Our BA Arabic Studies course will enable you to achieve near-native proficiency in modern Arabic while studying the language within its cultural and historical context. You will start as an absolute beginner in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension of Arabic and develop to an advanced level by the end of the four-year course. You will also look more widely at Arab culture and literature, and be introduced to social and cultural trends in the Arab Middle East and beyond. The course is carefully structured so you can measure your progress step by step. Learning modern Arabic also opens the door to the vast literature of classical Arabic, including religious and secular texts, and provides a perfect platform from which to learn one or more of the colloquial dialects. You will spend your third year studying abroad at an academic institution in an Arab country, an ideal way to improve your fluency in the language while gaining a fascinating first-hand experience of the Arab world. You can choose from a wide variety of course unit options to focus on your special interests or to study other disciplines within the University, such as linguistics, history, archaeology or the social sciences. In addition, Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. **Special Features** **Learn From Native Speakers** Native speakers of Arabic will be involved in your language teaching at all levels. The University Language Centre can also put you in touch with other students who are native speakers of Arabic. **Extracurricular Cultural Activities** Manchester is a multicultural city that provides excellent general opportunities for contact with speakers of Arabic and the pursuit of Arabic and Islamic interests outside of the University (e.g. public lectures, societies, cultural events). **Study Abroad** Your year abroad will offer the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in the Arab world. You will have the chance to gain skills in the colloquial language. Students on this course are eligible for financial support from the University towards the cost of tuition fees in Arab countries. **Careers Support** Personal tutors in Middle Eastern Studies will help you to plan and reflect on your development to ensure that you are constantly building up transferable and academic skills. You will also have access to the award-winning University Careers Service.