University of Bath

Learn Arabic with the Skills Centre

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

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer three levels in Arabic, Complete Beginner, Post Beginner and Lower Intermediate Part 2.

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.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied Arabic before.

At the end of 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, education and family
  • have received an introduction to some basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world

Post Beginner

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Complete Beginner level with us.

Or if you:

  • can give directions and instructions
  • can use various forms of greetings
  • can introduce yourself and talk about where you live
  • can ask what people do for living
  • can describe objects
  • can 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 tell what your favourite colour is
  • can order food and drink at a restaurant and ask about prices
  • can express likes and dislikes
  • can use the addition structure in Arabic correctly
  • can describe and ask questions about the past (in the past tense)


The Spring Term will start in February and enrolments are now open for members of the public and staff and 28 January for students. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link for you below:

Independent Language Learning

University students or staff members can access independent language learning resources including films, books, and online resources to help you build your knowledge and language skills from the Language Learning Zone.