Egypt is a country jam-packed with 5,000 years of ancient civilizations, pyramids, and cultural awakening. Home to one of the oldest religions and a complex language, attending high school in Egypt will be both unique and challenging. Dive into Egyptian culture, learn Arabic, and explore history first hand.
From the bustling city of Cairo to history-filled Alexandria, students have the opportunity to experience history hands-on. Not just that, but get a taste of what it's like to live in a truly different culture. Ride camels through the desert, decipher hieroglyphics, and make friends with local students.
Egypt is great for students who are interested in ancient history, learning Arabic, archaeology, and Middle Eastern studies.Photo credit: zolakoma.
High school abroad programs in Egypt include:
- Exchange programs
- Language programs
Jump head first into Egyptian culture by attending a local high school and living with a host family. Students will learn local traditions, Arabic, and the intricacies of Egyptian life.
Language is a strong component of these programs as students will use Arabic every day in communicating with their host family, at local cafes, or in school. It might sound scary at first, but studying for a year in a unique country will provide students with an experience they'll never forget.
There is no better way to learn a language then through total immersion, and Egypt is a great destination if you want to learn Egyptian Arabic. Through these programs, students will attend regular, intensive classes while getting hands-on experience speaking Arabic outside of the classroom.
Because the visa application process is complicated in Egypt, programs will assist with the application process. Student visas used to be issued after one week of residing in Egypt, however, since the recent political disruption they will be given prior to your departure to avoid any complications upon your arrival. Students are responsible for their own application fees.
Most students will live with a carefully selected host family. Students will enjoy home cooked meals and learn what it's like to live in an Egyptian household. Other programs will have on-site facilities for students similar to a dorm with shared rooms and bathrooms. These types of stays will allow students to meet international friends with similar interests.
Egypt is a fairly affordable destination. Most programs will include your room and board in the program fees. However, students should still allow themselves a daily budget of about $20-$35 per day for personal expenses and side trips.
The program costs can run up to $15,000 and a flight will cost around $2,000. Most programs to do not include airfare.
Egypt is a Muslim country which means there are certain cultural differences than that of the West. Girls should consider wearing long sleeves, long skirts, and pants out of cultural respect. Only eat with your right hand, as the left hand is seen as "unclean".
Egypt is a desert climate that only has two seasons, winter and summer. It is not a typical white winter most are used to however it temperatures can drop to freezing in the winter time. The days are hot and dry and the evenings are cool. Be sure to pack a lot of layers including linens and a nice jacket. Do not forget:
- A lightweight scarf to toss over shoulders
- Light weight pants and shirts
- Flip flops
- Long skirts for girls
- Long sleeve shirts for girls
- Light jacket for the evening
Despite the recent political unrest in Egypt, things are beginning to return to normal. Nonetheless, students should avoid any public demonstrations. Host families are located in the safest areas and programs take safety very seriously. In the event of an emergency, programs will be canceled.
All of this aside, parents can rest assured knowing the host families go through a very rigorous interview process to make sure they're suitable to host students. Students can also stay safe by using the buddy system, not walking alone at night, avoiding restricted areas, and staying aware of their surroundings.
Egypt is a miraculous place to study abroad and this is not meant to scare anyone away, being a smart traveler is always an important part of any adventure!
Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B are recommended vaccinations for Egypt.