Arabic is taught from the beginning through the most advanced levels. All language skills are highly emphasized. There are literature in translation courses as well as courses on Arab culture. A degree incorporating Arabic may be designed through the Middle East Studies Program.
The UVa-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program, started in 1984, is available for students who wish to study in an Arabic-speaking country, and further their first-hand cultural experiences by living in a university setting in the Middle East.