Students on Camels

Students enjoying a camel ride in Merzouga, Morocco.

Welcome to Arabic Studies

Arabic is an official language in 27 countries and is spoken as a first language by nearly 300 million people. Another 100 million people use it as a second language on a day-to-day basis, and it is also the chief liturgical language of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. When you study Arabic at UNCW, you gain a window into a vibrant, dynamic culture alongside the linguistic and interpersonal skills to navigate it on your own.

Our program is unique among Arabic programs in the United States in that we simultaneously learn both Modern Standard Arabic (the language of literature and formal settings) alongside Moroccan Arabic (used in everyday life in North Africa). In doing so, you get to experience the reality of the language as it is used by native speakers, reading and writing in the formal variety while speaking and listening in a modern dialect. As Morocco has in recent years emerged as a premiere destination for study abroad, tourism, and volunteer work, enrolling in our courses means that you can make the most out of your international experience.