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African and Middle Eastern Languages

The African and Middle Eastern (AME) program is part of the Stanford Language Center and is affiliated with The Center for African Studies, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the program in Jewish Studies.

Requests for the following academic year should be submitted by Spring Quarter of the current academic year. In addition to the current language offerings, students can request a language by filling out the Request a Language Form.

For specific information on the Arabic program, contact the ARABLANG coordinator kyobeid [at] stanford.edu (Khalid Obeid).

Languages Offered for Academic Year 2023-2024













Khalil Barhoum

Coordinator: Khalil Barhoum

khalil [at] stanford.edu (Send an email)

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Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Minor

The undergraduate minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MELLAC) has been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to Middle Eastern and African languages, and to the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East and Africa. For further details, see the information on the MELLAC minor in the Stanford Bulletin.

Requesting a Less Commonly Taught Language

The Stanford Language Center does its best to accommodate students who request language services outside regular Language Center offerings. 

Requests for instruction in languages not regularly offered need to be made one academic year in advance of beginning instruction.  This time lag is necessary because the Language Center needs to find qualified instructors and to budget for courses outside the regular curriculum.  Please use the following request forms to request instruction in a language. 

To request an African or Middle Eastern Language not already taught at Stanford:  AME Request Form

To request another language not already taught at Stanford:  SLP Request Form