School Life

Learners’ Orientation

An orientation for is held every term at 10:00 a.m., the day before the term start date (excluding Fridays, Saturdays, and School Holidays) as stated in almadrasa Calendar. At the orientation, you will have time to meet our staff; take the placement test / level check test, to accurately determine their current level of Arabic; register for classes; and purchase textbooks. In addition, your advisor will go over general information such as obtaining a student ID for identification and discount purposes; means of using public transportation; and safety tips that can be helpful whilst living in Cairo.
After the induction we give you the result of your placement test and you are then placed in a class at an appropriate level. Importantly, during your first week, the Director of Studies will meet with you individually to review your level and answer any questions you may have. Every learner is monitored closely and tested regularly by our teachers to ensure they are always at the correct learning level
Our team is there to help you throughout your time with us and to guarantee your whole language learning experience in Egypt is one you will have warm and happy memories of for many years to come.

Stimulating courses tailored to your level

Upon arrival, your needs will be assessed and you will take a level test in order to be placed in the perfect class for you. From start to finish,  your learning goals will be clearly stated, your teachers will give you feedback on your progress and you will receive a certificate attesting to your achievement at the end of the course. You can choose whether to take an official exam at the end of the course, or simply progress to the next level in your language studies.
As you study, you will enjoy perks like small class sizes, conversation-based lessons, and sharing lessons with students of a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and nationalities. All of this will help improve your soft skills, heighten your cultural awareness and of course, provide you with lasting language skills to help you in all your future endeavors.

Your experience outside the classroom

Because your time outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn inside the classroom, the school make sure to offer a dynamic variety of leisure activities and excursions plus comfortable, modern accommodation so you and your fellow students will have a welcoming place to lay your head at the end of every day.

About the Area

Dokki is an upper-middle class to high-class area of west Cairo. It is a well-known area for good restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and accommodation. Mohi el-Deen Abu al-Ezz Street, where our school is located, houses many shops, restaurants, and modern cafes. The best-known areas in Dokki include Amman Square near the Shooting Club, Tahrir Street, Cairo University, the Giza Zoological Garden, and the Orman Botanical Garden. Numerous embassies are located in Dokki, including the embassies of Russia, Syria, Jordan, and Pakistan.
Dokki is a quiet, safe, suburban community. Students will find that they can walk to the supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants, or simply explore the area and feel safe whilst doing so. The Dokki district is located in the Giza Governorate. The area is a major residential and commercial neighborhood, intersected by major streets that help to connect it with both the Cairo and Giza Governorates.

Cairo Life

Transportation (Getting around in Cairo)

Taxi in Cairo
These two types of taxis you can stop on any main street. Black taxi (the old version) and the white taxi (the new version with meter) Try not to catch taxis right outside of hotels though as they tend to overcharge you.
Uber & Careem
 Uber and Careem are available all over the city at all times of the day and night.
Uber and Careem are reliable, and sometimes cheaper than metered taxis. Download the Uber or Careem app on your cell phone, and sign up to create an account. From there you can easily book a ride in minutes whenever you need one, and wherever you’re going. You can enter the destination into the app, which can be easier than having to explain to the driver where you want to go. You can pay in cash or by bank card (through the mobile app).
Metro
The metro is clean, reliable very cheap and works efficiently. It’s crowded in the   rush hours (7am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm). Two carriages in the center of each train are reserved for women only, but women can ride any carriages of the metro.
Try to make even a portion of your journey on the metro to save time especially with the impossible car traffic in Cairo.
 
Buses
There are two types of buses in Cairo the standard bus, it’s cheap and the more expensive air conditioned ones. You can catch either of them in the designated bus stops or at any point on the street you can usually hail a bus (yes, this is true). Also, it isn’t really clear which buses go anywhere. People figure it out by having someone on the bus yelling the areas it goes to, or certain hand gestures. If you don’t speak Arabic or know the city well though you can always just tell the place you want to go to the driver and they would help you out.
Microbuses
The drivers drive horribly so you have to be ready for a wobbly ride. They are faster than regular buses and can go to smaller streets though. It is easier to use these than buses if you don’t speak Arabic.

 

Weather

The winter is the best time for outdoor exploring. Temperatures are mild and pleasant between November and February.
During the summer months, temperatures rise throughout Egypt, but the weather is particularly hot in the south where temperatures in Aswan regularly rise above 45 degrees Celsius during the day. The weather in Cairo and other parts of Egypt are not quite as hot, but high temperatures persist from May through September. During these summer months, most Egyptians rely on air conditioning in the day, and choose to socialize late into the pleasant summer evenings.

Safety and Security

In general, Egypt is a very safe destination for travelers. Many students from different universities around the world come to Egypt to study and Millions of tourists visit Egypt each year without any problems. In spite of the political unrest of the past couple of years, the security that travelers enjoy in largely unchanged. However, we understand that there is a heightened level of concern among people considering a trip here. In the news, Egypt may seem like a very unsafe place at times, but we assure you that your experience here will make you question that perception. We say this based on our experience guiding hundreds of students in all areas of the country both before and after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution without any security issues.

Food and drink in Egypt

The Egypt cuisine combines elements from across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Mediterranean countries.
There is a wide variety of offerings available ranging from the cheap food carts and street food that serve Egypt’s working class to fancy restaurants that cater solely to tourists and the upper class.

In the streets of any Egyptian street it is easy to find an assortment of small cafes and food carts that serve cheap meals for as little as 5 or 6 LE.
Tea (shai) is the national drink of Egypt. Invitations to sit and drink tea together are an important part of the culture. Egyptians generally drink tea sweetened with large amount of sugar.

Turkish style coffee (qhwa) is also very popular. Tea and coffee are usually offered together at the countless small cafes that are scattered along any Egyptian street, called qhwa. These cafes also serve shisha, which is popular throughout Egypt.
Fresh juice shops are a delightful staple of every Egyptian city. Egypt produces a large amount of fruit and the people have quite a taste for fresh juice. These shops are found all over the place, marked by the displays of in-season fruit hanging in front of them. The juice is a refreshing treat at any time, but especially during the heat of the summer. Depending on the season, the juice from crushed sugar cane (‘qasab) is also very popular.
Alcohol is not widely consumed openly given the predominance of Islam in Egypt, but it is not difficult to find.

Mobile Operators

Vodafone (010), Orange (012), Etisalat (011) and We (015) 
Those are the main mobile operators in Egypt.  You can buy a local SIM card from any telecom outlet. You can buy pay-as-you-go or monthly plans, with calls, texts, and 3G mobile data, at very reasonable prices.