The Islamic University “Umm al-Qura” of Mecca



The Islamic University of Mecca stands out by its geographical location.

Situated in the biggest and the most sacred city in the world, the Islamic University “Umm al-Qura” gives to its students a real springboard to learn religious sciences.

I invite you to discover the city and the University of Mecca through these few following points:




University detail

Geographical location and demography:

The geographic particularity of Mecca is to be located in a hollow surrounded by mountains such as the famous Mount Safa and Marwah.

Situated at 80km from the red sea and from the harbor city of Jeddah, Mecca was considered for a long time as the principal city in terms of trade in the Arabic peninsula.

It is quite difficult to draw up a list of the number of inhabitants because the population is multiplied by ten during a good part of the year, whether is it during the Hajj where around 5 million of pilgrims come, or during the sacred month of Ramadan.

This makes of Mecca the city with the highest population density in the world.

Religious situation of the region

Mecca is quite simply blessed by Allah Almighty.

It has, among other things, seen our prophet Muhammad  ‘s birth as well as the Holy Quran revelation.

For a long time, it had been the cradle of Islamic sciences in the world. However, because of the huge number of pilgrims that increases every year it has become difficult to organize daily classes in the sacred mosque of Mecca.

Still, Mecca houses great scholars such as Sheikh Wassioullah Abbas, Sheikh Abu Adam al Ethiopie, Sheikh Rabi3 al Madkhali, and Sheikh Bazmoul and so on and so forth.

Presentation of the Islamic University of Mecca

When it was created, in 1949, the aim of this university was to teach only the Sharia (the Islamic law). Then, other branches had been associated to it and in 1981, thanks to a royal decree, all of them became “Umm al-Qura”.

For now, its Islamic sciences are composed of 4 branches:

  • Sharia
  • Dawa wa oussoul edddine
  • Hadith
  • Arabic language

Non-Arabic speakers have, as in every Saudi university, an Arabic language institute with a 2 year program before integrating one of the 4 faculties mentioned above.

Once accepted, the student receives the same advantages as the non-Saudi scholarship holders in other Saudi universities.

This includes: (this list is non-exhaustive)

  • A student visa and residence permit
  • A round-trip plane ticket by year in the country of origin
  • A monthly allowance of 840 SR (900 SR for post graduate students)
  • Free accommodation (for single students only)
  • Free health care
  • Discount meals

Registration process

Pour faire une demande d’inscription tout se fait soit en dépôt sur place ou soit par courrier.

Les dépôts en ligne ne sont pas encore possibles.


Récitation d’un étudiant de l’université islamique Umm al Qura de Mekkah dans la grande salle de conférence de l’université de Mekkah :


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