Arabic school in Cairo: International House – ILI

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Key points

  • Modern and contemporary city with over 7000 years of history
  • First specific Arabic language school for foreigners
  • An academic syllabus that combines literary and everyday Arabic

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
L
Accommodation
Residence
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
30 years
Nationality mix
United States, United Kingdom, Germany, etc..
ratings
29 authentic opinions

Key points

  • Modern and contemporary city with over 7000 years of history
  • First specific Arabic language school for foreigners
  • An academic syllabus that combines literary and everyday Arabic

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
L
Accommodation
Residence
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
30 years
Nationality mix
United States, United Kingdom, Germany, etc..
ratings
29 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in Mohandseen, a quiet central residential neighborhood in the west of Cairo. As well as language classrooms, you will find a computer laboratory, a cafetaria and a student lounge. The school was established in 1975, and is affiliated to International House, an organisation of worldwide quality language schools. It distinguishes itself from other language education programs of the Arab world by combining a contemporary methodological approach (everyday and media Arabic) with classical language teaching (literary and Koranic Arabic).This combination allows you to study the functional elements of the language as well as learning about its origins.

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Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 / 4 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 473.-
(about GBP 370.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
2 / 4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 16
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-11:00 + 11:30-14:30

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Residence, single room, no meals
2
473
708
4
945
1415
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
08.01 / 04.02 / 04.03 / 02.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2018
Bank holidays
25.01 / 01.04 / 08.04 / 09.04 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 17.06 / 23.07 / 21.08 / 22.08 / 23.08 / 12.09 / 21.11.2018

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Leaving day: Friday following course end

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 / 4 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 500.-
(about GBP 392.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
2 / 4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 16
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-11:00 + 11:30-14:30

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Residence, single room, no meals
2
500
743
4
995
1480
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
06.01 / 03.02 / 03.03 / 31.03 / 05.05 / 02.06 / 01.07 / 28.07 / 02.09 / 29.09 / 27.10 / 24.11.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 07.01 / 21.04 / 25.04 / 05.06 / 06.06 / 30.06 / 23.07 / 01.09 / 06.10 / 10.11.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 02.05.2019
11.08.2019 - 15.08.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Leaving day: Friday following course end

Classes take place from Sunday to Thursday

Classes take place from Sunday to Thursday

Options/Extras

Course material (per level) (approximate price) 35 USD
One-to-one course (per lesson) 30 USD
Residence deposit (to be paid on site) 100 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) 36 USD
Course material (per level) (approximate price) 53 USD
One-to-one course (per lesson) 25 USD
Residence deposit (to be paid on site) 100 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) 50 USD

Other accommodation options

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100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.3/5
Overall rating

93% of students recommending this school

Destination
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/ 5
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/ 5
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/ 5
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/ 5

