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The study of Arabic language and cultures is recognized by the United States Department of State as a high needs area, currently being offered by only a few area colleges and universities. By incorporating course work in Middle East studies offered on campus with immersion study abroad in Jordan, the endorsement or the minor enables students to interact and serve Arabic cultures in the US and the Middle East with an informed, Christian perspective consistent with the goals and mission of Spring Arbor University.

SAU students who seek recognition as graduates prepared as critical participants in the contemporary world have this opportunity to develop global perspectives through the curriculum. This endorsement provides students with an excellent option, first studying about and then living in and experiencing an ancient arabic speaking culture and civilization.

For more information about the Arabic program please visit the course catalog.

Career opportunities and program strengths

Study of Arabic language and culture in semester immersion intensifies language acquisition allowing the student to achieve intermediate proficiency in one semester and advanced proficiency in two semesters. Completion of the endorsement or the minor gives students the opportunity to develop global perspectives and promotes graduates’ marketability in careers such as international business, finance and trade, government service, social services, and Christian service and missions.