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.

Year-long session offer

For each semester, there is a set curriculum, in the first six weeks of the year-long 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)..

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, theatre and dabkeh), 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.

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 2024, the session focused on the following themes: tourism and the excavation of certain sites, public health, customs and traditions, agriculture, housing, and sufism.

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

Academic calendar

Program dates 2024-2025 :
from October 7th, 2024 to June 12th, 2025

First semester:
The year begins with placement tests from 29 September to 3 October 2024
Courses start on Monday 7 October 2024
End of semester 1: Thursday 30 January 2025

Second semester:
Placement tests for new students from Sunday 16 to Thursday 20 February 2025.
Classes start on Sunday 23 February 2025.
End of semester 2 and the year: Thursday 12 June 2025.

Registration deadline

for the annual session 2023-2024 and the 1st semester:
July 14th, 2024

for the 2nd semester:
January 3rd, 2025

Academic calendar
of DEAC sessions 2024-2025


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

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