Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries with well over 300 million native speakers. It is an official language in the UN, the Arab League, The Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the African Union.
The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language,” creating scholarships for language study in the U.S. and overseas.
Why study Arabic?
With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is an extreme shortage of workers in the west who are versed in the Arabic language and culture. Speaking Arabic increases job opportunities for careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business, industry, education, finance, translation, consulting, and foreign services.