Program Details

The intensive course includes 10 hours of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), as well as, four hours of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) plus 3 hours of an elective course per week.
Cairo, Egypt
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

The intensive ArabicLanguage program can be done in the Summer, Spring or Fall. It is divided into two sessions, each session offers 140 contact class hours (i.e 17 hours of language instruction and 3 hours of cultural activities every week) over a period of seven weeks. You may combine both sessions in an intensive course of 13 to 14 weeks, by indicating this in your application form. Students need to check with HIAS registration office for the exact dates each year. Key-note lectures on different cultural areas are regular weekly events to the summer intensive program. There are also several Cairo tours where students are accompanied by an Arabic tour guide every weekend during the course. Several other cultural activities are regularly announced to the students during the program so that those who have the time can go and further enhance their cultural experience. Proficient students in a language should be modeling their counterpart in the target language. Therefore, they should be able to use both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) in the right places, times and in the right situations. Tailored courses with different designed curriculum are possible for groups of three or more if enough notice time is given. Please check for this point with HIAS administration.

The intensive course includes the choice from the following electives - Arab/Islamic history in Arabic (for advanced students), Arab/Islamic history in English (for beginners and intermediate students), Arabic calligraphy, Arabic literature (Modern/ Classical), History of the Copts in Egypt, Interpretation: Tafseer Al- Qur'an, Introduction to Oriental Music, Islamic Arts & Architecture, Islamic Law (Maqaasid al - shari'a), Islamic Philosophy, Media Arabic, Middle East Contemporary Politics (for advanced students), Readings in Medieval Texts, Recitation: Tajweed of Al- Qur'an and Women of the Arab World

Studying in Egypt, the heart of the Arab world, makes is possible to learn Arabic through exposing yourself to the culture, which is our methodology, making your learning experience all the more exciting!

Setting Description:
Maadi is an affluent district in the south of Cairo, Egypt. The district is home to the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, Lycée Français du Caire (LFC), Cairo American College (CAC), Maadi British International School (MBIS), the Cairo Rugby Club, and the national Egyptian Geological Museum. Maadi is also home to the Maadi Sporting Club, founded in 1920 by the British Expats who were mainly working at the Delta real estate Company. The Club offers a range of sports, such as Tennis, Football, Swimming, Squash, Judo, Table Tennis, Sailing, and Rowing. Maadi is popular with expatriate families of various nationalities living in Cairo.

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