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Arabic for High School Students: STARTALK MASI 2014

We are happy to announce that the UM will offer intensive Arabic to high school students in summer 2014, sponsored by a STARTALK grant from the US National Security Agency (NSA). Applications are accepted NOW. For more information, please click here.


Welcome to our Arabic Section website at the Department of Modern Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Montana. The University of Montana has been offering courses in Arabic for more than a decade. Interest and enrollment in Arabic studies have always been on the rise.

In spring 2012, the academic Minor in Arabic Studies was approved. Currently, the program offers three levels of Arabic language as well as courses in English that address the history, cultures, politics, etc. of the Arab world.


أهلاً ومرحباً بكم في موقع برنامج الدراسات العربية – قسم اللغات الحديثة والكلاسيكية والآداب – بجامعة مونتانا. لقد بدأت جامعة مونتانا في تدريس اللغة والثقافات العربية قبل أكثر من عقد من الزمن، حيث شهدت ـ ومازالت تشهد - الجامعة ازديادًا ملموسًا لتعلُّم اللغة العربية وثقافات شعوبها.

في ربيع ٢٠١٢، تمت المصادقة على اعتماد اللغة العربية كتخصص فرعي في جامعة مونتانا. حالياً، يقدم البرنامج ثلاثة مستويات في اللغة العربية إلى جانب مواد تُقدم باللغة الإنجليزية عن تاريخ الدول العربية، وسياساتها، وثقافاتها، وما إلى ذلك من مواضيع.

Who Speaks Arabic?

Arabic is a southwest Semitic language that is spoken by approximately 300 million speakers around the world. It is spoken as the first language in all the countries of the Arabian Peninsula (i.e., Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine/Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) as well as in the Arab countries of Africa (i.e., Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia). These countries are collectively referred to as the Arab world. Arabic is also used as a liturgical language in some countries of Asia (e.g., Iran, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Africa (e.g., Chad and Nigeria). text

So, open your windows to the world and speak Arabic!

Webmasters: Ms. Amal Al-Misbahi & Dr. Khaled Huthaily


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Summer 2014

The Arabic Studies Program will offer three intensive Arabic courses for high school students in summer 2014. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Dr. Khaled Huthaily

Assistant Professor & Head

431 LA - MCLL

Tel: (406) 243-6602