Academic and Student Services
There are several ways that students are given academic support throughout their two-year study at the IIS.
Pre-sessional English language courses
Most students who have not had an experience of studying in an English-speaking country are enrolled on a pre-sessional language course, the period of study being dependent on the language test scores achieved. Those with the minimum-required (or in some cases, slightly lower) scores are normally enrolled on a 4-12 week course.
Includes one-to-one sessions with individual Academic Advisors, lecturers, and the Academic Support Programmes Coordinator (ASPCO). Students are encouraged to learn from the comments of the lecturers and to discuss their progress with their teachers and Academic Advisors as well as the ASPCO and the GPISH Coordinator.
- Academic Advisors
All students are allocated an Academic Advisor at the IIS, who will track and monitor their academic progress. Academic Advisors act as mentors and provide students with appropriate support throughout the Programme.
- Academic Support Programmes Coordinator at the IIS
- Writing Support
In addition to consultations with the ASPCO, the following are the main forms of writing support that are available:
In 2014, The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) agreed to establish one joint library instead of retaining the two separate libraries. The merging of the libraries aims to meet the Institutes’ teaching needs and cater to their academic programmes while continuing to build a unique collection on Islamic studies.
A special collection of rare books is also being developed. In addition to the printed materials, the Library also subscribes to a number of electronic resources that provides full text journal articles for library users.While printed texts have existed for over five hundred years, an ever-increasing amount of materials, in more recent times, is being produced in a wide range of audiovisual formats.
This is also true in the field of Islamic and Ismaili studies. As such, the Library has begun collecting photographs and images, as well as film, video and sound recordings. The collections of audiovisual materials in the Library seek to illustrate the cultures and traditions of Muslim communities around the world.
Students are encouraged to attend and participate in conferences. The Department contributes a modest amount towards the costs. Preference is given to those students who are presenting a paper.
IT Facilities and Support
The IIS provides Mac and PC-based general computing facilities, including standard software and email applications and internet access. In addition, an IT loan scheme enables students to purchase a laptop computer.