Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible, you must be a full time UT student in good standing, with some experience of Arabic preferred. Incoming freshmen will also be considered for the program.
I am not a UT student, can I still apply?
You must be accepted for admission to UT to be eligible for our program. If you are a transfer student, you must first gain UT acceptance. The AFP recruits students three times annually, so you will be able to apply once you have started your studies here.
I am graduating within a year, am I still eligible?
We expect a commitment of between 3 and 5 years. You must be able to reach Superior proficiency in Arabic, which takes approximately 5 years. For this reason, a senior in first year Arabic would not be a good match for our program.
I am a graduate student, am I eligible?
No, the AFP is aimed at undergraduate students. As a graduate student you should look for funding such as the FLAS, Teaching Assistantships, and UT Graduate Fellowships are available for graduate students. For more information on available graduate funding, please see the Middle Eastern Studies website.
How good does my Arabic have to be?
You may be at any level of Arabic, including a complete beginner if you are an incoming freshman.
I am a native speaker of Arabic, am I eligible to apply?
It depends on your level of proficiency in Arabic. If you speak and read Arabic fluently and are already at or above the Superior level, this is not the best match for you. However, if your level is in the Intermediate to Advanced range of proficiency, you are welcome to apply.
Do I have to be a Middle Eastern Studies or Arabic major?
No, the AFP accepts students from any major and is particularly interested in applicants that come from other disciplines such as business, engineering, journalism, natural sciences, and social sciences.