University Courses

Your first choice in Arabic
and Islamic studies

Embarking on a journey of learning at the ISRA Academy and Charles Sturt University is an invitation to ground yourself in the Islamic traditional learning and the Arabic language while cultivating confidence in addressing contemporary issues related to Islam and Muslims. Our curriculum is designed to include a broad range of subjects covering core Islamic disciplines such as tafsir, hadith, fiqh and contemporary Islamic studies.

This is made possible through the largest Islamic studies and Arabic language program and academic department in Australia. With over 12 years of experience teaching at the university level, our dedicated staff hold a unique combination of expertise in classical Islamic disciplines and academic excellence.

Whether you are pursuing a degree for career development or personal enrichment, our courses are designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of Islamic studies, preparing you for both academic excellence and spiritual growth. Join us at the ISRA Academy, where each course represents a step toward new opportunities.

Partnership

The Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation is a collaboration between Charles Sturt University and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA). CISAC offers accredited Islamic Studies courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The course content has been put together with the advice and assistance of ISRA’s advisory committee which includes some of the most respected Muslim scholars from the wider Australian Muslim community.
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Why study with us

100% Online

Taught from within the Tradition

Accredited Courses

Classical & Contemporary Approach

Commonwealth Supported Places

Largest Islamic & Arabic Faculty in Australia

Our Courses

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in classical Islamic disciplines, contemporary Islamic studies and Arabic language. It is the most comprehensive university accredited Islamic studies course in Australia. This degree will open doors to various pathways including employment, research and further academic studies.

This pathway provides a solid grounding in Islamic studies, as well as a teaching qualification recognised Australia wide. Accelerate your journey towards a career by completing the Bachelor of Islamic Studies in 2 years and then completing the Master of Teaching in 2 years. You can become a qualified primary or high school teacher with only 4 years of study while also developing a strong foundation in the Islamic tradition.

This course stands as the most comprehensive postgraduate Islamic studies course in Australia. The course provides in-depth understanding of both classical and contemporary Islamic disciplines. It will ground you in Islamic studies and research. It will also prepare you for PhD study, if you choose to take this path. No prior qualification in Islamic studies required; students who have completed an undergraduate degree from any discipline are eligible.

This course is designed to unravel the Islamic tradition and for you to connect with the classical Islamic texts by learning the Arabic language. It will provide a strong foundation in reading, speaking, listening and writing in Arabic. You will acquire the tools needed to understand the Qur’an and the classical Arabic texts.

This course delves into the theory and practice of psychology, human behaviour, human experience, and counselling through the framework of the Islamic worldview. It serves as a valuable opportunity for self-development by enhancing understanding of emotions, behaviours, thoughts, and other essential concepts pivotal for personal growth.

The Doctor of Philosophy gives you the opportunity to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline of Islamic studies. As the highest level of qualification available, a PhD has the potential to open doors to a fulfilling career in research or academia worldwide, positioning you as a leader in the field of Islamic studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Arabic Language
  • Undergraduate certificate in Arabic Grammar
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies
  • Bachelor of Islamic Studies
  • Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours)
  • Graduate Certificate in Islamic Psychology
  • Master of Islamic Studies (includes Grad Cert and Grad Dip)
  • Master of Classical Arabic (includes Grad Cert and Grad Dip)
  • Master of Islamic Studies (Research)
  • PhD

ISRA is the organisation with which CSU has an agreement. The university courses are one of many focuses ISRA has. Others include school talks, community events and community courses.

ISRA prepares every aspect of the course content. This includes course structure, subject content, readings and assessments for all subjects offered in these courses. ISRA also determines who teaches the subjects in the various courses.

The course content has been put together with the advice and assistance of ISRA’s Advisory Committee which includes some of the most respected scholars from the Australian Muslim community.
CSU provides the accreditation for the course studied. That is, the student receives their qualification and certificate/transcript from CSU.

All lecturers are Charles Sturt University staff, with the majority holding a PhD in the discipline they teach. Following a university-wide guideline, faculty members typically possess one higher-level qualification (or are actively pursuing one) more than the students, a consistent principle applied across all subjects.

An exception to this guideline is made for Arabic, which is treated as a practitioner’s course. In this case, all our Arabic instructors bring extensive experience and knowledge in teaching Arabic to the program.

Furthermore, it is noteworthy that all staff members have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, underscoring their commitment to excellence in education.

