Frequently Asked Questions
Does Madina Institute offer Part-Time classes or Distance Learning (online)?
Yes. Due to popular demand, we are now offering 2 Part-Time courses:
- Part-Time Islamic Studies course which is available to local Muslims in Atlanta, and also as a live online class (Distance Learning)
- Part-Time Arabic Program which is Tue & Thu evenings, open to Atlanta Muslims
When do classes begin this year? What is the daily schedule like for students?
Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to applicants of the Associate’s & Bachelor’s degree programs. Financial aid is not available, however, for the Part-Time Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Emotional Intelligence programs. See the Financial Aid section for more information. Madina Institute relies on tuition & other fees in order to sustain operations.
However, if one is unable to afford the course fees, they may choose to start an online crowdfunding campaign (such as Launch Good) to collect the funds needed.
How much are the tuition and other fees?
Please see the Tuition & Financial Information section.
Does Madina Institute sponsor visas for international students?
At this time, the Madina Institute cannot sponsor study visas for international students.
What kinds of provisions does Madina Institute provide to ensure safety of [male & female] students?
From the beginning of the academic year, students are contractually obliged to adhere to student conduct & academic policies, and part of those policies includes rules to prevent any physical harm to the students (e.g. prohibition of intoxicants, harassment or physical altercations, etc). We have general guidelines and recommendations for traveling in groups, to avoid walking alone at night, and other measures. In addition, we have Madina staff dedicated to Student Support, which includes keeping up with students, their progress, addressing any personal needs and keeping a safe eye on them to ensure their safety.
Should there be any specific questions or concerns regarding student safety, please do not hesitate to call us.
Is it feasible to do full-time study if one is working or studying elsewhere part-time?
The Islamic Studies full- time courses are quite intense and demanding of one’s dedication, time, focus and energy and this is what we have learned from past students. In the past, students have found it difficult to keep up with course work while attending full-time and working/studying elsewhere. Yet its intensity is precisely what sets Madina Institute apart from other Islamic colleges & seminaries. We wanted a program that not only imparts critical thinking and study skills in the sciences, but would save you time and money because each year is equivalent to about 2-3 years in a normal Islamic seminary or madrasa.
Is it feasible to do full-time study if one has a spouse and children?
Please see question on working or studying part-time (above). Because of the fast-paced nature of the full-time Islamic Studies courses, students must devote a great deal of their time to reading and homework. Therefore although it is possible, it may not be advisable for every family. One should make Istikhara & consult with their spouse about arrangements that may be necessary if one decides to undertake this study course.
Madina Institute does not provide student housing for couples or families from out-of-town, but we can direct them to local apartment complexes where they may inquire about renting.
If you cannot handle the demands of the degree courses however, you may opt for the Part-Time course instead.
Does the program cater to beginner level students of Arabic & Islam?
Yes, it is possible to do the full-time courses without much prior training in these subjects, however it does make it easier if you take some beginner level classes beforehand.
Is Madina Institute accredited?
Please see our Accreditation page.
What kind of transportation is available for students?
Complimentary pick-up & drop-off from the airport is provided for students by Madina Institute volunteers.
Out-of-town students sometimes choose to drive to Atlanta so that they always have their own car available for use.
For day-to-day needs, most students either walk to school or shopping, or arrange carpools with other students or local Muslims who are happy to give a ride whenever needed. One may also opt to buy a bicycle, take a public bus or taxi to reach their destination (Buses and taxis are generally very safe and secure).