The Face-to-Face Islamic law (Sharia) programme was running in London from 1991 till 2003. In 1999, due to the difficulties students faced in getting visa as well as the costs of living in the United Kingdom, the face-to-face programme was transferred to Damascus, Syria.
In the Face-to-Face learning, students have to attend classes for more than 80% of the total class hours per annum.
For the rest of 20%, students are free to choose to attend the classes or refer to the course books, other resources and the references assigned for them by ICIS.
Students sit the exams at the ICIS premises on a specific dates set according to the annual exam time-table.
The final assessment will be allocated as follows:
10% for the first term exam
10% for the second term exam
10% (this mark is to be estimated by the tutor in terms of the student’s class participation and the research the student submits for the concerned module).
70% for the final exam: after the final exam has been done, the exam papers are to be marked with confidential numbers and to be folded and stamped and later marked at the main premises of the ICIS.
The total number of days conduct per academic year is 210. The executive board of ICIS arranges the holidays and anniversaries and other occasions according to the country concerned.
Due to increasing number of the applications received from all over the world to join ICIS, which is committed to accept only a limited number of applications every year to maintain the educational and academic level, and also, the many problems that prospective students faced to come to London such as obtaining visa and high living & travel expenses, ICIS decided in 1995 to implement a programme for distance learning.
Students who are studying via distance learning are provided with full course materials such as books in addition to the subject records (Lectures on audio and video on CD or memory sticks.)
The distance learning students sit for their final supervised exam at the end of each academic year at the local centres assigned by ICIS in their countries provided the total number of students reach 30. Otherwise the student should sit the exam in the nearest local centre or in the main centres of ICIS in London, Damascus and Dhamam.