I fell in love with Egypt! Past Review

By (Anthropology., Wellesley College) for

Study Abroad in Egypt at the American University in Cairo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Undoubtedly the most worthwhile experience of my life. Egypt is a fantastic place! I absolutely loved my time abroad, and I wish I were still there. I feel very connected to Egypt, I made long-lasting friendships. I am right there with the Egyptians during their protests (in spirit, clearly), and would never feel so strongly if I hadn't gone there and made my experience as Egyptian as possible. Where ever you decide to go abroad, make friends with the people who live there. You'll get a true experience. Just remember it's not always about the academics. In fact, it isn't about the academics. It's about your experience in the country itself- that's the important part. The things you learn while living abroad amongst other people and other cultures is much more important than what you learn at school.

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I love Egypt... everything about it. If you take the time to actually get to know the culture and people, you'll have an amazing time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cairo is not as cheap as you would think! But if you really want to, you can spend a very small amount of money on everything.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 202
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

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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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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