Career goals are often met with the help of coursework designed for adult learners. A course offers the chance to deeply explore any given subject, but within an academic experience.
What is a course in Arabic studies? The culture of the Arabs is revealed through the Arabic language, and courses in Arabic reveal the alphabets, vocabulary and essential grammatical processes of the language. Both modern and colloquial Arabic might be explored, giving an overview of the changes in Arabic culture and speech. Written and verbal instruction are assessed through oral proficiency exams and written Arabic exams. Many studies also include elements of history, literature, economics, and international studies related to Arab culture.
Students who find themselves immersed in Arab studies often develop a global perspective and appreciation for diversity. They remain open-minded and aware of other perspectives and opinions. They have strong communication skills necessary for forming bonds and developing rapport. These are valuable interpersonal skills and can create leadership material for any field or employer.
For an in-depth Arabic studies opportunity, most courses are offered within the heart of an Arabic country. As a study abroad opportunity, the cost to attend will dramatically vary from a more traditional course. Check with the institution hosting the course for financial details.
There are often numerous job opportunities available for those with training in Arabic studies. Translators with political or international institutions are always needed, as are bilingual educators within Arab-speaking schools. Proficient students might find opportunities as liaisons or administrators in non-profit groups working with human rights, disabled or disadvantaged Arab populations, or as guides or hosts within an organization. Media-specific needs such as reporting or journalism also rely on skilled professionals in Arabic studies.
Establishing a rich connection with the Arab culture might require physically attending class in an Arab country, but there may be an opportunity to learn in an online format. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Students on our Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Amman have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and learn first-hand from leading faculty from the Qasid Arabic Institute about the critically important Middle East region. [+]
Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. Further, Jordan remains a key player in Arab-Israeli affairs. Over the past several decades it has absorbed refugees from Palestine, Kuwaitis who left Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and most recently, Iraqi refugees. These new inhabitants have transformed Amman and brought new life to its local culture.... [-]
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses and semi-intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the lively Agdal area of the city. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST’s partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University – Agdal, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities. [+]
Located on the Atlantic Coast, Rabat is one of Morocco’s imperial cities as well as its political capital. Rabat exemplifies Morocco’s unique cultural blend of Arab, the indigenous Amazigh (Berber), and European influences. While downtown Rabat is home to the austere Parliament building and the King’s Palace, just a few blocks away is the old medina; a fortressed city with labyrinth alleys, markets, shops, and restaurants. Further down the road is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Kasbah of the Udayas and the Bou Regreg River, with some of the best views of Rabat and the neighboring city of Salé. Al-Maghrib is a language enthusiast's dream as Moroccans speak multiple languages-typically including Moroccan Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and French, as well as possibly an indigenous language (such as Tamazight, Tashleheit, or Tarifit), English, or Spanish. Famous for national dishes like couscous, tajine, and harira, Moroccan cuisine is nothing short of mouth-wateringly delicious. Despite the pervasiveness of Western influences, Amazigh and Arab identity continue to play a crucial role in Morocco’s traditional, yet, modern society. After achieving independence in 1956, Morocco became a constitutional monarchy and has been ruled by three successive Alaouite kings over the past 55+ years. Throughout his reign, the current king (Mohammed VI) has taken steps to reform the political, economic, and legal structures of Morocco. While the influence of the Arab Spring on this North African country is not as deep as elsewhere in the Arab world, Moroccans are increasingly engaged in the political arena... [-]
Dive into the fascinating culture of this North African nation as you learn Modern Standard Arabic with courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learn Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to communicate with Moroccans, and if you have already taken advanced French, you can take French-taught area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center or at our partner institution, Université Mohammed V. [+]
As you walk the boulevards of Rabat, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the mystery and tradition of this timeless city. From the bustling souqs (open-air markets) and energizing atmosphere of the city to the serenity of the surrounding mountains and sea, Rabat is an ideal place to learn about the languages, cultures, and religions of North Africa and the Middle East.
Dive into the fascinating culture of this North African nation as you learn Modern Standard Arabic with courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learn Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to communicate with Moroccans, and if you have already taken advanced French, you can take French-taught area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center or at our partner institution, Université Mohammed V. Our curriculum focuses on North African, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies, and IES Abroad courses introduce you to the many influential forces shaping the history and culture of Morocco.... [-]