Studying in Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Since 2010, Qassim University has been steadily accepting a larger number of non-Saudi scholarship students, studying at various academic levels – from the pre-university Arabic Language Institute to post-graduate studies. Because the university and the region of Qassim is not known to many outsiders, and perhaps many are hearing about it for the first time, I have decided to write a brief overview that can act as a guide for those interested in studying here.

The Region of Qassim
Qassim ( القصيم ), also spelled as Qaseem or Gassim, is one of the thirteen administrative regions of Saudi Arabia. It is located at the heart of the country, and almost in the center of the Arabian Peninsula, and is approximately 300 km northwest of Riyadh and 500 km east of Madinah. It has a population of 1,016,756 and an area of 65,000 km². It has more than 400 cities, towns, villages and Bedouin settlements, ten of which are recognized as governorates. Its capital city is Buraydah (population of 609,000), which is inhabited by approximately 49% of the region’s total population. ʿUnayzah (population of 163,000) is the region’s second largest city by population, followed by Rass (population of 133,000) as the third largest city.The region of Qassim has a typical desert climate, known for its cold rainy winters, and for its hot and sometimes balmy summers with low humidity. Agriculture is the cornerstone of the region’s economy. Buraydah is one of the biggest dates producers worldwide. It also has the biggest camel market in the world.

The region is served by schools in every city and town for all three educational levels (primary, intermediate, and secondary), and includes various types of school (public, private, Qur’anic and international), with international and private schools mainly concentrated in the cities of Buraydah and ʿUnayzah. Although there are many private colleges in the region, there is only one university, Qassim University.

There are at least one or two general hospitals in every city of the region, in addition to the private health care sector, which has a stronger presence than the governmental one. Private hospitals are distributed everywhere in the cities of the region.

The People of Qassim

It is well known that the people of Qassim are some of the friendliest and most hospitable of Saudis. In general, the people of Qassim are known for being more religious and conservative, as it is well established that the most conservative part of Saudi Arabia has always been Qassim. One who lives in Qassim for some time will begin to notice that many of the vices that have plagued the larger cities of Saudi Arabia are not present, or are very minimal, in Qassim. This, along with a cleaner environment (minimized pollution), allows a student to spend his time focusing on his studies rather than being distracted.

Over the last few decades, Qassim has produced many prominent local and international figures. Several key government, religious and business positions have been held by people from the region. The following are just a few examples:
  1. ʿAbdullah bin Sulayman al-Hamdan – former Minister of Finance and the very first minister in Saudi Arabia
  2. Muhammad al-Hamad al-Shubayli – former Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and the former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Iraq, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Malaysia
  3. ʿAbdullah bin Salih al-ʿUbayd – former Minister of Education
  4. Ibrahim bin ʿAbdul-ʿAziz al-ʿAssaf – current Minister of Finance
  5. Salih bin ʿAbdullah bin Humayd – former chairman of the Shura Council
  6. Salih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydan – former chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council
  7. Muhammad bin ʿAbdullah al-Subayyil – former Imam of Masjid al-Haram
  8. ʿAbdul-Rahman bin ʿAbdul-ʿAziz al-Sudays – current Imam of Masjid al-Haram
  9. Muhammad bin Sulayman al-Muhaysini – famous Qari and businessman
  10. Salih bin ʿAbdul-ʿAziz al-Rajhi – billionaire and founder of Al Rajhi Bank
Qassim – The Land of Islamic Knowledge

Historically, the region of Qassim is known to be a place that has produced many scholars in the various Islamic disciplines, whether it be in ʿAqidah, Tafsir, Hadith or Fiqh (of the Hanbali madh-hab). The reason for that is the religious and conservative nature of the people, along with a special attention paid by religious people for their children to study the Islamic disciplines. And so children start at a very young age by firstly memorizing the Qur’an along with short concise texts in each of the Islamic disciplines. This helps them to build a strong foundation before moving on to the more advanced levels. Furthermore, all of this is done under the supervision of a local shaykh in small groups or one-on-one. After that, they move on to studying more intermediary and advanced texts. Apart from this method of learning, which usually takes place in the local masjid, the students are enrolled in day time Islamic schools and institutes, such as al-Maʿhad al-ʿIlmi, where they study their primary, intermediate, and secondary schooling before heading to university where they specialize in a particular Islamic discipline.

