Culturally, Egypt has been called the “Hollywood of the Middle East” because of the great influence Egyptian literature, music, film, and television has had on the Arabic-speaking world. As a result of Egyptian dominance in Arab media, the Egyptian Arabic dialect, ammeya, is one of the most recognized and widely spoken in the Arab world. A true “city that never sleeps,” Cairo is at once both intoxicating and comfortably chaotic. Students in the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program have the opportunity to study political science, economics, religion, sociology, and Arabic. In this program students take relevant courses related to the Middle East, Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Arabic from leading Egyptian faculty. When not in the classroom, students gain practical experience with the Arabic language and explore the changing Middle East each, and every, day.
Students live and take classes in the heart of Cairo in the neighborhood of Dokki; just a short walk from the west bank of the Nile. There, students engage in experiential learning every day by shopping in local markets, haggling with taxis, and frequenting local cafes with Egyptian friends. Students who study with AMIDEAST in Egypt discover the dynamic and rich side of Cairo, not just the tourist sites.
Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo carry a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic and two or three other Area studies courses (depending on the student’s preference) from a variety of disciplines taught in English including art, economics, Egyptology, history, media Arabic, Middle East and North African studies, political science, and religious studies.