Certificate in
Arabic Grammar

The Undergraduate Certificate in Arabic Grammar will introduce students to the language tools used in the understanding and interpretation of Arabic texts. Students will gain intermediate-level reading comprehension skills through a foundational study of syntax and morphology.

This certificate is suitable for beginners who want to study Arabic texts related to Islamic Studies and Arabic literature for purposes such as personal development or academic research. This certificate has been developed by ISRA and Charles Sturt University.

Session Offering (2023)

Session 1: Mar – Jun
Session 2: Jul – Oct 
Session 3: Nov – Feb


Part-time: 1 year and one session
Part-time accelerated: 1 year

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Highlights


To graduate with the Certificate in Arabic Grammar, students must complete 32 credit points (4 subjects). Students are required to complete 3 core subjects and 1 elective. Each subject is worth 8 credit points. 

Core Subjects

This subject introduces the Arabic language adopting the methodology of
the classical grammarians. Students will learn the different types of
words and move onto forming phrases and eventually sentences. Various
examples will be derived from different sources such as the Qur’an,
Prophetic traditions and everyday scenarios.

In this subject, students will begin to engage with a basic text called
‘Stories of the Prophets’. This text will be used to acquire new vocabulary,
improve comprehension and further develop the skill of syntax analysis.
Students will continue improving on their knowledge of syntax and
morphology. Various examples will be derived from different sources
such as the Qur’an, Prophetic traditions and everyday scenarios.

In this subject, students will continue reading the ‘Stories of the Prophets’
textbook whereby they further build on the knowledge of vocabulary,
syntax and morphology. The higher verb forms will be introduced for the
first time. Students will also acquire the knowledge of how most nouns
and verbs are derived by learning the systematic approach to word
derivation developed by grammarians. This subject will also continue with
developing the reading, writing and composition skills acquired in the
previous unit.

Elective Subjects

This subject is designed for students with no prior language skills in Arabic. It presents an introduction to reading the Arabic script and is designed to teach students how to articulate Arabic letters, words and sentences. It will also cover writing practice, together with basic speaking and acquisition of commonly used words. This subject provides foundations for further study in the language.

In this subject, the role of the ism will be further expanded upon with the
multiple roles that an ism mansub plays such as the maf’ool mutlaq, bihi,
fihi and lahu. The ‘Stories of the Prophets’ textbook will be analysed at a
more advanced level, specifically focusing on the ism mansub as well as
building on new vocabulary, new syntax and complex morphology.

This subject introduces the student to the development of the study of the
Arabic language after the advent of Islam. Main figures, critical books and
different methodologies in the study of Arabic will be explored to gain an
appreciation of the importance of the study of Arabic for different Islamic
disciplines and other fields. Students will continue to advance their
knowledge in vocabulary, syntax and morphology as well as begin to
access classical non-vowelised textbooks.

Entry Requirements

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent).
  • A completed AQF Certificate III (or higher) qualification.
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of succes through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of at least two years full time or equivalent, evidenced by a detailed resume. 


  • This course is part of the Commonwealth Supported Places. A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is where the government pays part of your subject fees. This part payment is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don’t have to pay it back. This subsidy does not cover the entire cost of your subject fees. The remaining portion is called the ‘student contribution’, and you are responsible for paying this.
  • The fees that the student has to be pay for this course is $512 per subject. This is part of the student contribution to the fee of the course. 

Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

Get Started Today

Enrolments for session 1, 2023 is now open!
To apply, you will be redirected to the Charles Sturt University application form page.