Why Study Arabic at Iowa?

The Arabic minor includes language, culture, and literature courses, while the Department's exciting French-Arabic Major track offers a unique opportunity to study Franco-Arabic cultures.

Students study abroad in Egypt, Jordan, or Morocco. On campus, they enjoy a range of co-curricular events, including a film series, lectures with visiting authors, opportunities to practice their Arabic in conversation hours with faculty and students, and working with the Arabic peer tutor. Recent alumni have received prestigious awards like the CLS and the Fulbright Scholarship, as well as exciting job opportunities in a range of fields, from business, to working with NGOs, to translation.

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Arabic Courses

Browse available language and culture courses available for students.

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Cultural Activities and Events

Find celebrations, activities, exhibitions, and other events to connect with and enhance social development with members of the community.

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Language and Culture Resources

As a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs, language has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.

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Study Abroad

The program encourages students to study abroad to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies. The University has several opportunities to select from.

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Student and Alumni Voices

Hear testimonials directly from the students and alumni of the program.

Faculty Specializing in this Area

Yasmine Ramadan, Ph.D.

Director of Arabic Studies
Associate Professor