CAMES and the Arabic Department provide students from around the world with the opportunity to study Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) at the American University of Beirut. AUB offers AFL classes all year round in fall, spring and summer
. Students may take classes in Arabic Language and Culture (Standard Arabic) and Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at all levels of proficiency without enrolling for a degree program at AUB.
To spend a fall or spring semester studying Arabic at AUB, you may apply as a Visiting, Exchange, or Non-Degree Student
. The Arabic classes listed below are offered each fall and spring semester - in fall from late August to mid-December, and in spring from late January to mid-May.
Check out the CAMES Summer Arabic Programs
if you are interested in intensive Arabic study over the summer.
Note that the fall and spring AFL programs will provide up to 10 hours of AFL instruction per week. The courses are sequential and prerequisites of each other so students may register for only two AFL courses per semester: one in Arabic Language and Culture and one in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic.
***Please take note that Colloquial Lebanese Arabic classes will not be offered in the Fall 2022-23 semester. Arabic Language and Culture classes will continue to be offered at all levels as usual. We plan to resume offering Colloquial Lebanese Arabic classes in the Spring 2022-23 semester.
Arabic Language and Culture
- ARAB 203/MEST 321 Beginners Arabic as a Foreign Language I
- ARAB 204/MEST 322 Beginners Arabic as a Foreign Language II
- ARAB 205/MEST 323 Intermediate Arabic as Foreign Language III
- ARAB 206/MEST 324 Intermediate Arabic as a Foreign Language IV
- ARAB 207/MEST 325 Advanced Arabic as Foreign Language V
- ARAB 208/MEST 326 Advanced Arabic as a Foreign Language VI
- ARAB 209/MEST 327 Advanced Arabic as a Foreign Language VII
Colloquial Lebanese Arabic
- MEST 240/340 Introduction to Lebanese Arabic
- MEST 241/341 Intermediate Lebanese Arabic
- MEST 242/342 Advanced Lebanese Arabic