The bustling city of Cairo serves as an excellent environment in which to learn Modern Standard and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. For those students looking to quickly improve their Arabic, they can enroll in a rigorous 4-week or 8-week intensive summer session in the heart of the Arab world. Classes are held in AMIDEAST’s central facilities in Dokki on the west bank of the Nile and students are housed in shared apartments in Dokki. In addition to high-quality Arabic instruction, AMIDEAST works tirelessly to take advantage of the unique environment in which our programs are held by combining classroom instruction with experiential field visits and activities in the vibrant city of Cairo. Students also participate in an overnight excursion outside Cairo.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and colloquial Arabic (1 credit) for 6 total credits. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus.
All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and in colloquial Arabic at a level appropriate to their proficiency. Modern Standard Arabic meets for 4 hours a day and colloquial Arabic for 1 hour a day. Students are placed into appropriate Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic levels based on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and written Arabic exam conducted prior to their departure.