FAQs – Application and Admission
1. What is the admission procedure?
Indian applicants should contact MIU’s Representative Office in New Delhi. The office periodically conducts entrance tests for applicants; the next one has been announced for 28th August 2013. Please download details and the application form from our homepage.
Applicants are advised to contact the MIU office a few months after the test and seek results. Successful candidates will then be asked to wait till their Student Visa is issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the student visa arrives at the Iranian Embassy or Consulate of the applicant’s choice, the applicant must go there with his passport to get the visa affixed to it.
2. How long does the admission procedure take?
Unfortunately, the procedure takes long and requires patience on the part of applicants. The applicant must mentally prepare himself that it may take 9-12 months from the date of the Entrance Test to receipt of the Student Visa. And during this time, he must follow-up periodically with MIU’s office in Delhi. Experience has shown that, perhaps due to a shortage of staff, the MIU office is not yet able to do a good job of contacting applicants.
3. I don’t have a passport. Can I still apply?
Yes. Having a passport is not a necessary criterion to apply. You may even delay your passport application till after you are sure you have got admission. However, to avoid delays, it would be better to apply at the earliest.
4. What is the age limit for someone to study at Al Mustafa University?
MIU rules specify a minimum age of 18 years. For the maximum age limit, the University usually decides based on needs and local conditions in each country. At present they have announced a maximum age limit of 30 years for Indian applicants; this may change with time. In general, younger applicants have an advantage at the time of admission; however older applicants with good educational qualifications or a record of community work stand a good chance too.
5. What language will the Entrance Test be conducted in?
6. What kind of questions does the Entrance Test include?
To the best of our knowledge, the test comprises a series of Multiple Choice questions. Some pertain to General Knowledge, others pertain to knowledge about Islamic belief and practices. There are also questions designed to test the applicants I.Q.
7. What should I do while I am waiting for my admission procedure to get completed?
The most important thing is to build and safeguard your Taqwa – avoiding all that is haram, and performing all that is wajib. Do keep in mind that now that you have decided to study at the Hawza, Shaitan has marked you out for special effort!
If you are already working, it would be a good idea to save as much money as you can in the remaining months. These savings will help you settle in into your new routine in Qom, esp. after you get married.
If you are presently enrolled in a course of study, do not lose interest in it. Complete it with more diligence and determination than you would have otherwise.
Then, for every applicant we recommend the following:-
- Make a special effort to understand Indian society. Read up about its history, religions, and demographics. What are the main issues and challenges facing Indian society? You will need this understanding later, and will find it difficult to acquire it while at the Hawza.
- Next, read up books or listen to lectures related to Islam. However, please pick only the most reputed and qualified writers and speakers.
- If you still have time, strengthen your proficiency in languages that are important in India – English, Hindi, your state’s language. This will come in useful later.
- If you still have time, get involved in some community development efforts. This will build your concerns for others, and also enable you to see the reality of our communities from up-close.
8. Should I learn Farsi or Arabic while waiting for my admission procedure to be completed?
While coming to the Hawza with some knowledge of Farsi, Arabic etc. can be an advantage, we usually do not recommend spending time on learning these languages in India. Not only is the result-to-effort ratio of learning these subjects in the Indian environment usually low, these subjects are well-taught at the Hawza anyway. But the other subjects we have listed above (ref Q.3.) are very important; they are not taught at the Hawza and the Indian environment is the right place to study them.
9. What should I do if I am rejected in the admission procedure? Can I apply again?
At first, try and understand what led to the rejection. If it is something that you can remedy in the next entrance test, then do so and then try again.
If you find that securing admission at MIU will not be possible for you at all, do not lose heart. May be the All-merciful Allah (swt) has something even better planned for you; perhaps he will open other avenues for you to acquire ‘ilm and serve His deen.
10. I don’t meet one of the criteria required to participate in the entrance test. Is there some way I can still sit take the test?
This is a matter between MIU and you. We are not in a position to influence MIU’s decisions in this regard. Generally speaking, if you have all the remaining documents etc. in order, there is a chance that MIU may allow you to participate.
11. It’s not possible for me to be present at the test venue on the specified date. Can you take my test at some other location, or on some other date?
The test is being conducted by MIU, not by us! We are not in a position to influence its date or location.