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Arabic Language and Literature - PhD

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Annual tuition fee
    19,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,710 USD

  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    January, August

Program Overview

What American University of Beirut says about their program:
"The Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages is steeped in the Arabic philological and literary tradition. Its faculty is also experienced in the use of contemporary western methods of teaching and approaches to language and literature. For this reason, the department is well-positioned to train future leaders in the field. Academic governance of the department complies with the practices and procedures currently applied by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks to augment its faculty as needed, mainly through exchange and visiting programs as well as through highly selective and rigorously defined recruitment."

Admissions requirements

​​​​​​​​​The freshman program is a majorless year (2 regular terms) whereby the student can take different courses and follow either a scientific track or a track in humanities. Once the student completes the freshman year, he/she gets to enroll in a specific major at the sophomore level based on his/her average or GPA.

Undergraduate Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (August) - December of previous year
  • Spring Semester (January) - October of previous year

Graduate Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (August)

    March 18th

  • Spring Semester (January)

    November 17th

  • SAT (evidence-reading and writing)

    530 (minimum score)

  • TOEFL iBT - 79
  • IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6)
  • AUB-EN - 40
  • Duolingo - 100

Undergraduate Requirements:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of US$ 50
  • Academic Transcripts and Diploma
  • Transcript and Diploma translations
  • Résume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Passport or ID copy
  • SAT 1 scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency

Graduate Requirements:

Graduate requirements may vary depending on the faculty

  • A completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • Academic Transcripts and Diploma
  • Transcript and Diploma translations
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency tests
  • GRE/GMAT (for programs that apply)

Fees and funding

All academically gifted students, regardless of their socio-economic background, should have access to AUB. Please note that your admissions status will not be jeopardized by applying for financial aid. AUB has a strong financial aid program to assist needy students in meeting the cost of their education.

Undergraduate Tuition: From US$18,780 to US$26,220 per year

Graduate Tuition: From US$16,902 to US$40,948 per year

No scholarships available for international students.

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