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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers eight semesters of Arabic language, with different classes offered in fall vs. spring. The classes available in fall 2021 are ARAB 101, 203, and 305 in the main Arabic language sequence, and also ARAB 308, which is a 1-credit LAC (Languages Across the Curriculum) course. In spring 2022, we plan to offer ARAB 102, 204, 300, 306, and possibly one of the 4th-year Arabic courses.

For a complete listing of Arabic courses and course descriptions, consult

If you’re a beginner (no previous knowledge of Arabic), register for any section of ARAB 101. Note that this class will not be offered in spring semester.

Intermediate Arabic is also being offered–in remote format–this summer: ARAB 203 in first summer session (starts May 19) and ARAB 204 in second summer session. New students are eligible to take summer courses; if you have been accepted for fall, Admissions will change your starting semester from fall to summer at your request.  Taking summer courses could allow you to learn a year’s worth of Arabic before fall even begins. More information is available on the Summer School website.

If you have prior knowledge of Arabic and want to take Arabic, you must take a placement test. This is true for everyone, regardless of how you learned Arabic (in high school, at home, etc.) and regardless of any test credit or transfer credit you may have. Click here for information on taking the online placement test.

Note that different levels of Arabic are offered in fall and spring.  It’s possible you’ll have to wait until spring to continue studying Arabic if you place into a class only offered in spring.

If you have trouble getting into the Arabic class you want, please refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ:, or contact Lori Harris at