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What our students said about Cairo

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Best season in autumn, avoid high summer if possible. If necessary, book course at Ahlan Alexandria (coastal city) in summer.

Sami
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Negative comments aren't supposed to mean 'don't go there' because it is an awesome experience anyway.

Lennart
Germany

How our students rated their experience in Cairo

4.3

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall city attractiveness
110 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
Nightlife

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Geographic setting

Rating: 3.4/5.0

3.4
Public transport

Rating: 2.9/5.0

2.9
Climate

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Cleanliness

Rating: 1.9/5.0

1.9
Affordability

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Shopping

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Safety

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cairo

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

The teachers are what make the school great.

22 December 2019
Course: Modern Standard Arabic + Egyptian Colloquial Arabic - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Kadin
New Zealand

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

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.
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.

15 November 2019
Course: Modern Standard Arabic Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Sami
Germany

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

Flowers.
The reviews about Ahlan are not accurate. It seems to be amazing and it needs lots of improvement.

4 August 2019
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 2 weeks
Student age: 50 years

Emmanuelle
United States

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

Hanan the teacher and the students here are fantastic.
Get rid of the manager who is never serious.

30 July 2019
Course: Modern Standard Arabic Intensive - 4 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Yubin
South Korea

Rating: 5

5.0 | 2 reviews

I liked the professionalism and training of teachers, the coordinator and director. Very careful to identify the right level even at the cost of dedicating a group course to one person. There is a high level of customizing to meet individual needs even in group courses. Small classes that allow you to interact a lot with the teacher.

12 February 2019
Course: Small Groups Program - 2 weeks
Student age: 36 years

Marianna
Italy

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

Social activities and teachers.
It is amazing. I highly recommend the school, you won't be dissappointed.

30 October 2018
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 4 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Zuzanna
Poland

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

Teachers, location, external trips & value for money
Great experience!

29 July 2018
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Sami
England UK

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

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.

1 July 2018
Course: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic - 4 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Anastasiia
Russia

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 18 reviews

Yahia is an excellent teacher.
excellent staff and location.

29 April 2018
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 2 weeks
Student age: 66 years

Samuel
United States

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 30 reviews

As a lesson was explained carefully, I could understand very well. I booked a group course though, I was offered a one-to-one lessons as another student cancelled. I enjoyed very much because I could talk about each country and understand the difference. He took me for sightseeing after school. We visited many monuments such as the Great Pyramid at Giza
Both the school and the apartment where you live are in the center of a residential area, so it is possible to experience real Egypt. Being close to a subway station and big streets, it was very easy to access to downtown and convenient for tourism. The neighbors were really friendly and kind also.

7 September 2012
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 3 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Ayako
Japan

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 58 reviews

The ease with which all different nationalities are mixed in the classes.
I know the school disagrees, but just like last year, I still think that combining MSA and ECA in the first period is a mistake: the two contradict each other too much. Also it gets very tiring to have to listen all the time, during an ECA lesson, to: no, that is fossha, not ameeya. Take one language at a time if you cannot keep the two separate.

22 August 2011
Course: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) - 4 weeks
Student age: 59 years

Elisabeth
Nederland

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 58 reviews

Living right at the school was the most convenient option.
I had several problems with the Administration of the school. They were very disorganized and I had great difficulty regarding payment of tuition and adding one extra week of class. They did not always have a record of prepayments that many students made and said we owed more money and that it was our responsibility to sort it out. Instead of trying to assist newcomers, they made it more difficult. They did not reserve my room for one more week, as we had discussed, and I had to move to another residence for the last few days at GREAT inconvenience. I was not the only one who had difficulty with the Administration - they are not very professional and did not accept responsibility for their mistakes. If they had at least accepted that it was their fault, I would have felt differently. I would not recommend them to anyone.

10 December 2010
Course: Combined ECA/MSA - 5 weeks
Student age: 48 years

Ann
Canada

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 30 reviews

-The hospitality of the staff. -The rythm, quality and intensity of the course.

16 August 2010
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 3 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Rahamata
French

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 58 reviews

The management is not capable of separating advanced students from beginners. If you have any other wish e.g you would like them to organise a minibus for a trip they cannot do it. They will only sell their own trips for way to much money!! I was not allowed to change class and the classes are over the limit of students they say there is. and they do not provide a new teacher, even though already 1 student per month pays the amount of one teachers wage! Under no circumstances i can recommend this school and after talking to other students the majority has the same opinion and wont come back to ILI Cairo!

13 July 2010
Course: Combined ECA/MSA - 5 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Johannes
Österreich

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 58 reviews

The ability to mix so many different students and student needs. I was clearly an old hen (58) between a lot of young chicks, but at no time this felt like a problem. Cae in point: I am already arranging my agenda to repeat the experience next year!
A four hour trip to Alexandria (and back) is NOT funny when there are nine of you stuffed into a 6 persons van. Not the behaviour one expects from a classy institute like ILI!

4 July 2010
Course: Combined ECA/MSA - 4 weeks
Student age: 58 years

Els
Dutch

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 58 reviews

nice teachers, great general organisation

2 January 2010
Course: Combined ECA/MSA - 5 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Vasiliki
GREEK

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 30 reviews

nice building with aircondition, friendly staff, you can choose yourself on which grammar you want to focus

26 August 2009
Course: Modern Standard Arabic - 3 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Stephanie
belgisch

Interesting information about Cairo

Key Facts about Cairo

Quality of life was ranked in recent report of Mercer in position 177 (2019).
Population: 7,735,000
Time zone: -6h. (GMT +2)
Region: Muḩāfaz̧at al Qāhirah,
Currency: EGP (1 EGP = 0.2387 MYR)
Name of city in Arabic: القاهرة
Visa: Nationals from Malaysia require a visa to enter and study in Egypt. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
High season: July
Low season: November
Average course price per week (High season): 130 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 148 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in Kuala Lumpur
  • Student price index excluding rent:93* (8% cheaper than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Student price index including rent:94* (6% cheaper than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Price index food only:128* (28% more expensive than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Big Mac price (Egypt average):46.53 EGP (18% more expensive than in Malaysia)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Events in CairoBest time to take a language course in Cairo

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6th of October
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06 October 2022On the 6th of October, to commemorate the victory of the October war, there is a military parade and air show.

What to do in Cairo

Al-Azhar Mosque
Al-Azhar Mosque
Pyramids
Pyramids
Nile River Cruise
Nile River Cruise
Al-Azhar Park
Al-Azhar Park
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Arrival Airport

Cairo International (CAI) - 16 km. from Cairo city center

Public transportation to city center:

, 43,00 EGP, 17 minutes.

Main stops:

Every 5 minutes, 35,00 EGP, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Kolyet el Banat, Cairo Fair, Abbasia, Abdou Pasha, El Geish, Bab el Shaaria, Ataba

Taxi: 42 EGP, 18 minutes drive to city center of Cairo

Direct international flights from:
  • South Africa: Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • USA: New York John F. Kennedy
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International

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FAQ about schools in Cairo

  • Arabic Language Center has received the best overall rating in Cairo.
  • Arabeya Arabic Language Center, located in 13 Tahrir Sq. Downtown, Cairo has been voted as the school with the best location in Cairo.
  • In Cairo the following courses are offered specifically for business Arabic: Business Arabic Private.
  • Schools in Cairo offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: Other exams.
  • See the climate table of Cairo and the event calendar of Cairo with events such as 6th of October.

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