Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is the Qalam Seminary?
The Qalam Seminary is an Islamic educational institute located in Dallas, Texas. We offer three different in-person programs based on your needs: the Full-time Arabic Program, the year-long Seminary, and the four-year Alimiyah program.
Q2. Where is the Qalam Seminary located?
All of the programs offered by the Qalam Seminary are held at the Qalam campus and headquarters. We are located at 1148 W Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington, Texas.
Q3. What are the hours of the Qalam Seminary?
Class hours are from 8:30am – 2:30pm from Sunday – Thursday. We have a modified schedule during Ramadan.
Q4. Is the Qalam Seminary available online?
Aspects of the Qalam Seminary are available online. There are a number of differences between the online and onsite options. Please read our comparison page carefully to become aware of those differences. To apply to the Qalam program online, select the online option in the application.
Q5. Does Qalam offer online classes?
Qalam offers a number of classes online. Our online offerings include classes on Qalam Connect, the Part-time Arabic program, as well as the online version of the 1-year Seminary program.
Q6. What kind of student is Qalam looking for?
If you have wanted to learn the Arabic language and develop an understanding of the Quran; learn the foundations of the religion and give back to your community; or understand the Islamic sciences at a deeper level and contribute to the field, then our programs are designed for you. It is important to note that these are intensive programs that require commitment and dedication. The students, their families, and the team at Qalam sacrifice a lot for this program and we encourage students to understand the nature of the program before they make such a great decision.
Q7. Is there an age limit?
Students should be at least 18 years of age or older. Certain exceptions are made for qualified applicants under the age of 18. This normally means they are a Hafidh of the Qur’an or have some Arabic studies background and will be living with their parents or a guardian during the program.
Q8. Does Qalam offer financial aid or scholarships?
Yes, Qalam does offer financial aid and scholarships. Details regarding financial aid are offered on a case-by-case basis upon admission to one of our programs. We at Qalam believe that finances should never hinder someone from learning their deen. That's why we encourage you to apply for free regardless of your financial situation.
Q9. Does Qalam provide housing?
No, Qalam does not offer any kind of student housing. Students relocating to the area for Qalam will be responsible for their own living arrangements. We do however make housing recommendations upon admission to one of our programs.
Q10. What are living costs in Dallas, TX?
Average costs for a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is around $1300 including rent and utilities. Individual costs can be determined based on the number of students sharing an apartment. (For Example: 2 Students: $650 each, 4 Students: $325 each). In addition to rent and utilities, regular grocery, commute, and daily expenses can be calculated based on individual need.
Q11. Can I work while attending Qalam?
There are no official restrictions, but students who worked on the side in previous years found it extremely challenging to manage work along with their studies. The Qalam Seminary programs are intense. It is highly recommended to not work during the course of the program if their finances allow for that. Certain students may be able to work part-time on the weekends if they are able to keep up with their coursework.
Q12. What do I need to bring with me?
A laptop or computer is required to be able to maintain and receive contact/assignments from staff and fellow students. Students should also bring their own Mushaf for Quran memorization and Tajweed as well as typical school supplies.
Q13. Do I need a car?
Yes. Public transportation is not readily available in Dallas, which makes things like getting groceries incredibly difficult without having a car. If you do not have a car, you should arrange to live with someone who does and work it out ahead of time.
Q14. How many hours will I be studying daily?
In addition to the regular class hours, students can expect to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours daily on homework. In addition, studying for exams can sometimes take 2-4 hours outside of class.
Q15. Does Qalam offer International Classes?
International students are more than welcome to apply to any of Qalam's program, both online and onsite. However, we are unable to offer any assistance in acquiring a visa for your stay.