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Study In Egypt - International Students

Study in Egypt, and find the best universities in Egypt.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Egypt.

Studying for 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, sometimes confusing to outsiders but ultimately fascinating.

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 rewarding undergraduate degrees in Egypt. And with the Arab world growing in importance, a degree from an Arab speaking university could be useful for your career.

Bachelor Degree In Egypt

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Egypt with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Egypt

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

Egypt is home to 29 public universities and a further 38 private institutions offering undergraduate degrees to international students.

Many universities are based in the capital, Cairo, whilst a growing trend in Egypt is for foreign universities to set up satellite campuses around the country.

Egypt is also home to the British University in Egypt and the American University in Cairo, with both offering undergraduate degrees taught entirely in English.

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

Tuition Fees in Egypt

Explore tuition fees in Egypt for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate degrees in Egypt can be taught in either English or Arabic, with subjects such as medicine, dentistry and engineering often taught in English and subjects such as economics, law and humanities often taught in Arabic.

A Bachelors degree in Egypt normally takes four to five years to complete. Unlike in Western Europe where you are likely to be awarded a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc), there are a number of different acronyms given to Egyptian Bachelors degrees. These may include:

- Bachelor of Accounting (BAC)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Bachelor of Science (BS)
- Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

You will probably also have the opportunity to take minors in related subjects alongside your main subject (sometimes known as “major”).

Completion of a Bachelors degree means you are ready to continue your education with a Masters degree, or enter the job market.

Immigration & Visa in Egypt

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Egypt, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

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.

Before arriving in Egypt, students should access a visa application online. This can be found through a consulate or the university’s website.

When you arrive in Egypt, you should register at a local police station within one week of arriving as a tourist. You should come with a passport (it needs to be valid for at least six more months), the application form, a recent passport-size photo (to be safe, it’s good to have multiple copies), and a copy of airline tickets.

Students looking to study for an undergraduate degree in Egypt once within the country will usually need to demonstrate the following as well:

• 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

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Egypt

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Egypt.

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 as 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£2,600 (USD$290)

• One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – EG£1400 (USD$160)

• Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –EG£4,600 (USD$515)

• Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –EG£3,000 (USD$330)

(Figures are intended as a guide only).

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Egypt. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Egypt?

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

If your child does opt to study in Cairo, they should avoid public gatherings and protests, and they should make sure they register with your home country’s embassy. It’s important to learn basic Arabic so they 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

Apply to Study in Egypt

Apply to Study in Egypt and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Egypt.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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Cities in Egypt