Hence, the region of Qassim has been a beacon of light for many Saudis and outsiders who have come to learn in Saudi Arabia due to the many scholars it has produced, especially in the last several decades. However, although that is the case, many who have benefited from the scholars of Qassim have never stepped foot in the region. Rather, they have benefited from the many scholars who traveled outside of Qassim and settled in other regions to teach, whether it be in educational institutions or in famous masajid such as the Haramayn in Makkah and Madinah. Yet there are other scholars from Qassim who have never left and have always resided here, but have benefited many through their writings and recorded lectures.The following are examples of many prominent scholars and academics that Qassim has produced, both from the past and present:
  1. ʿAbdul-Rahman bin Nasir al-Saʿdi [d. 1367 A.H.]
  2. ʿAbdullah bin Muhammad al-Duwaysh [d. 1409 A.H.]
  3. Muhammad bin Salih al-ʿUthaymin [d. 1421 A.H.]
  4. Humud bin ʿAbdullah bin ʿUqla’ al-Shuʿaybi [d. 1422 A.H.]
  5. ʿAbdullah bin ʿAbdul-Rahman al-Bassam [d. 1423 A.H.]
  6. ʿAbdullah bin ʿAbdul-ʿAziz bin ʿAqil [d. 1432 A.H.]
  7. ʿAbdul-Rahman bin Nasir al-Barrak
  8. Salih bin Fawzan al-Fawzan
  9. ʿAbdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-ʿAbbad
  10. ʿAbdullah bin Muhammad al-Ghunayman
  11. Muhammad bin Nasir al-Suhaybani
  12. ʿAbdul-Karim bin ʿAbdullah al-Khudayr
  13. ʿAbdul-Rahman bin ʿAbdullah al-ʿAjlan
  14. Yusuf bin Muhammad al-Ghafis
  15. Sulayman bin Nasir al-ʿUlwan
  16. Salman bin Fahad al-ʿAwdah
  17. Nasir bin Sulayman al-ʿUmar
  18. ʿAbdul-Rahman bin Salih al-Mahmud
  19. Khalid bin ʿAli al-Mushayqih
  20. Khalid bin ʿAbdullah al-Muslih
  21. Ahmad bin ʿAbdul-Rahman al-Qadhi
  22. ʿAbdullah bin Muhammad al-Tayyar
  23. ʿAbdullah bin Salih al-Fawzan
  24. Yusuf bin ʿAbdullah al-Shubayli
  25. Ibrahim bin ʿAbdullah al-Duwaysh

Qassim University

Qassim University was established in 2004 by merging the Qassim branches of King Saud University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University. Subsequently, its constituent colleges that were scattered throughout different cities of Qassim became a part of Qassim University. At present, the university encompasses 28 colleges for both male and female students in different cities across the region. The number of male and female students registered at the university during the academic year of 2010-2011 approached 50,000, and the number of faculty members and staff reached well over 4,000.

The main campus of Qassim University is located in the middle of the region just outside Buraydah. That is where the main administration and various deanships are located. It is also where the College of Shariʿah and Islamic Studies is situated, as well as the College of Arabic Language and the Arabic Language Institute.

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In 2010, Qassim University started accepting non-Saudi scholarship students from abroad. Most of these students were from the Balkans (Bosnia, Kosova and Albania) and a few other countries such as the Philippines and some African countries. Ever since, the university has seen an increase in applicants from around the world. The majority of these students are non-Arabic speakers, and as such they are required to complete a two year Arabic program similar to that of other Saudi universities. After that, the students have the opportunity to enroll in the College of Shariʿah and Islamic Studies, or any other college of their choice (with exception to certain colleges, such as the College of Medicine), to complete a bachelors degree. The College of Shariʿah and Islamic Studies consists of four main departments: ʿAqidah, Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh. A student can choose from one of these for his specialization. Upon successful completion of the bachelors program, a student has the option to continue on to post-graduate studies in one of the aforementioned disciplines.

As for female students, Qassim University has a College of Shariʿah and Islamic Studies for women which is located in the city of Buraydah. However, the college does not cater for non-Arabic speaking students and does not have an Arabic Language Institute like the one for male students. Hence, the university does not accept non-Saudi female applicants from abroad unless they already know Arabic and can enter the college directly, and are already living in Qassim with their husbands.

Once accepted, a student receives the same benefits that non-Saudi scholarship students receive in all other Saudi universities. That includes, but is not limited to:

  • A student visa and residence permit
  • A yearly round-trip plane ticket to the country the student came from
  • A monthly stipend of 850 SR (900 SR for post-graduates students)
  • Free accommodation (for single students only)
  • Free basic medical care
  • Discounted meals

Application Process

Firstly, the requirements for admission to Qassim University, as a non-Saudi living abroad, are the same as for all other Saudi universities (maximum age of 25 years, high school graduate, etc.).Secondly, there are only two ways to apply to Qassim University:

The first way is by sending one’s documents to the university by postal mail. Hence, there is no online application process like there is for other Saudi universities, such as the Islamic University of Madinah. However, in recent years, the university has given very little consideration to applications that come to them via mail, as they don’t have any first hand knowledge of the applicants, and are thus reluctant to consider them for admission.

