Our degree programmes provide intensive teaching of the Arabic language as well as courses on Middle Eastern history, politics, culture and religion. Our focus is on Modern Standard Arabic, which is the official written language used throughout the Arab World in virtually all formal circumstances (religious, political, commercial, literary, media, etc.) but also encourage and support the learning of dialects. We also lay emphasis on practical language skills, therefore students are taught to speak as well as write in Arabic.
It's not all about Arabic; we also offer courses on Turkish and Persian, the modern history of the Middle East, the Culture and Society in the Arab World, Islamic Theology, Islamic law, Qur'anic and Hadith studies, Middle East politics, Arabic literature and much more.
An important element of our language degrees is the second year which is spent at a language centre in an Arabic speaking country. You will visit either Morocco or Egypt where you will be immersed in the study of Arabic for up to four hours a day, five days a week. We oversee the curriculum and ensure that you are in a group of Leeds only students, contributing to a wonderful opportunity for you to make great leaps in your comprehension and use of the language.
Arabic and Islamic Studies
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
View our extensive list of Joint Honours Programmes
The Universitys Higher Education Certificate in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (www.llc.leeds.ac.uk/courses/arabic-and-islamic-studies) offers an alternative route into our Single Honours degree programmes. On completion successful students may progress onto level 2 of the BA Arabic and Islamic Studies, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, BA Islamic Studies or BA Middle Eastern Studies.
University Open Days 2017
If you are not ready to make an application, but you would like to look round the University, you should try and attend one of the University's open days.
Open days are a key opportunity for you to explore our campus, find out more about the subject(s) you are interested in and meet current students. Our open days are very popular so booking is essential.
Open days in 2017 take place on:
Saturday 17 June 2017
Thursday 22 June 2017
Friday 23 June 2017
Saturday 9 September 2017
Saturday 7 October 2017
To find out more and book your place, visit our Open Days website.
Independent visits and online communicationWe understand that some applicants may, for very good reason, not be able to attend an Open Day or post-application visit (for example, if they are living abroad). If this is the case for you, we may be able organise an independent visit, or to answer your questions through an online chat. If you are interested in one of these options, please email Dr Sameh Hanna.