During this four-week summer study in Egypt you’ll experience an intensive introduction to the Arabic language through immersion in Egyptian culture. You’ll live with an Egyptian host family, attend Arabic classes, and travel with fellow AFS students to cultural and historic sites around the country. Many experts say that you can’t fully learn a language unless you’re immersed in it; by attending classes and then coming home to use Arabic around the dinner table with your host family, you’ll have a unique opportunity to improve your skills in an accelerated learning environment.
Things to know
Egyptians like to relax and have a laid back approach to things—a common response to small problems or disagreements is ‘ ma’alesh,’ or ‘never mind.’ One example of how casual Egyptians can be is their sense of punctuality. It’s not considered rude to be late, even by a couple hours! Egyptians are also known for their excellent sense of humor and their love of jokes and sarcasm. Vegetarianism is not common in Egypt but many traditional dishes happen to be vegetarian anyway.