There's just something special about Egypt—the ancient atmosphere and ruins, coupled with the near endless list of natural wonders to see, not to mention the modern edifices jumbled with small villages. Egypt may very well be the world's oldest vacation spot in the world, as even the early Greeks and Romans would go there just for fun. Egypt's land is primarily desert, with about 90% of the country's population inhabiting less than 5% of the entire land (largely concentrated around the Nile); the nation's profound political position has a vital influence on the world even today. The country has grown into a vibrant society with a rapidly developing economy.

Don't live in denial—live in the Nile! Study abroad in Egypt and prepare to be amazed.

All of those visits to the hooka bar are going to add up! Don't let the cost of study abroad get you down. Scholarships are a great means for lessening the financial burden of a semester abroad. Here's just the beginning!

Even though Egypt's location and developed public transportation system allows students to opportunity to experience other European countries with ease, don't forget that Egypt itself is brimming with interesting and historically significant cities! Wherever you decide to study abroad in Egypt, you’ll find amazing natural wonders and ancient ruins, so don’t forget to take your camera and visit as many places as you can during your stay.


As the capital of Egypt, Cairo is a major cultural and political center, and is even the largest city in the Arab world. Though crowded and chaotic, it is chock full of stunning architecture and nods to yesteryear, such as the infamous Great Sphinx of Giza, the Egyptian museum (home to over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts including treasures from King Tut!), and mummies, statues, papyrus scores galore. As a modern city, you can explore history by day and enjoy the amenities of city living by night. As a warm and friendly city, you will enjoy exploring a city replete with cafes and ample cultural attractions (falafel included!)


Take a break from the congested Nile river valley and instead explore the northern coast of Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. Study abroad in Alexandria, Egypt's largest seaport and second largest city, which is home to 3.5 million people (all of whom enjoy the stunning seaside views along the numerous beaches!). The ancient capital of Egypt, Alexandria is also home to the largest library of the ancient world, once a place where great philosophers and scientists of that age came to seek knowledge. It's chic, cosmopolitan, and full of adventure—see it for yourself!

When it comes to selecting a program for your study abroad experience, be sure to inform yourself about ALL of your options. From language intensive courses, to programs that specialize in home stays, and everything in between, there's bound to be a study abroad program in Egypt that will be a great fit for you. Study the Arabic language, learn about the history of Egypt, or all of the above!

Language: When selecting a program for study abroad, be sure to take note of the programs' dedication to teaching the Arab language. Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and there are well over 300 million native speakers of the language. There is a high demand and a low supply of Arabic-speakers in the western world. Lead the pack!

Housing: Living abroad can mean different things to different people. If you're interested in a true immersion experience, you would likely take advantage of any opportunity to closely interact with the locals, including participating in a home stay. On the flip side, if you prefer a bit more independence abroad, you may find an apartment is a more suitable living situation. Whatever you fancy, select a program that ultimately fulfills your desires for your study abroad experience.

SIT and IFSA-Butler programs in Egypt arranges shared apartments between students in the program, and are specially located in the Mohandisseen On the flip side, Where There Be Dragon's program organizes short term homestays for students with Bedouin families as they study Arabic while touring the Middle East.

Immersion and cultural activities: Many independent program providers will include small group trips in their program fees to complement students' learning experiences. These trips can range from a daily trip to a nearby sight or a longer venture out in the neck of the woods. Regardless of the excursion, most students find these activities to be a highlight of their study abroad experience (besides, there's really only so much you can learn in a classroom!)

To illustrate, SIT's program includes several site visits around Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and elsewhere in Egypt, providing students "new opportunities to examine urbanization and development at different scales and in varying contexts, while also experiencing Egyptian, Arab, and Islamic historical and cultural treasures."

Egypt has a history that dates back thousands of years—history buffs delight at the profound influences from Alexander the Great, the Ottoman Turks, the Byzantines, the Arabs, and most recently, a move towards democracy, Egypt continues to be an interesting and politically relevant country as the world moves forward into the 21st century.

With tensions in the Middle East remaining even today, it is critical that the cultural understandings and cooperation between the US and Egypt move in a positive direction. Join the movement!

Contributed by Megan Lee

Study Abroad Programs in Egypt

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The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Study Abroad at The American University in Cairo
8.83 •41 reviews

With more than 35 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs, you are sure...

Peace Boat
Peace Boat's Global Voyages
9.3 •10 reviews

Peace Boat's Global Voyages are an amazing way to explore the world...

Alexandria University
Study Abroad at Alexandria University

The academic program of Alexandria University offers a lot of...

Kentucky Institute of International Studies
KIIS: Experience Israel and Egypt
Multiple Countries

New for Summer 2018, the KIIS Israel & Egypt program is designed to...

The Montessori Institute in Cairo
Study AMI Montessori Diploma in Egypt

The AMI teacher certificate is recognized globally for its excellence...

Alexandria Higher Institute of Engineering and Technology
Study at The Alexandria Higher Institute of Engineering & Technology in Egypt

Alexandria Higher Institute of Engineering & Technology (AIET) is a...

Pharos University
Study at Pharos University in Egypt

Study at Pharos University in Egypt, the first Egyptian private...

Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Support
Study Engineering in Alexandria, Egypt

Our vision is to excel as one of the best engineering colleges locally...

Senghor University
Study in Alexandria at Senghor University

The training of competent entrepreneurship managers in African...

Studio Arabiya
Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt with Studio Arabiya

Join us on our campus for a one-of-a-kind Study Abroad Program that...

Diving Medicine Summer School
Diving Medicine Summer School in Dahab

Diving Medicine Summer School is a mixed sportive, medical and...

Tours & Trips in Egypt

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    Best of Egypt tour package / 13 days

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    Egypt and the Nile 3-Night Trip
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    See the ancient Egyptian sights including 1 of the 7 wonders of the...

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    Felucca Odyssey - Group Tour of Egypt

    A tour full of history, culture and tradition with the best views of...

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What People Are Saying

Being at AUC is one of the best opportunities of my college life. The people, academics, housing, campus, everything about AUC and Egypt is absolutely amazing. Being able to experience living in Egypt...

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After living in Abudhabi for 18 years, I chose to study at AUC. I never regretted my decision as it is a place that I learn different things and also have friends in. The liberal arts program has...

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