A minor in Arabic is required for the profiles Islamic Studies/Arabic Studies in an Asian Studies major. The minor in Arabic provides students with sound basic knowledge of spoken and written Arabic. The initial focus is on modern standard Arabic. In addition to developing the reading skills needed to study source texts, Arabic language instruction strongly emphasizes auditory and oral skills as well as the production of written texts.

Students acquire the language basics for scientific text-context analysis, which is applied to Arabic texts of various provenance. With these basic language skills students are able to adequately express themselves and communicate in accordance with their expertise as well as academic and language standards (also in the foreign language). Key elements of the study of Arabic include the introduction to the Arabic script, the essential fundamentals of Arabic grammar, a basic vocabulary of modern standard Arabic, elementary oral and written skills for the reception and production of texts (reading, writing, listening, speaking), as well as an introduction to at least one main Arabic dialect.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.

Possible lines of work:

Intercultural communication, intercultural management, international development cooperation, peace and conflict research, international educational work (adult education, language courses, etc.), politics (policy consulting), culture (conservation/maintenance/management of global cultural heritage, cultural institutions, culture management, museums, etc.), tourism (long-distance, educational and cultural tourism), journalism, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Job options strongly depend on a graduate’s chosen major.

Open admission
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2022/2023 Wintersemester
free admission
2021/2022 Wintersemester
free admission
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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