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Arabic Language Flagship Program
The University of Mississippi

Program Requirements

Program Requirements | Application Instructions | Timeline

➱ I’ve never studied Arabic before. Can I apply?
Yes! Some students do come in with a few years of Arabic study from high school courses or programs such as NSLI-Y, but a majority of our incoming freshmen do not have any former experience in the language.

➱ I HAVE studied Arabic before. Can I skip the intro-level classes?
Actually, most students with four to five years of high school Arabic will test into the second-half of Arab 111 (around the seventh or eighth week of a fall semester)— that’s how strong our program is! Our program follows a set path, which can be found here.

➱ My ACT/SAT score is ___. Am I eligible?
UM Arabic Flagship takes a wholistic approach to the application review process. Though standardized test scores are taken into consideration, there is no minimum ACT/SAT score required for admission. Similarly, the program has no minimum GPA requirement, though GPA is taken into consideration. Instead, the program weighs a variety of factors including GPA, rigor of coursework, prior study of any language, community involvement, work experience, leadership, writing ability, time abroad (if applicable), future academic and career plans, language aptitude, and ability to succeed in a rigorous academic program, among others.

➱ I’m a current freshman at UM taking Arab 111/112. Can I join Flagship?
It has certainly been done before! We will review these cases on an individual basis dependent on academic standing and commitment to all Flagship policies. If this is you, please contact us here.

➱ I’ve got a lot more questions.
We’ve got a lot more answers. Contact our Coordinator Lauren Burns at

➱ Okay, I’m ready. How do I apply?
A good place to start is right here!