Great Program! Past Review

By (International/Global Studies., American University) - abroad from 01/11/2013 to 05/10/2013 with

AMIDEAST: Cairo - Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very academically rigorous but not more challenging than I could handle. Good support in place. The only downside in terms of resources is, the access to the internet was a bit spotty at times.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing is safe, roomy, and pretty comfortable. The kitchens aren't great and the wifi goes in and out though.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Amideast really works on helping students get integrated. The Language and Cultural Exchange program, which matches American students with local Egyptian students, was awesome in that regard.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Amideast places security restrictions on us (like, we're banned from Tahrir Square), so in my experience Cairo has been a very safe place to live. Women have to be aware of harassment issues, but other than that it's all fine.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Egypt is extremely cheap, no problems financially.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20-$50/week probably
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? read labels carefully at the grocery store and don't buy American brands, buy local ones!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? one semester of Arabic, ARAB-102
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Spend a lot of time with your buddy in the Language and Cultural Exchange program

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • planned group excursions to places in Egypt
  • Language and Cultural Exchange program
  • high quality professors
* What could be improved?
  • internet
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that Egypt is safe and I didn't need to be so scared to come here.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!