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Universities in Egypt and study in Egypt - International Student Country Guide


ABOUT EGYPT
Find universities in Egypt and study in Egypt, our guide for international students to study abroad. Studying a degree in Egypt will allow you to study at well-respected, low cost institutions, while immersing yourself in the country’s unique history and cultural traditions. Egypt has an amazing mixture of Arab, African and Mediterranean influences, which all contribute to a society that is hectic, confusing but ultimately fascinating.Study a degree in Egypt

While the recent political upheaval in Egypt may make studying here more of a challenge, there are still opportunities for adventurous – and careful – international students to take up genuinely challenging undergraduate degrees in Egypt. And with the Arab world growing in importance, a degree from an Arab speaking university could be vital for your career.

How can you study a degree in Egypt?

Education in Egypt is thriving, with the country having one of the largest education systems in North Africa and the Middle East.

Egypt is home to 20 public universities and a further 23 private institutions offering undergraduate degrees to international students. Many universities are based in the capital Cairo. A growing trend in Egypt is for foreign universities to set up satellite campuses in the country.

Egypt is also home to the British University in Egypt and the American University in Cairo, which both deliver degrees taught entirely in English.

Applications to Egyptian universities is centralised through a national co-ordination office, with the academic year starting in September.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees in Egypt are paid per credit hour. Different courses will have different numbers of credit hours, but as a guide you should expect to take between 15-20 credit hours. International students can expect to pay around USD$500 per credit hour.

Immigration and visas

The visa and immigration procedure if you want to study a degree in Egypt is different from many other countries. Egyptian consulates outside of Egypt are not authorised to issue student visas, so you will have to enter Egypt on a tourist visa and then upgrade to a student visa once within the country.

Students looking to study an undergraduate degree in Egypt once with the country will usually need to demonstrate the following:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You have sufficient funds in place to support yourself during your studies
  • You have registered with your local police station with seven days of your arrival
  • You have started your student visa application within 30 days of arriving in Egypt
     

Accommodation and living costs

Most international students in Egypt will live in accommodation provided by the university, either in flats or halls of residence. You should be aware that university accommodation will be provided single sex.

Alternatively, you could also live in either of the following types of housing:

  • Private accommodation
  • Homestays
     
Private accommodation may be a better fit for students travelling with families or those who want a bit more privacy, but is much harder to organise from outside of Egypt.

A good compromise may be to try a homestay for a couple of months, where you will get to live with a local Egyptian family first. This will allow you to settle into the Egyptian way of life and also give you an opportunity to investigate different neighbourhoods.

Living costs: As with anywhere, the amount you spend in Egypt will depend on the type of lifestyle you want. Egypt is in general a cheap place to live, with transport, food and fuel all cheaper than in Western countries like the UK and Germany.

Rent per month:

  • One bedroom apartment (city centre) –EG£1,700 (USD$250)
  • One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – EG£900 (USD$130)
  • Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –EG£3,500 (USD$500)
  • Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –EG£2,000 (USD$290)
     

For Parents

How safe is Egypt?

Egypt’s political instability makes it an uncertain place to visit or study at the moment. However, if you can avoid Cairo and find somewhere to study in the north, then things are generally calmer.

If you do opt to study in Cairo, you should avoid public gatherings and protests, as well as registering with your home country’s embassy. It’s important to learn Arabic so you are aware of any issues and can communicate more clearly with locals.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

  • Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
  • Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
  • Not making valuables obvious
  • Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
  • Being wary of strangers
  • Being careful of traffic
     
Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

  • Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
  • Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

What to do next

If you really want to study overseas but you’re not certain with regards to where, you can read our country guide. In addition, if you would like more information about studying in Egypt, please fill out our Free Application Service and we'll get back in touch with you promptly.