For detailed information about our staff, you are encouraged to explore their biographies via the following link: https://www.isra.org.au/about-us-2/

Given the academic nature of our courses, we strive to provide students with a diverse range of viewpoints across subjects. However, it’s important to note that, specifically in theological, jurisprudential, and exegetical subjects, the emphasis is placed on the Sunni tradition.

All classes are conducted online, and the subjects in all courses include weekly online tutorials. These tutorials are typically scheduled on weeknights, often consisting of one tutorial per subject per week. This online format provides flexibility for students to engage with course materials and participate in discussions, accommodating various schedules and enabling remote learning.

There is flexibility in choosing your course load, allowing you to enrol in anywhere from one subject to four subjects per session. Each subject typically requires a commitment of 6-10 hours per week. Depending on your other commitments and time availability, you can decide on the number of subjects to undertake per session.
It’s important to note that with the Arabic courses, the sequential nature of knowledge and skills building may limit enrolment to one or two subjects per session. This structure ensures a comprehensive and effective learning progression in the Arabic language.

Certainly. We provide a diverse range of short courses tailored for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge on specific Islamic topics without committing to a long program. Please refer to the short courses section to explore the variety of short courses we offer. This allows individuals to focus on specific areas of interest and engage in targeted learning experiences.

Graduates with a background in Islamic studies find meaningful careers in various fields, including education, community service, religious leadership, and academic research.
For those pursuing the Bachelor of Islamic Studies with a Teaching Pathway, successful completion will qualify you to become an accredited teacher, recognised anywhere in Australia. This specialised pathway not only equips you with a deep understanding of Islamic studies but also positions you for a fulfilling career in education with broad recognition.

We are committed to supporting students throughout their academic journey, offering a variety of resources and dedicated assistance. Our comprehensive library, access to scholarly journals, and support from experienced faculty members contribute to a rich learning environment.

Additionally, our dedicated staff are available to provide personalised student support. A key focus of the student support team is to assist students in their first year of studies. This includes helping navigate the student portal and providing support with assessments, ensuring a smooth transition into the academic experience.

Yes, all the degrees offered are internationally recognized. As you will be receiving your degree from Charles Sturt University, an Australian university with global recognition, your qualification will be acknowledged and respected internationally. This ensures that the education and credentials you gain from these programs carry weight and credibility beyond the borders of Australia.

Undergraduate

Our undergraduate courses are eligible for HECS-HELP, which allows you to defer payment through the Australian Taxation Office. Repayments commence only once you reach the income threshold. To qualify, you must:

  • be studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
  • be an Australian citizen; or
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the Census date

If you choose to pay upfront, the cost per 8-point subject is:

Australian citizen/Permanent resident: $2,040* for Islamic studies subjects and $552* for Arabic subjects.

International Fee: $2,850* per subject.

*Fees are subject to change and are based on 2024.

Postgraduate

Our postgraduate courses are eligible for FEE-HELP, allowing you to defer full fees until you earn above the government-set threshold. Criteria for eligibility include:

  • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia.
  • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements
  • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans.

If you choose to pay upfront, the cost per 8-point subject is:

Australian citizen/Permanent resident: $2,246* International Fee: $2,850*

*Fees are subject to change and are based on 2024.

There are no direct scholarships available for our Bachelor’s, Master’s or Arabic courses. You can have a look through the CSU scholarship page, to see if there are scholarships for specific services: https://study.csu.edu.au/get-support/scholarships

There are scholarships available for PhD students which you can explore: https://research.csu.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships

Intakes are offered all year round; sessions start as per below and applications are taken before each session.

  • Session 1: Mar-Jun
  • Session 2: Jul-Oct
  • Session 3: Nov-Feb

All applications need to be completed online via the link: https://study.csu.edu.au/start-your-application

All university courses have the Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Click here to view the specific international course entry requirements.

Below are the academic requirements:

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Certificates

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent); or
  • A completed AQF Certificate III (or higher) qualification; or
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; or
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of at least two years full time or equivalent, evidenced by a detailed resume.

Bachelor of Islamic Studies

  • An ATAR of 60 (including adjustment factors); or
  • Successful completion of two university-level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; or
  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification; or
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; or
  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; or   
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with an equivalent ranking to the currently listed ATAR; or
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of no less than two years.

Postgraduate

Graduate Certificates

  • Bachelor Degree (or AQF equivalent) in any discipline from a University or other tertiary education provider; or
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of no less than three years.

Master of Islamic Studies, Master of Classical Arabic and Graduate Diplomas

  • A Bachelor Degree (or AQF equivalent) in any discipline from a University or other tertiary education provider.