American Graduate Student in Cairo December 13, 2018

By (The American University in Cairo) - abroad from 09/04/2018 to 12/11/2018 with

Study Abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, you must get away from your host culture to truly appreciate all that God has created.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There is a fair amount of material however, I see it as a refresher for terminology that may have been forgotten over the course of your transition to Graduate Studies. It makes me want to learn more!!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

No opinion

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I don't live on campus.

* Food:

The food options at AUC are great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I am still working on social and cultural integration. I was recently reminded that it will eventually manifest. I am positive that this will be the case.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no issues with health care.

* Safety:

As a Graduate Student at AUC, I feel very safe. The security is courteous but strong when needed. I really do appreciate the job they do for us.

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

I have always been interested in Global Governance and Public Policy.

Finances

* 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)

It is very difficult but I believe that God will make a way for me.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 1000 EGP
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? 1. Connect all of your bank accounts to be able to transfer funds when needed. 2. When traveling use the 2 free travel bags policy to check you heaviest bags first. Pay for the lightest of them and it will be cheaper. 3. Download Whatsapp, Uber, and Careem on your phone 4. Try to connect with any other internationals looking for roommates 5. Learn to cook when possible instead of buying food (it can add up quickly).

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The discussions
* What could be improved?
  • The course load
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I needed to refresh on what I learned as an undergrad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.