29 students gave their opinion about this school

19 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
5 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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19 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
5 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (3.8 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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26 years old - Germany
/ 5
Ich war sehr zufrieden mit allen Leistungen.Das Informationsmaterial vor dem Sprachkurs war sehr umfangreich.Ich habe mich gut aufgehoben gefühlt während meiner Zeit in Cairo. Die Schule und vor allem die Lehrer sind super!Es hat jeden Tag viel Spaß gemacht.In einem Klassenraum hatte die Klimaanlage nicht richtig funktioniert. Die Stimmung war ausgezeichnet.Kleine Anmerkung bezüglich der Bücher die man sich für den Kurs kaufen sollte, besonders das Buch für MSA ist nicht gut. Alle Erklärungen sind auf arabisch, wie soll man das verstehen, wenn man doch erst anfängt die Sprache zu lernen? Zum lernen nach dem Kurs bzw. daheim ist es Sinnlos, das gleiche gilt für das ECA Buch. Die Unterkunft ist im selben Gebäude wie die Schule, für 5 Personen.Das Badezimmer könnte etwas mehr gepflegt werden.
2 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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22 years old - Germany
/ 5
Rundum ein wunderbarer Aufenthalt und eine erstklassige Schule!! Sehr qualifizierte, freundliche Lehrkräfte und eine tolle Atmosphäre!
4 weeks, March 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Residence)
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Leisure (2.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Große FortschritteSehr gute Lehrer und kleine Klassen »
School highlights
« Tolle Lehrer, sehr freundliche sonstige Angestellte, gute Atmosphäre, das gesamte Team war unglaublich entgegenkommend und hilfsbereit »
Top tips
« Lokale Küche und kleine Restaurants/Bars/Cafés abseits der typischen Touristenpfade ausprobieren »
35 years old - Belgium
/ 5
2 weeks, March 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (3 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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30 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, January – February 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Other)
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53 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Nach insgesamt 3 Wochen intensiven Lernens (2 Wochen Schule, Kurse "Modernes Hocharabisch" und "Ägyptische Umgangssprache"; und dann noch 1 Woche bei einer Lehrkraft zuhause) habe ich grosse Fortschritte gemacht. Konnte ich anfangs kaum ein Wort reden, kann ich mich inzwischen mit den Leuten in Läden, der Metro und auf der Strasse verständigen. Hervorragende Lehrkräfte, es wurde aber auch sehr viel an Arbeit (Hausaufgaben, lernen) gefordert. Die Infrastruktur im Klassenzimmer ist bescheiden, umso besser dafür das Lehrpersonal. Die Schule hat eine kleine aber feine Kantine, und einen stillen Raum, wo man Hausaufgaben machen oder lernen kann. In beiden Klassen waren wir nur drei Studierende. Das hat das Lerntempo stark beschleunigt. Morgens und Nachmittags holte und brachte uns der Schulbus von der Unterkunft zur Schule und zurück, hervorragender Service. Strecke ist auch zu Fuss gut machbar, wenn man keine Angst hat, Strassen in diesem Verkehr ohne Fussgängerstreifen zu überqueren.Da das Feld oben meine Angaben nicht schluckt: Zeitaufwand 20-30 Minuten mit Bus von Doqqi bis Schule; 1 Stunde zu Fuss. Die Ausflüge zu den Pyramiden und nach Alexandria waren hervorragend, sonstiges Freizeitangebot ist mir nicht aufgefallen (man konnte aber jederzeit Team fragen): allerdings verbringt man hier soviel Zeit mit Hausaufgaben, das für Freizeitaktivitäten nicht viel Zeit bleibt.
2 weeks, January 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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Leisure (4.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ich habe grosse Fortschritte erzielt. Zu verdanken ist dies vor allem den Lehrkräften in Kairo. Ich besuchte schon vor meinem Sprachaufenthalt seit mehreren Monaten einen Arabischkurs (1 x 90 Minuten pro Woche) und lernte da zwar Grundkenntnisse, aber nicht sprechen. Jetzt kann ich mich einigermassen verständigen, mein aktiver Wortschatz ist viel grösser geworden. »
23 years old - Germany
/ 5
Die Stimmung im Unterricht war super. Wir haben sehr viel gelernt, aber gleichzeitig hatten wir Spaß und haben viel gelacht! :-) Die Lehrerin war sehr kompetent und geduldig. Die Lernmethoden waren auch sehr gut und zielführend; viel besser, als ich es in meinen Kursen in Deutschland bisher gelernt habe. Die Zimmer waren sehr schön und groß, wir hatten auch ein großes gemütliches Wohnzimmer. Es gab insgesamt 3 Bäder (2 mit Dusche), die wir uns untereinander geteilt haben. Die Küche war auch relativ groß und hatte alles, was man braucht.
3 weeks, October – November 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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17 years old - Germany
/ 5
In meinem Level waren viele Deutsche, in den höheren Klassen viele Britische Studenten, da deren Universität ein Austausch mit dem Insitut in Cairo durchführen und hier das Auslandssemster stattfindet. Die Stimmung war in den Klassen trotz des hohen lernpensums super. Wir hatten alle Spaß. Jedes Wochen Ende bietet die Schule freitags und Samstag Exkursionen an, die preislich in Ordnung waren. Natürlich kann man sich die Trips selber organisieren und wäre dabei sicherlich billiger davon gekommen aber ich fand es so ok und es würde sich um alles gekümmert von der sehr sympathischen Touristguide :)
2 weeks, October 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Residence)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja. Ich hatte bereits arabisch vor ca 2 Jahren gehabt und habe hier durch das straffe Programme alles schnell aufholen und meinen Horizont erweitern können »
School highlights
« Alle waren super nett und das Personal hat bei Übungen immer gerne mitgespielt um das Arabische zu verbessern »
23 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Residence)
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Testimonials

Irina Le Mat
Irina Le Mat
International House - ILI, Cairo
Duration: 24 weeks

The Arabic language, culture...a dream for a long time! And the reality is even more beautiful, more mysterious! When I arrived, I was a real beginner...now, I can hold a conversation. These six months were very beneficial to me. It's a splendid country! But it was the inhabitants who charmed me the most. When you know a few words in Arabic and you take the time, they are are so welcoming..and their festivals are so beautiful! I had an unforgettable human experience.

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Christiane Shirin Brüggemann
Christiane Shirin Brüggemann
ILI, Cairo
Duration: 4 weeks

As I noticed that my knowledge of the Arabic language was still not enough, even with several courses at the Popular University, I followed a friend’s advice and I booked a stay at ILI in Cairo. ESL made everything easier and I had a good relationship with everybody in the agency.

