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Ahlan Cairo, Egypt

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4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of Ahlan , Cairo
Ranked #1 of 2 Arabic schools in Cairo
School
Location of the school
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Facilities
3.5 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Social activities
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Organisation
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Value for money
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.8 

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years
0.0 

Rating: 0.0/5.0

(0)
Students 18-30 years
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

(15)
Students 31-49 years
3.8 

Rating: 3.8/5.0

(5)
Students 50+ years
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

(4)
What we like about the school
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality (4.7/5.0)
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Position in Cairo: Ahlan is found in the Islamic Cairo district of the city. It is to the north of Cairo, and filled with eateries, souvenir shops, spice stalls, tea vendors as well as lots of historical artefacts and mosques. The school is to the south of the area, a 10 minute walk from the Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

Moving around Cairo: The school is on a main street in Islamic Cairo, and there is a bus stop minutes from the school entrance. Bab El Shaariya metro is the closest station to Ahlan and this is 15 minutes away by foot. The GL3 line stops at this station and has stops close to the main sights of Cairo.

Main features in the city: Just down from the Khan el-Khalili is the Al-Azhar Mosque. The Salah Al-Din Al-Ayoubi Castle and Mosque of Muhammad Ali are both south from Ahlan, and take around 40-60 minutes by bus depending on the time of day. From here, students can also visit the Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, which is a short walk from the Castle.

Course structure: The school has group lessons for standard Arabic as well as the local everyday use of the language in Egypt. There is even a combination course where students can learn the difference between the two. Private package lessons are also available at Ahlan.

School chain: The Ahlan schools all stem from the Ahlan World group. They have several schools throughout Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Italy, teaching Arabic, at all levels, to the highest of standards.

The Ahlan philosophy outlines their approach to teaching. Their view is that learning a new language is not merely learning how to spell or speak that language, but also learning about the cultures surrounding the language and its history. Many Ahlan schools offer extracurricular activities, including local seminars, initiatives with local organisations, and weekly activities and excursions.

Ahlan means welcome, outlining how all Ahlan schools strive to make students feel welcomed whilst studying with them.
  • The language school Ahlan was founded in Cairo, Egypt in 2010.
  • Legal name / parent company: Ahlan World
  • Tax registration ID: 262094150

Arabic Courses

General Language
Online
Private
Exam Preparation

Information for all courses offered by Ahlan

Comments about courses

Public holidays will be made up for EXCEPT Eid el-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. These days will not be made up for or discounted from the final price.

Please note that in a case where there is only one person in a level, the school will organize private tuition (One-to-One) for half of the course hours.

One-to-One classes are taught from Saturday to Thursday and are normally held after 15:00.

Lesson duration
55 minutes
School's administrative fee
50.00 €
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 15 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
25 Dec 2024, 10 Apr 2024, 11 Apr 2024, 12 Apr 2024, 25 Apr 2024, 01 May 2024, 05 May 2024, 06 May 2024, 17 Jun 2024, 18 Jun 2024, 19 Jun 2024, 08 Jul 2024, 23 Jul 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per Arabic language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 240 12
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 480 24
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 540 27
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 600 30
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 660 33
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Welcome dinner
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
Note: All courses offered by Ahlan , Cairo can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • Making friends
    Making friends3/6
  • Pyramids in Cairo
    Pyramids in Cairo4/6
  • Student interview
    Student interview5/6
  • Entrance
    Entrance6/6

Ahlan

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Arabic teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
80% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 9:00
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Ahlan and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
PayPal - logoTravellers Check - logoWestern Union - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Drink vending machine

  • Library

  • Garden

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor and all outdoor areas of school)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Halal food offered at the school

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in most classrooms

    • Ample natural light in some classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 6
    Number of public PC workstations: 3
    Free parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 20
Junior courses - In summer: 10
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 10
Minimum age of students
20 years
15 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 8
Adult courses Throughout the year: 8
Junior courses In summer: 8
Junior courses Throughout the year: 8
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Cairo International Airport:
20 € one way
35 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Cairo international airport.
More information about airports around Cairo and how to get from the airport to Cairo on your own here on our Cairo page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Egypt.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possible
Cooking
Dancing
Diving
Football (soccer)
Golf
Horse riding
Music
Sailing
Volleyball
Yoga

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

All activities organised by the school involve a small additional fee.

