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Arabic Language Classes (ALNG)

The Arabic Language Courses (ALNG) unit in The Department of Arabic Language Instruction offers tailored Arabic language courses to cater for undergraduate and graduate students who need to fulfill their Arabic requirements or wish to learn and improve their Arabic through different interesting topics. ALNG courses not only help students enrich their Arabic language skills using fun and versatile teaching techniques, but it also expands their knowledge and understanding of the Egyptian culture, media, the usage of Arabic language for career purposes, and much more.

Who is it for?

  • The Arabic Language Courses unit (ALNG) caters for degree seeking undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world who wish to fulfill their Arabic requirements.
  • Exchange and study abroad students from other recognized institutions who are not seeking an AUC degree but wish to take AUC courses for academic credit. ALNG courses fulfills the students’ semester-abroad and year-abroad needs, along with their regular courses.
  • Native Arabic speaking students, where ALNG offers them elective courses to enhance their career opportunities and expand their knowledge in many different Arabic related topics.

What does if offer?

  • Provides regular Arabic language courses for a minimum of 3 credits a course to degree and non-degree students.
  • Accommodates all skill levels with courses at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels in both MSA and ECA
  • Two tracks for MSA classes: regular and accelerated
  • Courses under selected topics cover, but are not limited to, reading and writing, Arabic for career purposes, media, and Egyptian culture on film
  • Offers fall and spring courses, as well as some intensive classes during the winter and/or summer

Premium Benefits 

  • An opportunity to explore different topics while effectively learning and enhancing your Arabic language skills.
  • Small-size classes (10 - 12 students)
  • Allows students to study other courses aside from Arabic
  • Wide variety of courses

ALNG Faculty

  • Outstanding instructors, most of which have extensive experience in teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers.
  • ALI instructors who hold an MA in TAFL, with a passion for teaching the Arabic language at all levels of proficiency.
  • Updated with the world’s leading research in the teaching methodology and developing world class teaching materials 
  • Widely published in Arabic learning resources and textbooks

Where will you study?

AUC students sitting in the campus garden.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

To apply to the ALNG program, you must complete an online application form and placement test.

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Course Levels and Listings

Courses are offered in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) simultaneously catering for different skill levels.

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Tuition and Fees

Students must register for at least 12 credit hours. Students who register for less than 15 credits will be reimbursed the difference during the drop and add week.

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International Students

Visa Requirements

An accepted student must have a valid passport and obtain a tourist visa from the Egyptian government for entry into Egypt

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Egyptian Culture on Film course with Dr. Ola Hashad is the type of course in which one gets exposed to various ideas and perceptions on film industry across different ruling periods in Egypt. The course is instructed in a very interesting & fruitful way to make sure that students by the end of it not only can they understand Arabic language more thoroughly, but also have a greater picture of the dynamics of Egyptian Cinema as a reflection tool of the society’s reality. For me as a graduating senior, I would highly recommend the course as it was very enjoyable experience from all aspects

Abeer Hefni
ALNG, Spring 2020

Before entering this class I was very scared because I’m really bad at reading Arabic let alone writing, but I assure you that this has been an amazing experience for me. Not only did I enrich my Arabic, in a fun way, but I also got to know and understand our culture just by watching movies. I’m 100% sure you won’t regret taking this class and just by speaking to Dr. Ola I know you’ll love to join, she’s very understanding and she will always want you to improve and become better

Maya Dessouky, Spring 2020
ALNG, Spring 2020

The Egyptian Culture on Film course has immensely cultivated my Arabic language and revived it in ways that I did not expect. The methods used by Dr. Ola Hashad made me enjoy learning the language even more that basically happened through her versatile techniques and methods; and for that I am beyond grateful

Reem Bayoumy
ALNG, Spring 2020

I took this course knowing absolutely nothing about it, but I fell in love with it instantly. This course allows the puzzle pieces to fit together. I started understanding the hidden meanings and symbols in movies and it just made me realize how artistic and influential movies actually are. I was also able to enhance my Arabic during the course, especially since we were taught Arabic in a way that makes it seem so simple and makes you love Arabic even more. If you're looking for an interesting course and an amazing professor, then this course is the one for you.

Nada Khaled
ALNG, Fall 2019

For me, the course was super interesting. I loved the idea of that debate and discussion we do after we see each movie which is like a reflection on the movie about our opinions plus that the movies were too interesting.

Menna Zayed
ALNG, Fall 2019

The Egyptian Culture on Film course really helped me develop my Arabic skills specially writing. We also had a lot of presentations with the help of Dr. Ola. The tools she gave us, completely improved my Arabic writing and speaking skills. In general the course is really informative, but in a very interesting way which is watching movies and reflecting on them. This is one of my favorite courses ever at AUC

Sherif Elsamra
ALNG, Spring 2020

Contact Information

Shahira Yacout

Director, ALNG Program
t: +20.2.2615.2152


Monica Nabil 

Program Specialist
t: +20.2.2615.1714