Summer course for BA students Zurich and Munich 2016

This intensive six-week programme is designed to meet the needs of students of Arabic at the universities of Zurich and Munich.

The programme focuses on active language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). All conversation classes are taught by native speakers.

In addition to the focus on language skills, we devote attention to aspects of the history, culture, and present-day society of Egypt, in order to give you a better grasp of the country you are visiting. To this end, we have lectures, excursions and/or meetings with Egyptian experts every week. These activities constitute an opportunity to put newly acquired language skills into practice.


The course will run from Sunday 24 July until Thursday 1 September 2016.

Description of lectures

1a. ECA Conversation (AM, HR) (4 h/week; 24 hrs)
Training of conversation skills (listening and speaking) in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.  

1b. ECA Grammar (TL) (2 h/week; 10 hrs)  

2. MSA Writing (HR) (2 h/week; 12 hrs)
Practical exercises in translation from English to Arabic and the writing of various texts such as letters and reports.  

3. MSA Listening (AM) (2 h/week; 12 hrs)
Exercises in listening to recorded Arabic texts from film, radio and television.  

4. MSA Listening Media (AM) (2 h/week; 10 hrs)
Exercises in listening to recorded Arabic texts from news media.  

5. MSA Reading Media (HR) (2 h/week; 10 hrs)
Reading of Modern Standard Arabic media texts, with a focus on developing reading strategies.  

6. MSA Reading Modern Literature (AM) (2 h/week; 10 hrs)
Reading of Modern Standard Arabic literary texts.  

7. Capita Selecta (SA) (4 h/week; 18 hrs)
General orientation on the culture of Egypt. This course focuses on history, culture, religion, linguistics, art and architecture and includes a number of excursions.

Lecturers and other staff members of NVIC

AM       Mr Adel Abdel Moneim, NVIC Assistant Arabic Studies, Arabic teacher
HR       Ms Heba El Ramly, Arabic teacher
SA       Dr Stijn Aerts, Assistant Director for Arabic and Islamic Studies
TL        Ms Tine Lavent, Librarian, Arabic teacher

Other staff members:
Dr Rudolf de Jong, Director
Ms Tilly Mulder, Office manager
Ms Shahdan Ibrahim, Liaison officer
Ms Ilka Eickhof, PhD Researcher
Mr Zakaria El Houbba, Assistant Librarian
Ms Azza Tahtawi, Secretary
Ms Anne van Leeuwen, Assistant Administrator

Fees and enrollment

The total fee for the program is EUR 950. A minimum of five students is required for the program to take place. There are discounts when more than five students enroll. To be able to provide the highest quality in teaching, NVIC accepts groups of maximum 12 students. If more than twelve enroll, we split into two groups.

To enroll in the Arabic Studies Summer School at NVIC, contact our contact person at your university (Dr Natalia Bachour or Prof Dr Andreas Kaplony) and fill in and send us the application form. Applications must reach the NVIC by 15 May 2016, but your contact person may maintain different deadlines.


The institute does not provide housing to students. Finding an apartment in Cairo for the duration of the course is not hard, though. It is recommendable to arrive in Cairo a few days ahead of the start of the programme. Practical information about housing and living in Cairo will be sent to the students after their enrollment.

Attendance and examination

The programme relies heavily on learning through class participation. Therefore, students are expected to take active part in all classes and excursions. Absence must be reported to the study coordinator in advance, stating a reason (illness or unforeseen circumstances).

At the end of the programme there will be final examinations. Oral examinations will be held in the presence of the responsible lecturer and at least one other lecturer. Attendance and participation in class make up half of the final grades. The grading of the examinations will be from 0 to 10 (less than 6 = failed; 6 or more = passed). If the final grade is less than 6, there will be one opportunity for re-examination at the NVIC. Participation in a re-examination is only allowed to persons who have attended all previous tests and examinations, or who have been absent at one or more tests with a valid reason. Non-attendance of an examination without valid reason will be graded with a 0 (zero). A certificate with final grades for all courses will be given to the students at the end of the programme. A copy will be sent to the university.

More information

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Last Modified: 30-03-2016