Arabic Language Intensive Program - ALIN (BA)


Program Description

AUC’s Arabic Language Intensive Program (ALIN) offers intensive Arabic-language courses that meet for 20 to 25 contact hours per week, offering 12 to 15 transferable credit hours for international students. ALIN offers courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels and infuses its curriculum with content-based courses in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. A summer program where students can receive 6 to 8 credit hours is also available. The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) at AUC is the leading academic center for the study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most comprehensive and diversified Arabic-language instruction and training worldwide. It is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States, with an 80-year history of excellence. The program also offers its students a wide range of short one-day tours and long overnight trips inside and outside Cairo. These tours or trips are considered part of the program and are either fully funded or partially subsidized by the department. A big part of the ALIN programs focuses on learning through cultural immersion, where students stretch their language skills beyond the classroom and gain a better understanding of the Arab world by simply living in it. 


Who it’s for: 

The program serves students from all over the world who wish to invest in learning Arabic at various levels, including:

  • Nonnative Arabic speakers from different professional backgrounds
  • Nonnative Arabic learners with specific career aspirations who want to learn Arabic in the most effective and efficient way
  • Study-abroad and non-degree learners wishing to explore a new language and uncover new opportunities 

What you’ll learn:

ALIN develops the student’s Arabic-language skills, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Within a cultural dimension and driven by a critical thinking framework, students acquire the necessary skills to effectively communicate in Arabic. They use the language functions to possess competence, in relation to their level, in Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

Alumni of the program:


  • Yuriko Koike (ALU ’71), first female governor of Tokyo


  • Thomas  L. Friedman (ALU ’74), three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, op-ed columnist, The New York Times; best-selling author
  • Margaret Litvin (CASA ’11), associate professor of Arabic and comparative literature, Boston University


  • David Bonderman (CASA ’69), businessman; philanthropist; chairman and founding partner, TPG

Where it can take you:

Students in the elementary level program will gain working competence in reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic and understanding and speaking Egyptian Colloquial or Modern Standard Arabic. Students at the intermediate level will be able to read and write Modern Standard Arabic with some fluency, allowing them to converse freely in Arabic as well as pursue studies in their areas of interest in Arabic. Intermediate-level students will also enhance their knowledge of vocabulary related to specific fields of interest, such as business and diplomacy. Advanced-level students will be able to employ Arabic with competence and confidence in the fields of business or diplomacy. 

Schedule: Sundays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Location: AUC Tahrir Square

Admission Requirements:

ALIN students need to take the ALI placement test. Applicants must demonstrate their seriousness of purpose and ability to complete a rigorous language program successfully. A complete application form and one letter of recommendation must be submitted. It is advisable for the applicant to complete the application and arrange to have a recommendation letter sent to the appropriate AUC office well before the deadline. Upon admission, students must submit a detailed medical statement indicating that they are in good health and are physically and mentally fit to undertake a period of study in Egypt. An accepted student must have a valid passport and obtain a tourist visa from the Egyptian government for entry into Egypt. On arrival to Egypt, you are usually given a one-month tourist visa at Cairo International Airport. The Department of Arabic Language Instruction can help extend your visa for 13 days without penalty. AUC’s Office of Residential Life provides students with a dynamic, student-centered experience and a variety of accommodation styles

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Iman Soliman (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is chair of the Department of Arabic Language Instruction and a senior Arabic-language instructor. She has taught Arabic language and culture at Middlebury College in the United States, the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom and International House Cairo in Egypt. She has also led teacher-training workshops for Arabic first-language teachers in Qatar. At AUC, she teaches both Egyptian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic language and culture. She has co-authored a number of Arabic-language learning books, such as Kallimni 'Arabi Bishweesh, Mastering Arabic through Literature: The Short Story al-Rubaa Volume 1 and Mastering Arabic through Literature: Drama al-Rubaa Volume 2.

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