IRU offers currently online programs in Arabic Language and will offer in the future other online programs in English Language to qualified individuals who are high school graduates from English- and non-English speaking countries.  All programs are designed for self-motivated learners, and admissions decisions are based on an accurate assessment of an applicant’s potential for successful completion of the desired degree program.

Applicants to apply for admission to pursue an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree at IRU, they must be a high school graduate and proficient in English (In English teaching Programs, ETP).

An application pathway is designed to help the applicant to apply and save time on the path towards a degree.  Applicants who complete the online application that requests information about the individual and his/her educational history (the online application can be accessed on IRU’s website at and show evidence of English language proficiency (ETP) or register for IRU’s English-intensive program, are admitted to take up to a maximum of six (6) courses. Then, all applicants are assigned an Admissions Advisor who will guide and support them throughout the entire admissions process and answer questions and provides encouragement to the applicants.

English is the language of instruction in ETP and all applicants must demonstrate English proficiency since English is the teaching language or they can present evidence of having graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was English. Applicants can also demonstrate this by providing official transcripts showing completion of at least 30 semester hours of credits with an average grade of “C” (2.0) or higher at an accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English. All other applicants must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following several approved English qualification exams to study at IRU:

English Proficiency Qualification

Maximum score required

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL* Internet-based Test (IBT)


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test


EIKEN English Proficiency Exam



Level 3

Exams within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)


 English proficiency qualification test documentation may be submitted electronically at the time of application to the University. For any question, applicants are welcome to contact the Office of Admissions at

Applicants who have met all Admissions requirements but cannot present evidence of meeting one of the qualifications listed above or whose score falls below the minimum score required, may be considered for provisional admission as a non-degree student to demonstrate English proficiency. These students will be required to be enrolled in the Rosette English Teaching Program available at IRU or successfully complete a University-approved English course and examination, ENGL 101 English Composition & Writing 1.  Those who earn a passing grade of 70% or higher will be fully admitted and can begin taking courses in IRU Foundations and those who fail the course; they are given the opportunity to repeat it one additional time. If unsuccessful in passing the course on the second try, students will be dismissed without appeal.

Once admitted to the University, applicants must confirm their enrollment within seven days of being informed of their admission by signing and submitting an enrollment agreement to the University as part of their enrollment confirmation. Enrollment agreements are then signed by an IRU official administrator on behalf of the University. Failing to confirm this enrollment within the timeframe will be assumed to have declined the offer of admission and the application will be closed.

Students who wish to postpone their signed enrollment, up to one semester only. may email their Admissions Advisor up to one week before the start of the semester.

Applicants must email or present proof of high school completion that includes a diploma or a transcript in one of the following formats: (a) official copies of a diploma (or transcript showing date of graduation) sent directly to IRU by the applicant or from the high school or an official authority like the Ministry of Education in the country in which the high school is located, (b) photocopies of the original diploma or transcript certified by an official authority or by a notary, or (c) the original diploma or transcript.

If an applicant is unable to provide (a), (b), or (c) listed above, then the applicant must provide a written explanation of why an official diploma or transcript cannot be sent, and an attachment of an unofficial/copied/scanned diploma or transcript. Submission of these materials does not guarantee admission; the Office of Admissions will assess each of these required submissions on an individual basis to determine, keeping a full record of the submissions and evaluations.

Diplomas and transcripts that are not in English must be submitted together with an official notarized translation. In certain cases, the Office of Admissions may require applicants to present additional documentation. All documents submitted for admissions consideration must be received by the Office of Admissions at IRU prior to beginning studies as a Degree Seeking Student as specified in the Admissions Calendar shown below. Documents submitted become the property of IRU and will not be returned to applicants.

Refugees who are unable to produce original diplomas and/or transcripts may submit alternative documentation as described below.

IRU will accept a copy of the applicant’s Refugee Permit, along with a signed and notarized (or lawyer-certified) affidavit that includes all of the following:

  • The name and location of the applicant’s previous educational institution;
  • The nature of their previous studies;
  • The diploma they earned;
  • Specific reasons as to why they are unable to present proof of their studies; and
  • A statement that, should the student submit false testimony, and or, documents, they are liable to be expelled from the University and have their degree invalidated.

The application deadlines for applicants to be admitted to IRU Foundations are as follows:


Admissions Calendar 2018-2019



Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2018

Feb 1, 2019

Final Notice of Admission

Sep 20, 2018

Jan 20, 2019

First Day of Semester

Sep 15, 2017

Jan 15, 2019


IRU accepts applications to the University two times a year and prospective students may apply for admission to any semester throughout the academic year. IRU admits applicants on a rolling basis for the upcoming semester; relevant applicants will be notified of their admission status by the final notice of admission day.