A Unique Educational Experience April 11, 2019

By (Aarhus University) - abroad from 01/27/2019 to 04/22/2019 with

Study Abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very much worthwhile! I learned a lot from my experience - about my self and about other people that I met. I learned to stay more openminded to (difficult) challenges. I have learned several new ways of being a student, methods of studying etc.

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.

Based on the high academic level, the social campus life and the services offered at the university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program is well administered, and the students abroad are well taken care of as are all other students at the university.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I enjoyed staying off campus, although I know now that the dorms are actually quite nice.

* Food:

There are several food- and dining options offered at AUC.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I experienced it as easy and quick to happen that I felt integrated with the local culture. People are generally open to help you get the full experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The safety is taken very seriously on campus as well as in Cairo and around Egypt. Generally, listen to people's advice but note that some may expect you to have high expectations towards this matter - and so, certain things are actually much safer than first assumed; e.g. going places on your own etc.

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

I would sure choose the same program, since I have been really satisfied with the outcome of both the academic aspect as well as the social and cultural experiences.

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)

My expenses varied from week to week. Generally, though, Egypt is a very cheap country to live in for foreigners.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Approx. $18USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The more local food you eat, the cheaper!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

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

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?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The courses
  • The social life
* What could be improved?
  • The orientation week
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it would sometimes be difficult to balance university and private life. I wish I had been better at sticking to a schedule and prioritize my time.

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.