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Integrated year abroad Arabic MA (joint degree) 2021 entry

It is possible for students applying for the MA (joint degree) in Arabic to work abroad in an Arabic-speaking country between their second and third year of study. This adds an extra year to the MA (joint degree) course, making it five years in total length.

Students who spend a year abroad not only gain valuable work experience as teachers and tutors, but also develop their linguistic skills, intercultural competence, and self-confidence.

The year abroad experience is competitive and is not guaranteed. Places are judged on merit during the second year of study, and therefore this does not take into account the initial UCAS application. If students are unsuccessful with their year abroad application, they will be moved to the four-year Arabic MA joint degree programme.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of an integrated year abroad, please contact the Department of Arabic.



Department of Arabic
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3643

Department of Arabic

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for Arabic with a year abroad are the same as for the Arabic MA (joint degree). However, to be eligible for Arabic with a year abroad, students must gain Honours entry in all subjects that they intend on taking at Honours level. Students who do not achieve entry to Honours-level in their chosen subjects must withdraw from their selected year abroad destination at that point.

UCAS code


Degree type

Master of Arts (Honours) with integrated year abroad

Course duration

Five years full time

  • Start date: 6 September 2021
  • End date: 30 June 2026

How to apply

Course information

The MA (joint degree) in Arabic with an integrated year abroad follows the same course structure as the Arabic MA (joint degree) degree, with the addition of a year abroad between second and third years of study.

During their integrated year abroad, students are required to take the following compulsory module:

  • Arabic Integrated Year Abroad: language learning and cultural familiarisation through a work placement in an Arabic-speaking country. Placements will be as language assistants in schools or on other assignments approved by the department.

More information about the Arabic modules currently on offer can be found in the module catalogue.

Find out more about studying Arabic at St Andrews.