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

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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.


Sam Hitt- Colby College-USASam Hitt- Colby College-USA

I first came to Hedayet Institute in Jan. 2018 with absolutely no background in Arabic. With the personalized curriculum, and hard working amazing teachers, I was able to quickly become proficient combining Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Standard Arabic. My time at the institute and in Cairo has been amazing, I would recommend Hedayet Institute to anyone looking to immerse in the Arabic culture or improve their Arabic skills in a supportive and stress-free environment.

Marwa Abou Baker – University of California Los AngelesMarwa Abou Baker – University of California Los Angeles

"I am glad I chose to study Arabic at Hedayet institute because the instructors are so patient and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics from history to Arabic literature, music to film and media and Egyptian popular culture. I have learned so much in such a short time and the relationship I’ve developed with my instructors is really valuable to me. I especially enjoyed my literature class because I am a graduate student in comparative literature. I never knew I was capable of reading difficult material in Arabic but the class made it easier and more simple for me. I was also very happy with my Egyptian colloquial and modern standard Arabic classes because my speaking & listening skills improved as we as my vocabulary and knowledge. I’ve learned many valuable skills. Thanks to the instructors at Hedayet for making my stay in Egypt amazing!" Summer 2017