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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 04/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Arabic, Cultural Studies, International Studies, Middle East Studies Language of Instruction: Arabic
Language Requirement: 0 College Terms of Language Study-No Previous Language Study Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 2.50 Short-Term Program Length: 6-8 weeks
Click here for a definition of this term Host Country Language: Arabic Housing: Residence Hall
Special Scholarship/Funding Available: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing Eligibility: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:

Program OverviewPSU Exchange Cairo Sum

In Cairo, the modern, the rural and the urban are brought together on the banks of the Nile in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The largest city in Africa; the cultural center of the Arabic-speaking world; a crossroads for the Middle East. Hundreds of international students from around the world come to the American University in Cairo every year to experience life in the Middle East. Located in one of the oldest and most exciting cities in the world, AUC is the place to be if you want to join a diverse and active student body, study with renowned faculty and travel around the region.

Located in the heart of the Middle East, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a state-of-the-art, US-accredited, English-language University. Established 100 years ago, AUC is one of the oldest liberal arts institutions in the region. Located in the most populous city in the Arab world, AUC is an ideal place to explore your academic interests while you become immersed in Egyptian culture. AUC is Egypt’s global university, allowing study abroad students to build relationships with a diverse student body and gain important global perspectives.

Program Focus

The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) was initially established in 1921 as Related Links the Center for Arabic Studies. It has attracted thousands of students and scholars over the years from different parts of the world to pursue their study of Arabic at various levels. As part of one of the oldest private, accredited, foreign institutions of higher education in the Middle East, ALI continues to be the leading academic center for the study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most comprehensive and diversified Arabic language instruction and training worldwide. It is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States, with an 80-year history of excellence.

The Arabic Language Intensive Program (ALIN) offers intensive Arabic language courses that meet for 20 to 25 contact hours/week offering 12 to 15 credit hours for international students including, but not limited to, professionals, diplomats, scholars, and others needing to gain a broad command of contemporary Arabic as quickly and as effectively as possible. A summer program is also offered in which students can receive 6 to 8 credit hours. ALIN offers courses at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels and infuses its curriculum with content-based courses in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Within the communicative approach oriented to target the development of language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), engraved within a cultural dimension, and driven by a critical thinking framework, students use the language functions to possess competence, in relation to their level, in MSA and ECA. ALIN students need to take ALI placement test. . For more information, please email us at

Please note:  Students who choose to follow a challenging and rigorous intensive immersion program like the ALIN have to be willing to commit to studying 5 courses of 20 - 25 hours in Arabic per week and do the equivalent of another 5 hours at least per day of homework and immerse in an Arabic speaking environment outside and inside class. This is intensive Arabic language study and is significantly different than just studying one or two Arabic courses at PSU, in a less intensive mode.  This is also not the normal pattern of language learning and is not meant for all language learners. Intensive language training raises the level of anxiety that could impede learning rather than speed it; if a particular student is not apt to this type of learning.  This mode of study is not prescribed to every language student because a high commitment to language learning is required.  It also requires a lot of hard work and tolerance of ambiguities which has been shown through language learning research to have a strong positive correlation with successful second language learning. 

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Program Provider PSU Exchange with American University in Cairo
Program Dates Current Program Calendar
Areas of Study Current List of Courses Available
  • Arabic
  • Egyptology
  • International Studies
  • Middle East Studies​
Credits Fall: Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Winter/Spring: Students enroll on 24 quarter credits
Academic Year: Students enroll in 45 - 48 quarter credits
Language of Instruction  Arabic
Host Country Language  Arabic
Housing Residence Hall, Independent-Housing
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements 3.00

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required, but is highly encouraged 
Preferred Requirements  Students with 1 year of full-time coursework at PSU
Program Fee

PSU students pay regular PSU tuition, 15 credits per term while abroad. 

Note:  For more detailed information on program cost, see "Budget Sheets" found at the top of this brochure page. 

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 
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