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Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)

12 months
735 USD/credit 22050 USD/year
597 USD/credit 17910 USD/year
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Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from The American University in Cairo is a distinctive degree program with few, if any, counterparts in other American universities.Several institutions in the United States such as the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Michigan University and Ohio State University, to name a few offer linguistics courses with some focus on Arabic.   


Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from The American University in Cairo host a large pool of non-native learners, while TAFL students, through a combination of study, research and hands-on training, gain experience and competence in teaching. 

Students at Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from The American University in Cairo will:

  • promote research 
  • develop highly trained teachers.
  • enjoy the opportunities they have to: interact with the experienced faculty members of the institute outside of classes 

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

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts degree in TAFL 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.
  • An online application for graduate studies
  • Online payment of the application fee
  • A statement of purpose 
  • CV
  • At least two online letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional background
  • Official academic records
  • English language proficiency
  • Graduate students may be asked to demonstrate minimum competency in the use of computers and academic libraries as they relate to graduate study and research
  • One recent passport size photograph

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    22050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 735 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    17910 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 597 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Cairo

5312 - 6846 EGP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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