The Duke Arabic program develops skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening, from beginning levels through advanced upper levels. Advanced students will explore political, literary, religious, historical, archival, and media sources in their original language.

Students in the Arabic language track are encouraged to supplement classroom learning with international experience, which may include programs that take place in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and other countries across the region.

Visit the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department for more information.



The Modern Hebrew program at Duke is developed and taught exclusively by native Hebrew speakers.

The 4-year program offers students of all levels the opportunity to acquire and fine tune their linguistic command of the Hebrew language in multiple registers.

This program stresses content learning and communication while focusing on the salient linguistic characteristics of Hebrew.

Visit the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department to learn more.



Persian is the ancient and modern language of Persia, Iran, and Afghanistan, the language of the Epic of Kings, the Robâiyât of Omar Khayyâm, and the mystical and spiritual verse of the great poet Rumi.

Persian is an Indo-European language, related to English and French, but written in an Arabic script. Farsi is the dialect of Iran, Dari that of Afghanistan, Tajiki that of Tajikistan.

The Duke Persian Program provides a foundation in the 4 skills of the language through a task-based, learner-centered, communicational and interactive method enriched with authentic culture.

Visit the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department for more information.



Learning Turkish gives access to many new opportunities in policy, international studies, business, science, technological research, and journalism. Turkish is a designated U.S. Dept. of State critical language. Currently, students in Turkey are learning English at a record rate, while few Americans learn Turkish: to offset that imbalance of skill and opportunity, there is greater need for Americans to meet the creative challenge of learning Turkish in the twenty-first century.

Visit the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department to learn more.

Check out the Turkish Studies at Duke University site for more information.