International Islamic University is a private University in Malaysia with its campus in the cities of – Gombak, Kuantan, and Pagoh. As one of the top universities in Malaysia, IIUM offers more than 200 courses across varied fields of study. The popular courses of the University are – MBBS, Bachelor in Engineering, Bachelor in Pharmacy, Bachelor in Arabic Language, Masters in International Law, Bachelor in Nursing, and many others.
The university accepts admissions almost throughout the year in three intake sessions. Currently students planning to seek admission can apply for the third semester commencing in August. Each Year around 800 overseas students enrol at International Islamic College. In 2020, the acceptance rate was around 30-35%.
Admissions to International Islamic University is provided on the basis of merit and English language proficiency. However, entrance exams and interviews may be conducted for admission to a few selected courses such as Engineering and Medical. Apart from that, international students should also have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.
IIUM offers around 200 courses on a variety of study areas – Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Management, Arts, Education, Sciences, Hospitality, Medicine and Law.
Some of the top programs at International Islamic University are as follows -
|Course Name (Specializations)||Eligibility and Prerequisites||IIUM Entrance test + Interview||Cost (Malaysian)|
|Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Mechatronics, Automotive, Manufacturing, Electronics, Aerospace Engineering)||Physics and Mathematics (Diploma, High School or GCE)||Required||66,500|
|Bachelor of Computer Science||Mathematics(Diploma,High School or GCE)||N/A||39,500|
|Bachelor of Education (English, Islamic Communication, Guidance and Counselling)||Mathematics (Diploma, High School or GCE)||N/A||37,500|
|Master of Mathematical Sciences||Bachelors in Mathematical Sciences from any recognized University||Interview only||,500|
|Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies||Physics and Mathematics (Diploma, High School or GCE)||Required||59,500|
|Bachelor in Tourism Planning and Hospitality Management||Diploma or High School Certification or GCE passed||N/A||37,500|
|Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (Diploma, High School or GCE)||Required||5,13,700|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy||Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Diploma, High School or GCE)||Required||163,200|
|Bachelor of Business Management||Diploma or High School Certification or GCE passed||Interview only||39,500|
|Bachelor of Law||Diploma or High School Certification or GCE passed||Interview only||43,850|
International Islamic University (IIUM) accepts admissions in three sessions throughout the year. It should be noted that application deadlines to study in Malaysia are different for international students and Malaysian students. The details of deadlines are given in the table below.
|1st Intake||January 1 – March 31, 2021|
|2nd Intake||April 1 – July 31, 2021|
|3rd Intake||August 1 – November 30, 2021|
An international student seeking admission into the IIUM should meet the General Requirements as well as the additional requirement for a particular course. General requirements at IIUM have been given below. Students must meet any of the following -
- At least three principal passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level Examination, conducted by the UK Educational System, obtained in one attempt.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum of six subjects obtained in one attempt.
- Any other equivalent qualification in the required field as recognized by the Senate of the IIUM University.
- Mathematics as a prerequisite subject for all undergraduate courses except Bachelor of Arabic, Arts, Medicine or Pharmacy.
- The candidate may have to undergo an interview or entrance test as per the course applied for
- In case of bachelor of Medicine and Pharmacy, three principal passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level An Examination, must include – Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
- In case of Bachelor of Engineering, three principal passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level an Examination, must include –Physics and Mathematics.
International Students are also required to meet English language proficiency requirements and submit scores of other exams to study in Malaysia.
IIUM accepts scores of general English proficiency tests such as – TOEFL and IELTS as proof of ELP. In case a student is unable to appear for these examinations, he would have to appear for English Placement Test (EPT), conducted by the IIUM, as a part of the application process.
However candidates who wish to take their subjects in Arabic Language are required to undertake an Arabic English Placement Test (EPT), conducted by the IIUM, as a part of the application process.
|Course Type||Tests||Minimum Score|
|Undergraduate (English Medium)||TOEFL-PBT||525|
|EPT by IIUM itself||6.0|
|Undergraduate (Arabic and Malay Medium)||TOEFL (PBT)||525|
|APT by IIUM (Compulsory)||6.0|
IIUM students are required to obtain either a full-term Student Visa (For the entire duration of Courses) or a Single Year Student Visa (Renewable each year). The type of Visa granted would depend upon the course elected by the applicant. The entire process of the Visa application cost around 1500 MYR – 3500 MYR, depending upon the duration, people traveling with, health cover, and other details.
Malaysian Student Visa application process is as follows -
- Visit the Malaysian Student Visa Website and apply for Student Visa.
