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Arabic Language Instruction Programs and Courses

Established in 1921, the ALI has continued its legacy of excellence, serving students through its various resources and its world class faculty who apply the best content-based and learner-centered approaches designed to empower learners with transferable 21st-century skills.

About the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI)

ALI is one of the oldest language and culture hubs in the Middle East. Housed in The American University in Cairo, a century-old, private, accredited institution of higher education, among the premier foreign institutions in the Middle East, it welcomes students from all over the world seeking knowledge of Arabic at all levels.

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Why Study Arabic?

I moved to Cairo from Australia which was undoubtedly one of the best decisions of my life! I received incredible academic and personal support from my teachers. The quality of teaching was amazing and the events and trips introduced us to Egypt and allowed us to feel at home instantly.

Lara Keogh

Distinguished Alumni

Campus Experience

To ensure a smooth transition to Egypt, AUC provides a safe and welcoming campus that becomes your home away from home.

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International Conference On:

Teaching and Learning Arabic from K to 16: Adjusting to New Realities

Held from December 16-18, 2023 at AUC, the International Conference on Arabic Language and Linguistics, garnered international participation and featured key discussions. Distinguished keynote speakers from around the world enriched the conference with profound insights, contributing to a vibrant exchange of ideas and strategies in the field of Arabic language instruction.

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