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    Arabic is truly a global language. It is spoken throughout the world, as the first language of over 200 million people in northern Africa and the Middle East and as the official language of over 20 countries. Arabic plays a fundamental role in the practice of Islam as the language of the Holy Qur’ān. Arabic influences are found throughout the West, Africa, and Asia. As the Arabic and Islamic worlds attract international attention, demand grows for fluent speakers of Arabic in academia, international business, journalism, government agencies, and international non-governmental organizations. By studying Arabic, you will have the opportunity to learn about the reality beyond the stereotypes and engage directly with Arab peoples and societies.

    Majors & Certificates 

    African Languages & Literatures Major, African Studies Certificate, Middle East Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


    Toni Landis,

    Katrina Daly Thompson,

    Language Conversation Table 

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5-6 pm
    Fireplace, Union South
    Contact Toni Landis,


    Live in Baytunaa, the Arabic House in the International Learning Community.

    Study Abroad 

    You can study Arabic in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Contact International Academic Programs for more information.

    Student Organizations 

    African Cultural Studies Student Association; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


    Consider an internship where you can use Arabic, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.