World Languages & Cultures | Arabic
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Why Study Arabic?

  • High demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the US
  • The 4th most commonly spoken language in the world
  • The State Department named Arabic a “Critical Language”
  • Financial incentives for studying Arabic in the US
  • A fast growing market for trade
  • Promotes intercultural understanding

Career Choices

Diplomacy, international and political studies, intelligence, business, journalism, religious studies, marketing, history, tourism, translation, anthropology, and linguistics to name a few possibilities.

The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.

Visit the ISU Study Abroad Center website to access information regarding their services and university-wide programs. In addition to this central office, each college at Iowa State has its own study abroad office, programs and scholarships to explore. To view these, visit our study abroad page and click on ‘Contact’ to view an interactive campus map, that provides links to all study abroad office pages. To search (and apply for) all study abroad programs, visit isuabroad. NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.


Currently the Department of World Languages and Cultures does not directly offer study abroad programs for Arabic language learners. For more information about what programs ISU offers to countries around the globe please visit the ISU Study Abroad website.

Arabic Conversation hour meets every week on alternating days during the academic year. For more information, contact Ghinwa Alameen at