Egypt’s reputation precedes the country itself: with famous pharaohs and empresses, gorgeous landscapes and instantly recognisable landmarks, there’s no wonder students decide to come and study here, seeing how they combine an amazing vacation with an exquisite education, all in one trip.
And Egypt knows how valuable education is: they invented writing, they thought reading and writing were gifts from gods, and scribes were considered to be “the chosen ones”.
But are the main requirements and how is actually studying in Egypt like?
Many Egyptian universities earn their place in renowned world university rankings, which are updated every year. Higher education institutions in Egypt are competitive, offering an excellent academic environment, plenty of English-taught courses, and all the resources international students need.
Compared to other study destinations, living costs in Egypt are very low. You can handle all monthly expenses with a budget of 220–350 EUR. Accommodation will represent the highest cost, and keep in mind that the budget can go up and down depending on your spending habits.
Egypt is famous for its unique culture and outstanding monuments, which have stood the test of time. While studying there, you have to visit iconic attractions like the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian Museum, Karnak, the Luxor Temple, the Abu Simbel Temples, etc.
The educational system in Egypt focuses a lot on the student’s wellbeing and life outside of the university. A lot of clubs and extracurricular activities are available for them, as well as counselling, career advising, and trips and activities for international students.
The professors and staff are polite and helpful, and they encourage an interdisciplinary environment, students from other faculties and programmes being invited often to tell how they study and on what they’re working on.
And the best part? Some Egyptian universities have British degrees correspondents and offer accreditations for the Master’s degrees.
In Egypt, each university sets its own rules and requirements for international students. Still, there are a few documents that get requested by all universities. For instance, if you wish to study in Egypt, you need to present:
These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programme. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
If you’re attending a degree programme in Egypt, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Arabic, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
To apply to study in Egypt, you’ll need to provide proof you have a diploma for your English proficiency.
The certificates generally accepted by the universities in Egypt are:
Still, you should always check your university’s website, just to be sure what the exact requirements are.
Let's take a closer look at tuition and living expenses in Egypt:
The principle behind tuition fees in Egypt is a bit different from other countries. Here, students have to pay for each credit-hour they study.
Usually, a degree may take around 15 to 20 credit hours to complete, but that depends on the degree, area of study, and university. At the American University in Cairo, for example, the cost for 1 credit hour is 626 EUR.
Egyptian universities can also ask for an application fee; they also charge Egyptian students and non-Egyptian students differently, so don’t compare how much you pay to how much local students pay.
Egypt is one of the cheapest international destinations for students. Living costs and the entertainment comes at a low price, even though Egypt offers some of the best and most adventurous activities (e.g. riding a camel). The minimum average living costs are around 220–350 EUR/month, but it depends on your needs and lifestyle.
Here's a breakdown of average living expenses in Egypt:
Everything you may know about Egypt revolves, more than likely, around mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids, but the culture and the people of Egypt are far more complex and laid more cornerstones in science and astrology than the world combined.
Still, on the other side of Egyptians characters, far from the philosophers and scientists, lays the type of people that would make the basic girls say “That’s, literally, me!”. These examples are:
And, because this list would be incomplete without a few words about mummies and their curses and such, we should mention two famous ones: