University of Bath

Learn Arabic at the Foreign Languages Centre (FLC)

Find out about our courses how to enrol on the right one for you.

Four students speaking Arabic in a lunchtime class
Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer two levels in Arabic, Complete Beginner and Lower Intermediate.

We teach Modern Standard Arabic in both courses, but some references are made to the differences between Arab dialects. If you are mainly interested in the colloquial language spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel, we also offer a Levantine Arabic course.


You should enrol on this course if you have a basic level of Arabic. This level is not suitable for those who have never studied Arabic before. If you are a complete beginner please contact us for advice on a suitable course.

At the end of this course this course, you will:

  • be able to master the Arabic alphabet and sound system

  • be able to initiate social interactions by asking for basic information

  • be able to talk about yourself, your education and your family

  • have had an introduction to some basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world

Lower intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Beginners level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR.

At the end of this course this course, you will be able:

  • to speak about a variety of subjects within your field of interest

  • to express thoughts and opinions

  • to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters

  • to read factual texts on subjects related to your field of interests with a good level of comprehension

  • write simple text using the Arabic alphabet on topics which are familiar or of personal interest


To find out when the next courses starts and how to enrol you should select from the following student types:

Enrolling late Semester 2

Although new students are welcome at the beginning of each term, our classes have now started. We can, in exceptional circumstances, accept late enrolments. Please contact us to find out if you can join a course.

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