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With more than 300 million native speakers worldwide, Arabic is considered a critical language by the U.S. State Department. The ever-increasing demand for bilingual Arabic speakers means there’s never been a better time to study this rich language.

At VCU we offer beginner, intermediate and advanced Arabic levels.

Arabic is also offered as part of the minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies which prepares you with not only classroom instruction of verbal and written skills but also interaction with the local Arabic-speaking community.

For more information, please contact Kamilia Rahmouni, Ph.D., Arabic language program coordinator, at rahmounik@vcu.edu. You can also visit Dr. Rahmouni's blog

Why Do Our Students Love Arabic?

Watch our videos and hear from VCU Arabic students themselves.

Course Offerings in Arabic

ARBC 101. Beginning Arabic I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment requires any student with previous exposure to Arabic to take the placement test to determine eligibility. For students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Beginning grammar, reading, writing and oral skills.

ARBC 102. Beginning Arabic II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 101 or a satisfactory score on the VCU Language Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Continuation of beginning grammar, reading, writing and oral skills.

ARBC 201. Intermediate Arabic I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 102 or a satisfactory score on the VCU Language Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Conducted in Arabic. Building toward intermediate-level cultural competence and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing through authentic materials.

ARBC 202. Intermediate Arabic II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 201 or a satisfactory score on the VCU Language Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Conducted in Arabic. Increasing intermediate-level cultural competence and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing through authentic materials.

ARBC 205. Intermediate Conversation. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 201. Designed to increase student proficiency in the spoken language through audio-oral exercises, dialogues and conversation.

ARBC 301. Communication and Composition. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 202, ARBC 205 or a satisfactory score on the VCU Language Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Conducted in Arabic. Building toward intermediate-high proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Authentic materials enhance intercultural competence and communication skills.

ARBC 391. Topics in Arabic: ____. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: ARBC 202 or equivalent. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credits. Conducted in Arabic. An in-depth study of selected topics in Arabic. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.


Arabic Placement Test

The sole purpose of this test is to place you in the Arabic course that is most appropriate for your level. Please note that this test does not provide credit toward your degree, nor does it satisfy VCU’s foreign language requirement. Learn more about the foreign language requirement waiver

Arabic placements tests are offered at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. To find out the dates and times of upcoming scheduled tests and to register for a test, complete the Arabic Language Placement Request Form [Google form].

Once your placement test score has been verified and processed, the score will be added to the university system on your official student record. You will then be able to register for the appropriate course level as long as seats are available. 

Placement test scores are only valid for one calendar year. If you do not enroll in the Arabic course appropriate to your placement within one year of testing, you must retake the placement test.


Events and Activities

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Arabic Conversation Circles

Practice new skills and make new friends!

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Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Meet and Greet

Learn about the new Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program with middle eastern food, music, henna tattoos and more.

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Sweet Language Lounge

Experience language and culture in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere with international desserts and sweets! VCU student talent in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

For more information about these events and activities, contact Kamilia Rahmouni, Ph.D., Arabic language program coordinator, at rahmounik@vcu.edu.

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