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Arabic Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Arabic Studies program at the Williams College is the most recent addition to foreign-language offerings. It has quickly become a popular language to study and the flourish of interest in the program has prompted the College to offer an Arabic Language and Culture Certificate.
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The Arabic Studies program at the Williams College is about he language of a rich and complex cultural heritage, the main language of Islam and the official language of 21 countries. In order to promote cultural literacy, the Program at Williams stresses complementing classroom instruction with extra-curricular activities such as Arab film screenings, performances, music concerts, a weekly language table, and guest lectures.  Likewise, Arab-themed parties with plenty of food introduce students to another important dimension of Middle Eastern culture.


In addition to the study of the language, students are encouraged to explore the culture through literature courses in translation. A broad range of courses attempt to introduce students to readings representative of classical and contemporary Arabic literary genres as well as presenting the major debates circulating in the region.  

Beyond an exploration of the political and social issues brought into relief in these texts, themes in these courses include an examination of the trope of the city (i.e., Baghdad, Cairo, Beirut), cross-cultural encounters and Arab migration, the figure of the outlaw, Arab feminism and theories treating national and postcolonial fictions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Elementary Arabic
  • Intermediate Arabic
  • The Modern Middle East
  • The Veil: History and Interpretation
  • Photography in/of the Middle East

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56790 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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