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Languages at UW-Madison



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.


Toni Landis,

Katrina Daly Thompson,

Language Conversation Table 

​Arabic table, Monday-Thursday, 5-6pm, Union South (near fireplace)


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. Visit the International Academic Programs Majors Advising Page to learn more. 

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.