General presentation

Learn Arabic in the DEAC !

Who are we?

With 40 years of experience in teaching Arabic as a living modern language, the DEAC has developed solid expertise recognized by all its partners. We offer linguistic and cultural training that allows non-native speakers learners of all levels to acquire and/or develop Arabic language skills, both written and spoken. Our content covers levels from beginner to advanced (A1-C1).

Who Is This Course For?

The DEAC has many partners in the academic world (l’Université de Paris IV Sorbonne, l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, les Instituts d’Etudes Politiques (IEP), l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sao Paolo’s University).

In addition to French students, the DEAC welcomes students from France and around the world (for example this year 2021-2022 we taught American, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, Korean, Danish, Italian and Swiss students). French proficiency is not required.

Many of our students are working professionals who take a semester or a year to study Arabic for professional or personal reasons. These students are working in various fields (journalism, NGOs, academia, etc.).

Our strengths

  • Cultural and linguistic immersion in a key country in the Arab world.
  • An ambitious program both in terms of the number of contact hours and the diversity of the courses.
  • A team of teachers who are native speakers and who have significant experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
  • A one-week immersion session in Upper Egypt in Luxor.
  • Our courses are held in the French Institute of Cairo in Mounirah (near downtown Cairo) in newly renovated premises.
  • Our classrooms are equipped with the digital equipment necessary for modern language instruction.
  • Students receive free use of the French Institute library, which has a strong collection of books and media.
  • An in-house cafe allows students to take their meals within the Institute.
  • At the Institute, a French department offers language courses to Egyptians. The DEAC sets up language exchanges on request between DEAC students and French learners. This is a great opportunity to practice the language outside of class hours.
  • The DEAC provides support in the process of extending a visa and obtaining a residence permit for students in yearlong or semester programs.
  • Our course of study fully integrates the Egyptian dialect, the most widely understood dialect in the Arab world.
  • Class sizes are restricted to five to 12 students per class.

Our approach

  • Our courses are taught exclusively in Arabic.
  • All of our courses include an oral and a written component. Each curriculum is designed to meet the standards set by the CECRL.
  • An oral and written placement test at the beginning of the program allows us to assess the student’s level of proficiency. The student is then assigned to an appropriate level (semi-beginner, intermediate or advanced). Placement tests are not necessary for the beginner level.
  • Our course materials are created by the teaching team: beginners and semi-beginners work with appropriate instructional materials. Intermediate and advanced levels exclusively study authentic texts and media.
  • Although the culture and history of Egypt are central to our curricula, we take particular care to present to the students content that reflects the variety of literary and journalistic output of the Arab world. Students thus travel in space from Mauritania to the Gulf and travel in time from the pre-Islamic period to the present day.
  • All course materials are available to students on a digital educational platform. This is a tool particularly appreciated by our students.

Learn about our various programs!

Contact information :

Address : 1 Madrasset El Huquq El Frenseya Street, Mounira– Cairo

Email address:

Telephone :+20 (0)1223662739 ; +20 (0)1220217050


Year-long session


The DEAC offers a year-long program from October to June. This program is divided into two semesters. We advise students to complete both but students may choose to complete only one semester.

A. For each semester, there is a set curriculum, in the first six weeks of the yearlong and semester programs, students have 16 to 18 hours of Modern Standard Arabic (fusha) and 12 hours of the Egyptian dialect. The objective is for learners to begin to function independently in Cairo as soon as possible. After the first six weeks, the course load in dialect is reduced from 12 to eight hours a week, whereas the course load in Modern Standard Arabic remains the same (16 to 18 hours)..

B. Starting from the seventh week, students may choose to enroll in optional modules:
The optional modules : the student can choose two modules of two hours each per week (one in fusha and the other in dialect). In dialect, we offer four modules (songs, cinema, folklore, and theatre), in fusha we offer six modules (writing workshop, songs, book club, modern history, classical literature and translation).
Tutoring: the student may choose to receive one individual lesson per week in dialect and another in fusha, each thirty minutes. The student chooses the topics.

C. Luxor session: For a week, the program relocates to Luxor, Upper Egypt, for an intensive linguistic and cultural immersion course focused on the region. The issues specific to this part of the country are addressed through a thematically unified series of seminars, guest lectures and guided tours.

In February 2022, the session focused on the following themes: tourism and the excavation of certain sites, public health, customs and traditions, agriculture, and housing.

    The Luxor session is only open to students who are enrolled in the year-long program.

    Documents to download :

    Yearlong Program Curriculum

    Academic calendar of DEAC sessions 2022-2023

    Calendar of DEAC registration and payment deadlines 2022-2023

    Our tuition fees

    Yearlong Program registration form 2022

    Academic calendar

    Program dates 2022-2023 :

    First semester: from October 9, 2022 to February 2, 2023

    Second semester: from February 19 to June 15, 2023

    Registration deadline for the 2021-2022 annual session: July 15, 2022 (July 5, 2022 for semester 1 and January 15, 2023) 


    Two sets of exams are organized during the year; the first is scheduled for the end of January and the second in June. Students receive graded transcripts

    Registration methods and prices

    To register, please download the registration form below and send it back with a C.V. to copying


    Intensive summer sessions (July 2022 & September 2022)

    Intensive program: this is a four-week course in July or September. In July, we offer four different programs:

    Program 1: a program where we combine the two registers of the Arabic language (fusha and Egyptian dialect) with 26 contact hours per week: 18 in fusha and 8 in dialect. This program is available in four levels (beginner, semi-beginner, intermediate and advanced).

    Program 2: intensive study of fusha with 24 contact hours per week. This course is also available in four levels (beginner, fsemi-beginner, intermediate and advanced).

    Program 3: intensive study of the Egyptian dialect (20 contact hours). This program is only open to students with a reading knowledge of Arabic as all of the course materials are in Arabic.

    Program 4: A program designed to prepare for the Arabic exams of the Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères. This program is only offer remotely and is held in July.

    In September, we offer the first three programs.

    Calendar of July and September 2022 sessions

    July 2022 session: from June 26th, 2022 to July 28th, 2022 (registration deadline 30 mai)

    September 2022 session: from September 4th, 2022 to September 29th, 2022 (registration deadline July 15th)

    Documents to download:

    Academic calendar of DEAC sessions 2022-2023

    Calendar of DEAC registration and payment deadlines 2022-2023

    Our tuition fees

    July’s intensive Program’s Curriculum

    September’s intensive Program’s Curriculum

    July’s Intensive Programs registration form 2022

    September’s Intensive Programs registration form 2022

    1 PLEASE NOTE that the placement tests for the July session are held between June 20th and 23rd, 2022.
    2 PLEASE NOTE that the placement tests the September session are held between August 28th and 31st, 2022.


    Evening classes

    The evening classes are aimed at an audience of foreign residents in Egypt (French and other nationalities) wishing to acquire basic skills for daily oral communication and/or the basics of literal Arabic, a mainly written language. Evening classes are open to all levels from the beginner level. We provide literal Arabic as well as Egyptian dialect Arabic, using audio or phonetically transcribed media, in the case of learners who do not have any knowledge of the graphics system. In fact, knowing the Arabic graphics code is not required.

    Evening classes are organized on demand, on the IFE site in Mounira, or remotely on Zoom.