- Read the list of the document required and keep them ready in soft copies
- Undergo the tests mentioned in the Pre-Health Screening process.
- Obtain a Health Cover from any Malaysian Institute online.
- Fill the Student Visa application and attach the required documents.
- After checking the authenticity of the Claim, the Malaysian Government will release a Student Visa to the student.
Documents Required -
- Confirmation of Offer Letter
- Valid Passport of the country
- Academic Results
- English Language Proficiency Scorecard
- Health Cover
- Copy of Pre- Health Screening tests
Apart from these, the students would be subjected to scrutiny of documents and on-arrival medical tests (Post-Health Screening) upon landing in Malaysia. The Visa process usually takes 3-4 weeks for completion, so a student must factor the time into his preparations.
IIUM offers a variety of undergraduate courses across a wide variety of fields such as Law, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematical Science, Arts, Applied Arts and Design etc. An overview of the requirements for admission to these undergraduate courses are given as below –
Apply Here - IIUM e-application portal
Application Fee - 470 MYR/ 550 MYR for Science based courses – Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and others.
- Academic transcripts
- Academic Certificates
- Work Experience
- Financial Statement
- English Language test transcripts
IIUM Provides Masters, D. Phil, PhD and Postgraduate Diplomas in various study areas which includes Advanced Nursing Practice, Arabic Studies, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Halal Industry Management, Islamic Banking and Finance, Pharmaceutical Science, Psychology, Islamic Jurisprudence. The basic requirements for admission to Postgraduate courses are as follows -
- The student must have completed graduation in the related field from any recognized university for Masters
- The student must have completed post-graduation in a related field from any recognized university for PhD/Doctorate
- For certain courses such as – Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, candidates may need to sit for an entrance examination conducted by the University.
Apply here - e-application portal
Application Fee - 550 MYR
Other basic Requirements are as follows -
- Academic Transcripts
- Academic Qualifications
- Letter of recommendation
- Work Experience
- Financial statements
- Statement of Purpose
The overall application process at the International Institute of Malaysia takes around two months approximately after figuring in the time taken for processing Visa Application. Students in the meantime can track their application status through the online student portal at IIUM. Upon Selection, the student is required to bring the original transcripts, original passport, the Pre- Screening test Results and original offer Letter while traveling to Malaysia.
Upon reaching Malaysia he would be subjected to a Post-Screening Medical test to check for any contagious infection. Before the induction and orientation at IIUM, the institute would also screen the applicant through Medical tests as a part of the OCVID-19 containment protocol.
At induction, the original transcripts of the candidate would be verified for authenticity. Any student failing to show to the allotted orientation date and the consecutive orientation date would be disqualified from admission and have to start afresh by submitting another application.
Ques. What are the international test scores for English accepted by International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia?
Ans. IIUM accepts the two popular International English test Scores – TOEFL and IELTS. IIUM also conducts its own English proficiency test IIUM EPT for the students who do not want to apply for IELTS/TOEFL or have missed these exams.
Ques. Does International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia grant Health Cover required for admissions in Malaysia?
Ans. No, International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia does not grant any health cover to students. However obtaining health cover is a simple process - students can search for an authorized provider (listed with the Student Visa Department of the Malaysian Government), select a cover, and pay the required premium.
Ques. What are the requirements for MBBS Courses at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia for international students?
Ans. The requirements for the MBBS course at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia for international students are General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level with Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics. Students can also have any other equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate of the IIUM University. Prospective Candidates must also clear an entrance test, conducted by the University, and is required to be cleared for admissions.
Ques. What are the total fees for MBBS and Engineering Courses at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia for international students?
Ans. The total fees for Bachelor of Engineering are 66,500 MYR and for MBBS is 5,17,700 MYR at IIUM for international students, However, about 10-20% additional margin should be included in the fees as a safety measure against any hidden charges, annual subscriptions, or other fees as levied by the university.
Ques. What is the deadline for international students to apply to International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia after June?
Ans. International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia takes admissions almost throughout the year in 3 intake sessions. After June, there are two intake seasons in July and August.
Ques. Can one study a course in the Arabic Language, the language being a medium of instruction for the course, at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia?
Ans. Yes. Arabic is the medium of instruction for couches at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia but a student has to clear an Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) conducted by the IIUM to be able to gain admission in the Arabic batch. The APT test should be accompanied along with the ELP requirements. The score requirement is –
Ques. What are the application fees for applying to International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia, and where to apply?
Ans. The application fees for International students at International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia is about 470/550 MYR depending upon the course applied for. Aspirants can apply on the official admissions portal of the Institute.