International Students

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International Students

General Requirements

The general academic requirements for admission into undergraduate degree programmes of IIUM are:

  1. At least three (3) principal passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A) Level Examination (UK Educational System) obtained in one sitting OR
  2. International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum of six (6) subjects obtained in one sitting OR
  3. Any other qualifications that are recognized by the Senate of the University as equivalent to the above.

Applicants must also have the following subjects taken at the above mentioned examinations (A level, IB or any other equivalent certificates):

  1. Mathematics (for applicants to all undergraduate programmes offered except for Bachelor of Arabic).
  2. Two other subjects in the intended field of study.

The University will determine the merit and suitability of the applicant's academic grades received from their home country. The University reserves the right to determine an alternative relevant subject to Mathematics in case that the applicant has not taken the subject in his/her examinations.

Specific Requirements

Bachelor of Medicine and Pharmacy Requirements

In addition to the above qualifications, applicants for the MBBS and Pharmacy programme must also have at least three principal passes in the GCE 'A' Level examination or equivalents in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics. At the moment the University may consider applicants for MBBS with a full scholarship from their own governments.

Bachelor of Engineering Requirements

Applicants to the undergraduate programme in Engineering must also have three principal passes including two (2) in Mathematics and Physics. The third subject may be chosen from other Science subjects, which may include Additional Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology.

Specific International Qualifications

To check for qualifications required for bridging programmes, check here.

The University reserves the right to change the above requirements at any time without prior notice.

Language Requirements

English and Arabic are the two primary languages used for instruction in the University, depending on the specific programme of study.

Applicants wishing to pursue their studies in programmes with English as medium of instruction must present a score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Band 6.0 in the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). It is compulsory for those who apply for Bachelor of English Language and Literature.

Alternatively, they may sit for the IIUM-administered English Placement Test (EPT) and obtain a minimum of 6.0 points to fulfill the English language requirement.

Applicants interested in programmes with Arabic as a medium of instruction must achieve an exemption after sitting for the IIUM-administered Arabic Placement Test (APT).

Applicants who are unable to submit satisfactory results in any of the above tests may take up language proficiency courses at the University to fulfill the admission requirements.

Other Requirements

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or take an entrance test conducted by the Student Admission Committee (SAC).

Applicants should note that normally there are more applications than places available at the University. The fulfillment of the minimum entrance requirements alone does not guarantee admission into the University.