Arabic 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. It is the fifth most widely spoken global language. It 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.

اهلاً و سهلاً [Ahlaan w Shlaan]: "Welcome"


Department of African Cultural Studies

Andrew Bartsch,

Intro Class:
AFRICAN 321: First Semester Arabic 

Live with students who share similar interests in the Arabic language and culture at Baytunaa, the Arabic House in the International Learning Community.


Study Arabic during the summer in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Language Institute (MEDLI).

Contact Andrew Bartsch,, for details.