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College of Arts & Sciences

This certificate program will prepare you for jobs and graduate programs requiring strong command of the Arabic language.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Arabic is an internationally-recognized marker of proficiency in the Arabic language.

The certificate is open to undergraduate students from any college and any major.

Proficiency in Arabic Certificate Requirements

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Students pursuing the certificate are required to take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) test. Students must demonstrate a minimum of Advanced Low (AL) on the OPI to receive the Certificate of Proficiency in Arabic.

The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a language test developed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and consists of a 30–40-minute interview. It is designed to assess how well a person speaks a language independently, regardless of how, where, why and for how long they have studied it.