Arabic Major Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many courses is the Arabic Major at Georgetown?
  2. I am a prospective undergraduate student interested in applying to Georgetown as an Arabic major. What are the admission requirements for your program?
  3. I am interested in the Arabic Major, who should I contact for more information?
  4. What textbooks are used and what dialect should I focus on?
  5. What study abroad opportunities do your offer?
  6. Can I visit the department when I am on campus?
  7. How can I arrange to meet with a professor in the department?
  8. Can I take Arabic courses at Georgetown if I am not a current Georgetown student?
  9. How do I enroll through the DC Consortium of Universities?
How many courses is the Arabic Major at Georgetown?

Our Arabic Major consists of 12 courses including language study and electives. For a full list, please visit our Arabic Major Requirements.

I am a prospective undergraduate student interested in applying to Georgetown as an Arabic major. What are the admission requirements for your program?

Information regarding curriculum, degrees offered, and admission requirements are available in the Programs section of our website. Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for information regarding admissions, tuition, and scholarship opportunities. If you are interested in speaking with someone from the department in person, please call the office to schedule a meeting.

I am interested in the Arabic Major, who should I contact for more information?

We are happy to hear you are interested in the Arabic Major! For more information please contact us at arabic@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-5743. You may also reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies directly and can find their email address on our contact us page.

What textbooks do you use and what dialect should I focus on?

We use the Alkitaab series, starting out with Alif-Baa. All of our courses are conducted and focus on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

What study abroad opportunities do your offer?

We require our Undergraduate Arabic Majors to study abroad for at least one semester. A list of Georgetown-approved programs, as well as more detailed information on studying abroad, can be found at the Office of Global Education’s website.

Can I visit the department when I am on campus?

We would love it if you stop by! However, if you are looking to meet with or speak to someone, we highly advise emailing them beforehand in order to assure they will be here when you are visiting. You can see all faculty members and their area of specialty on our faculty page.

How can I arrange to meet with a professor in the department?

Our professors are happy to meet with you. However, please email them directly to arrange a time and day that is convenient for their schedules as we generally do not accept walk-ins. 

Can I take Arabic courses at Georgetown if I am not a current Georgetown student?

Our Arabic courses are restricted to Georgetown students or students taking courses through the consortium. Non-degree graduate students cannot take instructional Arabic courses because they are below the 350 level. Additionally, we do not allow outside auditors to sit in on our courses.

How do I enroll through the DC Consortium of Universities?

In order to enroll as a consortium student please first contact your home university Consortium Coordinator to submit an official Consortium request. Once registration begins at Georgetown for the semester, please contact the course’s professor for written permission to join their course. Then, provide that written permission to your home Coordinator with your request and they will forward the form and permission to Georgetown. If the requested course is not full, nor restricted, nor excluded from Consortium, you will be registered.