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Six reasons to study Middle Eastern & African Studies

For those considering a degree in Middle Eastern & African Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Amazing things to discover

Middle Eastern and African countries have a wealth of ancient history. The vast and fascinating histories mean there will always be exciting aspects for you to explore, which will open doors to understanding current society and culture.

2. Study a beautiful language

They may be detailed and difficult, but knowing a language such as Arabic or Persian is a huge achievement. It can also be an incredibly attractive skill for employers in many professional areas.

3. Interdisciplinary subject

From politics to music, art to religion, there are many topics you can enjoy being educated on. You're unlikely to have boring and repetitive lectures and seminars.

4. Opportunities to study abroad

Many universities offer study placements abroad to countries such as Morocco or Turkey. You’ll have the freedom to immerse yourself in the wondrous culture and experience it first hand.

5. Job options are abundant

There are plenty of opportunities for graduates of Middle Eastern & African Studies. Potential areas of employment can include translation, teaching, tourism or finance.

6. Valuable transferable skills

Skills that are developed during a Middle Eastern & African Studies degree can also open the doors to many different career routes. These skills include gathering information, interpretation and presentation, all of which are highly valued by employers in many sectors and industries.

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