Arabic at Penn

Arabic Language Program

The Arabic Language Program Placement Test will be held Friday, August 25th, 2023 from 4PM to 6PM in DRLB 2C4.


The Arabic Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania aims to develop strong skills in Modern Standard Arabic along with a lifelong interest in and appreciation for Arabic culture. Our goal is to equip Penn students with the skills and confidence to use Arabic in real-world contexts – whether by holding conversations, listening to news broadcasts, reading stories, or watching films – and to develop an appreciation for Arabic literature in different forms, historically and until today.  We are excited about our Arabic Language Program, proud of our Department's illustrious history in this field, and committed to promoting this beautiful language within the larger context of Middle Eastern and North African studies.