Live lessons are conducted once or twice weekly, with recordings made available for review. Study is part-time (nine credit hours per term), year-round, and designed to be completed over the course of four years, each year divided into four terms. Besides the degree program, students also have the option of taking individual courses or specific study paths according to subject.
Participation in class discussions is essential. Students are assessed orally and are permitted to progress after sufficiently demonstrating a grasp of the text being read. They are also expected to read supplementary texts assigned by the teacher in order to prepare for discussing the subject matter. Instruction is in both English and Arabic, with Arabic reading a requirement for some intermediate courses and for all advanced courses.