Conditions for Admission and Required Documents – Umm al-Qura University, Makkah

All praise is due to Allah Lord of the worlds, and may the Salaat and the Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

The following conditions of admission and required documents are taken from the official application form for Umm al-Qura University, located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

  1. Photocopy of high school diploma and transcript with atleast a B- grade. [For those residing in North America, a GED is also accepted. For those residing in Europe, a GCE/A Levels is accepted. The high school transcript is also known as grades report/report card/mark sheet]
  2. Letters of recommendation from known Islamic organizations of personalities. [These are known as tazkiyahs, you may acquire them from Imams of your local mosques or from most reputable callers to Islam (du’aat) in your community]
  3. Four recent photographs and a copy of the passport. [A copy of the front page containing the picture]
  4. Copy of the birth certificate and health certificate. [For the health certificate conduct a physical check-up at the doctors and get him to write a letter on his official letterhead that you are free of any infectious diseases and are in good health]
  5. Age should not exceed 23 years.
  6. Female applicants should have a Mahram who is a university student or applicant.
  7. Applicant should obtain permission from his/her government for studying in Saudi Arabia. [Canadians please click here. Americans click here]
  8. All documents must be translated into the Arabic or the English language and attested from the Saudi embassy.  [Contact the foreign ministry of your respective country and ask them about the procedure to get your high school diploma and transcript authenticated/certified. For those from Canada wishing to authenticate their Canadian educational documents, click here. For those in the States wishing to authenticate their American educational documents, click here. There is no need to obtain the attestation of any document by the Saudi embassy]

Umm al-Qura University provides the same financial benefits and advantages that the Islamic University of Madinah provides as mentioned here. Along with these benefits and advantages, Umm al-Qura University presents the best opportunity for non-Saudi female students of knowledge to study in a formal classroom setting. The system at Umm al-Qura allows for the wife or sister of an existing student to study at the womens’ section of the University. Their program also grants admission to women to study if they are applying along with their husband or brother.

Allah is the granter of Success and may the Salaat and the Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.


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