Center for Advanced Arabic Study in Cairo (CAASIC)

CAASIC is run by the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) and offers a unique opportunity for advanced students of Arabic language to study Arabic for a full year at a reduced tuition fee. 

The CAASIC language program is dedicated to both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and the spoken dialect of Cairo. Our language classes use a theme-based, content-based instruction curriculum that makes use of a number of authentic materials, integrated skills activities and real-world tasks. All materials are developed by experienced instructors to specifically meet the needs of advanced learners of Arabic.

CAASIC is committed to providing quality education in advanced Arabic language to learners from all nationalities by staying at the forefront of teaching methodology and technology. All CAASIC instructors are native speakers of Arabic with teaching experience at the advanced level.



CAASIC offers full-year, advanced-level training in Arabic language and culture to graduate and undergraduate students at The American University in Cairo. CAASIC welcomes applicants from all nationalities with a minimum of three years of formal instruction in Arabic. For more information about the program and/or its reduced fees, contact the CAASIC office at

Language Pledge

All CAASIC students will be required to abide by an Arabic-only speaking policy on campus and off campus as much as possible.

Exit Exam

All CAASIC students will be required to participate in an end of full-year proficiency exit exam. This exam is no substitute for the regular quizzes or monthly and end of semester achievement exams.

International Health and Accident Insurance

AUC requires all international students and Egyptians with dual nationalities who are not permanent residents in Egypt to have a comprehensive accident and health insurance plan, including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. AUC holds a group insurance policy with CMI Insurance that is issued with the policy number GLMN 01173662 by American Insurance Company. For more information, click here.

AUC Local Health Insurance

All CAASIC students and fellows are already insured locally. For details of what this local insurance covers, click here.

CAASIC Faculty

CAASIC faculty members are all highly qualified ALI teachers who hold master’s degrees in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. They all have worldwide reputations in teaching Arabic at the advanced and advanced-plus levels. Spring elective courses are conducted by adjunct faculty who teach subject content areas.