The other way to apply is by sitting for an interview that the university conducts when it visits certain countries. The university gives preference to those who they meet and conduct an interview with, especially if the applicant is known by the local teachers and scholars. The only problem is that there is no official way of finding out when and where the university will go to conduct these interviews. As for coming to the university itself for an interview, like people do for the Islamic University of Madinah, it is not possible if you come on an ʿUmrah or Hajj visa, as the Saudi authorities do not permit such visa holders from traveling outside Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah.

Finally, there is no official application form that the university provides for applicants. Interested applicants should simply send the following list of documents (translated into Arabic) to the postal address below:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Deputy Dean of Student Affairs (Dr. Abdullah Abdul-Aziz al-Tuwayjiri), stating the applicant’s desire to study at the university, and written in either Arabic or English
  • Complete postal address of applicant, along with phone number and email address
  • At least two tazkiyahs (letters of recommendation) from known Islamic centers in applicant’s country
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • Copy of academic transcript
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of valid passport

Dr. Abdullah Abdul-Aziz al-Tuwayjiri د. عبد الله بن عبد العزيز التويجري
Vice Dean of Student Affairs                                             وكيل شؤون الطلاب
Qassim University                                                                            جامعة القصيم
P.O. Box 6620, Buraydah 51452                    ص. ب. ٦٦٢٠ – بريدة ٥١٤٥٢
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia                                             المملكة العربية السعودية

There is no official deadline for applying to the university. Whoever wishes to apply can send their documents at any time of the year.

Once the documents have been sent, there is no practical way of following up on one’s application with the university. One should just be patient and continue on with life until the university contacts them through the contact information they provided with their documents. Also, there is no official acceptance list that the university posts of accepted applicants like other Saudi universities.

As for those wishing to apply for post-graduate studies, the procedure is completely different than what I have mentioned above. Post-graduate applicants should visit the website of the Deanship of Graduate Studies for more information: www.gsd.qu.edu.sa

Official site of Qassim University: www.qu.edu.sa/en

Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
7th of Safar 1434

Last Updated on 16th of Shaʿban 1437 (23rd of May 2016)

About Kamil Ahmad

Graduated from Islamic University of Madinah (Bachelors in Shari’ah & post graduate diploma in Da’wah) | Pursuing Masters in Aqeedah from Qaseem University

199 comments on “Studying in Qassim, Saudi Arabia

  1. Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaah…is there any such universities for students over the age of 25..30-35 age bracket? And if such could you further recommend where to apply.

    Barraq Allaahu Feek

    wa salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

      All the universities in Saudi Arabia follow the guidelines placed by the Saudi ministry of higher education. And the rule not allowing applicants apply who are over the age limit applies to all Saudi universities. However, some universities bend that rule and are known to be flexible to facilitate those applicants who are above the age limit. Umul-Qura University in Makkah, King Saud University in Riyadh and Qassim University are examples of such universities.

  2. asalamualykum akhi could you post something about your experience of studying in madinah and in qassim and how its like the differences and the advantages and akhi if i apply for madinah can i apply for qasim aswell and umm al qura and imam university riyadh

    jazakallah khar

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      There aren’t that many notable differences/advantages between studying in Madinah and studying in Qaseem. But I’ll just mention a few here:

      1) Access to the scholars and teachers is much easier in Qaseem given the small amount of students that exist here as compared to in Madinah. As a result, a student can establish a strong personal relationship with the scholars and benefit from them much more, especially outside the academic studies of the university.

      2) There are many programs outside the university here in Qaseem that cater to building a strong base for the student in all the various Islamic disciplines, something that exists in Madinah but not as common and structured as in Qaseem.

      3) For someone who wants to study the Hanbali madh-hab, there is no better place to do so than in Qaseem. The region of Qaseem is part of the historically known Najd area which is all Hanbali land.

      4) The university administration here in Qaseem pay special attention to foreign students and go out of there way to help them out. Anyone who has studied in Madinah can tell you how the university administration there deals with the students.

      5) There are not as many distractions for a student who wants to achieve maximum benefit from his stay in Qaseem and focus on his studies. In Madinah, the students get distracted due to a variety of factors, the main one being a large student body from all countries of the world, hence allowing students from the same country or same language to socialize which many a time leads to wasting time.

      Having said that, I must add that the main advantage that studying in Madinah has over studying in Qaseem is being able to live in the city of the Prophet (saw) and pray in his Masjid regularly.

  3. asalamualykum brother i heard that there is a sheikh in qaseem who is 90 years old and is an expert in hanbali fiqh do you know what is his name is

  4. The following was taken from madinahstudent.co.uk and as such applies for the Islamic University of Madinah. However, I though it might be helpful considering Madinah and Qasseem aren’t probably similar institutions.

    “When Do I know If I am Accepted or Not?

