Arabic Studies

Arabic Studies

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: January 1, October 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $75
Intakes: August 26
International tuition: $49,070
Domestic tuition: $49,070

Program overview

Arabic communication between instructor and students is a regular feature of our classes. Since language reflects culture, in addition to proficiency in the four language skills, we aim at helping the students acquiring a higher degree of cultural proficiency. This is done at all levels through activities that introduce the students to culturally authentic contexts and make use of various multimedia resources. While the focus in our courses is on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), we also offer Levantine colloquial Arabic courses. The upper-advanced level topics courses introduce the students to key themes, texts, institutions, and figures of the modern Arab world and pre-modern Arabic-Islamic civilization.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



    Apply online using the Common Application or Coalition Application. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the materials below have been received by the Office of Admissions: • Completed application, including essay and CV/Resume • Application fee of U.S. $75 • Academic records for grades 9-12 with official transcripts and certified English translations (if applicable), for each secondary institution attended • Two academic letters of recommendation • Demonstrated English proficiency • Interruption of Studies Statement if you have already graduated from secondary school at the time of application. The following three items are only required from students who need a student visa (F or J): • Completed AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form showing at least U.S.$68,357 for first year of study and living expenses • Bank letter showing at least U.S.$68,357 for first year of study and living expenses • Copy of your passport information page Financial documents showing less than U.S.$68,357 will not be accepted. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid. Our International Student & Scholar Services office provides sample bank letters, the AU CFIS and Transfer-in forms, and AU cost guide. No SAT or ACT Needed! AU does not evaluate SAT or ACT scores for students (including U.S. citizens) graduating from secondary schools outside the United States.

    Career opportunities

    Many areas of business, industry, and government service consider a language background a career must. Recent graduates of the department have been employed in a variety of organizations and fields including the Department of State, Library of Congress, National Security Agency, Voice of America, and National Academy of Sciences, as well as international import and export firms, public and private schools and colleges, and research and development firms.

    Campus location

    Washington, D.C. , United States

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