• Egypt
    • Cairo

Program Details

Immersion Level
Intensive Standard
Specialized Courses
Specific Purposes


What's Included
Some Activities Classes
Aug 16, 2021
Feb 09, 2020

About Program

AUC’s Arabic Language Intensive Program (ALIN) offers intensive Arabic-language courses for students who need to gain a good command of contemporary Arabic language and culture as quickly and effectively as possible.
Established in 1921, the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) at AUC is the world’s leading academic center for the study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most comprehensive and diversified Arabic-language instruction and training worldwide. It is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States, with an 80-year history of excellence.

Notable Alumni
Yuriko Koike (ALU ’71)
First Female Governor of Tokyo

Thomas L. Friedman (ALU ’74)
Three-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Best-Selling Author

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Program Highlights

  • Survival Arabic - The Survival Arabic course at AUC is designed to help incoming international students with limited or no knowledge of the Arabic language get by during their stay in Cairo.
  • Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) - For half a century CASA has been helping U.S. students take their Arabic-language skills to native fluency.
  • Arabic Language Intensive Program (ALIN) - Courses are skill-based focusing on reading, writing and listening, as well as content-based using media, political texts, literature as well as other tools.
  • Arabic Language Classes (ALNG) - Students who wish to study Arabic for one or two semesters, as part of a study-abroad program, are enrolled as non-degree students.
  • Center for Advanced Arabic Study in Cairo (CAASIC) - Language classes use a theme-based, content-based instruction curriculum that makes use of authentic materials and integrated skills activities.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Arabic classes at AUC

Learning Arabic at AUC was a wonderful experience! I chose to take both Modern Standard Arabic (formal) and the Egyptian dialect. If you want to be able to understand written Arabic, the formal Arabic is inevitable. If you want to learn the spoken dialect, I would choose Egyptian!

What I want to highlight the most, was how our teacher made us feel comfortable and at ease from the first day of class! We explored the language together as a group, and she created the best learning environment.

I highly want to recommend this course! You will get plenty of guidance and the chance to ask any questions you want, hear interesting and fun facts about the Egyptian culture and the possibility to learn the most beautiful language!

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Studying Arabic at AUC

Having the opportunity to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo is something that I will never forget! My instructor was so personable, and our class became like a family. Each of us would look forward to class days and enjoyed learning more and talking with our professor and each other. She was a support for us and not only catered growth in my language abilities, but also in my cultural experience during my time in Cairo. I learned so much and grew in my Arabic abilities, more than I could have imagined, between the wonderful instruction at the university and being able to practice out and about in the city. I would recommend this program to anyone, and wish I could have continued longer with my class at AUC!

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Learning Arabic at the American University in Cairo

Learning Arabic during my stay in Cairo made it so much more worthwhile. The staff in the Arabic Language Department was always very kind and helpful and my teacher turned my Arabic class into a little highlight each week. Even though it was a lot of work to study a new alphabet, new words and get the pronunciation right, I enjoyed classes a lot - also because we actively spoke Arabic in class, had to do a lot of fun assignments and took a small field trip to Old Cairo. Staying in Cairo and being able to see the progress I made in class in every day life was a great feeling and I would definitely recommend studying Arabic at AUC.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to use the language outside of the classroom.
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Immerse into Arabic and Egyptian culture at the American University in Cairo

I had an amazing time in Egypt learning Arabic at AUC. I joined the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) course as well as the Egyptian dialect (Amiya). I have the feeling my Arabic really improved more than expected. The approach at AUC was very personal, and our professor was highly professional and created a very nice learning environment. We were even invited to her home with the whole Arabic class to eat traditional Egyptian food. I would definitely recommend studying Arabic here at the American University in Cairo.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely go an eat Koshary, the best Egyptian food ever!!!
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