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The field of Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies integrates the study of Arab, Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture, civilisation, politics, history and economics, and places these within the broader framework of the changing global order. It examines the role of religion—especially Islam—and fosters the study of the most relevant languages, as well as looking at related gender politics. It also focuses on issues pertinent to Australia's interests in this part of the world, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with these dynamic regions. Graduates of Middle East and Central Asian studies can articulate the intersection of socio-economic, geo-political and historical factors in understanding these regions of the world to allow them to form sound judgement and analytical evaluation beneficial to Australia and its national interests.

The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at ANU is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe. The Centre offers Arabic, Persian and Turkish language courses. Arabic and Persian are also available online. Students can expect to gain a keen appreciation for this vibrant part of the world, with the practical language skills to accompany an awareness of its past, present and future.

Check the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

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Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

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3 in Australia
25 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B

Bachelor of International Relations

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1 in Australia
11 for Politics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131153
CRICOS Code: 073992F

Diploma of Languages

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1 Year FT* or 3-4 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 130015

Graduate Certificate of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830070
CRICOS Code: 107758J

Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M

Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830066
CRICOS Code: 108330G

PhD & MPhil

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2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

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I’d like to thank all of the staff of the Centre of Arabic and Islamic Studies for their excellent teaching, support and attention so far in my course. Their expertise, attitude and enthusiasm has made me very happy with my decision to study at ANU.

Alex, Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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