What are the academic institutions HIAS is affiliated with?
HIAS is also affiliated with the American Association of the Teachers of Arabic (AATA), The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The Association for Supervision on Curriculum Development (ASCD), Fulbright Commission in Cairo, the Middle East Studies Association among other academic and professional organizations for Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.
What are the credentials of HIAS professors?
All HIAS professors have an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). In addition, most HIAS professors receive periodic extensive training on latest development in the field of TAFL. For more info about the qualifications of HIAS staff click here. HIAS weekly seminars are also given by renowned intellectuals and professionals in the various fields of politics, religion, Art, economics, Middle East and gender studies.
How many class hours per day do students have at the program?
The number of hours depends on the type of program you choose. Intensive programs usually range from 3 to 4 hours a day of contact class hours, i.e. approx 20 class hours per week. Non intensive programs varies depending on the courses selected, from 4 hours a week to 15 hours per week.
Could I get credits for my courses at HIAS from my university?
All HIAS Arabic language courses are accredited (up to 17 credit hours per semester) by most Universities in the US and Europe. Among universities that give credits for Arabic language and other Arabic related courses Brigham Young University, New York University, Notre Dame University, University of Utah and University of Arizona in USA and Oxford University in United Kingdom. HIAS also has bilateral agreements with over 30 universities in the US, including Ivy League universities such as Columbia University, Georgetown University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. Simply ask your registrar to contact HIAS for details.
What other cultural activities in the program? How much time?
There is a vibrant cultural and extra-curriculum program for HIAS students, which is part of the total immersion experience HIAS is dedicated to provide. Activities range from weekly trips in Cairo, weekly seminars by renowned celebrities in the field of Islamic philosophy, film, politics, economics, development in Egypt, Middle Eastern studies, Islamic architecture…etc. There is also Egyptian cooking and Arab films classes provided weekly.
I live outside Egypt, can you help me find accommodation?
Yes. HIAS provides a free service of helping you find a suitable accommodation during your program at HIAS. Accommodation cost could range from 3000 EGP to 4500 EGP (500-900 USD) per month for two or three bedroom apartments. Most students share apartments and split the cost.
How can I pay my HIAS fees?
You can pay your fees through wire transfer from your bank to HIAS bank account; bring it in cash, or by wire transfer through Western Union offices that are found all over the world. You can also pay via PayPal directly online.
How much money do I need to bring with me for my stay in Egypt?
Egypt is relatively very cheap compared to many countries. If you do not have excessive shopping or travelling, you would need around 800 EGP a month (approx. 150 USD) excluding accommodation. Costs of apartments is between USD 500 and USD 700 or the equivalent in Euros. Most students share apartments and split the cost in two or three.
Where could I get scholarship for my studies at HIAS?
The following institutions have granted HIAS students scholarship to study for intensive programs: Fulbright, FLAS, NSEP , Gilman Scholarship in addition to Federal students fund programs.
What's the safest way of bringing my money for my studies?
There are several international banks in Egypt, including Barclays, HSBC, American Express and Citibank, which have ATM machines (MasterCard, Cirrus, VISA, Plus, 123..etc) all over the country. You can also transfer your money to Western Union and cash it from Western Union offices in Cairo, or bring travellers’ checks which you could easily cash from Thomas Cook, any hotel or bank. Most big supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants also accept credit and debit cards (e.g AmEx, VISA, Diners, Mastercard..etc).
What is the refund policy at HIAS?
You are entitled for full refund if you cancel your program at least one month before the start date of your program. All programs cancelled less than one month prior to the start of the program are not refunded. For programs organised for groups, cancellation must be done at least two months prior to the start of the program, to be eligible for full refund.
Do I need a Visa ? Where can I get?
You need to apply for a VISA, if you are from the US or any European country , you can apply for the VISA at the Egyptian airport for 12 USD. Alternatively, HIAS can provide you with a letter, with which you could apply for a VISA at the Egyptian consulate in your country. Students from other countries will need to apply for a VISA at the Egyptian embassy or consulate in their home country.>
Where is Maadi ? and is it friendly?
Maadi is a suburb south of Cairo. It is a one of Cairo’s quietest and nicest neighborhoods. It offers a refuge from the chaos of downtown Cairo while still serving as a great base of operations for quick excursions to any part of the city. Maadi has been for decades the home to many expatriates, embassies and the American College; which makes it among the safest and friendliest place to any visitor. There are small café everywhere and a small suq, in addition to Maadi Club and Maadi Yacht club.
How do I get to Maadi from the airport?
You can come by either a Lemozine, which normally costs around EGP 100 (20 USD) , or you could come by Metro, and stop at Hadayeq El Maadi station.
What do I need to bring for my trip to Egypt?
The most important things you need to bring are an inquisitive mind, curious eyes, a tolerant heart and an adventurous soul. : This will help you, not only make the most out of your total immersion experience, but will open you a whole new world of fun, appreciation and understanding of the Middle East region. Bring along sun glasses, sun cream if have sensitive skin to the sun, personal face and bath towels, a small cassette recorder for some language homework assignments, your student ID card that will help you get discounted tickets in some tours and some favorite music (only music because you will listen to Arabic songs).