Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Spoken Arabic Courses: How to Apply

Questions?  E-mail, call 413-542-5364, attend a drop-in information session or make an advising appointment.

Time Table

Registration for Spring 2019 starts November 5, 2018. Admission is on a rolling basis. Applications will continue to be accepted through the first week of the semester as long as space remains available. Some dialects may close early.

Students who are abroad should apply from abroad and communicate with Center staff about course placement procedures. 

Application Steps

  1. Read the Spoken Arabic course information page.
  2. Submit the online application.
  3. Do the Spoken Arabic Online Orientation Tutorial and submit the tutorial response at the end. Your application will not be considered until you have completed the tutorial and submitted the response.
  4. IMPORTANT: Put the admissions email address ( in your email contacts list to avoid having messages go to spam. Also, if you have not heard back about your application within a day or two, check your spam and contact us if you have not received a response.

Continuing Students

A student who has taken an Arabic dialect course before does not need to submit a new application. A continuing student should e-mail stating the language and level of course requested. A staff member will reply with registration instructions. Continuing students should make course requests as early as possible to assure a place in the course. Some dialects may fill up early.


A student who has prior experience with the language should contact the Center as soon as possible to arrange for a placement assessment. Requests for placements made after the pre-registration period cannot always be accommodated. A student who is currently abroad should e-mail the Center to make alternative application and placement arrangements.

Who is Eligible?

Spoken Arabic courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. First-year students are eligible to apply for courses for their second semester.

UMass continuing education students, faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program.