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Last year's trip to Cairo with Al-Ameen Associates was by far one of the best investments I have ever made. After finishing the course, I felt my Arabic was really on another level. The living quarters, food, shopping, and departure were well organized. Studying and class-room experiences were very intensive, yet there was still plenty of time to visit cultural and historical sites on the weekends. Al-Azhar was very beautiful and the teachers were second to none. For anyone who is serious about improving their classical Arabic skills, the Al-Ameen Associates trip to Cairo is a must. — K. Jahed Summer 2005
This experience in Egypt with Al-Ameen Associates was truly a blessing. It was my first experience in a Muslim country attending an Islamic university. The teachers were very helpful and very modest it made me proud to be a Muslimah. Even though the classes were intensive it was a great experience to be able to concentrate on our studies without the pressures of everyday life. A wonderful program and a unique opportunity to experience the culture, history, and the language of Allah's perfect Deen. — M. Abdullah Summer 2005
Alhamdulillah, you have only to concentrate on your Arabic and Quranic studies. The teachers help you learn and they are interested in you as a person, a student, a friend. If you're thinking of taking this program, do it, just do it!!! I will be forever thankful for this program. — W. Jihad Summer 2005
The Al-Ameen Associates Arabic Language immersion program was an excellent experience for me. It propelled me to hear the language spoken (the first stage of learning language), to begin to recognize, read and write some of the Arabic words that I already knew, to expand my Arabic vocabulary, and it motivated me to want to learn more. I had the opportunity to see a culture that I have only read about in books. The accommodations were comfortable, the company was exceptional and the teachers were excellent and engaging. — S. Hasaan Summer 2005
I had a nice time. I extended my knowledge of Arabic. I increased my knowledge of Tajweed, my accommodations were wonderful, my teachers were very learned, my fellow students were respectful, and calm in their demeanor. — Imam A. Hameed Summer 2005
The Intensive Arabic Program held at Al-Azhar University in cooperation with Al-Ameen Associates and The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences was definitely one of the most comprehensive Arabic learning experiences I've had. The focus on modern standard Arabic in conjunction with the Quran class (focus on tajweed and memorization) allowed me to experience two different styles of Arabic while being constantly surrounded by individuals whose English was limited at best. Like any other program, you get out of it what you put in, but definitely the potential is there for you to benefit greatly by applying what you are learning in the classroom. The methodology of learning Arabic using Arabic is definitely useful for those who have some basic familiarity and/or understanding of the language when they enter the program — and provided for some amusing combinations of charades and use of the limited vocabulary we had! I will always appreciate the patience and skill of the teachers who were guiding us through this new experience and am grateful that I was able to benefit as much as I did within such a short period of time. — F. Mirza Summer 2005
The Intensive Arabic Immersion Program at Al Azhar University was an enriching experience to say the least — both on an academic and personal level. The program's concentration on personal development supplemented with a rigid course syllabus and small class sizes provided for an ideal study environment. Classes were designed and modified to cater to students' needs and ensure that each student got the most out of the course. The religious aspect of the program took it to a different level and was crucial in building up student confidence to read and pronounce Arabic aloud as well as comprehend chapters from the Quran. From the improvement in language, to the study of religion and the opportunity to meet the head sheikh at Al-Azhar mosque, right down to the experience of living in Egypt and forming friendships, the Intensive Arabic Immersion Program was both profound and unforgettable. — N. Elshami Summer 2005
We both enjoyed our studies at Al-Ahzar. The program was indeed intense, but we survived and learned the rudiments of Arabic. We wish we could go this year. We have never felt so at peace. Cairo, with its multitudes of people, poverty and the language barriers was a place where you felt love and kinship. We did not want to leave. — J. & I. Muhammad Summer 2005


Program Details

  • $3000 fee includes roundtrip airfare from New York City, ground transportation in Cairo, lodging and tuition waiver.
  • Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Classes meet five days a week, six hours per day with extensive homework and rote memorization.
  • CEUs and college credit available for additional fees.