ARAB AND ISLAMIC STUDIES

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

As a student on the Arab and Islamic studies programme, you learn to red, write and speak Modern Standard Arabic. 

You will become an expert on the Arab world, and you will learn to build bridges between many aspects of Denmark and the Arab world.

The language

Modern Standard Arabic is the lingua franca of the Arab world. 
You will learn to read texts in Arabic, for example newspaper articles and passages from the Koran. You will also learn about some of the Arabic dialects that are used i day-to-day communication. 
Studying the Arabic language constitutes about half of the programme. 

Studying on the Arab and Islamic programme at Aarhus University

The Arab and Islamic studies programme is primarily based on classroom instruction and working in your  
study group.
When you study Islam and the history of the Arabic world, you will be asked to give presentations and participate in discussion. In some cases, your classes will be taught in English.

Experience the Arab world

Most students on the Arab and Islamic studies programme do semester abroad in an Arabic-speaking country.
Studying abroad gives you a unique opportunity to improve your Arabic and gain first-hand knowledge of the cultures and societies of the Arab world. A study placement in an Arab-speaking country is a valuable part of the BA degree programme. 

Career opportunities all over the world

As a graduate of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic studies, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes.
And your degree will give you career opportunities in Danish and international businesses active on Arabic-speaking markets. You will also be qualified to work with intercultural communication, integration or development. 

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22205

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Arabic A*
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

*The requirement of an additional language qualification may be replaced by an introductory course in connection with the degree programme.

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2 criteria

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Arabic A
  • History B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the Arab and Islamic studies programme focus on two primary areas. First and foremost, you master the Arabic language. And in addition, you also gain a deep understanding of the cultures of the Arab world through the study of Islam as well as recent historical and societal developments in the region.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic studies , you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Academic life on the Arab and Islamic studies programme

The BA programme in Arab and Islam studies includes a lot of classroom instruction. At lectures, your teacher will review the most important points that you need to learn. In seminars, you will have plenty of opportunities for dialogue with your teacher and discussion with your fellow students. This is where you learn how to give presentations and give other students constructive feedback on their work. You will also be assigned to a study group. You and the other students in your study group will complete assignments and prepare presentations together. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies. As you can see, you should expect to spend a lot of time preparing for lectures and seminars. This is why Arab and Islamic studies is a full-time degree programme, even though you will probably have fewer scheduled lessons and more independent study than you are used to. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies.

Monday:
8:00-10:00 Lessons with student teachers: Introduction to Arab and Islamic Studies
10:00-12:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Arab and Islamic Studies
12:00-14:00 Classroom instruction: History and Politics of the Middle East
14:00-16:00 Classroom instruction: Propaedeutic Arabic 1
16:00 - 18:00 Independent study

Tuesday:
10:00-12:00 Lecture: Propadeutic Arabic 1
12:00-14:00 Meeting in study group
14:00-16:00 Classroom instruction

Wednesday:
8:00-10:00 Lessons with student teachers: Propaedeutic Arabic 1
10:00-12:00 Classroom instruction: Propaedeutic Arabic 1
12:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00-16:00 Lessons with student teachers: Introduction to Arab and Islamic Studies

Thursday
9:00-11:00 Classroom instruction: History and Politics of the Middle East
11:00-13:00 Lessons with student teachers: Propaedeutic Arabic 1
13:00-17:00 Independent study

Friday:
8:00-13:00 Read material for next week
13:00-15:00 Classroom instruction: History and Politics of the Middle East
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Social life on the Arab and Islamic studies programme

There are lots of academic and social events and associations for you to participate in on the Arab and Islamic studies programme. 

Figenbladet (the fig leaf)
The theology, study of religion and Arab and Islamic studies programmes have a student magazine called Figenbladet. 

The association of students of Arabic (FAS)
FAS organises academic and social events for students on the Arab and Islamic studies programme, such as the Arabar Friday bar and Orientalist Wednesday.

Arabar
At the Friday bar, you can hang out with your fellow students over a beer or a soft drink. Arabar also throws parties and other events every semester.

Orientalist Wednesday
Come to Orientalist Wednesday and watch a relevant film with your fellow students.

Studying abroad

Spending a semester abroad is an excellent idea for students on the Arab and Islamic studies programme. It gives you a chance to gain first-hand insight into the culture of the country you visit as well as developing your language skills. During the 6th semester your BSc programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

After you graduate from the BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies, your career opportunities depend on what subjects you chose to focus on during your studies, your choice of supplementary subject, and your choice of Master’s degree programme if you decide to continue your studies.

The BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies will give you Arabic language skills. You will also gain a great deal of knowledge about cultural and political conditions in the Middle East, which will give you insight into complex cross-cultural issues. You will have expert knowledge on an important corner of the world, and will be able to contribute to cross-cultural understanding and dialogue. 

Graduates of the BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies typically work as consultants in such areas as integration, development work or international cooperation advising businesses and organisations that are active in Arabic-speaking countries. 

Supplementary subjects

A supplementary subject of your own choosing is part of the BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects students have chosen: 

  • Supplementary subject in religion, politics and society
  • Supplementary subject in journalistic communication
  • Supplementary subject in humanities 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the BA programme in Arab and Islamic studies go on to take a Master’s degree in the same subject. But there are a lot of options, and you should be aware that some of them require specific supplementary subjects in order for you to be eligible for admission. Here are some examples: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in Arab and Islamic studies, which is a continuation of the Bachelor’s degree programme that gives you a more sophisticated and analytical approach to methodology and analysis.
  • The Master’s degree programme in the study of religion, which gives you broad knowledge of the many religions of the world.
  • The Master’s degree programme in anthropology, which teaches you a comparative approach to understanding cultures and gives you the tools to analyse complex cultural issues.
  • The Master’s degree programme in journalism (cand.public), which lets you continue building on your knowledge of the culture and politics of the Middle East while strengthening your journalistic skills.