Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies
offers courses, in both intensive
and non-intensive programs, and
taught from beginner to advanced
levels.For advanced students, the
institute can tailor language courses, as well as, courses in Middle Eastern
studies, if advance notice is given.
At all levels, class size does not
exceed eight students, as part of
the HIAS language philosophy.
1. Summer Intensive Program
The summer intensive Arabic program
is divided into two sessions: mid
June and end of July each summer.
Each session offers 140 contact
class hours (i.e 17 hours of language instruction and 3 hours of cultural activities every week) over a period of seven weeks. You may combine both sessions
in an intensive summer course of 13 to 14 weeks,
by indicating this in your application
form. Students need to check with HIAS registration office for the
exact dates each year. The deadline
for applications for the summer
course is April 30 every year. The
summer intensive course includes 10 hours of
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA),
as well as, four hours of Egyptian Colloquial
lectures on different cultural areas
are regular weekly events to the
summer intensive program. There
are also several Cairo tours where
students are accompanied by an Arabic
tour guide every two weeks during
the summer course. Several other
cultural activities are regularly
announced to the students during
the summer program so that those
who have the time can go and further
enhance their cultural experience.
in a language should be modeling
their counterpart in the target
language. Therefore, they should
be able to use both MSA and ECA
in the right places, times and in
the right situations.
with different designed curriculum
are possible for groups of three
or more if enough notice time is
given. Please check for this point
with HIAS administration.
2. Student Tourist/Education
The Tourist/Education Program is
a tourist cultural program for students
of Study Abroad Programs. This program
is for two to three weeks and enables
students to travel in Egypt and
learn about its culture while having
their crash Arabic course. This
is a program designed for groups
of six or more students. (Check
the times and costs with HIAS administration).
3. Spring/Fall Intensive
Spring and fall semesters are 14
week long each. Fall semester starts
in the second half of September
and finishes in the last half of
December every year, and the spring
semester starts on the second half
of February every year. Please check
for the exact dates every year with
the program director. The spring/fall
intensive program caters for the needs
of students coming on language abroad
programs and provides 17 to 18 contact
class hours per week. Modern Standard Arabic
is the main language course that Hedayet Institute concentrates on,
in addition to special attention
to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Content
courses in Media Arabic, Arabic
Literature, Arab/Islamic History,
Coptic History with reference to
Old and New Testament, Islamic Philosophy,
tadjweed al-Qur'aan, Islamic architecture
and calligraphy are also offered
as elective courses according to
the students' choice. Each student,
is entitled to choose one elective course (3 contact
hours) per semester. For compelete beginners, the elective course will be in English. Please refer
to the application section for more
details on how to apply.
4. UN staff Intensive Program
If you are a United Nations staff
living outside Egypt, and would
like to intensify your Arabic learning
before your next exam, Hedayet Institute
for Arabic offers you a three week
intensive program that combines
cultural and language learning.
The UN staff program generally starts
during the Christmas or the Spring
vacations. For more details kindly
contact the administration.
5. Non-Intensive Program
Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies
offers expatriates and working students
a non-intensive (4-12 hours/week) course of Egyptian colloquial
Arabic for students living in Cairo.
This is offered through two or three
times per week. Please check the
application section for more details
on how to apply.
6. Islamic Studies Program
Students wishing to primarily focus on Islamic studies can join this program.
The program combines Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Islamic Studies, in a three-month intensive course. Classes consist of 10 hours
of MSA per week and 5 hours of Tajweed, Quraanic interperetation (tafsir) and Islamic law (Maqaasid).
The program continues from beginner's to advanced levels of Arabic proficiency and Islamic studies courses.
Hedayet Institute offers special group rates for this program. In addition, students from low-income countries wishing to join this program will receive a 50% discount.