• UAB-specific Master's Degree
  • Code: 3616/5
  • 5th edition
  • Modality: Onsite
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Start date: 27/09/2021
  • Finish date: 17/06/2022
  • Places: 25
  • Orientation: Academic
  • Price: 3960 €
  • Special price 3564 €
    Group of application: Alumni UAB Premium+
  • Teaching language: Árabe
  • Location: Facultat de Traducció i Interpretació, Campus UAB. Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Master in Contemporary Arabic Studies (MEAC)

Important notices:

  1. This master's programme is biennial: it is offered once every two years. The next edition will take place in the 2023-2024 academic year.
  2. For the 2021-2022 academic year, teaching is offered in a hybrid way: students can teach in person or remotely synchronously.

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. 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 B of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to level C, 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 B 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 offersamodern 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.

Career opportunities

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


This Master's degree does not include work experience.

Scholarships and financial aid

Chek all the information on the possibilities for grants and scholarships in the page for UAB financial aids, grants and calls.

Coordinating centres

Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación y de Estudios de Ásia Oriental

Collaborating centres

Fundación Autónoma Solidaria
Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed)
The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity


Anna Gil Bardaji

Phone: 935813372

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