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Cairo, Egypt (Outgoing Program)
The AMIDEAST Egypt program has been suspended for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic year
Cairo, the Egyptian capital, is a noisy, crowded, hectic, colorful, thoroughly captivating experience. It’s also the ideal place to practice your Arabic, both on the streets and in hundreds of wonderful Cairo cafés. You could easily spend whole days strolling through the teeming bazaars (souqs) in search of a souvenir carpet, a pair of shoes, or maybe even a camel! Khan Al-Khalili, one of the oldest bazaars in the world, is a great place to test your haggling skills. But you’ll also want to explore the majestic Islamic and Coptic architecture of the city. And no Egyptologist, archeologist or pharaoh-lover will want to miss Cairo’s Egyptian Museum with its mummies, sarcophagi, death-masks, and other ancient relics. Once you’ve toured the museum, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx are only a taxi-ride away.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the AMIDEAST Egypt website. In addition to Arabic Language Courses, AMIDEAST also offers courses in political science, economics, religion, sociology, and Egyptology. More information about these programs can be found on the AMIDEAST Egypt web page.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to AMIDEAST and Rutgers University. Students are required to take 14-17 credits per semester. All students enroll in Arabic and two or three other Area studies courses (depending on the student’s preference) from a variety of disciplines taught in English. The credit translation system between AMIDEAST and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course on the AMIDEAST program will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Late December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Mid-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the AMIDEAST Egypt web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by AMIDEAST and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo, Egypt live in shared apartments. The apartments are carefully selected by AMIDEAST to be safe, comfortable and convenient to program facilities and public transportation. For more information about accommodations, please visit the AMIDEAST Egypt web page.
Meal plans are not available on this program. The apartments will have shared kitchen facilities, so students are able to prepare their own meals.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Scholarships- Available to all students participating in a Center for Global Education AMIDEAST program. For more information and application instructions please visit the AMIDEAST website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.