Arabic has been for many centuries the language of thriving literatures and rich and diverse cultures. Modern Standard Arabic is arguably the strongest link uniting many diverse countries from 'the Ocean to the Gulf'. It is the official language of the 22 members of the Arab League and one of the 6 official languages of the UN.
Arabic has been taught in various forms at St Andrews for several centuries, and the Department has an excellent record of academic scholarship in Islamic studies, Arabic and wider Middle Eastern history, and mediaeval and modern Arabic literatures.
2023 entry requirements
4 Highers at AAAB plus English and one from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Physics or Psychology at National 5 at B. Applications of Maths will be accepted but must be at National 5 at A.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABB plus English and one from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Physics or Psychology at National 5 at B. Applications of Maths will be accepted but must be at National 5 at A. (You may gain entry to the Gateway programme with 4 Highers at BBBB).
Grades may vary depending on combinations taken. See combinations below.
(E) Higher English at A required
(F) Higher French at A required
(H) Higher History at A required
(M) Higher Maths at A required
Please refer to list below
Faculty of Arts
Arabic/Chinese Studies (WIYA)
Arabic/French (WIYA) (F)
Arabic/Medieval History (H)
Arabic/Middle East Studies (H)
Arabic/Modern History (H)