The master’s degree in Contemporary Arabic Studies (MEAC, in its Catalan acronym) is a project that was developed by the UAB Department of Translation and Interpreting, and which is supported by the entirety of the department’s Arabic staff. The general objective of this master’s degree is to offer first-rate training in contemporary Arabic language, culture and societies, providing a response to a growing social and institutional demand for regional experts.

Taught wholly in Arabic by native-speaker lecturers with a solid academic and professional profile, the MEAC is currently one of the only master’s degrees in Arabic Studies in Europe that uses Arabic as its language of instruction. It is also the only master’s degree that provides for language-level progress in Arabic from level B1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to level C2, the highest level established by the CEFR.

This master’s degree is aimed at students wishing to further their knowledge of modern Arabic language and cultures. From Spain and other European countries, applicants for the MEAC must obligatorily have a course-entry level of standard Arabic equivalent to level B1 in the CEFR. Students having such a profile would include, for example, Arabic-speaking graduates in any type of university study with a dialect of Arabic as their first language and an intermediate level of standard Arabic. It would also include non-Arabic-speaking students who have studied Arabic for several years at university or comparable language-learning institutions (state language schools, recognised language academies), and who have preferably spent at least one year in an Arabic country.

In addition to its emphasis on language, the MEAC distinguishes itself from other similar master’s-degree programmes through its contemporary character and is commitment to current Arabic societies. Contrasting with the availability of master’s degrees in Arabic Studies mostly based on traditional content, the MEAC offers a modern and innovative approach to contemporary Arabic reality, giving particular importance to fundamental questions such as cultural and religious diversity, new forms of family and social organisation, cosmopolitism, hybridisation, population shifts, responses to social demands, human rights, postmodernism, etc.

The choice approach made by our master’s degree is no mere coincidence: for some considerable time now, we have observed that such topics are of growing interest to our students, increasingly aware of the disconnection between the contemporary Arabic world and the traditional view of this world provided by much academic perspective. Our belief is that it is only through an approach that is at once transparent (through Arabic) and honest as regards contemporary reality (through current content), that we can construct positive and sustainable links to this Arabic world with which we share so much.


The general objective of the Master's degree in Contemporary Arab Studies is to offer high quality training in Arab language and culture. This general objective is divided into three specific objectives:

- Students achieve a level of Arabic equivalent to level C2 of the CEFR in both oral and written competences (native level).
- Students gain in-depth knowledge of the main characteristics of the Arab world today through historical, political, social, religious, cultural, artistic and technological content.

- Students develop a critical, independent and open view of the Arab world today which contributes to breaking down the prejudices and stereotypes that surround it.

Access requirements

A university degree of at least 180 ECTS in any ambit; knowledge of Arabic at CEFR level B1, or higher.

Career opportunities

- International cooperation
- Cultural management
- Teaching
- Translation and Interpreting
- Journalism
- Research
- Bridging studies for other specialisations


Anna Gil Bardaji



UAB-specific Master's Degree

3 Edition
Places: 25
Orientation: Academic
Code: 3616/3
Price: 3960 ¤

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Modality: Onsite
Location: Facultat de Traducció i Interpretació, Campus UAB. Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Dates: from 25/09/2018 to 22/06/2019
Teaching language:
Árabe (100%)
Coordinating centres:
Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación y de Estudios de Ásia Oriental
Collaborating centres:
Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed)
The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity
Title obtained:
Master in Contemporary Arabic Studies

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