SOAS University of London

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

Certificate in Arabic (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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This certificate is essentially equivalent to the first year of the School’s four-year BA degree in Arabic. Students acquire a solid initial knowledge of the written language and some with the spoken, and familiarise themselves with aspects of Middle Eastern history and culture. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

This is an intensive one-year programme of study. Two courses are taken:

Students take Arabic 1, which is equivalent to three course units. They also choose a fourth unit from the following approved units*:

* Please note that not every unit may be available every year.

Courses are taught during the day. Teaching begins in late September. Examinations are in May-June

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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Fees 2022/23

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found on the Undergraduate tuition fees page



Students take Arabic 1, which is equivalent to three course units. They also choose a fourth unit from the list of approved units.

Course structure
Compulsory Course
Choose one of the following
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 15 Term 1
Literatures of the Islamic Near and Middle East 155900991 15 Term 2
H130 Introduction to the Early History of the Middle East 154800230 15 Term 2

Important notice

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 and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

Full-time Part-time 2 years Part-time 3 years
£9,250 £20,350 £4,625 £10,1750 £3,083 £6,715

Fees go up each year, therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of fees, please visit our undergraduate and Postgraduate tuition fees pages.


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section