About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish (and partly English)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

An entry point to the Arab world
The subsidiary subject Arabic and Islamic studies is concerned with the Arab world in broad terms because it places special emphasis on the study of Islam – the worlds second largest religion – and Arabic language which is the language of Islam throughout the world.
Besides studying the language and important part of the subsidiary subject is to examine religious and political issues in their respective social, political, religious and economical contexts. 

You learn Modern Standard Arabic, the Arabic-speaking world"s common language, which is directly related to the classic Arabic in which the Koran is written. You also become familiar with selected dialects that are used in day-to-day communication. You will spend approximately half your time on the study of the Arabic language. 

Religion, history and society
As a student in Arab and Islamic Studies, you will study the religion of Islam, as well as Arab history, society, culture, politics, and literature. The study of each one of these areas helps understanding each other area, and so you will build up a sound basis on all the main aspects of Arab life, in the Arab world and beyond, and also acquire a key to understanding Islam outside the Arab world. The program focuses on the contemporary period but also looks back in history.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor



Structure master


Student Life

From lectures to the student bar
Arab and Islamic Studies is taught at the Faculty of Theology alongside programmes in Theology and the Study of Religion. The study environment at the faculty encourages students across all programmes to meet in lecture societies and at the student bar, ARABAR. 
The faculty offers great opportunities for you to attend public debates and guest lectures – for example in the student run Society for Arabic Studies - providing inspiration for your work; but you may also choose to become directly involved – as an organiser in the lecture societies, through student politics, as one of the editors of the student magazine FigenBladet (the Fig Leaf), the journal Totem or the bar committee. Finally, student life at the Faculty of Theology also means an annual festival in full dress, Christmas lunch party, the (famous) Christmas revue, spring party, folk high school weekend, boat race, soccer and much more.

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With a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies, you have expert knowledge of an important corner of the world and can contribute to cross-cultural communication. The degree gives you opportunities both within the public and the private labour markets. You will be qualified to work in Danish and international organizations dealing with integration, development and international cooperation, and also in Danish and international companies which have contacts with the Arabic-speaking market.