Foreign yet familiar November 10, 2021

By (Computer Science, The American University in Cairo) - abroad from 11/05/2021 to 06/12/2025 with

Study Abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes!! I have met so many different people and learned so much. The experience here at the AUC is very unique and I'm very glad to be part of it. Most instructors are really friendly and eager to help. The students, and Egyptians in general, are extremely welcoming.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I am not living on campus, so I cannot really judge that, but the IPSO is very helpful in that regard anyway.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The campus is extremely safe and the general area nearby is safe as well, but I wouldn't say that this extends to the rest of Cairo or the country.

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)

It must be noted that I live with my family and so I don't have to pay for a lot of stuff that I would need to pay for if I were living alone.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I did not spend much but that's mostly because I eat at home.


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The quality of education
  • The friendliness of the instructor
* What could be improved?
  • I think it would be useful to have some sort of summary that contains what was covered in each session (speaking of Fundamentals of Computing)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Try your best to join co-curricular activities, they're extremely helpful in making friends and important to socializing, especially if you're a foreigner to the country.

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!