Arabic is a Semitic language that first emerged in the 1st to 4th centuries CE. It is the liturgical language of 1.8 billion Muslims, and one of six official languages of the United Nations. Arabic is spoken by as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world.

During the Middle Ages, Arabic was a major vehicle of culture in Europe, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy. Arabic influence, mainly in vocabulary, is seen in a large number of languages in Europe, Asia and Africa.  

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How to register

If you are able to select elective modules as part of your degree programme, you can opt to take language modules when you make your module choices via the Module Catalogue. Just search the module code (eg LA307) in the module catalogue.

If you are unsure if your degree programme allows for elective modules, you will need to contact your academic school.

If you are not permitted to select elective modules as part of your degree programme, we also offer the opportunity to study a language as an extracurricular module. The module will not contribute credit to your degree, but you will be expected to take tests. You can choose whether or not you want the marks from your language tests to appear on your final transcript. The cost for adding each 15 credit module to your degree is £284. The fee for 30 credit modules is £530.

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Language Express 

Interested in learning a new language? Why not try out our Language Express course in Arabic?  

Engaging, flexible and interactive, our evening Language Express courses will make you progress in Arabic in no time. By focussing on conversational skills, our classes are recommended for students, staff, and anyone else wanting to learn a language from beginners' level.

Head over to our Language Express area to find out more.

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