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Learn Arabic in Cairo

If you want to learn Arabic, where better to do so than in Cairo, the fascinating historic capital of Egypt, a simply unforgettable location! Cairo is just 10km from some of the most celebrated monuments in the world, including the Sphinx, and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the Great Pyramid of Giza! Cairo itself is full of colour and movement, with street markets and bazaars, where you’ll have lots of opportunities to practise the Arabic you have learnt on your course! If you learn Arabic in Cairo, you’ll have a wealth of cultural events to choose from, including the Nitaq Arts Festival in February, the Pharaoh’s Rally in October and the Cairo International Film Festival in December.

The advantage of choosing an Arabic course in Cairo is that our school in Cairo offers the two most common forms of Arabic; Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic is used in the media throughout the Middle East, and is understood by most educated Arabic speakers. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is the most widely understood spoken version of Arabic, used in daily life and conversation. You can even combine your study of Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic on a ‘Combined Course’.

Our school in Cairo

Our school in Cairo has over 30 years’ experience of teaching Arabic, and all of our teachers are fully-qualified native speakers. Students at our school attending an Arabic course in Cairo have access to the Internet throughout the day, a bookshop, a student library and study centre, as well as an onsite student cafeteria serving a variety of reasonably priced drinks and snacks. Our school is located in a safe residential area of Cairo, close to the city centre. The average class size is just 8 students (max. 16) so you’ll get plenty of individual attention, and the 22 classrooms are all air-conditioned.

Lessons at our Arabic school in Cairo take place from Sunday to Thursday, leaving you Friday and Saturday to explore the city and the see the world famous sights beyond! Our school organises optional cultural activities every month, including weekend excursions to the Pyramids, Fayoum, Coptic Cairo, Islamic Cairo and Alexandria.

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Arabic lesson at our school in Cairo
Having fun learning Arabic
Inside the school cafeteria
Students in the school entrance

Courses in Cairo

Available courses

  • Super Intensive (25)
  • Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (10)
  • Modern Standard Arabic (15)

You can choose from a range of courses at our Arabic school in Cairo, including Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. To gain a full understanding of the language, you can choose to combine the two on a Super Intensive course.

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Student Residence

Our school in Cairo also offers a comfortable and convenient on-site school residence as well as a second residence located in the nearby Dokki neighbourhood.

Both residences are equipped with air-conditioning, a fully equipped shared kitchen, student lounge, satellite TV and free wifi access.

Students staying in the residence in Dokki have access to a free shuttle bus, which goes to and from the school in the morning and afternoons.

Activities

Our school arranges a wide variety of activities in addition to language lessons, giving students the opportunity to meet and socialise with each other, explore Cairo and learn about Egyptian history and culture and history.

Popular activities include singing classes where you can learn traditional and popular songs, cookery lessons, school parties, calligraphy lessons and excursions to places such as the pyramids at Giza, Alexandria, Saqqara, Nile cruises, the Egyptian Museum, Moez Street and the Black and White Desert.

    Sample activity programme

How to get there

If you are making your first visit to Cairo, we would recommend that you use our school’s airport transfer service. This service is available throughout the school week and at weekends.


Location of our school in Cairo

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4.5 / 5
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4.0 / 5
School Staff

4.6 / 5
Average score for our school in Cairo based on 33 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

Very friendly teacher and very professionell I loved my time there and learned a lot in this short time, thank you.

Convenient and very clean accomodation, in a very pleasant environment.

I had a great experience, thank you for all.

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I enjoyed attending this course very much. The lessons are well planned and the topics well explained. Thanks to Mr. Mahmoud. The accommodation is excellent.

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I found the course very informative and enjoyable and had a great time.

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Really engaging, i was more than satisfied. I was lucky to get a brand new apartment from a landlord.

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Really nice teachers and really professional! Thanks it was wonderful I'll come back for sure!

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The school is all very well organized. The lessons are well constructed and in a short time you will learn much. Highly skilled teachers and extremely friendly. I was amazed at what I know in a short time all! Great good experience. Absolute must! My accommodation was above the ILI school. Large, well furnished, very clean. Top! If it were possible I would like to come back again!

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I learned a lot in those 20 weeks I was there. Every day we learned new stuff, it was fast, but really good to keep up with. The teachers are simply amazing. I stayed at the residence above the classrooms. It was a great place to stay!

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The teacher was excellent, within a week she had taught us to read and write the alphabet. I would like to go next year to do the course for a longer period of time. I really liked my stay at the school. I would recommend this school for everybody who wants to study Arabic.

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It was a very good experience and I already booked my second course. A special thank to my teachers, as they did not loose their patience with me once. The rooms of the on-site residence are very comfortable, well equiped and at very reasonable price.

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E. Corbat

My teachers were amazing, really competent and friendly. Great experience...I will certainly come back next year.

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A really good solid base from which I will continue to learn MSA and ECA. Incredible teachers, lovely school and great location with weekends long enough to explore Cairo and the rest of Egypt thoroughly.

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A. Quinn

My teacher was excellent, even though I was only there 2 weeks I feel I have learnt alot. The manager was also very approachable for any advice we wanted.

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A. Thews

I learnt a lot, was put in suitable level, and had a good experience.

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B. Affat

The lessons were educational and fun at the same time.

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Small, friendly well organized school with a lovely atmosphere. The teachers were very professional but also very approachable. All the staff were friendly and helpful. I loved the whole experience and already planning return trip!

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B. Loukmane

The best teacher I've ever had for Arabic.

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C. Daginnus

The school had friendly and competent staff, it was also well organized.

The teacher was great and very enthousiatic. The level of the people in that class was very similar and it was therefore a very pleasant class. The apartment in the school was great. There was space enough for all 5 of us and it was nice to cook dinner together and to be very close to the school. The housekeeper made sure that it was cleaned about 3 times a week.

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Student stories on our blog

Learning the Lingo in Egypt!

The best bits of the courses that I took were for me the very thorough drilling of sounds/letters, controlled oral practice 'chains' around the class, the slightly freer oral/aural pair work information gap activities we had from time to time, the use of visual aids to reinforce meaning, the use of very targeted task-based simple listening on audio CD, the very targeted letter recognition and copying exercises, and the relaxed concentration of trying to copy exactly the flowing pen strokes of my calligraphy teacher, Ahmed, who was a really neat and exact scribe. Read more...

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