Bachelor On Campus

Arabic and Persian

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. It is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Join the Arabic and Persian programme from The University of Edinburgh to learn more.


As the main language of more than 120 million people, Persian is also among the world’s most widely spoken. Together, Arabic and Persian open the door to a fascinating and varied region, and to the rich intellectual heritage of Islam.

This Arabic and Persian programme from The University of Edinburgh is designed to give you a thorough grounding in both classical and modern Arabic and Persian, enabling you to communicate in both languages and access a wide range of original material. Alongside training in the written and spoken languages, you will also study Arabic and Persian literature, culture, history, religion and politics.

The University of Edinburgh is recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for the research-led study of Arabic, Persian, Islam, and the Middle East.

Career opportunities

More than 600 million people worldwide are native speakers of either Arabic, Persian or Turkish.

An understanding of these languages and the cultures to which they open doors, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in:

  • media
  • industry
  • civil service
  • diplomatic service
  • non-governmental organisations

Increasing migration and changing global dynamics have created high demand for languages graduates, both at home and abroad. This includes roles in:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • education

Programme Structure

  • Year 1

You will study elementary Arabic and Persian to learn basic grammar and develop your vocabulary. You will also take courses in Islamic history and modern Middle Eastern history.

  • Year 2

You will continue with your language study and take courses in the religion of Islam and Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures.

  • Year 3

If international travel restrictions allow, you will spend Year 3 improving your language skills and undertaking independent study abroad. You will divide your time between studying in an Arabic-speaking country, and either studying in a Persian-speaking country or studying Persian at an approved institution elsewhere. 

  • Year 4

You will continue to develop your translation and conversational skills and will write your honours dissertation. You will also choose from a range of option courses dealing with different aspects of Iran (including pre-Islamic Persia), Islam, and the Middle East.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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