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NCSU Egypt Study Abroad Program

Welcome to the Egypt Study Abroad program’s website.  This program is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program at NCSU.

About the Program

The Egypt Study Abroad program will be situated in Cairo where thousands of years of history, architecture, religion and culture merge together into an intricate and dynamic tapestry. In Cairo you will explore the richness of Egypt's Pharaonic, Christian, and Islamic past, as well as experience contemporary life in the largest city of the modern Middle East. 

Although students will be residing and attending classes in Cairo, we will leave the city for three separate excursions. The first excursion will take us for three days to Upper Egypt to explore Luxor and Valley of the Kings

Our second 6-day excursion will take us to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. There we will see the stunning architecture and infrastructure that characterizes a new Middle East which is an integral part of our global economy and society. We will ride to the top of the tallest building in the world, visit the largest aquarium in the world, receive a tour of a major Arab news network, and ride the new metro to the famous Nakheel “Palm” island. We will also tour historical Dubai and experience the extravagant “mall scene.” In addition, we will meet with political and business leaders from the UAE, and enjoy the famed and amazing hospitality of the Emirates.

While living in Cairo we will visit the famous Giza Pyramids and the equally fascinating Dahshour and “Bent” pyramids. We will see hundreds of Pharaonic treasures at the Egyptian Museum. During our many tours of this great city we will visit breathtaking sites such as the Citadel, and explore the vibrant Khan al-Khalili medieval market. Some of our evening activities include a faluka ride on the Nile and attending a performance of the whirling dervishes. For current issues facing Egypt and the Arab world today, we will visit the Arab League and various NGO's such as Alashanak Ya Baladi.


Outside the classroom and the organized tours, the program is intended to put students in daily and direct touch with life in a major Arab city. Whether purchasing fruits at a local stand, negotiating with a taxi driver or taking a stroll along a small street students will come face to face with new perspectives and realities that will expand their minds and require them to re-examine their sense of self and the world in which they live. 

In short, the five weeks in Egypt will be the experience of a lifetime.

You can download a tentative itinerary of the program soon from this location.

The tentative cost of the program is an estimated $5200. Please note that this DOES include:

  •             roundtrip airfare travel between New York and Cairo,
  •             roundtrip airfare Cairo to Luxor, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, transportation and entry fees in Luxor
  •             roundtrip flights between Cairo and Dubai, accommodations, meals and transportation in Dubai
  •             housing in Cairo (which includes breakfast),
  •             Cairo excursions including admission fees to various museums or historical sites,
  •             tuition for 6 credit hours,
  •             ground transportation to all venues and excursions,
  •             and several evening meals.

We estimate that the cost of personal expenses (meals and purchases) will rance from $300 to $500

Courses

During the summer program in Egypt, students can earn up to 6 NC State credit hours. Non-NC State students should be able to transfer the credit for these courses to their home institution. All courses will be held place at Kalimat Language & Cultural Center.

All students will be required to register for a common course:

  • FL 495: Special Topics in Colloquial Arabic (3 Credit Hours)
Every student will take an intensive, introductory course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic at the Kalimat Language and Cultural Center. Students will be placed in various levels of classes based on their skill level in spoken Arabic. No previous experience with Arabic is required.

For the second course, students may choose one of the following two courses:

  • FL 495: Special Topics in Arabic Fusha in Modern Arab Culture (3 credits) This course offers students the opportunity to observe firsthand how Fusha (Modern Standard Arabic) is incorporated into modern Egyptian life. Students will discover the extensive reach of Fusha in modern Arab culture as seen in literature, newspapers, theatre, restaurant menus, news broadcasts, academic settings, bookstores, advertisements and much more. Students will go on fieldtrips in Cairo. Prerequisite:  FLA 102 or minimum 1 year formal Arabic study. 
  • HI 395 - History of Modern Egypt (3 credit hours) This course looks at the history of modern Egypt (1805 – 1990s). The general framework will be a political history that traces events from the foundation of the modern state under Muhammad ‘Ali to the current period of Hosni Mubarak. However, the focus will be on understanding the creation of modern Egypt by looking at examples of various cultural productions (film, architecture, music, and literature) over the course of the past two centuries.

Excursions

Soon after our arrival in Egypt, we will fly to Upper Egypt to explore the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Luxor Temple and more. Later in the program we will visit the beautiful and enduring Fayoum Oasis. And, finally, a new excursion has been added this year: A trip to the Persian Gulf! Please read more about these excursions below.   Students will also be strongly encouraged to attend Cairo-based cultural, social and intellectual events, which the directors will arrange.

The longer excursions will take us to:

Luxor/Upper Egypt

  • After flying to Luxor from Cairo, we will check into our hotel and then tour the Temples of Karnak and Luxor which are located within the city of Luxor
  • The evening we will walk around the corniche (boulevard along the Nile) and have dinner in small groups.
  • The next day we will visit to the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
  • In the late afternoon of that same day we will take a one hour sail along the Nile.
  • You will have the opportunity to shop in the market of Luxor
  • On the morning of the third day we will fly back to Cairo

Luxor/Upper Egypt

  • After flying to Luxor from Cairo, we will check into our hotel and then tour the Temples of Karnak and Luxor which are located within the city of Luxor
  • The evening we will walk around the corniche (boulevard along the Nile) and have dinner in small groups.
  • The next day we will visit to the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
  • In the late afternoon of that same day we will take a one hour sail along the Nile.
  • You will have the opportunity to shop in the market of Luxor
  • On the morning of the third day we will fly back to Cairo

Fayyoum

  • Our last excursion, is an oasis with the largest salt water lake, beautiful images from the Ptolemaic period, and relaxing views and nature walks.

Directors

The two co-directors of the Egypt Study Abroad program are Jodi Khater and Akram Khater

  • Jodi has been teaching Arabic (Modern Standard and Colloquial) at NC State University for the past 9 years. She is also the Arabic Language Coordinator within the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Director of the Middle East Studies Minor. She has lived and studied in the Middle East for several years, and she travels regularly to the Middle East.
  • Akram has been teaching Middle Eastern history at NC State since 1994. He is the director of the Middle East Studies program. He was born and raised in Lebanon, and has lived in various parts of the Middle East--including Egypt--for over 19 years.

Through their own experiences of living in the region, as well as accompanying students on the study abroad program, they have accumulated extensive experience in handling the needs of students that range from health issues, to academic questions, to cultural challenges.

For some more information about the region please click here.