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Learn Arabic with the Skills Centre as a member of the public or University staff

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

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

We offer two levels of Arabic, 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 interested in the colloquial language spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel, come and join one of our Arabic courses where emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.

Find out why Arabic is a great language to learn in this blog: 5 great reasons to learn Arabic.

Post Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have completed the complete beginner course with us, or if you can:

  • give directions and instructions
  • use various forms of greetings
  • introduce yourself and talk about where you live
  • ask people what they do for a living
  • describe objects
  • order things politely

Lower Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you have some previous knowledge of Arabic (completed the lower intermediate part 1 with us and/or have a GCSE or similar qualification), or if you can:

  • say what your favourite colour is
  • order food and drink at a restaurant and ask about prices
  • express likes and dislikes
  • use the addition structure in Arabic correctly
  • describe and ask questions about the past (in the past tense)

"I started learning Arabic a few years ago because it is a language that has always interested me and it is spoken by millions of people. Arabic is also the door to a fascinating culture. I now do some voluntary work with refugees from the Middle East. I can now hold an everyday conversation with them and they are very appreciative of the fact that I make an effort to speak a bit of their language." (Silvia Vercher)

Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by Arabic language associations in the UK such as the British Council's Arabic Language and Culture Programme and Qatar Foundation International with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of Arabic language and culture.


Enrolment for the Semester 2 2022/23 language courses is now closed.


If you have any questions, please contact us.