Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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
33 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
10 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

Hear from our students

The best part of my overseas experience was the immersion into Syrian culture. I really valued being able to use my developing skills to talk to people I would have otherwise not had access to.
Hannah , Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts

My brilliant career

Studying for my BA at ANU provided me with the inspiration to look wider and think deeper, and the possibility to work internationally as well as in Australia. Being honoured as an Alumnus of the Year means a huge amount to me because I have always wanted my work to be relevant at home and ANU is a public university that truly lives up to its national role.
Dr Michael Brand , BA (Asian Studies) (Hons) ‘80

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Arabic (major/minor)
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Bachelor of Arts
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Bachelor of Languages
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Diploma of Languages
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Graduate Certificate of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
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Graduate Certificate of Studies
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Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
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Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
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Persian (major/minor)
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