IH Cairo Student Support

Learn a complex language, simply.

Founded in 1975, IH Cairo ILI is the official Arabic provider for the International House World Organisation of language schools. Our teachers and staff strive to provide quality Arabic language training, in a welcoming and safe learning environment, to thousands of international students every year.

You will receive the highest quality Arabic language training in our well-equipped classrooms. Our TAFL-certified teachers and acclaimed in-house textbooks – published by the American University in Cairo Press – help make learning this complex language simple.
The IH Cairo ILI teaching methodology is highly effective; focusing on student participation
and engagement with the language to enhance the Arabic language learning experience. With our communicative approach and our focus on small classes, students can quickly progress through the levels.

We offer our students 2 or 4 week courses in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic all year round, so you can come and study here when it suits you!In addition, we are able to cater to individual requirements, designing tailor-made courses upon request. Private one-to-one tuition is also available. IH Cairo-ILI language levels conform to European and American language teaching classifications and standards.

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About Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is a mega-city of around 20 million people. It is a bustling, energizing city a global centre.

As the largest city in the Middle East and North Africa region and acting as a bridge between cultures, Cairo is alive with diversity as a result of its unique geographic and social situation.

Old Cairo with its bazaars, dusty alleyways and coffee shops is encircled by the ever expanding modern city with its five star hotels, fashionable cafes, shopping malls and cinemas. There is always something to do in Cairo – watching the sunset from a felucca on the Nile, walking through history at the Cairo Museum or checking out the local music scene!
The River Nile dissects this metropolis, with the old city centre and Old Cairo on the east bank and newer residential suburbs on the west bank.The city's expansion has led to the development of new desert cities where modern Cairo is emerging. This modern Cairo has become the home of hi-tech industries in the new 'Smart Village factories producing Mercedes, BMW, Suzuki and General Motors as well as tech companies like Toshiba, multinational foodstuff companies, and facilities producing pharmaceuticals, textiles and weaving, clothing and other industrial products of top brands under license in Egypt.

With its rich cultural history, modern Cairo is the place to be. Enjoy studying at the heart of a global, cosmopolitan location and benefit from learning Arabic in an immersive environment.

Living and learning in Cairo provides you with exciting opportunities to use your Arabic language skills from day one, navigating this colorful city and communicating with locals.

Your Comfort Matter the Most to us Life In Cairo

Food and Drink

Almost everything you want is available from supermarkets. Prices vary considerably whether you shop at mega-markets like Carrefour or street markets, small shops and street vendors.

Fruit and vegetable markets display a large range of products all year round – Cairo definitely welcomes vegetarians! There is a flourishing fast food market (everyone delivers everything!) with all the familiar names as well as many local outlets. More sophisticated cuisine can be found in hotel restaurants or any number of ethnic restaurants throughout the city and its suburbs. There are also mobile based applications for fast food delivery like Otlob and ElMenus!

Literally, there are hundreds throughout the city. All types of cuisines are available like Indian, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Moroccan etc…
If you eat out once a week, allow saying LE 800 per month. Please note, however, it is really difficult to estimate as it depends if you choose a 5-star restaurant with lots of expensive drinks, or something more modest.

Please check the below link for budgeting for your food https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-


Although Egypt is predominately a Muslim country, alcohol is widely available and not prohibited. The local beer (produced by Heineken) and wines are good, including made-under-license and local brands. Quality local spirits (as well as designer' drinks) have recently come on to the market and are also good.

It is important to note that it is not acceptable to appear drunk in public and you should not consume alcohol on the streets. Alcohol is available in licensed stores, hotels, bars, and some restaurants.

Clothing and Dress Code

Winter usually starts from November through to February which is usually warm during the day but cold at night with temperatures dipping to single digits. So for 8-12 weeks of the year, you will need a range of winter clothing.

For other times of the year when hot, smart loose cotton clothing is most

Please respect the conservative culture of the country and dress modestly. always recommended for females not to wear hot shorts, short dresses or
sleeveless tops in the downtown. You can wear whatever you like in hotels, nightlife restaurants, bars, and red sea resorts.

There is a huge textile industry in Egypt, which is famous for its cotton. Reasonably-priced casual and smart clothes are widely available and there are lots of local and international brands.

Note that you should bring clothes for more formal occasions. When Egyptians celebrate, they really dress up! Don't forget your diamonds when invited to a wedding!

Budget say EGP 1300 per month as you will probably bring most of your clothes with you and you don’t need to buy much.

Money and Foreign Exchange

It is important to know that Egypt is a cash economy: While you may be able to pay with a credit card in some stores or restaurants, cash is generally the easiest form of payment. There should be no problem should you want to exchange U$ (Dollars), € (Euros), £ (Sterling Pounds) and other currencies.

You can ask our customer service team to exchange money for you and it will be according to the exchange rate of the day. ATM machines can be found everywhere and you can access money from your overseas bank or draw on your credit cards. You do not need to have an Egyptian credit card or bank account.


There are a number of public transport options available in Cairo. Overall, public transportation is cheap and fairly convenient but ensure that you always put your safety first when determining how to travel.

The white-colored taxis are fairly modern, clean and are generally equipped with a meter. There is an abundance of these white taxis in Cairo, so you can generally just wait on the street side and one will show up within five minutes. Ensure that you use metered taxis and, where possible, make sure that the meter is working before you ride in. The meter starts at LE 6.00. Be prepared to round your fare up when paying.

Make sure you always carry small notes and change. Have the money ready and somewhere easily accessible before you get into the taxi. Females, for their own safety, should always sit in the back. Where possible, travel with others. Avoid travelling alone at night.

For private car services, Uber and Careem are online car services where you can download the application on your mobile and order your private car. They accept payments either in cash or credit card. We highly recommend using this service. The budget for transportation says LE 1000-1500 per month according to transportation means used.

Travel and Holidays

Most students take advantage of seeing as much of Egypt as they can, and of course, there is a huge amount to see. Luxor and Aswan, the Red Sea, the desert Oasis and the Alexandria coast are all easily accessible from Cairo. Inter-city flights, buses, and trains are the best forms of transport. Flights are obviously the most expensive way of traveling, but for the longer distances, well worth it.

Usually, there is a wide range of choice and deals available from sleeping on the beach through to hostels and 3-star hotels. Students who have been in Egypt for some time years are the best advisors of where to go and how to do it.

Always check FCO travel advice within Egypt : https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel- advice/egypt


Students could share a furnished apartment for around LE8000-10000 per month. Cairo flats are usually large and spacious and many students share, keeping costs down. Water, phone and electricity in your apartment will be at your expense. Students can also stay in our serviced residences

Mobile Operators

It is recommended that students get their own mobile phone and use pre-paid cards for calls abroad. We have four mobile network operators in Egypt. They can get an internet dongle, but they can also use the free internet facilities in ILI. The residences are WIFI’d.

Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat and WE are the main mobile operators in Egypt.

Pre-paid and postpaid lines are available everywhere Budget says EGP 500 per person per month.

Your Comfort Matter the Most to us Medical Care

We Recommend StudentGuard

We recommend you purchase comprehensive medical insurance before coming to Egypt such as Student Guard that is used by many IH schools. Please note that you do NOT require vaccinations for yellow fever or cholera but we recommend that for up-to-date health information you refer to your own government-provided travel advice, or the World Health Organization’s website. These information portals should be able to inform you of the vaccinations/medications required for Egypt at any given time.

If you are taking medication regularly, or indeed if you take specific vitamins/supplements, please bring a sufficient supply. While many medications and vitamins are available here in Egypt, some are not. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact our students’ affairs department for information on local availability.