Archive for October, 2009


Exciting news…and the second list!

I have the second list for Europe, please see the latest post...

Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu,

Some interesting news for you all.

Firstly, there is a second list of accepted students. It came out about a week ago and comprises around 120 students in total, of which I think 29 are from Europe and the US. Unfortunately, the list is not published in its entirety, and the letters haven’t yet been sent out. I can confirm that there is one British student: ‘Abdi Kareem Saaleh, and one American student: Abu Bakr Ahmad Mas’ad (excuse any spelling mistakes), who have both been accepted as part of the ‘second list’. To the best of my knowledge these two are the only two from the US and UK, but like I said, I had to fight a bit to see those names and the list was not complete, so no guarantees. Also congratulations to Buba Sulle Dicko from Cameroon, who was also accepted as part of the second list. Inshaa Allah, I’ll try to get the whole second list by the end of the week.

Secondly, To all of the accepted students from the US. It seems like you are all waiting for a letter to be sent to the embassy, detailing how many years you will be studying and your visa numbers. This information was faxed to the cultural attache on Wednesday night, so the university requests all students to contact the cultural attache and chase this up. I presume that they will forward this information to the embassy, who will then process all of the visas inshaa Allah.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, I just signed up to work for the university in the Dept. of Admissions. This will inshaa Allah, help all of you in two ways. Firstly, I will be able to get information and answers to your questions promptly, since I will be there for at least an hour every day inshaa Allah and develop better contacts with the people who work there. Secondly, my first task will be to revamp the section of the university website which deals with admissions. That means a new fully electronic method of submitting applications (which is already under development), an accurate English translation of the website, and the most important and most frequent questions and comments from this site will inshaa Allah be incorporated into the official site, with the responses checked and signed off by university officials.

This is a chance for all of you to give your feedback and comments.

From the top of my head, these are some things I think we need to focus upon:

  • The requirements, conditions, requested documents, and actions that are required from prospective students should be clear at all stages: before submitting documents, when you are accepted, and after you arrive. A google earth ‘map’ of the university wouldn’t be a bad idea for new students.
  • The website should contain frequently asked questions based on this blog and others, and a means to effectively communicate with the university electronically.
  • Accepted students’ names should be published on the website, even if it is that every student who applies is given a reference and has to enter the reference to find out. It would even be nice if they were informed of their acceptance by email.

Please post some comments with your ideas & suggestions, then I will collate them and present them, inshaa Allah.

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu,

Muhammad


Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

Just a couple of things that I picked up on for accepted students.

In terms of the visa, you can inshaa Allah, go through a travel agent, as an alternative to going to the embassy yourself. This seems to be a third method, apart from the two that I mentioned in the previous post, on the front page.

In terms of the ticket/visa number, you can call the university for the number, on 009664847080, extension 128. There should be someone who can speak English.

Alternatively,  and this seems easier, you can send an SMS message to +966 533 053 702, with your name, passport number, and your reference number from your letter of acceptance (you can find it directly underneath “NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE For the Year 2009/2010 AD”) – it is written in Arabic as ‘Raqm At-Talab’. They will send you back your ticket number inshaa Allah.

Since the tickets seem to be the normal electronic form, you need to find an agent who knows how to use the Saudi Airlines computer system. They’re not technically supposed to do it, as far as I know, they’re supposed to send you to a Saudi Airlines office. However, they probably can if they want to (they do in Madinah in some places). Alternatively, you could call up Saudi Airlines in London, and tell them that you have a ‘Government Ticket’ and want to book a flight. This normally works, although you might have to call more than once. Their number is 0207 989 890 (I think).

Once again feedback is appreciated,

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

Muhammad

Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

For those who have been accepted this year…

More than one of the brothers has asked about the website https://enjazit.com.sa which they are being told to register on by the embassies.

I spoke in detail with the people in charge today, and they were shocked when they saw it.

They say that it is totally unnecessary, since the university has already paid all of the relevant charges, and basically you end up paying twice for something you shouldn’t have to pay for at all.

They recommend the following procedure instead:-

Go to the Saudi Foreign Ministry Website here.

Choose the second link from the top “Search for visa issued from The Ministry of Labor \ Recruitment Agency \ MOFA

You will be asked for two numbers, the first is the visa number. You have to call the university for this, if you don’t already have it. The second is the ID number, this is the university’s ID, which is 7000965068.

This should give you everything you need, without having to pay anything, or register anywhere else.

However, in case you are somehow forced to apply using the enjazit service, then the details which I mentioned seem to be correct:

Visa Type: Educational

Sponsor Name: The Islamic University of Madinah Sponsor Address: The Islamic University of Madinah, Al-Madinah An-Nabawiyyah, KSA Sponsor ID: 7000965068.

Fill your name in English and Arabic.

Arrival – By Air, Jeddah, Single Entry

Please post a comment if you have successfully got your visa using either of the two methods above, or if you know of a better way.

I ask Allah to make it easy for all,

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullah,

Muhammad