Courses for the General Public

Throughout the year, NVIC offers courses that are open to the general public. The following courses are now open for registration: Intensive Beginner's Course Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Survival Arabic Group Lessons.

Weekly Lectures & Films

The NVIC organises weekly lectures (on Thursday) and films (on Sunday) on a variety of subjects. After a quiet summer break we will recommence our film and lecture programme on 13 October, 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back!


Lecture programme autumn 2017

Our lecture and film programme will commence on 13 October . We will start off with the umbrella topic ‘health’ – something one seldom thinks about when everything is working and intact, but also a life changing issue if oneself or someone close is affected. Health includes many topics, from medicine to the world wide gender structure in care taking employment, from disease and sickness to different critical approaches to mental health and social challenges, from international institutions like the World Health Organisation to alternative medicine and wisdom and techniques of the forefathers. Our lectures and films will tackle some of the aforementioned topics. Please feel warmly invited to participate and discuss with us!

A few remarks on the latest news at NVIC from director Dr Rudolf de Jong

Dear friends of the NVIC, Last academic year 2015-16 at our institute ended with saying farewell to Dr Stijn Aerts, who had been our Assistant-Director for Arabic and Islam Studies for a year. Unforeseen circumstances led to his decision to return to Belgium. We shall miss his valuable contributions, dry sense of humour, and wish him all the best for the future. In July we had a round of interviews in Brussels to select a new Assistant-Director to take Stijn’s place (the position is funded by F.W.O., Research Fund Flanders). I am very pleased to announce that Dr Ifdal Elsaket (PhD, University of Sydney) will be our new Assistant-Director as from 1 October this year. Ifdal worked as a guest researcher at our institute before, and we very much look forward to her joining our team. At the end of August we started our regular MA-semester again for students from our contributing universities of Ghent and Leuven in Flanders (and this year also one student from the University of Amsterdam).

Launching in Spring 2017: Semester Middle East Studies

Are you interested in the modern Middle East and would you like to dive into the fascinating culture? As of spring 2017, the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo offers a semester ‘Middle East Studies’ for bachelor students from the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Cairo, a bustling metropolis in the heart of the Middle East, will be your classroom.