SOAS University of London

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

Certificate in Arabic (2021 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

  • The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.

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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.

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