When you close your eyes and think of Egypt, the first images that come to mind are often of famous and stunning landmarks: the pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx, Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings. But anyone who has ever traveled to Egypt knows that behind these ancient relics, a vibrant and vivacious culture exists that many foreigners never experience. AU students living in Egypt and studying Arabic have the amazing opportunity to immerse themselves in this rich culture, connect with Egyptians from all walks of life, and bring their Arabic language skills outside of the classroom and into everyday life. AU Abroad offers the below programs in Egypt for Arabic students at AU:
Egypt: American University in Cairo
Modern Standard Arabic courses available: Standard and accelerated MSA courses available at all levels; Arabic literature and media courses available for advanced students Colloquial Arabic courses available: Yes Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Full year, Summer Program Structure: Students directly enroll in American University in Cairo as an international student. Students can choose from a wide range of content courses in English and a wide variety of Arabic language courses. While the university accepts a large number (300-400) of international students who speak mostly English, the majority of the degree-seeking student population (3500 students) is from Egypt (70%). AUC also offers an entire semester of intensive language study through the Arabic Language Institute (ALI) for students completely focused on learning Arabic (earlier application deadline).
Egypt: AMIDEAST in Cairo
Modern Standard Arabic courses available: Required (4 credits) - available at all levels Colloquial Arabic courses available: Required (3 credits) Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Full year Program Structure: This program is offered in coordination with AMIDEAST. Students take courses with other U.S. students at AMIDEAST's center in the Dokki neighborhood of Cairo. In addition to language courses, students take content courses in English in Middle East / North African Studies and Egyptology. AMIDEAST also coordinates student housing (furnished, shared apartments), excursions, and cultural activities as part of the program.
Egypt: Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Alexandria
Modern Standard Arabic courses available: Required (5 credits) Colloquial Arabic courses available: Required (3 credits) Terms Available: Summer (8 weeks) :: late May - mid July :: offered most summers Prerequisites: Level I: ARAB 103 :: Level 2: ARAB 203 (or equivalent) Program Structure: Program offered in coordination with the University of Alexandria. This program is designed to allow intermediate and lower advanced level Arabic students to complete one year of Arabic language courses (2 classes) in just eight weeks. Students complete 24 hours of instruction per week including 4 hours of Media Arabic and 4 hours with an Egyptian language partner.
Modern Standard Arabic courses available: Required Colloquial Arabic courses available: Required Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Full year Prerequisites: ARAB 303 (or equivalent) Program Structure: Students participate in Middlebury College's study abroad program based at the TAFL Center at the University of Alexandria. All coursework and programming is conducted in Arabic. Students commit to a language pledge throughout the program. Students enroll in courses with other students on the program to complete 4 credits of Modern Standard Arabic, 4 credits of Colloquial Arabic, 2 credits of Media Arabic, 2 credits of translation and one independent study content course taught in Arabic each semester. Middlebury organizes homestays or Egyptian student dormitories. Cultural activities and excursions are also provided.
The Department of Language and Foreign Studies at American University is offering three levels of Modern Standard Arabic during the Summer 2012 session. Over the course of twelve weeks, students of Intensive Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Arabic will complete a full year (two semesters) of language study. Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Arabic courses will meet three evenings per week for the duration of the summer session. A Levantine Colloquial Arabic class is also offered separately.