Egyptians refer to Cairo as um al-dunya, or "mother of the world". Culturally and politically, it is at the heart of the Arab world. Very few students live and study in cities as politically important and historically significant as Cairo.Students... read more
I really was able to integrate myself more into a foreign culture and fulfill many of the goals that I had before I came and then some more! Gabriel L - Montana State University - Bozeman View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! I gained language skills, got to see and understand perspectives I couldn't learn about in America, and became more flexible and independent. Katie G - American University View Entire Review
I was able to cultivate a deep understanding of Egyptian society and culture. Right now, it's an exciting place to be, and the program does an excellent job of exposing students to the many different aspects, faces and issues of Cairo and Egypt more generally. A student - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
I gained A great deal of Arabic knowledge and even some Egyptology knowledge. Being integrated into an extremely foreign culture was exhilarating but also felt like home really quickly. I will not forget my experiences or the people I met in Egypt and with AMIDEAST. KC S - Appalachian State University View Entire Review
I feel more grounded and happy. I made friends for life that I still keep touch with. Pri S - American University View Entire Review
Everywhere, humans are humans. The other things I learned cannot be expressed in a paragraph. The experience was very worthwhile and I am so happy I went. Max D - Kenyon College View Entire Review
Yes. My language buddy really made my experience amazing. He took me to visit his family, to spend time with his friends and to experience his daily life. My eyes were opening. I appreciated his willingness to share and his excitement to help me to have a great experience. We are still in touch and I will never forget him or any... Glen D - American University View Entire Review
How to think Sam H - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned so much about letting myself fail and be uncomfortable. I learned how to face the unknown bravely and laugh when I made mistakes. I learned how to communicate without speaking very much. Everything I learned will have a profound impact on me for years to come. Andrew M - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I learned how to interact with strangers, and gained a level of understanding and trust with people from that part of the World. Thomas H - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
Egypt is always worthwhile. There is a reason it is called "Um al-Dunia," Mother of the World. There is so much life to learn from in Cairo. Egypt taught me that nothing is black and white and everything is connected. I've gained independence, further curiosity about the world, and a feeling of investment in culture, people,... Starr B - American University View Entire Review
I absolutely loved my time in Cairo and that was mostly because of the opportunities provided by AMIDEAST. I made long-lasting friendships with both the students in my program and with Egyptians. The thing I really love about the program is that it is great at creating an environment where students are challenged academically, b... Abigail E - American University View Entire Review
Totally worth while. My fellow study abroad friends talk about how this was the best experience yet. We joke, will nothing get better than our time abroad!! Garrett O - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
I cannot articulate enough how truly incredible my study abroad experience was. How many people can say they've been to Siwa, Luxor, Aswan, Turkey, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula, seen horses dance, gone clubbing in the most extravagant places (which Cairo has--the nightlife is incredible!), eaten Kombella (whi... Ellie S - George Washington University View Entire Review
Egyptians refer to Cairo as um al-dunya, or "mother of the world". Culturally and politically, it is at the heart of the Arab world. Very few students live and study in cities as politically important and historically significant as Cairo.
Students enrolled in the Area & Arabic Studies Program in Cairo may choose to enroll in a blended Modern Standard Arabic plus Colloquial Arabic course (8 credits), or just a Colloquial Egyptian Arabic course (3 credits), which is required if not in the blended course. In addition, participants typically enroll in two or three elective courses that are offered in a variety of disciplines including art, economics, Egyptology, history, media Arabic, Middle East and North African studies, political science, and religious studies.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships are awarded in the form of a program fee reduction and range between $250 and $750 for short term programs, $500 and $1500 for summer programs, and between $500 and $3000 for semester programs. In exceptional circumstances, awards of up to $2000 may be made for summer programs, and up to $5000 for semester and programs.