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Language Courses in Modern Standard Arabic

Graduate School offers courses in Modern Standard Arabic which are open to all Graduate School students. The courses are not credit bearing but you do receive a certificate at the end of each voluntary course.

Courses in Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic is a sematic language and it is one of the six official languages of the UN. There are a total of 25 independent states and territories that have Arabic as their native language. There are many dialects or varieties of a language, like modern standard Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Maghrebi Arab and Levantine Arabic. Arabic is written with the Arabic alphabet (الأبجديّة العربيّة) which is written from right to left.

The Arabic courses given by Rafah Barhoum are mainly designed to offer basic language skills needed for students intending to do their fieldwork in the Middle East. Learning Arabic is not just about language, but very much a question of understanding culture and becoming acquainted with shared reference points in Arabic societies.This is why cultural training and activities outside the classroom are a central aspect of the courses.

Teaching and Examination

Arabic training is offered once a week in two hour sessions, two hours total for each level. In addition to the regular lessons, students will also get in touch with the Arabic speaking communities in Malmö and attend events such as the Malmö Arab Film Festival.




About the Courses

Period: 2022-02-07 to 2022-06-05


Applications can be made here from Jan 17-30.


Placement will be on a first-come-first-served-basis. All Graduate School programme students are welcome to apply but priority will be given to Middle Eastern Studies programme students.

For spring 2022 you must have previously studied Arabic to qualify for placement. We only have seats open in the mid-level A1 and mid-level B1 groups. New beginners and other proficiency levels are welcome to apply in the Autumn 2022.

Schedules: TBA

The language courses will take all Graduate school course schedules into account, so if you are taking courses at Graduate School you can expect few scheduling conflicts.

Modern Standard Arabic

Course Guide

Language Training Expert


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