    27-3-2013

    The list of accepted students for the academic year 2013/14 will come out in late summer 2013 Insha’Allah. The day it comes out it will be posted on this website Insha’Allah.

    If your name appears on the list you have been accepted and will receive a full scholarship (free flights, visas, accommodation, monthly bursary and education). You will be expected to process your paper and arrive in Madinah to start studies in September/October time.

    If your name does not appear on the list or your do not receive a notification of acceptance from the University, then you have not been successful. There is no way you can get into the University if your name is not on the list, there are no late entries or applications like in western Colleges and Universities.”

    “Application for 2013/14 Has Not Yet Closed

    (26/03/2013)

    Alhamdulillah, the University is still accepting applications for the academic year 2013/14. The final cut off date of application is unknown however it is likely to be very soon.”

    “My application is still open after 10 days!!!
    01 March 2013

    When an individual applies to the Islamic University online they receive a message stating that they have 10 days to amend their applications, however huge amounts of westerners have found that their application remain open and are still able to edit their applications.

    MadinahStudent .co.uk spoke with the head of European acceptance department in the University to discuss this issue. We were told that the application of Westerners are generally left open and are not sealed after ten days to allow them the opportunity to improve their applications, such as adding new educational documents. An application remaining open does not mean that it has not be received by the University, however if an application is missing required documents it will be considered incomplete and will most likely not be considered until it has been completed.
    And Allah knows best.”

  5. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    Akh, I would like to know that;

    1. If I study Shari’ah degree in Qassim University, can I pursue my postgraduate study in other Saudi Universities, ex: Ummul Qura or Islamic University Medina.

    2. Right now, as 6 May 2016, is the application process is the same as stated above which is via manually (not via online)?

    Syukran.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      1. You can pursue post-graduate studies at any other Saudi university except three: Madeenah, Umul-Qura and Imam Muhammad b. Sa’ud in Riyadh.

      2. Yes, it is the same, although I will be updating this in the coming week inshaAllah.

      • Alhamdulillah, syukran for the fast reply.

        I still have something to clarify;
        1. For Ummul Qura, Islam Madinah and Imam Muhammad Saud; they only accept postgraduate admissions which graduated from their university degrees, right?

        2. I’m highly interested in studying Arabic, Fiqh and Hadith, and learn from Saudi’s prominent scholars. I would like your advice on which is the best for me; in my mind are those three universities above, (esp Madinah and Imam). – or is Qassim University also great to be compared with those three? –

        3. By the way, mabruk on your degree in Madinah, it’s my dream to pursue there. And, for Madinah, Umm Qura, Imam, is it possible for Hadith degree student to pursue post-graduate diploma or masters in other disciplines, ex; Fiqh.

        Asiff for the long comment. These questions keep popping in my mind. Syukran.
        جزاك الله خير الجزاء

        • 1. Yes, that’s correct.
          2. I would say that Qassim University comes in fourth after those three universities.
          3. Certain disciplines, not all. For example, for fiqh you must have a BA in fiqh (sharee’ah), but for Aqidah it’s not necessary to be a graduate of Aqidah (Usul-ud-Deen).

  6. assalam ,dear brother , i have finished masters from Dhaka uni,,,, from Arabic dept , is there any opportunity to apply in masters in Arabic dept of ksa .?

  7. Aslmkum. Please I want to apply for BS in management, do i need to undergo any test before coming like toefl because my school certificate and higher school certificate is from cambridge university.

  8. Aslmkum. I shall be very grateful to know if a female student can apply for an undergraduate course, because my brother shall be applying soon. If the answer is in the affirmative, then the application process needs to be done by postal mail or via the net.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      First your brother needs to be accepted and start studying at the university, then you he can apply for you.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      The university is accredited by NCAAA (National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment).

  9. Assalaam alaykum,
    Iam a muslim,medical doctor by profession. I have always wanted to learn Arabic. How can I get a scholarship to study Arabic maximum for a year and if that is not possible how can I get an opportunity to do my post graduate studies in Medicine in Saudi Arabia? Please help me find someone who can help with this.I have searched on the net for answers to both questions but but I could not find them.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      You need to meet the conditions for applying to study Arabic in Saudi universities, and one of those conditions is being below the age of 25.

      As for medical programs, they are not open for non-Saudis.

      • Assalaam alaykum,
        Thanks for your reply. Even if I can’t do my post graduate programme in Saudi Arabia I still want to learn Arabic.Aren’t there any institutions apart from the universities that organise Arabic courses for Muslims who don’t speak Arabic or new Muslims? Can you please find out?

        • Wa alaikum assalam,

          No, there are no such programs in Saudi Arabia. You can try other countries like Egypt.

