Academics

UCLA students have a wealth of courses on the Middle East to choose from, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Graduate students are encouraged to study and conduct research in the region itself.

UCLA undergraduates may declare either a major or a minor in a Middle East discipline.

The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers BA degrees in Ancient Near East, Arabic, Egyptology, Iranian Studies, Jewish Studies, Armenian Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

The College of Letters and Science provides a systematic introduction to the study of Islam and of Arabic language and literature.

Students can specialize in the Middle East in many other UCLA departments, among them Art History, Comparative LiteratureHistory, Political Science, and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Interdepartmental degrees offered through UCLA's International Institute combine the resources of several departments so students can focus on a geographic region such as the Middle East, or an international issue such as Global Health or International Development.

UCLA provides world-class academic and professional training to meet the growing demand for area experts. The Center for Near Eastern Studies integrates the study of the Middle East at UCLA, including study of Middle Eastern American communities.

The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers MA and PhD degrees in Islamic Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Arabic, Armenian, Egyptology, Hebrew Bible, Iranian, Jewish Studies, Semitics, and Turkic.

Graduate students also receive degrees for Middle East research in other disciplines. Recent PhD's have been awarded for Middle East topics in the departments of Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Archaeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Education, English, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, French and Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Library and Information Science, Political Science, Urban Planning, Social Welfare, Sociology, Spanish, Theater, and World Arts & Cultures. Prospective students should apply for admission to the relevant department.

To explore each department's degrees, faculty, courses, and admissions requirements, visit the UCLA Graduate Programs website.

 

Both graduates and undergraduates take advantage of the University of California Education Abroad Program. It offers opportunities for summer travel study, and for credit coursework during the academic year in programs at selected partner universities in North Africa and the Middle East. The Education Abroad office works together with the host universities to ensure that the programs meet excellent academic standards. The requirements for receiving course credit vary depending on your department. Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualified students.

Middle Eastern languages at UCLA are taught in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. These courses are open to all UCLA students and to non-students with the permission of the instructor, space permitting. Non-UCLA students must register for the classes through UCLA Extension’s Concurrent Enrollment program and pay UCLA Extension fees.

During the academic year, the department teaches courses in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Occasionally, minority and historic languages such Akkadian, Aramaic, Coptic, Old and Middle Egyptian, Middle Iranian, Phoenician, Sumerian, and Ugaritic are offered. Summer classes at the UCLA Center for World Languages include courses for Heritage speakers of Middle Eastern languages that are spoken in Los Angeles.

Summer Language Schools

For intensive study of Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Students considering study abroad with federal funding should check the US State Department's Current Travel Warnings website.

ARABIC

For Arabic courses in the US and abroad, check the website of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA).

Al Akhawayn University, Arabic and North African Studies Program (ARANAS), Ifrane, Morocco

American Councils Arabic Overseas Flagship Program

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), Tunis

American University in Cairo (AUC), Arabic Language Institute

American University of Beirut (AUB), Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIF), Meknes

Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF)

California State University, San Bernardino, Summer Intensive Arabic Program

California State University, San Diego, Language Acquisition Resource Center

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Fajr Center for the Arabic Language, Cairo

Heyadet Institute, Cairo

Indiana University, Intensive Summer Language Workshops 

Middlebury College, Vermont

Middlebury at Mills College, Oakland, CA

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA

Qalam Center for Arabic Studies, Rabat

Qasid Institute for Classical and MS Arabic, Amman

University of Arizona, Arabic Flagship Program

University of Jordan Language Center

University of Maryland, Arabic Flagship Program

University of Oklahoma, Arabic Flagship Program

University of Texas at Austin, Arabic Flagship Program

 

ARMENIAN

Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute

 

HEBREW

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Intensive Hebrew Language Courses

Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hebrew Language Summer Courses

Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute

Middlebury College, Vermont

Tel Aviv University, Intensive Hebrew Course

University of Haifa, International School

 

KURDISH

Indiana University, Intensive Summer Language Workshops

 

PERSIAN

Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute

California State University, San Diego, Language Acquisition Resource Center

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Indiana University, Intensive Summer Language Workshops

University of Maryland, Persian Flagship Program

 

TURKISH

Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkish Language and Culture Program

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Dilmer Turkish Language Teaching Center, Istanbul

Duke University, Duke in Istanbul

Indiana University, Turkish Language Flagship

Sabanci University, Istanbul, Modern Turkish Language and Culture

Tőmer Turkish Language Programs, (Ankara University), several locations

Fellowships and scholarships are available for the study of Middle East and North African topics across a wide range of disciplines.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute of Iranian Studies
Deadline: January

American Research Center in Egypt
Deadline: mid-January

American Research Institute in Turkey
Deadline:  Various

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline:  late January

Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Deadline: early January

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: mid-November

Fulbright Programs
Deadline: mid-October

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline: May

Institute for Turkish Studies
Deadline: March

Library of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: Funding Sources for Judaic Studies
Deadlines: various

Middle East Studies Association
Deadlines: various

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Deadline: January

Palestinian American Research Center
Deadline: December

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Research Fellowship Program
Deadlines: January and September

Wenner-Gren Foundation (Anthropology)
Deadline: May 1st and November 1st

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Deadline: October 1st
 


Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures

Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Language Alliance