Arabic Language and Cultures Graduate Certificate

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Arabic Language and Cultures

Prepare for a strategic career with this 100% online program.

Open up a world of opportunity with a certificate in Arabic Languages and Cultures from PennWest.

Meet the high demand for professionals who are well-versed in Arabic language and culture with an online certificate program. This graduate level, non-degree certificate is part of PennWest’s Global Online offerings, which have been ranked among the best online programs by U.S. News & World Report.

You will learn from professors who are native speakers of Arabic. They will help you acquire reading, writing and speaking skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), and have the opportunity to learn Egyptian and Levantine dialects. In addition, you will gain insight into Arabic cultural topics including geography, religions, cuisine and multiculturalism.

Arabic language and culture courses are offered year round, so you can complete your certificate on your own time and at your own pace.

Current students may add this certificate to their major for career enhancement or advancement.Upon completion, you will be prepared for a wide range of jobs in the United States and overseas.

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Arabic is the official language and mother tongue of 22 countries. It is spoken by more than 422 million speakers worldwide.


The projected job growth for interpreters and translators from 2021 to 2031 is much faster than average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

60 Weeks

Time it takes to complete this certificate.

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Military Friendly

The 100% online Arabic Language and Cultures certificate is a convenient and affordable option for working professionals, including Defense personnel, military members and veterans.




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Careers and Salaries

What Can I Do with a Certificate in Arabic Language and Cultures?

The U.S. government classifies Arabic as a strategic language, meaning that jobs for bilingual Arabic speakers are in high demand. PennWest alumni go on to careers in political, military and economic roles or in the private and nonprofit sectors, including:

  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Public policy
  • Economic development
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Social work
  • Human rights
  • Immigrant advocacy
  • Business
  • Education

Graduate Outcomes

PennWest’s Arabic certificate program is designed to provide you with the intermediate, entry-level skills and experiences you need in the job market.

  • Learn to read, write and converse in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Develop appreciation and knowledge of Arabic culture.
  • Become an intellectually well-rounded professional who respects all cultures and actively participates in the global community.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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