  10. Assalaam alaycum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh, sorry brother kamil, I beg you to send me again the link for post graduate enquires in Qassim University. Baaaraka Allah feek

  11. Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh akh…please is the application still on into Qasim university?… I’ll like to apply for my first degree in any of the Islamic disciplines… I wish my question will be quickly attended to….jazaakumullahu khairan

  12. Assalamlaikum Wa rehmatulahi Wabarakatahu…

    Dear Sir,
    i like to know that my son Mohammed Ali Sulaiman is 22 years old and complete is 10th Class wiht english medium and have good knowledge of computer. then he joined deeni madarsa for hafiz course now he is in 24th para of quran, soon in 3 month it will be completed. in sha Allah
    i want him to join Alim course and he also love to. so can u tell me if it possible can he study in all Qassim. because i know i worked in Saudi for few years al Qassim is best of all Saudi for islamic knowledge.
    please advice how much fees it will for Alim, Qari course and i am not so rich if it is higher. and when admission will be open.

    jazakAllah

  13. Assalamualaikum Warahmatullah ya akh;

    I would like to ask about the options on the undergraduate studies in Islamic disciplines;
    Is there a specific degree program for Hadith just like the degree program in Jamiah Madinah?
    ex; Degree in Hadith and its Sciences. Syukran.

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

      As I explained in this post, Qassim University has only one college for all Islamic disciplines, called the College of Shari’ah & Islamic Studies. But you could specialize in one of the Islamic disciplines towards the end of your undergrad.

  14. Assalamu Alaykum ya Shiekh Kamil, I would like to ask the situation of my brother, before he leaved Qassim University for vacation to the Philippines he told me that there is problem about his medical exam, is there any chance that he could continue his studying in Qassim?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      I don’t know what problem he had exactly with his medical exam. He should ask the student representative for the Philippines in Qassim Univ.

  15. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    Brother Kamil, May Allah swt reward you for your help.
    I being originally from Pakistan, live in Jeddah with a student status under my father’s sponsorship(meaning I have Iqama). I want to come over to Qassim to apply in the 2 year Arabic program at the University. What advice do you have for me?
    Jazak’Allah Khair.

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      You can apply, but you would be considered for admission as an internal applicant, not external, meaning that you would not get the same benefits that international students get, such as an iqama under the university sponsorship, free yearly ticket, free residence, monthly stipend, etc.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      The first semester starts in September, and the second semester starts in February. So if accepted, you would start in either semester depending on when you get your visa.

  16. dear brother , when will be announced the result of qasim un,,,,,,, for external student with scholarship for 2016 – 17 season

  17. Dear brother! May allah swt reward you for your helpWhen will admisson start in Al Qaseem Uni, and will there be an admisson test or not for college of arabic language and islamic studies

    • The entire application process is written in detail in this article above. Please go through it thoroughly. Your answers are all there.

  18. Salam , am a resident in usa, but originally from West Africa, well am kind of interested in studying Saudi, currently I have bachelor degree in biomedical engineering, but I feel like nothing, I thank allah for the achievement the pay is good, but to my understanding something their is something am lacking not happy due to the thinking I can do better than this, all my thoughts everyday was learning more about islamic Deen, doing dawah, hadith and sharia studies. I think I can be a great help to my community by building mosque, because I inherited many land in gambia, is their anyway you can connect me with the right for this type of opportunity

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      The entire application process is written in detail in this article above. Please go through it thoroughly. Your answers are all there.

  19. am a graduate of Islamic studies from a university in Nigeria ,how can I apply for a masters degree in Islamic studies in a Saudi University .please give me a guidance and recommendations my name is Ahmad Emiola from Ibadan Oyo state Nigeria

  20. Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh, Brother Kamil, i am really glad to write this commment, hoping to meet your kindness with a clear understanding, i am a graduate of senior high school, Ghanian citizen, i wish to apply for for a course in the university of Qassim but due to some mistake in my name, the name i used on my senior high certificate was Umar Abdul Jalaal Deen, whereas the rest of my document contain Umar Jalaal Deen, for this reason, it has been preventing me from submitting my documents through the postal, please i wants you to educate me concerning a slip of change of name, and how it should be submitted, Assalamu Alaikum

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      You must submit your application based on the name mentioned on your passport.

  21. Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah, sheikh, thanks for your reply , but sheikh, as you said i must submit my application according to the name on my passport, na’am i have agreed but sheikh, will i have a problem with my document, as i said, the name on my school certificate, differes from the name on my passport, so if i send all, will it be a problem or there is a consideration or it will be ok

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      It should be okay. The main thing is the name on your passport, because if you are accepted, they will send you a visa based on that name, and if it happens to be different from the name on your passport, you will not be able to get the visa.

  22. Assalam alaykum wa rahmatullah wabarakat.

    I’m Ali from Rwanda but currently studying in Turkey.

    Thanks for your information but I got few questions to ask you!

