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Foundation Year 2024-25

Join us for a one-year course in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies

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What is the Foundation Year?

The Foundation Year in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences is tailored for students of Islamic knowledge who are just beginning their journey. The course provides a solid basis in Islamic scholarship through part-time study with qualified teachers in the UK, including Shaykh Akram Nadwi. It is the perfect opportunity for students and working professionals to study Arabic and the Islamic sciences to an advanced level.

Upon completion of the Foundation Year, students can progress onto the Arabic Immersion Programme and graduate from the Alimiyyah Programme as an ‘Alim or ‘Alimah, with a deep understanding of the fundamental Islamic sciences. Alternatively, students may choose to enrol onto the Quran Study Programme and study the Quran from cover to cover.

Application Process

Why Study at ASI

Unique Syllabus

Our syllabus has been designed to provide students with a deep understanding of both Arabic and the Islamic Sciences. Our courses are delivered by some of the UK’s leading academics and traditionally-trained scholars; we combine classical Islamic texts with contemporary works to enable students to graduate with an incisive understanding of the religion.

One Day a Week

For many it is not possible to spend years or even decades studying the Islamic Sciences full time. Our programmes are structured so that students are only required to dedicate one day a week to their studies, making the programme ideal for both full-time students and working professionals, as well as homemakers.

Shaykh Akram Nadwi

Shaykh Akram Nadwi is a Hadith scholar of the highest calibre as well as one of the leading Islamic thinkers of our time. Our programmes are primarily authorised by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. Graduates from the Institute do so under his tutelage, receiving their Shahādah ‘Ālimiyyah upon completion of the programme.

Live Online Classes

All of our content is available live online for students all over the world. We currently have a global network of students from every continent – except perhaps Antarctica! – who connect with their teachers and classmates on a weekly basis. As a global community, we come together to learn, study and train in the sciences of the religion.

Key Information

1 year

Mode of Attendance
Part-time – Sundays only

Study Mode

  •  Online – live-streamed lectures and recorded access
  • Optional in-person termly residential programmes
Start of Programme
October 2024

Arabic Immersion Programme or Quran Study Programme

Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Applicants must be able to read the Arabic script
  • Fluency in the English language is required

‘One thing we have done with the ASI syllabus is chosen the works of those people who are imams and thinkers; those who impart knowledge with reason and deep understanding.’

— Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi | Principal of Al-Salam Institute

Although I’m studying the Foundation Programme, I’ve always felt that Al-Salam treated us as intellectual beings.

—  Shehroze Khan

The Al-Salam Institute classes have been the highlight of my week for the past two years. I hope Al-Salam Institute provide continued benefit to the ummah, and to humanity in general.

Dr Omar Mahroo


Al-Salam Institute is an excellent institute that provides an exceptional teaching experience. They take into consideration everyone’s needs and requirements and help them in their studies.

Kauser Choudhury


I had never benefitted so much in doing a term of studying Islamic sciences as I had with Al-Salam Institute. ASI gives many like me the opportunity to combine studying Islamic sciences with work/study.

Umm Ruman

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Find Out More

If you would like to find out more, have questions regarding the application process, or are unsure which programme is suitable for you, please contact our admissions team.
+ 44 (0)20 8090 1623