Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development

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The Centre for Languages (CfL) was established in July 1983 together with the Centre for Fundamental Knowledge, Kulliyyah of Economics and Kullliyyah of Laws.

In May 1993, the Centre for Languages was renamed the Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development to shoulder the responsibility of implementing a new system in language teaching and learning at the IIUM.


CELPAD offers courses in English, Arabic and Bahasa Melayu as well as Tilawah al-Quran to undergraduate and postgraduate students at all levels of proficiency.

Our well-trained and qualified academic staff use up-to-date multimedia language laboratories, teaching materials and methodology to ensure quality language learning for all students.

The IIUM is unique in that its students are taught in the medium of English and Arabic. The role of CELPAD is to ensure that all IIUM students fulfill the minimum language requirements in order to undertake credit bearing Kulliyyah courses in English and Arabic. In addition, Bahasa Melayu and Tilawah courses are offered to all students.

CELPAD, Centre for Foundation Studies

The Matriculation Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia (now Centre for Foundation Studies - CFS), was established in July 1985, a specially designed Centre to accommodate and tailor students for entrance to degree programmes of the University. At present, the Centre of Foundation Studies are situated at Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, occupying the former Kolej Islam Malaya’s campus.

The objective of the Matriculation Programme is to prepare candidates for admission into the bachelors Degree Programmes of the University.

The philosophy of the International Islamic University Malaysia, which forms the basis of the Matriculation Centre is applicable to all Matriculation Programmes. Hence, students are subject to the requirements laid down by the University with respect to the Islamic principles of education, values and way of life that require the integration of Islamic worldview and Islamic codes of conduct.

As the CFS is the feeder institution to the main campus, the students are required to follow English and Arabic courses as pre-requisites to their respective programmes. The English and Arabic courses are the same as conducted by the English Language Division and Quranic Language Division at the main campus. 

Contact Information:

Center for Languages and Pre-Academic Development (CELPAD)
International Islamic University Malaysia
No. 3, Jalan Gombak
47301 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6196 4902
Fax: 03-6196 4865

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