Arabic Language Programme

Cambridge University students have the opportunity to enrol in the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies’ Arabic Language Programme.

The courses are aimed at graduate students across Cambridge University (other than those taking the Arabic tripos) whose research interests include the Arab and Islamic world. Students are encouraged to be involved in the Centre’s activities and research and will gain an insight into Arabic culture and the role of Islam in wider society. Those who have other interests in learning Arabic are advised to contact Cambridge University Language Centre.

The CIS Arabic Language Programme is tailored to different levels and runs during the academic year. Each class will meet for two hours a week. The courses focus on Modern Standard Arabic and aim to cover the four Arabic language skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Full attendance of the course is essential. 

The classes in the 2023/24 academic year will be running in-person.

  • Beginners: Thursday 10am – 12pm – this class is not designed for absolute beginners. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the Arabic alphabet and the ability to read and write in Arabic.
  • Intermediate: Thursday 12pm – 2pm
  • Advanced: Tuesday 11pm – 1pm

For the Intermediate and advanced courses prospective students are required to undergo a placement assessment to determine the most suitable level for their studies.

The Centre invites interested students to complete the online enrolment form to register. Students will be contacted prior to term to confirm their enrolment.

For students who are absolute beginners, we recommend two options: they can either study the alphabet independently (we can provide a textbook for reference) and join our class after two or three weeks, or they can opt to enroll in the University Language Center for the first term. After mastering the alphabet, they are always welcome to join our class at any point during the year.

For enquiries and further information please contact Mrs Yomna Helmy, Course Organiser.