WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$246 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Arabic
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Performing Arts
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

A pious language of the Quran, Arabic is spoken in more than 20 countries around the world. There is a high demand but low supply of Arabic speakers in the West, Asia, Africa and Latin America and in the United Nations which has classified Arabic as an official language.

With topics like critical thinking, academic writing and many others, this programme will broaden your insights into the religious, cultural and political values, and challenge you to reach global heights.

It is a must if you are a Muslim, to read and speak Arabic, and it is even more exciting for the adventurous mind to be able to read, write and speak in the poetic language of the Quran. Either way, the economic reward is tempting.

With the Arab Spring bringing in its wake renewed hope and excitement, the importance of Arabs in global politics and business is set to rise to extraordinary heights.

Given that a quarter of the world’s seven billion people is Muslim, and they pray in the same language – Arabic, increasing influence in the world by Arabs and Muslims can only mean greater opportunities for those who speak Arabic in addition to other languages such as English, French, etc.

Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, examinations and projects.

At the end of this programme students should;
• Be able to speak, write and read Arabic.
• Demonstrate deeper insights into Islam and its direct link with the Arabic language.
• Demonstrate an ability to translate and interpret to and from Arabic.
• Be able to understand Middle Eastern politics and economy.
• Demonstrate deeper insights into Arabian culture, history and geography


LEVEL 100 (First Year)

Course Code Course Description Course Credits
ARAB 111 Elementary Arabic 1 2
ARAB 112 Elementary Arabic 2 2
ARAB 113 Basic Reading Skills 2
ARAB 114 Basic Communication Skills 2
ARAB 115 History and Civilization of the Arabs up to 1258 AD 2
ARAB 116 Major Trends in the Development of the Arabic
Language and Literature 2
LEVEL 200 COURSES The Courses available in Level 200 are compulsory for all students
ARAB 221 Intermediate Arabic 2
ARAB 222 Structure and Usage of Arabic Language 2
ARAB 223 Conversational Arabic 1 2
ARAB 224 Conversational Arabic 2 2
ARAB 225 Cotemporary Arab World 2
ARAB 226 Modern Arab Society through Literature 2
Major:     At least 24 credits by the end of the year
Combined: At least 18 credits by the end of the year
Minor:     At least 16 Credits by the end of the year
ARAB 331 Language Proficiency 2
ARAB 332 Higher Language Proficiency 2
ARAB 333 Readings and Essay Writing: Text-Based Oral 1
ARAB 334 Readings, Composition and Style: Text-Based Oral 1
ARAB 335 Modern Arabic Short Story 2
ARAB 336 Modern Arabic Poetry 2
ARAB 337 Translation into English 2
ARAB 338 Translation into Arabic 2
ARAB 339 Aspects of Ancient Arabic Poetry 2
ARAB 342 Aspects of Ancient Arabic Prose 2
ARAB 343 Readings in Quranic Literature 2
ARAB 344 Further Readings in Quranic Literature 2
ARAB 345 Functional Arabic 1 2
ARAB 346 Functional Arabic 2 2
ARAB 347 Selected Topics 1 2
ARAB 348 Selected Topics 2 2
ARAB 349 Moslem Intellectual History 2
ARAB 352 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation 2
ARAB 353 Classical Arabic Literature in Translation 2
ARAB 354 Media Arabic 2
Major: At least 24 credits by the end of the year
Combined: At least 18 credits by the end of the year
ARAB 441 Advanced Grammar 2
ARAB 442 Schools of Arabic Grammar 2
ARAB 443 Discourse and Communication Skills 1
ARAB 444 Essay Writing and Text Analysis 1
ARAB 445 Arabic Drama 2
ARAB 446 The Modern Arabic Novel 2
ARAB 447 Translation into English 2
ARAB 448 Translation into Arabic 2
ARAB 400 Long Essay 4
ARAB 449 Gender and Identity in Modern Arabic Literature 2
ARAB 452 Jahiliyya Poetry 2
ARAB 453 Independent Study 2
ARAB 454 Aspects of Islamic and Umayyad Poetry 2
ARAB 455 Aspects of Abbassid Poetry 2
ARAB 456 Readings in the Maqaamaat 2
ARAB 457 Risaala Literature 2
ARAB 458 Selected Topics 1 2
ARAB 459 Selected Topics 2 2
ARAB 462 Aspects of Sufi Poetry 2
ARAB 463 Arabic Lexicography 2
ARAB 464 Arabic in West Africa 2
ARAB 465 Readings in Literary Critical Texts 2
ARAB 466 Arabic Historical Linguistics 2
ARAB 467 Aspects of Andalussian Poetry 2
ARAB 468 Arabic Poetry of the Diaspora 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

In determining eligibility for admission to Level 100 programmes, applicants’ aggregate score in the three core and three elective subjects as indicated below shall not exceed 24.

• Core Mathematics, English and Social Studies
• Three Electives.

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 12 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

For International Students:
West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics &a Social Science subject.

Electives: Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 24 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:

  • Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects
  • In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).
Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

UG’s B.A degree in Arabic opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many graduates have gone into teaching and translating. A lot more have also embarked upon successful careers in business and commerce, industry, the civil service, international relations and the media. The expected skills gained with the study of modern languages – cultural awareness, communication, and accuracy and planning and logical analysis – are highly valued by employers from all over the world.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $246
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,502


Mohammed Zainudeen Abdulmumin (PhD)- Arabic Section

Mr. Jibril Nuhu Abubakar- Arabic Section

Alhassan Abdur-Rahim Husein – Arabic Section

Dr. Mohammed Bashir Adam – Arabic Section

Mrs. Nana Aba Bentil-Mawusi – Arabic Section
Lecturer |

Dr. Mohammed Hafiz-Arabic Section

Dr. Abass Umar Mohammed – Arabic Section
Lecturer, Arabic Section, Dept. of Modern Languages, /

Mr. Mubarak Hidir Mohammed – Arabic Section
Assistant Lecturer

Relevant Contact

Ildiko Csajbok-Twerefou
Head of Department
Mary Baagyere
Senior Administrative Assistant
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