Overview and entry requirements
The BA Arabic and... (combined degree) at SOAS means that the study of Arabic can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. 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 a second subject. Intensive study of a wide range of Arabic language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined-honours degrees in Arabic.
Students are required to spend the third year of study at a university in the Middle East.
See Near and Middle East Department
Combine Arabic with other subjects
Arabic and a discipline: Arabic can be combined with Development Studies, Economics, English, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Languages and Cultures, Law, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology and World Philosophies.
Why study Arabic Combined Honours at SOAS
- SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in UK
- SOAS has an unrivalled reputation as the foremost provider of Near and Middle East studies
- students can develop a holistic and integrated approach to the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East through their languages and cultures
- students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year at one of our partner universities
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- 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
- 35 (6/6/5)
View alternative entry requirements
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
- 4 years
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
Students take modules to the value of 120 credits per year.
There is some element of choice to develop special interests.
Year 1 students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules below and select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.
Students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules and select modules to value of 30 credits from 'List B' below and select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.
Year 3 - Year Abroad
Students participate in the Arabic Year Abroad in one of our partner Institutions. For more details please click the "Teaching & Learning" tab above.
Students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules and select modules to value of 30 credits from 'List C' below
Year 4 students select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject (this may include 'Guided Options')
List A - Arabic Language Modules
List B - Year 2 Arabic Related Modules
List C - Year 4 Arabic Related Modules
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.
In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.
More information is available on the page for each module.
Students have the choice to spend the Arabic Language Year Abroad at one of the following institutions:
The year abroad programme runs 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.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Towards the end of their stay students are expected to write an 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. 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 guidelines on the 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 (FCO). 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.
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.
Recent School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics graduates have been hired by:
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- Africa Matters
- Amnesty International
- Arab British Chamber of Commerce
- BBC World Service
- British High Commission
- Council for British Research in the Levant
- Department for International Development
- Embassy of Jordan
- Ernst & Young
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
- Middle East Eye
- Saïd Foundation
- TalkAbout Speech Therapy
- The Black Curriculum
- The Telegraph
- United Nations Development Programme
- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
- Wall Street Journal
A Student's Perspective
Quinn Connors, Tufts University
Academically studying at SOAS has been incredible. At first I thought that getting to meet the big-name professors from my field would be the most enjoyable part of my experience but now I actually think it has been the other students.