to assist my brothers and sisters in the Deen – that’s it. I can’t answer most of your questions but I will make du’aa for you to reach the khair.


  27. AssalamAlaikum,
    Some of the Saudi universities have announced scholarships for Australian students to study Arabic language.I am really keen to learn Arabic but unfortunately most of the universities offer admissions only to those who are less than 25 years age.I am 38 years old and have got the potential InshaAllah to learn, as I finished my Master in Accounting just 2 years ago here in Australia.
    Can the universities offer me a place ??? I am pretty sure there arent many students from Australia who are going to apply for these scholarships.
    Will you help/ guide me how to persuade these univesities that better to allow old student rather than wasting an opportunity.
    As,no one from Australia has applied so for, even the Saudi Embassy staff also werent sure about the process before I pushed them and asked them.
    Please make dua also for me, that i get accepted in any university.
    Mubashar Nizamani

  28. assaalaamu ‘alaykum

    Ukhti, I was wondering if you located the advice of shaykh Muhammad al-malaki?

  29. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Not yet ukhtee. I have several audios to listen to. It came during one of his lecture series, so I have a task on my hands. As soon as I find it I’ll type up the excerpt In Shaa Allaah.


  30. Jazakillaahu khairan

    I thought you had it written down somewhere. InshaAllaah, whenever you happen come across you can share. Dont worry about it inshaAllaah, I dont want this request of mine to become a burden on you. barakallaahu feeki.


  31. Salamalikum wa Rehmatullah,

    I have a couple of questions.
    First of all, I was wondering if my mahram has to be present throughout my study at Ummul Qura? Also, how long is the study program for Arabic for non-native speakers? I am currently studying Journalism at the American University of Sharjah and in my third year, can I transfer my credits to Ummul Qura?

    Are there any other universities in Mecca/Medina/Jeddah that offer Shari’ah studies or Journalism or Islamic Media studies?

    Is Medina University only open to brothers? Or can sisters apply too?

    JazakAllahu Khayran,


  32. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. 2 students currently attending Ummul Quraa said yes, you need your mahram with you, Allaahu Aa’lam.

    ‘Arabic program for beginners/non-native speakers run for 2 years. I believe you can study the language on a higher level thereafter, Allaahu Aa’lam.

    I can’t answer your question about transferring credits as I’m not a student and I don’t have detailed info. Try Emailing the Uni: http://www.uqu.edu.sa/page/ar/545

    Can sisters study at Madeenah Uni? – No ukhtee, it’s just for brothers.

    Are there any other universities in Mecca/Medina/Jeddah that offer Shari’ah studies or Journalism or Islamic Media studies? – Let me find out and get back to you In Shaa Allaah. It may take a while, have sabr with me.

  33. As salam ‘alaykum bro. Mubashar. There are a few brothers who applied in person and were accepted. Since no one from Australia is taking advantage of this ni’mah go and see.

  34. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    السلام عليكم
    ياأها الإخوة لدي الرغبة الشديدة في الالتحاق دراسة الإسلامية الصحيحة في مكة المكرمة ولكني لا أدري كيف طريقة لأحصل إلى هناك فلذلك أحتاج إلى المساعدة لمن يستطيع.
    ياركم الله فيكم
    و هذا جزاكم الله خير الجزاء

    فيبي مارتاواردايا

  35. Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Fathima, I don’t have any more info regarding the online courses. Contact the sisters’ section of the uni: ugdengl@uqu.edu.sa

    Amimul Ehsan and Febi –

    وهذه المعلومات من الموقع……….

    اتصل بنا
    يمكنكم التواصل مع وحدة موقع الجامعة من خلال وسائل الإتصال التالية :

    سنترال الجامعة : 0096625501000

    التحويلة : 6274

    أو البريد الإلكتروني : info@uqu.edu.sa

    و لارسال السيرة الذاتية او طلب توظيف : personel@uqu.edu.sa

    و لا استفسار يتعلق بالقبول والتسجيل عمادة القبول والتسجيل : dadregis@uqu.edu.sa

  36. Aslamualikum, plz can u help me to get to the proper information about ummal qura university makkah…
    ill be very thank ful of u

  37. وهذه المعلومات من الموقع……….

    اتصل بنا
    يمكنكم التواصل مع وحدة موقع الجامعة من خلال وسائل الإتصال التالية :

    سنترال الجامعة : 0096625501000

    التحويلة : 6274

    أو البريد الإلكتروني : info@uqu.edu.sa

    و لارسال السيرة الذاتية او طلب توظيف : personel@uqu.edu.sa

    و لا استفسار يتعلق بالقبول والتسجيل عمادة القبول والتسجيل : dadregis@uqu.edu.sa

  38. No more comments will be accepted for this thread In Shaa Allaah unless it has to do with the online ‘Arabic program.

    List of names and numbers of Ummul Quraa staff (i.e. deans, directors, supervisors, etc): http://www.uqu.edu.sa/page/en/206

    More than enough links and telephone numbers have been provided for everyone wishing to attend the university. Billaahit tawfeeq.

    As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

  39. ~ Keep checking Ummul Quraa’s web site for updates, Alhamdulillaah a new community college has opened and E-learning programs are in the works.

    ~ As a reminder, Desert Diaries is a hijrah-related blog. We are not affiliated with Ummul Quraa, we simply share information for Allaah’s Sake. We can not help you get accepted into the university. Please do not send us your completed applications or personal information.


    Ummul Quraa News: The Center of Arabic Language For Non-Native Speakers was established in the year 1976 at the College of Shari’a and Islamic Studies. In the year 1980, the center became an institute for teaching Arabic for non-native speakers, with the mission to help spread the Arabic language and Islam, and to train teachers to teach Arabic to non-native speakers.

    The institute consists of two main departments:

    1. The Department of Teaching Arabic Language.

    2. The Department of Language and Education.

    Degree Requirements:

    1- Department of Teaching Arabic Language: The student must complete (120) credit hours. The program is made of four levels (two years).

    2- Department of Language and Education: The student must complete (160) credit hours. The program is made of four levels (two years).

    Mailing Address:

    The Institute of Arabic Language,

    Umm Al-Qura University, P.O Box (3712), Makkah.

    Telephone: 55652525 ; Fax: (02) 5562525


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