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Arabic Flagship Partner 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.

    For more information about our flagship scholars, please check out our student website!

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    Core Language courses & content-based courses taught in the target language


    During the five-year program, students take three years of core courses in Arabic language as well as content-based courses taught exclusively in Arabic. “Arabic Media and Politics,” “Arabic Culture and Society Through Modern Fiction,” “Arabic Culture Through Film,” “Genres in Modern Arabic Literature” and “Readings in Islamic Religious Texts” are among the content-based courses that will be offered. To advance students’ language skills, delivery and instruction rely on:

    • Class discussion and debate
    • Individual and group projects
    • Oral presentations
    • Writing assignments
    • Individualized writing tutorials

    On-Campus extra curricular activities

    To bolster classroom learning and to provide students with opportunities to use Arabic outside of the class- room, OU offers extracurricular activities on campus, including:

    • Regular screening and discussion of Arabic films
    • Hosting of Arabic cultural events related to Arabic music and calligraphy
    • Dialect support including Egyptian and Moroccan colloquial conversation hours
    • Faculty-led discussion groups centering on the cultures, societal issues, and politics of the Arab world
    • Reading groups for Arabic-language novels
    • Discussion group on Arab Affairs, Media and Culture.
    • Cooking club

    Scholarship opportunities to study abroad

    Students are eligible to apply for three scholarships to join one stateside immersion program and two study-abroad programs in the Arab world. After completing their 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.

    Prospective students and eligibility requirements

    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.

    • Qualified students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Full-time OU student who finished at least one semester of Arabic
    • Commitment to complete the entire Arabic Flagship program and achieve superior-level Arabic
    • Arabic is a long-term career goal
    • GPA of 3.25 or higher U.S. citizenship or permanent residency


    How to Apply

    To apply for the program, please send the following items:

    • Completed application form
    • Current official transcript
    • Statement of purpose
    • Two recommendation letters (1 preferrably from an Arabic Professor)

    Deadline for the Arabic Flagship Program for new applicants is Friday, December 5th.


    For questions or additional information contact:

    Genevieve Schmitt
    OU Arabic Flagship Coordinator

    University of Oklahoma
    729 Elm Avenue, Hester Hall Room 107
    Norman, OK 73019