The Palestine and Arabic Studies Program             


The Palestine and Arabic Studies Program (PAS) is an academic program at Birzeit University that offers international students the opportunity to combine the study of the Arabic language with social science courses about Palestine and the Arab World. International students carry out their studies while experiencing first hand the political and social realities on the ground.

Drawing upon its record of reputable language and social science professors, Birzeit University has produced this comprehensive international study program, offering accredited courses of academic quality, together with a series of extra-curricular lectures and field trips. The year-round program consists of three semesters, two regular semesters and one intensive summer semester. Students may enroll at the beginning of any semester. The PAS Program is open to university students and graduates from around the world, those working in a field related to the Middle East, and those who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of the region, its language and cultures.

The PAS Program comprises Arabic language and social science courses from which students may select a maximum of four courses during the regular semesters or three courses in the summer. The Arabic courses include four levels of Modern Standard Arabic and three levels of Colloquial Arabic ( Jerusalem dialect).

Arabic courses are designed to teach the language as an integral part of the culture, while the social science courses, taught in English, provide analyses of Arab and Palestinian issues in the disciplines of politics, sociology, literature, and history. International students proficient in Arabic may, with permission, take courses in various fields that are taught in Arabic and offered within the university's regular program. With a special permission from the registrar's office the International students can also register for classes that are taught in English, such as French, English, math, business and various economic courses along with Birzeit University regular students. Semesters for regular students is between four to five month duration which means that PAS students need to leave the country to renew their Visas.

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