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Arabic is spoken in more than 30 countries and is the official language in 25 countries. As many as 422 million people around the world speak Arabic, making it the fifth most spoken language.

At PSU, you can learn Arabic for real-world settings, read and write from right to left, speak Fusha (Standard Arabic) and 'Ammiyyah (Colloquial Arabic), and take advanced specialized classes in Arabic and culture courses in translation. With our program, you can start your study of Arabic from scratch in Arabic 101. If you have studied Arabic previously, or if you come from an Arabic-speaking family, contact us for placement advice and testing.

In addition to three years of language study, you can take courses in Arabic literature, culture, film, history, folklore, and other topics in both English and Arabic. Whether you became interested in Arabic from reading classical texts, or are intrigued by the Arabic alphabet or encounters with the diverse Arab cultures and speakers, you can find a course with us that speaks to your interests.

Degree Programs

We offer a Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Arabic and a Master of Arts in World Languages and Literatures with a secondary language concentration in Arabic. We also offer a Certificate in Intercultural Competence for the Workplace and a Certificate in Pedagogy in World Languages.

Second Language Requirement

Students can also fulfill their Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Master of Arts (MA) second language requirement in Arabic.

Placement & Advising

Connect with an academic advisor, faculty advisor, or take an Arabic placement test.

Study Abroad

PSU's Education Abroad offers more than 200 programs in 90 countries.