Adults - Paid activities

Cooking classes, calligraphy classes, trips in the surroundings of Cairo, group dinners.

Accommodation

Ratings of Ahlan compared to ratings of all schools in Egypt

 Ahlan CairoAverage of all other schools in Egypt
Overall school rating4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Social activities4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Organisation3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Quality of teaching4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Homestay3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.6

Rating: 3.6/5.0

Shared flat3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Student opinions about Ahlan , Cairo

Liked
The other students were by far my favorite part of the experience. Very international and relatively young (~22-25). Although a bit more expensive than Egyptian hostels, I would recommend a room at Ahlan. At least there are no employees from the school living in Orabi St. and there is a very relaxed atmosphere. People do a lot together, help each other with homework (yes homework) and there is the possibility to walk to school together in the morning.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments The quality of the teaching is very good. All teachers (mostly female) speak good English and are very competent. The only drawback is that at Ahlan you always have the feeling that the school wants to make an extra profit. In summary, they offer Egyptian service at European prices. Sadly, neither the teachers nor the local management are well paid. Would also advise against organized tours with Ahlan. Prices for buses and hotels are doubled (literally) and there is hardly any co-determination. If possible, just organize something with a few students. Living and traveling in Egypt is extremely cheap.
Course: Modern Standard Arabic Intensive Program - 2 weeks
15. Nov. 2019
Liked
Wonderful people. I felt I had come here not to study, but to a family - we were all like a big family. The quality of teaching is really high, everything is explained very well and clearly, they will help you with any problems any time, day and night.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic - 4 weeks
1. Jul. 2018
Liked
Amazing teachers and great en environment! Also very helpful for students to have these social events, loved it!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Modern Standard Arabic Basic [Arabisch] - 2 weeks
2. Jan. 2024
Liked
The commitment of the teachers and their high level of expertise.
Disliked
The terrible quality of materials and textbooks, or rather the lack of them. The textbook I received was not only badly photocopied (half of the texts illegible), but also lacked Arabic letters for the most part. The school does not offer any materials, texts that you can work on at home and translate yourself.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Lack of study materials
Course: Modern Standard Arabic + Egyptian Colloquial Arabic  - 4 weeks
19. Nov. 2023
Liked
Teachers, location, external trips & value for money
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Great experience!
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 4 weeks
29. Jul. 2018
Liked
The teachers are what make the school great.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Make realistic expectations about your time there. Understand that it will take a couple of weeks to get used to the city and study if you’re not already a student.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (intensive) [Arabic] - 4 weeks
22. Dec. 2019
Liked
Social activities and teachers.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Don't just sign up for MSA, take some Egyptian Coloquial Arabic as well. It will make your life in Cairo so much easier.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments It is amazing. I highly recommend the school, you won't be dissappointed.
Course: Modern Standard Arabic [Arabic] - 4 weeks
30. Oct. 2018
Liked
Yahia is an excellent teacher.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Take time to explore Cairo. A cheap place to stay downtown is Dahab Hostel. Uber to school at Khan el Khalili is cheap (prepare to learn how to cross the street and walk a bit of a distance).
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments excellent staff and location.
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 2 weeks
29. Apr. 2018
Liked
The teachers. The price.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Go on the trips to Luxor and Alexandria.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Modern Standard Arabic - Winter - 3 weeks
9. Apr. 2017
Liked
Ambience
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Modern Standard Arabic - Summer - 3 weeks
1. Sep. 2017

Map  

7 Gamal Aldin Abou Al Mahasen St.Garden City - 4272036 Cairo
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Questions and answers about Ahlan

  • Yes, our partner school in Cairo offers Arabic courses all year round.
    Sawsan Zein, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 16, 2023

FAQ about Ahlan , Cairo

  • For accommodation, the school only offers shared flats (for a minimum of 4 weeks), there are no host families.
    Madly Simba, Language Travel Consultant French from LanguageCourse.Net - Apr 11, 2023
  • The accommodation Shared Apartment is the most popular among all our clients of Ahlan
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Cairo International Airport (20 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Ahlan varies from 1 students (Online One-to-One Lessons) to 8 students (Modern Standard Arabic + Egyptian Colloquial Arabic)
  • 100% of teachers at Ahlan hold a university degree. 80% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Ahlan comes from Germany with a 25% representation, followed by students from France (15%) and USA (15%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Ahlan offers courses from 20 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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