Hedayet Institute offers courses in both intensive and non-intensive programs, taught from beginner to advanced levels.

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UN staff Arabic Program

Top Experts

Nesrine Khaled

Dr. Nesrine Khaled is an Arab Media specialist. She has over 15 years of experience in communications and in media studies in the Middle East region.

Nagwa Hedayet

Dr. Nagwa Hedayet has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language for over thirty years. She has contributed to the field of Arabic and Islamic Studies through several of her teachings, research, community service, language programs, developed curricula, and Arabic Language teachers’ training. She was the director of the Arabic Program at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles. She also taught Arabic and Islamic studies at different programs including the Center of Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) at American University in Cairo, Middlebury College in Vermont, as well as, different institutions in Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and her native Egypt.


Tuva Shroder – Leiden University

I had previously studied Arabic and struggled immensely. But the professors at Hedayet Institute managed to change my attitude toward learning Arabic. I enjoyed all of my classes and made noticeable progress every day. Apart from the Arabic classes, joining Iftar dinners during Ramadan, and weekends trips, made it easier to see all the places in Cairo and Alexandria and to meet people. If you are looking to learn as much Arabic as possible and simultaneously meet people, see the sites and take part in everyday life of Cairo, go to Hedayet Institute. The experience was great and my Arabic has improved on a great scale.

Yuval Orr – University of Pennsylvania

"I cannot say enough about my learning experience at Hedayet Institute. The quality of the teachers is unrivaled by any other foreign language institution I have attended. While many language institutes focus solely on working through standard Arabic textbooks, the program at Hedayet Institute dealt with all aspects of language learning - reading, speaking, writing, listening comprehension and cultural studies. With the help of an excellent group of teachers I improve my language skills vastly. I am now more confident in my ability to communicate in colloquial Arabic, read and write in Modern Standard Arabic, and listen to Arabic media sources. I would strongly recommend Hedayet Institute for anyone interested in immersing themselves in the Arabic language in order to gain a greater understanding not only of the language, but also of the Arabic culture." Summer I 2010