WHY STUDY ARABIC?
The Drexel Minor in Arabic develops language competence and cultural sensitivity. The Arabic program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries, is the fifth most spoken language in the world, and has over 300 million native speakers. Arabic is one of the United Nations six official languages.
According to the American Council for International Education, only 1% of U.S. college students study Arabic. They also state that there is a very high demand for Arabic-speaking professionals within the U.S. government, as well as private and non-profit sectors.
International Standing: Countries which host sizable populations of Arabic speakers include: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
STUDY ABROAD AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPS
Study abroad and international co-ops are integral to Drexel's Modern Languages program, and will no doubt be the highlight of your education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to go abroad. Arabic language options include:
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Begin your journey at Drexel’s Study Abroad office and/or the Steinbright Career Development Center (international co-op).
Fluent understanding of a foreign language is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields. For language students considering employment with an Arabic minor, opportunities can include: the World Trade Organization, becoming a United Nations translator and interpreter, NGO’s and many government positions in various countries, including the United States.
Learn more about the minor in the Course Catalog