SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

BA Arabic and .... (a language)

duration:
4 Years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

At SOAS the study of Arabic can be combined with Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian and Turkish. For the BA Arabic and French UCL is the admitting institution.

Combined-honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and Classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Colloquial Arabic, in combination with an advanced command of the second language. Students are required to spend the third year of studying Arabic and the other language abroad  at a university in the Middle East.

 

 

 

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Key Information Set Data

Combinations

May be combined with:

French (at UCL)

Hebrew

Indonesian

Persian

Turkish

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take modules to the value of 120 credits per year. There is some element of choice to develop special interests.

 

Year 1
Core Module

Must be passed with an overall mark of 50 to proceed to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 1 Intensive 155900896 90 Full Year
Other Subject - Hebrew

You must choose the 30 credit module below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
Other Subject Turkish/Persian

Choose 30 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
Year 2
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 155900897 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to IslamicTexts 155901115 30 Full Year
Introduction to Arabic Literature 155905004 30 Full Year
Introduction to Arabic Dialects 155901396 30 Full Year
Other subject

You should choose 60 credits in your second subject.

Year 3

Please click the "Teaching & Learning" tab above for more information on the Arabic Year Abroad.

Year 4

You should choose modules to the value of 30 to 60 credits from the list below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 4 155900899 30 Full Year
Arabic Womens' Writing 155901406 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature 155901382 30 Full Year
Culture Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature 155901373 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Reading Classical Arabic historians 155901334 30 Full Year
Language and Oral Literature of an Arabic Vernacular 155901376 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Quran and hadith Studies 155900734 30 Full Year
Islamic Texts 155900356 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources) 155901344 30 Full Year
Other Subject

You should choose 60 - 90 credits in your second subject.

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

SOAS Arabic Language Year Abroad

Students have the choice to spend the Arabic Language Year Abroad at one of the following four institutions:

  1. The Alexandria School of Languages (ACL) in Alexandria, Egypt (Preparatory Guide for Students Undertaking Residence Abroad at Alexandria Centre for Languages in 2016/2017)
  2. An-Najah University in Nablus, Occupied West Bank (Al-Najah University briefing paper)
  3. The Alif Institute in Fez, Morocco
  4. The Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan

Year Abroad Programmes run from September to May of the following year and involve 18 to 20 hours of instruction per week. While the syllabus differs somewhat from one institution to the other, the prime focus throughout is on enhancing the students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic as well as on imparting an advanced level of competence in the local form of Colloquial Arabic. 

Towards the end of their stay students are expected to write an Arabic ISP (Independent Study Project) in Arabic of some 3000-3500 words on a subject of their choice. Supervision and guidance will be supplied by designated staff at the year abroad institution. To get an impression of the standard students have achieved and the type of topic they can tackle view the prize-winning essays (with English abstract) written by students during the academic year 2014-15.

In order to be admitted to the final year of their degree students will need to have passed the final language examinations at the year abroad institution and to have submitted their ISP by the specified deadline. The ISPs will be marked by the year abroad institution and reviewed by members of the SOAS Arabic Section. The best ISP from each location will be published on the SOAS website.

Students who fail the year abroad examinations or fail to submit their ISPs are deemed to have failed the year abroad. In order to be admitted to the final year of their degree they will need to repeat the language year abroad programme in one of the four designated locations.

For general advice on tuition fees, travel arrangements, health and insurance issues see the SOAS Registry guidelines on the Language Year Abroad.

The SOAS Arabic Section arranges year abroad meetings and briefing sessions where second year students are informed in detail about the year abroad locations and have the chance to meet and consult with returning students.

In determining the safety of year abroad locations SOAS is guided by the relevant Travel Advice published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During their stay abroad it is recommended that students subscribe to the relevant FCO website

Approximate living costs (rent, plus food and travel) will typically be between £350 and £500 per month.

Teaching & Learning

In the first year the Programme's major component is the intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic. This consists of 90 credits involving up to 15 hours of tuition per week. The fourth module of 30 credits is chosen from the department of the second language.  Please note that it is not possible to study to languages at ab-initio level.

In the second year students take the 30 credit Arabic language module Arabic 2, a further 30 credits from the Arabic syllabus and 60 credits in the second language.   

The third year of the degree is the Year Abroad programme. Students spend the first half of the year studying colloquial and modern standard Arabic at one of the following institutions: the Alexandria School of Languages  (ACL)  in Alexandria, Egypt; An-Najah National University in the West Bank, Nablus;  the Alif Institute in Fez, Morocco; or The Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan.  The second half of the year is spent at a selected institution located in the country where the other language they are studying is spoken (i.e. Israel, France, Turkey, Iran or Indonesia).

In the final year students choose an Arabic-related module of at least 30 credits from a list of options covering language, modern and classical literature and Islamic texts.  Students will also choose 60 credits from the syllabus of the second language. Students may have an open option of 30 credits depending on the requirements of their syllabus.

Fees and funding

Employment

As a student specialising in Arabic and a language, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Students graduating with this degree have opportunities to work in further research in Arabic or Islamic Studies, Education, the Arab and Islamic media, Islamic centres, the BBC, in the Press, the Civil Service and non-governmental organisations.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I found my courses always challenging and intellectually stimulating, the lecturers first-rate and unceasing in their willingness to give their time and assistance, a library with a wonderful collection covering my research area.

Samuel Southgate

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