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Arabic Language Intensive Summer Program (ALIS)

The Department of Arabic Language Instruction offers an unforgettable summer of language and cultural learning experience. The Arabic Language Intensive Summer program (ALIS) is an extension of the Arabic Language Intensive (ALIN) that is offered in the fall and spring semesters. The ALIS program provides tailored courses, subject to the resources availability, to help learners from around the world to better seize and expand their career opportunities, while helping them view the world from a new window.


Who is it for?

  • The Arabic Language Intensive Summer Program (ALIS) offers tailored intensive Arabic language courses, catering for summer learners from all over the world who need to gain a broad understanding and a good command of contemporary Arabic language and culture as quickly and as effectively as possible. 
  • Non-native Arabic speakers and students of Arab origin with different professional backgrounds and, but not limited to, learners with specific career aspirations
  • Study abroad and non-degree learners wishing to explore a new language and open new opportunities

What does it offer?

  • A summer program that offers 7 weeks of intensive summer training, where students receive 6­-8 credit hours in this program depending on their level.
  • Accommodates all skill levels with elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses.
  • Courses include Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA), and media. Academic electives and supervised studies, such as translation, Quran reading, and the Bible parables are offered upon demand.
  • Incorporates an important cultural dimension; learners explore the culture and use the language through free tours and subsidized weekend trips, and through cultural activities including calligraphy, music, singing and dancing (non-credit).
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Premium Benefits

  • A unique opportunity to learn Arabic efficiently in a short time
  • Small-size classes (10 - 12 students)
  • Flexible program duration from one semester, up to three years
  • Wide variety of courses
  • Cultural trips and tours

ALIS Faculty

  • Outstanding instructors, most of which have extensive experience in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.
  • ALI instructors who hold a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (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
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Where will you study?

  • The program location will be in the New Cairo campus.


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Scholarship Opportunities

AUC offers partial scholarship opportunities to study abroad students who are currently enrolled at institutions in the United States and visiting AUC as non-degree students. Check the link below for more details about eligibility, application instructions, and deadlines.

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A big part of the ALIS program focuses on learning through cultural immersion, where students stretch their language skills beyond the classrooms, and gain a better understanding of the Arab world by simply living it. 
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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

To apply, you must complete an online application form and placement test.

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Course Levels and Listings

ALI programs offer courses 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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Contact Information

Iman A. Soliman  
t +2.01001633340

Fatma Ali

Program Specialist
t: +20.2.2615.1726