Many agencies and schools offer Arabic learning in short or long time courses. Most of the departments of Arabic philology in Egyptian universities offer Arabic language classes. Among the universities commonly jointed by foreign students, however, are the American University in Cairo, the British Council, the Faculty of Arts (Cairo University), or the Faculty of El Alsun (Ain Shams University). Besides, there are also many private academies that offer courses for learning and coexistence, associated with trips to visit the monuments and the tourist attractions.
El-Azhar University is the chief center of Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning in the world and the world's second surviving degree granting university. It is associated with El Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo. The university's mission includes the propagation of Islamic religion and culture. Such a historic university receives every year thousands of students from the entire Muslim world. Among its services, El Azhar University gives shelter for all its foreign students.