Arabic speakers are in greater demand than ever before. Both, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the UK and all around the globe have declared Arabic as a key language for its relevant involvement in world affairs.

Arabic is the official language in 22 Arab countries. It is also the liturgical language of Islam, the faith of over 1.8 billion people worldwide. There is a whole spectrum of spoken Arabic dialects, with 350-400 million native speakers worldwide, of which the most common (90 million speakers) is the Egyptian dialect. There is, however, a single official written version of the language: Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic.

A working knowledge of Arabic can be enormously useful for anyone interested in contemporary politics, comparative religion or north African culture or history. It also comes in handy if you want to travel the world, especially if you plan to see the pyramids.

Levels offered: Arabic

Beginners (level 1)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Arabic.

Reading & research purposes Beginners (level 1) AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020

You have little or no prior knowledge of Arabic and you want to learn Arabic for reading and research purposes. This course focuses on developing reading and text interpreting skills.

Post-beginners (level 2)

You can manage Arabic in basic situations using the present tense.

Intermediate (level 3) AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020

You can manage Arabic in basic everyday situations using past, present and future tenses.

Upper-intermediate (level 4) AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020


Not sure which level you want? Use the ELP self-assessment grid to identify your level of competence.

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Greetingالسَلا م عليكم "as-salaam 'alaykum" (peace be upon you)

Counting: waaHid, Ithnaan, Thalaatha, arba'a, Khamsa...

Useful phrase: عندكم شاي بالنعناع؟ "indakom shai binnanaa?" (Do you have mint tea?)

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2019-2020 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 7 October – Saturday 14 December 2019

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 20 January – Saturday 28 March 2020

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 27 April – Saturday 4 July 2020

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 15 – Friday 26 June 2020

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