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).
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, etc).
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.).
1 Madrasset El Huquq El Frenseya Street,
Adresse de la valise diplomatique :
IFE – DEAC, Ambassade de France en Egypte,
13 rue Louveau – 92438 Chatillon Cedex
The DEAC is located on the premises of the French Institute of Egypt in Mounira, an authentic Cairo neighbourhood close to the historic city centre.
On arrival at Cairo airport, you can obtain a tourist visa for around USD 25. This visa is valid for one month, plus fifteen days automatically. It will therefore be valid for six weeks. The counter is on the right after the luggage conveyor belts and just before the passport control queue. As soon as you start your new school year, the DEAC will work with you to take the necessary steps to obtain your residence permit. It currently costs LE 1950 to obtain a residence visa. You can also apply for a multi-entry visa, which costs between LE 700 and LE 800.
No, you don’t need to be a native French speaker to study at DEAC. All courses are taught in Arabic.
The DEAC offers training adapted to all levels of learning. Consequently, you don’t need to have a basic knowledge of Arabic to join the DEAC.
We welcome :
– Absolute beginners (CEFR A1 level),
– False beginners (CEFR level A2),
– Intermediates (CEFR B1/B2 level),
– And advanced students (CEFR level C1).
Students have lessons five days a week, from Sunday to Thursday, lasting around 6 hours a day, as follows:
– 8.30am to 10.30am
– 11am to 1pm
– Lunch break from 1pm to 2pm
– From 2pm to 4pm
– From 4.30pm, the options begin for those who wish to do so
No. The price already includes the necessary teaching materials.
Payment is made by bank transfer to the DEAC account, which is in France, which means that the transaction is in euros.
No, the DEAC does not award a diploma. However, you will leave with a transcript of marks and a certificate of attendance (provided you attend the course regularly).
The DEAC does not issue a language certificate. However, your transcript will indicate the content of the course (subjects and number of hours) as well as the language level corresponding to the CERCL levels. Please note that the only institution that issues Arabic language certificates is the Arab World Institute.
The time needed to find a flat and settle in varies, but on average you should allow between 10 and 15 days. This will enable you to find a place more quickly and to take advantage of the time remaining before the placement tests to acclimatise, or even travel, as September is a very good time to do this.
For the first few days, we advise you to stay in inexpensive hotels, usually in the city centre, and especially in hotels where students stay, which will enable you to meet people who, like you, are moving to Egypt.
The most popular are : Dahab Hostel, Paradise Inn Hostel, Pension Roma, Hotel Osiris.
Cairo is the ‘capital’ of the Arab world, and cultural activity is very lively. Every Sunday, our librarian sends you a list of cultural activities in Arabic which we recommend you attend.
As for transport, sport and other cultural activities, you’ll find all the answers in our installation guide here.
DEAC is not involved in the flat search process. However, we do provide you with an installation guide, which explains everything about the search, the lease and the precautions to take. We can also put you in contact with students who are leaving, so that you can take over their flat if necessary.
You must take out specific health insurance for abroad (including repatriation insurance) and civil liability insurance. You should give a copy of this to the DEAC administration when you arrive.
Medical expenses incurred in Egypt are reimbursed, but with varying delays. The Caisse des Français de l’Etranger (CFE) is a good health insurance scheme that covers a wide range of disabilities and illnesses. However, it is important to emphasise that the CFE never undertakes to reimburse all medical expenses.
For more information, don’t hesitate to consult the DEAC installation guide, which is very complete.