Awesome way to get to see all of Egypt. - Excavations at Amheida Past Review

By (Cornell University) - abroad from 12/31/2008 to 03/31/2009 with

Study Abroad Programs in Egypt

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was amazing, I made tons of friends, learned a lot about Ancient and modern Egypt and fell in love with the country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great variety of experiences from a lecture class to an excavation, and a class where we toured all over to the ancient sites

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Wonderful support from the program administrators from setting up visas to booking the plane ticket and you always have someone from the program you are with while there

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living in a mudbrick house with 40 other people including archaeologists from all over the world and Egypt itself sharing daily meals was better than the college dorm experience

* Food:

Amazing - cheap street food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no problems

* Safety:

Shouldn't go out on your own, but I never felt unsafe

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)

Was the same a a semester at home so not much difference in cost. Essentials were taken care of and anything else was inexpensive.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $10
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? no


* 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

We had to use arabic to interact with the staff in the house and at the dig site

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3 semesters - intermediate arabic
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? Go to town and don't be afraid to practice because Egyptians are excited for you to learn their language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Other
* 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?
  • excavation
  • travel
* What could be improved?
  • including international students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't believe anyone when they say "I give you good price", but learning to haggle is a great skill

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!