Middle East Studies MA - FAQs



Arabic Requirements

  • The equivalent of one year of Arabic study ALNG 1101-1102-1103 is required for full admission to the MA program in Middle East studies. 

    Students who have not reached this level of Arabic and meet all other admission requirements will be granted provisional admission. They may study Arabic at AUC or at any other institution in Egypt or anywhere else. We strongly encourage such students to take a summer of intensive Arabic at AUC, if places are available in the program, or at another institution in Cairo. Among the schools with such courses in Cairo are International Language Institute, Kalimat, Cordoba and Dar Carbone.

  • The language requirements are usually stated as "proficiency level." In other words, you do not transfer credit. It does not matter where you have studied Arabic previously.

    The required level of proficiency to obtain an MA in Middle East studies is equivalent to a level of 2.5 out of 5 in the US Foreign Service Institute exam. A proficiency examination will be administered by the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI). Those expecting to write an MA thesis are strongly advised to attain this level of proficiency before beginning their thesis in order to be able to use Arabic sources. 

    Students who have not yet attained the required level of proficiency in Arabic will take an Arabic placement test before beginning their first fall semester. The test is administered by ALI. Mahmoud Sami Moussa is the person to contact there, or anyone else authorized to administer the test. Students will be assigned to an Arabic class on the basis of this test. 

    Suppose students who were admitted provisionally place beyond Arabic 102 (i.e., into Arabic 103 or above) at the beginning of the fall semester have no other prerequisites to fulfill. In that case, they will be granted full admission to the MA program. If they must fulfill other prerequisites in addition to Arabic, these must be completed before they are granted full admission to the MA program.

  • You do not have to take Arabic courses at AUC. Some students opt to study Arabic at the British Council or the International Language Institute here in Cairo. 

  • This depends on your Arabic level at the time of admission. Arabic courses may be taken in the summer session before your first semester and/or between your first and second year. Refer to the Arabic Language Requirements table to assess how long it may take to reach your required level.

  • Graduate students are eligible to take the exam twice per semester to fulfill graduation requirements or entrance procedures. Arrangements between graduate student departments and the ALNG unit may be conducted upon request.

  • Requirement for Diploma: Completion of ALNG 101 and 102 or the equivalent accelerated course ALNG 111.

    Requirement for MA comps and Thesis Tracks: Completion of ALNG 203 or the accelerated level ALNG 211.


    Arabic Language Requirements

    Accelerated Course Normal Course Books Used Lessons Covered
    ALNG 111 ALNG 101 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part I 1-6
    ALNG 102 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part I 7-13
    ALNG 112 ALNG 103 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part I 14-20
    ALNG 201 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part II 1-5
    ALNG 211 ALNG 202 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part II 6-10
    ALNG 203 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part III 1-5
    ALNG 212 ALNG 204 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'alum al-'Alarabiyya, Part III 6-10
    ALNG 205 Different Authentic Materials  
    ALNG 311 ALNG 301 Different Authentic Materials  
    ALNG 302 Different Authentic Materials  
    ALNG 312 ALNG 303 Different Authentic Materials  
    ALNG 304 Different Authentic Materials  

    *For more information, contact ALI.

    Iman Soliman

    Monica Nabil
    Program Assistant

    For further inquiries from degree-seeking students, send an email to malng@aucegypt.edu.
    For further inquiries from non-degree students, send and email to alng@aucegypt.edu.

MA Vs Diploma


  • Registration period dates are published by the AUC registrar. As an incoming student, you should plan to meet with the MEST program director during those dates for academic advising and in order to register for classes. 

    Registration Procedure: Before you consult with the director, read the following carefully. It will save time.

    1. Sign up for an appointment on the registration sheet at the Middle East Studies Center office.
    2. Make sure that you have no unresolved financial, academic or registrar issues, or you will have a hold on your registration screen. 
    3. Print out your Audit Report. If you have trouble with this, go to Radwa Wassim for help.
    4. Think carefully about the courses you want to take. Avoid overload. 
    5. If a course you want to take has a prerequisite, clear the matter with the appropriate department and instructor. 
    6. If you have prerequisites, make sure that you enroll in these first. Do not take other courses before you have completed prerequisites with the required average grade. 
    7. Fill out the Course Planning form by getting your copy from the program's office.

    After you have completed your form, you can discuss your courses or any other problems with the director of the program. 

    After you get the form signed:

    1. Make a copy of it on the copying machine in the lounge.
    2. Give the copy to the program assistant so she can remove your holds.
    3. Now you are ready to register online.
    1. Call Number: This is the five-digit number to the left of the course
    2. Course Subject: Pols, Econ, etc.
    3. No.: 200, 300, etc.
    4. Sec #: 01 if there is only one section; for undergraduates, there might be more
    5. Cr. Hours: 3, etc.
    6. Hours: The hours when the class is held
    7. Days: Clear in the form