    1.I would like to know,when you are writtting that letter ,do we have to include which department we are interested in or we choose the department after completing the 2 year arabic language program.

    2.Are we supposed to choose in all the department or we have to study that department of islamic studies.

    3.Is it obligatory to have two tazquiyaat?because there are possibility to get one,then if so,can we send it also?

    4.Do the Tazquiyaat have to be originated from your country of nationality or which ever country you reside in?

    5.I was kindly asking to please provide us with information of other saudi universities if possible!so that we can know about them also, how they admit and other useful information for us!

    Thanks!!

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      1. You choose the department and specialization after completing the 2 year Arabic program.

      2. You are allowed to choose any department or specialization except for any medical-related fields.

      3. You must get 2 taskiyat. If you cannot, then submit whatever you can get, even if it is only one.

      4. The tazkiyat can be from anywhere.

      5. I have written about studying in other Saudi universities here:
      http://www.kamilahmad.com/studying-in-saudi-universities/

  23. Assalamu alaikum.
    What is the Email address that we will send our documents to dr abdullah abdulaziz at-tuwijiri.
    Thank

    • If the university decides to accept you, they will contact you directly. You can expect that in about a year from now or more.

  24. asalamu alaikum yaa akhi….Are we to wait for acceptance until sometime due to the financial crisis in the kingdom of saudi Arabia.i read a news about the cutoff of scholarship for foreign students on Arabnews.com… yaa akhi is that true…and how will you edge us in your own knowledge about our acceptance to qassim university…thank you

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Yes, it is true. That’s why none of the universities have announced the accepted students for this year until now, not even Madinah University. So Allah knows best when they will make the announcements.

  25. As you have been mentioning above, there is the possibility for certain applicants who are above the age of 25 to be accepted. For myself I am 29 years of age but holds good o_level and a_level certificate from Cambridge. Is there a chance.

    • Based on what I am aware of, there is no possibility for anyone above 25 years to be admitted to any Saudi university.

  26. Assalaam alaykum akhy kamil
    Sorry can you help me your whatsapp number? or your email?
    I want to know many things from you bi idhni llah,
    also I want to know

    1.how is the possibility of getting admission to Undergraduate after completing the two years of arabic.

    2.if you know Arabic well there is a need of starting a arabic course?

    3.For the first journey after being accepted and receive a visa, the ticket is up on yourself or?

    4.there is any Private people or company or university that offer scholarship for international students?

    5,Thesituation of government of stopping scholarship now is the first time or had happened the years ago then oppened.?

    6.and 7.baarakallah fiik

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      1. Upon successful completion of the Arabic program, getting accepted to the undergraduate programs is easy.
      2. If your Arabic is good enough, then the university will allow you to go straight to the undergraduate program of your choice.
      3. The university will send you a ticket along with your visa.
      4. No.
      5. First time.

  27. Before sending the required documents and application letter there is any need of submitting it to the embassy for signing and satisfying?
    if yes
    it must be my home country or any country?

    A passport must also be translated arabic?

  28. Assalamualaikum. I am Bro Tajudin from Malaysia. I am 26 years old now. Is it possible for my age to enrol into the university given the maximum age is 25 years old? Has there been any case that older students than the stated age enrolled into the university?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      The rule for the age to be below 25 is a strict rule applied by the ministry of education, not the university itself. So it is very rare to find anyone accepted above 25.

  29. Aslm. I have been sending my documents by postal mail but have not included the academic transcript since the A level certificate is from Cambridge. Will it be considered though.

  30. See I do not understand what is meant by academic transcript. I shall be very grateful if you can shed light upon its meaning. From my point of view the academic transcript are the grades that are shown on the A-level certificate. For instance, for a particular subject let say French you have been awarded a grade 3 which is a score of 70-79 marks.

  31. Aslm wr wb

    Does the university offer any other madhahib besides hanbali or do you know any other universities/institutions/persons who offer an alternative madhab for fiqh.

    JazakAllah khayr for the replies bro

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      Saudi Arabia is a hanbali country, thus the curriculum in all universities will be based on that. The only exception is Madinah University where students in the college of Sharee’ah study comparative fiqh, covering all four madh-habs.

  32. I am currently studying in Saudi university as a scholarship student. Is it possible for me to transfer to qaseem university?

    • Assalamu alaikum,

      You’ll have to inquire with your current university. If they approve, then you can come and speak to the admissions department of Qassim University.

  33. As salam aleikum yaa sheik,

    If a person did not learn Arabic language before applying, what is the probability of being admitted and will that person have adequate arabic knowledge for that 2 years programme?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      The two year Arabic program is designed to teach students who have no background in Arabic whatsoever.

