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Arabic Language and Cultures

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The only one of its kind in the Midwest, the Arabic Language and Cultures certificate program combines the rigor of a great university with the flexibility of a noncredit program designed for working adults.

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About the Program

Spoken Colloquial Arabic will next be offered in the 2018-19 Academic Year.

Students will learn to:

  • Communicate practical, everyday information in Arabic
  • Develop Arabic language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Gain an understanding of the culture and history of the Arabic world

Program Structure

The Arabic Language and Cultures certificate program has three levels. The foundation of each level is a yearlong series of Arabic language courses. A certificate is awarded upon completion of each level:

  • Beginning Arabic
  • Continuing Arabic
  • Spoken Colloquial Arabic

Program Requirements

The requirements are the same for all three certificate levels:

  • 4 Arabic language courses (80 hours total)
  • Cultural elective courses (10 hours total)

Participants may fulfill the cultural elective requirement with any Graham School course on a region of the world in which Arabic is a dominant language.


Applicants must provide:

  • Current professional and educational résumé
  • Brief (250-word) statement of purpose
  • Completed application and $40 application fee

This certificate accepts applications on a rolling basis. You must apply and be admitted to the program before registering for your first certificate course.

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