Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali ​

Welcome To UNISSA

The idea to open a second university in Brunei was first addressed by His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in his Titah delivered at University of Brunei Darussalam’s 16th convocation in 2004 and again in 2005 at UBD’s 17th convocation whereby His Majesty had stated that the second university shall be an Islamic university. The overall aim of the new university is to become a centre for the spread of Islam in the region.


The university took its name from the Sharifate of Mecca, Barkat Ali ibnu Sharif Ajlan ibnu Sharif Rumaithah, known as Sultan Sharif Ali, who was a descendant of Islamic prophet Muhammad and appointed as the third Sultan of Brunei after marrying the daughter of the previous sultan. He was the first sultan to build a mosque in Brunei; it was destroyed during Allied bombing in 1945/46.


On 11 Zulhijjah 1427AH (1 January 2007), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali was established. UNISSA received its first batch of students in August 2007. 125 undergraduates and 27 postgraduate students were admitted. On its launch UNISSA absorbed academic and non-academic staff as well as its students from the Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Institute of Islamic Studies (IPI SHOAS) which had hitherto been a part of UBD. At the time, UNISSA did not have their own premises and had to use IPI SHOAS as their base.

In February 2009 the university moved to a new campus in Gadong at the former Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah College of Nursing to allow more room for expansion and facilities.

Our Vision

“To become an Islamic Higher Education Hub in Asia”

Our Mission

“To produce righteous and capable leaders who contribute to the development of the Ummah through academic excellence, research and community services”


Significant Achievements

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UNISSA is the first university outside Malaysia to be accredited by Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM) for Associate Qualification Islamic Finance (AQIF) in 2020. UNISSA has proved that UNISSA’s programme – BSc in Islamic Finance, is equivalent to other universities offering the same programme in Malaysia.

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Faculty of Islamic Economics and Finance has received an award from the Global Islamic Finance Award (GIFA) Market Leadership Award (Education in Islamic Banking & Finance) in 2019 and 2020.​

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Achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification on 24th August 2019.


Our available courses

Entry Requirement UG 2023 (General)

Entry Requirement UG 2023 (Faculties)


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I have 3 A Level, which Programme I can apply for?

UNISSA only allocate points from grade A* to D only whereas E will not be counted for. (you may refer to our General Entry Requirement Brochure provided)


Back to the Question, it depend on which programme you are interested in. You may refer to the brochure of your interest programme.

I only have A Level and interested in Usuluddin, can I apply?

Usuluddin as well as all other Arabic Medium Programmes required STPUB result only which is can only be obtained from Arabic Stream School.

I only have STPUB result without any A Level result, can I apply for English Medium Programmes?

Yes, you can apply as long as you fulfil the requirement for the programmes you are interested in.


FYI, all English medium programmes require at least Grade C6 in English Language at GCE O Level.


You may refer to our General Entry Requirement Brochure provided.



Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
Simpang 347, Jalan Pasar Gadong
BE 1310,

Brunei Darussalam



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Contact No.

Tel: +673 2462000