Arabic and Spanish make a natural programme combination. Interaction between the two languages and cultures has taken place over many centuries, most obviously in Islamic Spain between 711 and 1492, continuing in to the present day. Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people in a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Gulf. Apart from opening the door to a fascinating and varied region, knowledge of Arabic provides access to the rich intellectual heritage of Islam. The School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures at the University of Edinburgh is recognised, in the UK and internationally, as a leading institution for research and study of Arabic, Islam and the Middle East. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The fascinating literature and culture are diverse and vibrant and have influenced countries and cultures around the world. Spanish at the University of Edinburgh will not only perfect your language skills, but will provide opportunities to explore the Hispanic culture and its geographical and historical diversity. Students studying Arabic and Spanish will also benefit from our resources and our excellent record in teaching and research. A year spent studying Arabic and Spanish abroad provides complete immersion in both languages.