  34. If someone has a university degree like say in microbiology and he’s still below 25 years can he use it for admission to study Arabic instead of o level…. JazakaLlahukhaeran

  35. Assalamualaikum

    i woud like to ask u about the application for master dgree , is there a way to apply by online of qassim university ?? because im feeling difficult to find and apply online of qassim university

  36. As salam aleikum sir,

    Did you know maybe Islamic University of Medinah has release their acceptance lists in this January?

    A friend of mine said so!

  37. Assalaamu Alaykum warahmatulahi wabarakatu brothers.
    Please after the Islamic studies for The years can I study computer science in addition in other college?

    Jazakallahu khair.

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      After the Arabic program, you can only choose one college to study in. You can choose Islamic Studies (Sharee’ah) or any other college (except the college of Medicine).

  38. Salaam alaykum akhi,
    When ever you find out, could you perhaps inform us when Qassim begins to approve of the scholarship of foreign students who have been accepted by the university?
    You could post a comment or reply to this one if you wished so.

    JazaakAllah khair.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Any applicant who is accepted by the university will b contacted by them. Th university does not release any acceptance lists.

  39. Assalaamu Alaykum,

    Please I want to study computer science as an undergraduate student in qassim university will I be accepted and I also have diploma in system engineering can I attached it to it.??

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Yes, you can. However, you would have to first study in the two year Arabic language program first.

      Yes, attach all your diplomas and certificates.

  40. Assalam alaykum
    Brother kamil jazakallahu khaira for your effort, I want to know if I can send to you my applications using your email. I mean not a postal mail but your university email. (البريد الالكتروني (ايميل)

  41. Assalamu Alaikum warahmathullahi wabarakathuhu

    Brother can I know if the university application is still open for the year 2017 . I’m from Sri Lanka . If yes the what’s the procedure for Asian countries.

    Jazakallah khairan.

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      Yes, the application is still open. Please read through the above post thoroughly. All your answers are there.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      If you applied before, you could have had a good chance. Now at the age of 25, it is difficult, and Allah knows best.

  42. salamu alaikum warahmatiulilah sheakh those who got an admission from the university in this samester when are they going?

  43. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
    Dear Brother,

    I am residing in Saudi Arabia on a transferable visa (Iqama holder). I wish to enroll to the University of Qassim from the bottom of my heart. May Allah Azzawajal reward you for helping me with the below Queries

    1. I am currently 27 yrs old. Is there a possibility of getting admitted in the university despite of the age limit if I directly visit the university to submit my applications with all the documents including the Tazkiyyah from Shuyookh ?

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      The university has a strict age policy whereby anyone above 25 does not get considered for admission. I would advise you to seek help from some notable people like big shuyukh or princes.

  44. Assalamu alaikkum brother.

    Just wondering if there are any residential schools allowing international high school students (currently living in a western country) to join and study both religion and normal high school curriculum in Saudi Arabia or any where in the middle east.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Madinah University has a high school for those who get accepted but have not completed their high school. But to get admitted there is very difficult. Also, they don’t teach the regular high school curriculum, only Islamic studies.

  45. Assalamu Alaikum, can I Pursue my master degree at qassim university if I finish bachelor degree at this university at 31 years with good grade?

  46. AssalamAleikum
    I wanted to become a HafizulQuran From Buraydah though im 19 now
    Can anyone contact me on whatsapp 0775670143 and help me out

  47. assalamu alaikum!
    Can a foreign female be granted admission to Imam Saud university in Riyadh?
    Is there a preparatory year for non saudi females?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Yes, there are female foreigners who study at Imam Saud University.

      If you decide to go into non-Islamic specializations, you will be required to take the preparatory year.

  48. Asalamualaykum brother.
    I came across your blog while searching for Arabic classes for women in Qassim. I live here but am finding it difficult to find an institute that caters for non Arab women. Apart from the class for the wives of Qassim university students which I am not eligible for. Do you know of anyone who may be able to help me in regards to this? I would appreciate any help.
    Umm Saleh

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Who said you are not eligible for the female Arabic Institute for the students’ wives? They make exceptions for some people. I know of some English teachers whose wives study there.

  49. Assalam Alaikum
    My son want to become a Hafizul Quran From Buraydah. Currently his age is 19.( Now he is India) He study in Hamidhiyya Hifl Madrasa, in India
    Can anyone contact me on whatsapp 00919360206518 and help my son to memorized Holy Qur’an.
    Now I am in Buraidha.

    Thanks
    Wassalaam.
    MNL SULAIMAN
    Email: mnlaerotravels@gmail.com

  50. Assalamu Alaikum, Brother I sent my applications to Qassim University to the address that you have mentioned above. But it is not delivered to the university. Are you sure that the address you provided is correct?

  51. As-Salam Aleykoum Wa Rahmatoullah,

    May ALLAH reward you by the best for support .

