There are several reasons why you should consider studying in Egypt. Reasons such as; well-respected universities, low living costs and the chance to immerse yourself in the country’s unique fusion of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
For many international students, studying and living in Egypt offers a chance to explore a unique culture that is very different to your own, and indeed unlike any other. There’s also the prospect of exploring some of the world’s most renowned historic sites, including the Great Pyramids, the Temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. Then there’s the appeal of cruises on the Nile, sunbathing by the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and the vibrant urban center that is Cairo itself.
How to Apply to Universities
Note that to apply for admission to study in Egypt, you’ll need an American high school diploma or equivalent qualification, and to provide proof of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or a similar exam, if you’re a non-native speaker studying in English.
For more info, you can find the exact admission requirements on the official website of the Egyptian university you’re applying to, but for example, non-Egyptian applicants to the American University in Cairo must also submit the following:
- An authentic photocopy of passport;
- Most recent medical report showing your physical and mental capability of completing university-level work;
- A bank statement showing the applicant or sponsor has at least US$31,000 in credit to cover tuition fees and living costs, or proof that you’ve received a scholarship;
- Official transcript of secondary school qualifications;
- Proof of having completed at least 12 years of primary and secondary education;
- An essay of 300-500 words explaining how the applicant will benefit from education at AUC.
Once accepted, students will be required to show proof of fully comprehensive medical insurance.
To gain entry into the country, a tourist visa can be obtained from your nearest Egyptian embassy. This will be upgraded to a student visa after you’ve entered Egypt – check with the embassy and your university for advice and assistance on this. Many universities will guide you through the process once you have paid your fees and fully enrolled. The visa application form should be available through your chosen institution.
You’ll typically need to demonstrate the following when you apply for your student visa:
- A confirmed place at an Egyptian university;
- Adequate funds in place to support yourself during your studies;
- You have registered with the local police station with seven days of arrival in Egypt;
- You have started your application within 30 days of arriving in Egypt.
Tuition fees in Egypt are charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The total number of credit hours you need will vary depending on your course, but generally you’ll take 15-20 credit hours, which cost around US$500 each. As an example, at the American University in Cairo, undergraduate international students will pay between US$13,608-16,155 per year, depending on the number of credit hours they take.
Living costs are relatively low in Egypt, especially compared to Western study destinations. Living costs are 60% lower than in the United Kingdom, according to Numbeo. A one-bedroom apartment in a city center will cost around US$250. As mentioned earlier, haggling is key – and traditional street food is very affordable.
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