Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

The American University in Cairo

12 months
735 USD/credit
522 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Based on modern theory and practice, the master’s degree and the diploma programs in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from The American University in Cairo are especially designed to meet this need.


Program Description

Interest in the Arabic language has increased greatly throughout the world. With this has come a demand for professionals trained in the field. 

The Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from The American University in Cairo requires two years’ residence and covers the following areas: linguistics, second language acquisition, and methods of teaching foreign languages. Practice teaching is also required. The courses have been structured to promote research as well as to develop highly trained teachers. In addition, a number of issues related to the role of Arabic in modern society are freshly examined, such as current methods of teaching Arabic to children, reform of the writing system, grammar reform movements, and the problem of diglossia. The TAFL program seeks to inspire new approaches to these problems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Linguistic Analysis 
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Seminar on Challenges Facing AFL Teachers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should preferably hold a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Arabic language, Islamic studies, Middle East area studies, or a modern language. 

Applicants who are not specialized in Arabic language will need to:

  • Take an entrance exam to be offered by the TAFL program to show that the applicant has adequate command of Arabic to qualify for admission into the program.
  • Take up to 12 additional credit hours before they start their courses in the TAFL program. The number of credit hours an applicant needs to take will be decided by the academic advisor based on the applicant’s performance in the entrance exam, his/her undergraduate GPA, and his/her previous teaching experience. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    735 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 735 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    522 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 522 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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