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Contemporary Challenges Credits
Language Immersion

AMIDEAST: Area & Arabic Language Studies (Egypt)

Cairo, Egypt

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Arabic
English
Yes
No
Yes
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
3
Credits

12-17

Program Advisor

The Program

Study in Cairo, Egypt for a semester or a whole academic year!

Students have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Egyptian Arabic. In addition to academics, students benefit from an opportunity to live with an Egyptian family. Students also have the option of taking a community-based learning course, which includes placement at local partner agencies.

 

 

Program Locations

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Egypt street

Egypt

Cairo

Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is the "umm al-dunya" or "mother of the world." Students on this program will get to study and explore the cultural and historical context of Egypt through the lens of Cairo, a vibrant, urban laboratory for social innovation, arts, and diversity.

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the AMIDEAST Egypt website.  Students take a combination of classes in Arabic and in English:

  • Arabic: Blended Modern Standard & Colloquial Egyptian (8 credits) is recommended
  • Colloquial Egyptian Arabic (3 credits) is required if not in the 8-credit course
  • Elective Area Studies Courses (3 credits each) taught in English in a variety of disciplines including a Community-Based Learning course. Recent courses have been drawn from Middle East & North Africa studies, history, political science, sociology, and Egyptology
  • Media Arabic (3 credits) is also available as an elective

COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING

This interdisciplinary course aims at strengthening and deepening students' knowledge of the Middle East through direct experience in local organizations and a series of lectures aimed at providing the theoretical framework for studying and interacting with Egyptian society and culture.

Students will have a volunteer placement in a local organization where they are expected to spend at least five hours a week. There are also lectures/ seminars to contextualize the placement, providing the opportunity to directly observe and analyze different aspects of Egyptian culture, social relations, and history under the framework provided by the class readings and discussions.

If you're curious to see what topics are covered or need to confirm whether a class will count for your university, please download the latest available syllabi here.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to AMIDEAST and Rutgers University. That means that you will need to take 14-17 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between AMIDEAST and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at AMIDEAST will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Fall

Early September

Late December

Spring

Mid January

Mid May

Housing and Meals

All students are required to live in AmidEast homestay-provided housing for the duration of the program.
 

Once accepted into the program, students will fill out the housing preferences questionnaire in the online portal. This information will help AmidEast find you a suitable home placement for your program, as well as pair you with a roommate. Out of respect for norms in Egypt, all housing is comprised of single-sex placements.

For a complete list of AmidEast housing policies, please see the Student Agreement & Release located under Student Resources; this page also contains the Student Handbooks that can provide country-specific advice on food and housing.

HOMESTAYS

Homestays provide students with a window into local culture; this unique experience will give you a window into the important role family plays in Arab society as well as how local community affects family life. Most of the time, there will be two students placed with each host family.
 
Each homestay family is carefully selected from among our host family network. Many families have hosted a series of students and are in tune with the program and student experience. Someone in the family will be able to communicate in English, though homestay families are also a great way to practice the target language, whether it be Colloquial Arabic or French (in Morocco or Tunisia). 
 
Check out our blog, where former students share their experiences with their host families. Living with a host family is a memorable, rewarding, yet challenging program component that will require adaptation on the part of the student. There will be differences of standards of privacy and personal independence compared to what is common on college campuses. Host families often treat students as part of the family and include them in their daily activities and family outings. These experiences are best approached with flexibility, an open mind, and a positive attitude. 
 
Students WILL NOT receive their roommate or homestay placement until they arrive in country for the start of their program. Students usually bring their host family a small gift that represents their particular culture, region, or home institution, though this is not required. Students also usually bring photos of family and friends to share.

MEALS & DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

The homestay option also includes breakfast and dinner for the duration of the program. Students are responsible for their own lunches.
 
Students with dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian) or food-based allergies (e.g., shellfish) will need to include this information in the questionnaires in the student portal. Homestays can accommodate most diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Restaurants and grocery stores also cater to a variety of diets.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $19,990
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    All meals
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $500
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,600
Total $4,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester $18,885
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    All meals
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $1,000
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $2,000
Personal Expenses $3,200
Total $7,800.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $19,990
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    All meals
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Meals $500
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,600
Total $4,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.