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Arabic Flagship Program

The University of Oklahoma Arabic Language Flagship Partner Program is a merit-based undergraduate program designed for learners of Arabic who seek to achieve superior language proficiency while pursuing degrees in the academic majors of their choice. The program offers an innovative five-year curriculum in Arabic language and culture designed to produce graduates with dual strengths in Arabic language proficiency and their chosen career fields.

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Prospective Students and Eligibility

Prospective students are strong academic achievers pursuing different majors, such as Arabic, business, engineering, history, health sciences, international and area studies, journalism, political science, pre-law and pre-med, among a variety of other majors.  For a road map to complete the Arabic Flagship Program, please click on the tab Road Map.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a full-time OU student who has completed at least one semester of Arabic
  • Maintain a "B" or better in all Arabic classes
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate a commitment to completing the program, including the capstone (5th) year abroad
  • Consider Arabic a long-term, personal goal
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Students and tutors display their photo wood blocks after talking about their photos in Arabic

Extracurricular Opportunities

In order to provide students with opportunities to use Arabic outside of the classroom and bolster classroom learning, Flagship offers extracurricular language activities on campus:

  • A wide variety of cultural clubs
  • Weekly roundtable meetings with engaging discussions and guest speakers
  • Tutoring five days per week
  • One-on-one language partnerships with native speakers
  • Access to the Language Learning Center and the Arabic Flagship library
For a more extensive list of resources, please click on the tab Resources.  To view the semester's scheduled events, please click on the tab Events.
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A belly dancer sways while students sing songs in Arabic during the end-of-year presentations.
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Students try on traditional Saudi clothing during the Saudi Culture Club

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Students in the Arabic Flagship Program may be eligible for Flagship funding to join one state-side immersion program and two study abroad programs in the Arab world. After completing their first or second year of Arabic at OU, students are eligible to apply for a 10-week summer program. After completing their fourth year at OU, students are eligible to apply for a year-long program.  Click on the links for additional information on scholarships and other study abroad opportunities.

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Flagship Coordinator carefully draws designs in Henna for a student during the Henna Event

Capstone Year Abroad

The capstone year is the final step to becoming a certified Language Flagship Global Professional.  After approximately 4 years of Arabic at OU, students should be at high proficiency level of language and will apply to spend 12 months in Meknes, Morocco.  Through this final year of language and culture immersion, students are expected to reach Superior/3 language proficiency according to the ACTFL/ILR scale.  

To learn more details about the capstone year, go to Road Map and scroll down to Year 5.

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