Study Arabic at USC

Arabic is one of the most important languages in the world.

  • the official language of twenty-six countries

  • the first language of nearly 300 million native speakers

  • one of the six international languages of the United Nations

  • the language of the Qur’an and Muslim prayer, used by more than a billion people in worship

  • in the Middle Ages, the most widespread language of scholarship, philosophy, and science in the world

  • the living medium of a vibrant and constantly developing modern literature

Arabic provides opportunities for research and communication from NW Africa to Iraq and the Persian Gulf and beyond.

We offer a three-year (six semester) sequence of Arabic courses as well as modular courses in colloquial Arabic dialects, media Arabic, and classical Arabic.


  • USC Middle East Studies Program
  • Taper Hall 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
  • Images courtesy of Ed Ou Photography and USC Dornsife Office of Overseas Studies
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2795