I can recommend the school in Cairo to all those who are not scared of making a learning effort (as the volume of topics to assimilate is quite impressive, but it’s feasible!). It took me some time to get used to the learning method, but it turned out to be very efficient. The whole ILI team was very kind and motivated, always ready to help, during the whole stay. The accommodation was very nice as well (I chose a shared apartment and I can only recommend this option, that allows “newbies” to exchange tips with their flatmates). Moreover, many excursions were offered, all at reasonable prices, and that has contributed to making the stay even more exciting (of course the well-rounded travellers can go as they like and discover Cairo the way they want). I never thought that learning could be that entertaining!

As a conclusion I would say that my stay at ILI was not only instructive but also rich with experiences. I always think about it with great pleasure and I can only give it several stars! It’s the reason why I plan to go on and do another language stay so as to strengthen in an intensive way my knowledge of the Arabic and Egyptian languages. With ESL – Language studies abroad, I have a highly competent partner by my side. Thanks to this agency, even those who go on a language stay for the first time have nothing to worry about.

With this account of my experience, I hope I made the search of people looking for a training leave easier.

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Narjis Regadane
Narjis Regadane

28th of December 2012.
On this day I arrived in the Netherlands after one month learning Arabic in Egypt.

I followed lessons at the International House ILI in Cairo, the school for foreign students.

They treat you normal, just like in Europe or elsewhere.

I already had some knowledge of the Arabic language (fosha & darija), but not that much, and now I can make the link between Darija, 3amayya and al Fosha (3 variations of the Arabic language) because of the extra boost I got in Cairo.

I didn’t have to get used to Egypt, although I’ve never been there it felt familiar, but I can imagine that other people might need to get used.

I learned a lot, was classified at the appropriate level for the course and had a great time.

The lessons were fun and educational at the same time.

My teachers were great, very knowledgeable and friendly and just like family. A great experience.

So if you would like to take Arabic lessons sometime, I will advise you to go to ILI in Cairo! 

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Dokki residence
Just a 15-minute drive away from our partner school, you may enjoy all the comforts of home in this modern residence. A shuttle service takes students to and from the school twice a day. The residence is divided in apartments with 3 to 5 single bedrooms, all of which are fully furnished and include bedlinen and towels. Practice Arabic with your flatmates in the common areas, such as the well-equipped kitchen or the modern living room (with cable TV). The residence also has air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a laundry room and a daily cleaning service.

ILI residence
Located in the school building, this confortable and secure apartment offers 4 single rooms with shared bathrooms. Each room includes a desk, a chair and an armchair, while double rooms also have a mini-fridge; they are bigger and perfect for couples. In the living room, you will be able to watch programmes in Arabic on the satellite TV. Wi-Fi and air conditioning are available in all rooms and a fully equipped kitchen allows you to cook your own meals and meet the other international students.

Hotel / Shared apartment
The school doesn’t offer host family accommodation but has shared apartments where you can stay in a single room with shared kitchen and bathroom. The first two nights in Cairo you will stay in a hotel, giving you time to contact the school’s accommodation service, visit apartments and choose the most appropriate for you. This type of accommodation gives you the opportunity to live with other students and to enjoy your independence in a city that never sleeps. It is also possible to stay in a hotel and the school offers a range of well-priced options.
Prices and information on request.

Dokki residence
Just a 15-minute drive away from our partner school, you may enjoy all the comforts of home in this modern residence. A shuttle service takes students to and from the school twice a day. The residence is divided in apartments with 3 to 5 single bedrooms, all of which are fully furnished and include bedlinen and towels. Practice Arabic with your flatmates in the common areas, such as the well-equipped kitchen or the modern living room (with cable TV). The residence also has air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a laundry room and a daily cleaning service.

ILI residence
Located in the school building, this confortable and secure apartment offers 4 single rooms with shared bathrooms. Each room includes a desk, a chair and an armchair, while double rooms also have a mini-fridge; they are bigger and perfect for couples. In the living room, you will be able to watch programmes in Arabic on the satellite TV. Wi-Fi and air conditioning are available in all rooms and a fully equipped kitchen allows you to cook your own meals and meet the other international students.

Hotel / Shared apartment
The school doesn’t offer host family accommodation but has shared apartments where you can stay in a single room with shared kitchen and bathroom. The first two nights in Cairo you will stay in a hotel, giving you time to contact the school’s accommodation service, visit apartments and choose the most appropriate for you. This type of accommodation gives you the opportunity to live with other students and to enjoy your independence in a city that never sleeps. It is also possible to stay in a hotel and the school offers a range of well-priced options.
Prices and information on request.

The school organizes a range of social activities where you can enlarge your cultural knowledge by participating in conferences, guided tours and local nightlife or discover the secret tastes of Egyptian gastronomy. Cairo is full of historical sites to visit after class. The school also organizes monthly excursions with professional guides, and can help you arrange your own trips.

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