Undergraduate Certificate in Arabic 

Develop a strong foundation in Arabic and learn to communicate in one of the world’s most widely used languages with the Undergraduate Certificate in Arabic in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This 20-credit certificate program builds language skills and cultural competence while providing the foundation for understanding the cultural, political and religious forces that influence the Arab world.

Join the estimated 300 million speakers of the language and gain a competitive edge in many fields and disciplines. Whether you want to work in the U.S. or abroad, expertise in Arabic can help elevate your career opportunities. It is the official language of 20 countries—and there is a growing demand for professional interpreters and translators proficient in Arabic. 

Classes & Curriculum

The Arabic Undergraduate Certificate is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree. 

Courses offered as part of the curriculum include

  • Arabic Advanced I and II,
  • Arabic Elements I and II, and
  • Arabic Intermediate I and II.

For students placing out of the first level of Arabic can complete the six-course requirement by taking the Arabic Directed Readings I and/or II courses.

Learn more about Arabic Undergraduate Certificate courses.

Related Graduate Degrees 

*Fox School of Business
**Lew Klein College of Media & Communication

Internships & Opportunities 

Studying Arabic opens many opportunities for cultural immersion and study abroad programs. Due to the high demand of Arabic speakers, many government agencies offer grant programs for students studying Arabic.


Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It can increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. Bilingual professionals can communicate with a larger population and help increase an employer’s competitive edge. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning a foreign language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.

Bilingual professionals fluent in Arabic and English are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for interpreters and translators is projected to increase 19% by 2028. Students in the Arabic Certificate (Undergraduate) program are prepared to succeed in the global workforce and can apply their language and cultural fluency in the following professional areas.

  • Business
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Human rights
  • Government service
  • Immigration advocacy
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Military
  • Nonprofits
  • Public policy
  • Social work
  • Translation

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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