All undergraduate Arabic language students on a four-year programme spend their second year at one of our accredited Arabic language study centres.
The year abroad is an integral part of the study of Arabic, advancing your knowledge of grammar and syntax as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It provides an excellent opportunity for students of Arabic to become immersed in Arabic society and culture and to gain fluency in a spoken dialect of the Arabic Language. Students taking the MArabic will also undertake a work placement while overseas. They will have an additional opportunity to study and work abroad in their final (fourth) year, again at an accredited Arabic language centre. Year abroad destinations can obviously vary from year to year, dependent on current events in the Middle East and North Africa.
During your year abroad you will follow a course of study at your host institution, focusing on Standard Arabic, Media Arabic and the Colloquial Arabic. Typically there is a great deal of opportunity for travel and many institutions organise study trips for you. For example, the ILI in Cairo organises trips to the Oases and to the Red Sea and the JLA in Amman organises trips to Petra and the Dead Sea. Many students take the opportunity to travel further within the region, often visiting Lebanon and Turkey, and some are reluctant to come back to Exeter when the year is over!
The following venues are indicative of the venues students may visit for year abroad study:
- Jordan Language Academy (JLA) in Amman, Jordan
- International Language Institute (ILI) in Cairo, Egypt
- The Arabic Language Institute (ALIF) in Fez, Morocco
The list of study venues is subject to change due to current events and evaluation by the University.
Full details of these schemes and of our partner institutions can be found on our College Study Abroad webpages.
HRH Prince Alwaleed Al Saud scholarship for short study courses abroad
Undergraduate students pursuing a single or combined honours degree within the Institute may apply for this scholarship to further their studies. Students may spend 4-8 weeks in an Arab country to study Arabic or gather research material. They may be enrolled in one of the above institutions or they may go, with the approval of the Institute, to another place of their choice. Students may be awarded a grant of up to £1,500. Find out more.
Year abroad photography competition
Every year, students take many pictures during their year abroad. At the end of the first term after their return, some of these masterpieces are displayed at the Institute. A panel chooses the best and the winning photographers receive cash prizes. Find out more.
Arab and Islamic Studies Year Abroad
The year abroad is an integral part of the study of Arabic, advancing your knowledge of grammar and syntax as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It provides an excellent opportunity for students of Arabic to become immersed in Arabic society and culture and to gain fluency in a spoken dialect of the Arabic Language.