    I know a student’s wife in Al Qassim University who told me that a scholar have warn against the university ; so her husband doesn’t want to forward any new application ; do you know this warn or this scholar ?

    Barak ALLAHOU Fik .

    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

      No reputable scholars of Ahl-us-Sunnah have warned against the university. So no need to pay attention to such fitnah-mongers.

  52. Asalaamu alaykum. Jazaakumullahu khayran for your concern. My question is that the name on my certificates differs totally from that of my passport because I did change of name, is there any chance for me being accepted at the University?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      That would be problematic, however I don’t think it is impossible for the university to accept you as long as you point that fact out to them.

  53. Assalaamuaikum
    please I want to know if I can still apply now
    Again, I have just completed university (not in ismic studies though), but I will receive my certificate next year, by that time I will be above 25, is there anything I can do?
    am also married, so I want to know if the university have special accommodation for married couple that’s if they accept married people

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      You should apply now before you become 25 years.

      No, the university does not offer accommodation for married students. The students must arrange for their own accommodation.

  54. Asalaamualikum

    Is it the same way they teach in Madinah and qassim
    Meaning the first 2 years they teach Arabic then a 4 year bachelors

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Yes, the following universities offer Phd in Islamic studies:

      1) Madeenah University.
      2) Umul Qura University.
      3) Imam Saud University.
      4) King Saud University.
      5) King Abdul-Aziz University.
      6) Qassim University.

  55. Asalaamualikum,
    Hope your in the best of health and Iman

    What would you say is the difference between Madinah and qassim university ?

    also do you have to be a Hafiz to be accepted ?

  56. Assalamu Alaikum which result is accepted for application?neco,waec,nbais or Arabic school certificate.

  57. assalam aleakum please sir I am olayiwola Ibrahim from nigeria which day I they going to announce the acceptance pls I need reply now

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      They don’t announce any acceptance lists. Whoever is accepted, they contact them directly.

  58. Assalam Alaikum, neco and nbais results are secondary school result are they acceptable for application? Secondly,are school testimonial required for application?

  59. assalam alykum.am steven njolinjo from malawi by nationality.i applied 2015 .my brother is one who took my document and submit them to qassim university by hand.since 2015 up to date there is no any good results.so does it mean am not accepted? if it is like that is it allowed to apply again? and i want to know if the university recomends the one who is posessing intermidiate diploma in islamic studies? please it is possibled send to me postal mail so that i can apply agian because just one year left my pasport to be exipired.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Your brother should follow up and see what happened with your application at the university. Yes, you can apply again, but you should renew your passport first.

  60. do you have any information regarding studying in Qasim or saudi in general with a spouse. what are the expenditures living with a family.

    • First consider getting accepted. Once you’re accepted, you will come by yourself without your family. When you’re here, you can see the situation yourself.

  61. Asalaamu alaykum,
    Is it still a Qassim University requirement that upon acceptance, one who has a spouse must his finish studies for 2 years before they are allowed to bring their spouse over?

  62. Assalamu Alaikum, Brother Kamil.
    May Allah Aza Wajal reward you immensely for showing kindness & interest in helping other Muslims. . I have gained many insight via reading through those previous comments on the questions and answers. Meanwhile, I have this short question:
    If I have Master in Business administration from a UK University and I wish to study an islamic related course in saudi and I am 35 years , What is the chances of being admitted into any post graduate studies / how to go about it ?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      Saudi universities generally do not admit anyone to their post-graduate programs in Islamic studies for graduates of universities outside Saudi.

  63. Assalamu Alaikum,is school testimonial required for application?waec result is a secondary school certificate is it acceptable for application?

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      You only need to submit the secondary school certificate along with the transcript of grades.

  64. Assalamu Alaikum, 1)is it advisable to start the application process by next year August 2018?2)which email address will send my documents to?

    • If you want to be admitted for September 2019, you should start putting your documents together from now and send them soon before summer of 2018.

  65. Assalamu alaikum ya akhi,
    I would want to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management at Qassim University If Allah’s Wills. please pertaining the Cover letter do i have to state the Course i would want to Study.

    • Wa alaikum assalam,

      No, because you are applying to study at the Arabic language institute. After you successfully complete the 2-year program, you will then apply for the bachelor’s program.

  66. Assalam alaykom wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Jazak Allah Khayran for this article. I sent my submission to an email in a different article at this webpage. Is it trough that email or through the physical address that is written in this article? Jazak Allah Khayran.

  67. ASALAAM ALAIKUM! Well noted! Have they started calling or messaging the accepted students for this academic year? Sorry for any inconvenience…

  68. Assalamu Alaikum, please sir you did’nt mention the postal address/mail in this article. please mention it for the benefit of the ummah.

  69. Ohhhh sorry for that! I want to know whether Qassim University have started calling or messaging accepted students for this academic year? A student from The Gambia.

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