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Arabic Program

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The Arab World consists of 21 countries and spans two continents, Asia and Africa. 



The Arab World consists of 21 countries and spans over two continents, Asia and Africa. Its land stretches 5000 miles, nearly twice the distance between New York and San Francisco. The Arab World covers an area of 5.25 million square miles. The Arab homeland is a rich composite of many diverse cultural influences. Various ethnic, linguistic and religious groups inhabit the region. These groups have different legislation, customs and traditions. Despite these differences, the Arab World remains strongly linked through the ties of language and culture. 


Why Study Arabic?


 1. Arabic is the official language of 21 countries with over 300 million speakers.

 2. There is high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world.

 3. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.

 4. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade. With a GDP of over 600 billion     dollars annually, the region also has much to offer the world market.

 5. There are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world.


Job Opportunities


Employees with Arabic skills are sought after in many career fields, including:

Diplomacy, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Academia, Technology, Law, Health Care, Non Government Organizations, International Development & more...


Conversation Tables





Faculty and Assistants



Dr. Zeina Schlenoff Director and Advisor, Middle Eastern Studies, Teaching Professor
Dr. Zafer Lababidi Assistant Director and Advisor, Middle Eastern Studies, Teaching Assistant Professor
Ms. Reema Barakat Assistant Lecturer
Dr. Defne Bilir Instructor
Mr. Abulhassan Hussein Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant


Arabic Courses 

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