Upon arrival in Cairo, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, week-long orientation designed to introduce them to Egyptian culture and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Students move to their accommodation for the semester immediately and begin their on-site orientation, which combines structured informational sessions with organized activities and free time to familiarize participants with Cairo. Topics such as safety and health, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation. During the on-site orientation students also meet their professors, receive final language placements, and become familiar with the program’s IT environment.
Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo, Egypt live in shared apartments. The apartments are carefully selected by AMIDEAST to be safe, comfortable and convenient to program facilities and public transportation. Please note that students will be required to live in AMIDEAST-provided housing.
Meals are not included with your program fees, with the exception of the welcome/farewell dinners and during AMIDEAST-organized excursions outside Cairo. There are, however, many dining options in Cairo including eating out, delivery, or buying food in grocery stores and local shops to cook in your apartment. Dokki, the neighborhood where you will be living and attending class, has many restaurants, supermarkets and dozens of small local shops.
In addition to the academic program, the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo offers a variety of additional learning opportunities to enhance participants' study abroad experience.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo students participate in several program-organized excursions outside of Cairo to visit major cities and historical sites in Egypt. The excursions are coordinated by AMIDEAST/Egypt in conjunction with the program’s academic staff. Organized activities are combined with limited free time, allowing students to explore independently within a safe and structured framework.
See the Academic Calendar for the specific location of these excursions. In addition, students can travel independently on free weekends.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are structured to include opportunities for students to develop their intercultural competence. Using five frameworks – language use; non-verbal behavior; communication style; perceptual style; and cultural assumptions and values – as key windows for understanding cultural difference, students on AMIDEAST programs are encouraged to look below the surface and search for deeper understanding of how host country nationals perceive the world around them. During the pre-departure process, on-site orientation, and throughout the program, AMIDEAST staff provides structured learning opportunities to help program participants act and relate appropriately in new cultural contexts. Equipped with those tools, students can then move to adapting their behavior to local norms while in country. Those same tools can later be used in other cultural contexts to become truly effective intercultural communicators in a wide range of contexts both at home and abroad.
Some key components of AMIDEAST’s approach to intercultural learning include:
In each host country, AMIDEAST field staff recruits local students, young professionals, and participants in AMIDEAST English-language courses to act as language partners for semester/academic year Education Abroad students. During both in-class and extra-curricular activities, Education Abroad students work with host-country peers to practice language and build cross-cultural friendships. Language partners are a core element of the Arabic language learning agenda of those programs.
Cultural Dialogue Sessions
During semester programs, Education Abroad students participate in structured dialogue sessions with carefully-selected host country students. Held either in informal small groups or as larger speaker-led discussions, cultural dialogue sessions provide an opportunity for Education Abroad students to discuss cultural issues and interact with host country peers. AMIDEAST staff members strive to create a “safe space” for both Education Abroad and host country students to express their views and ask questions. These unique environments allow participants to broach topics that are not easily raised in day-to-day conversation. Some of the topics that may be discussed during these cultural dialogue sessions include perspectives on identity, marriage, religion, and gender roles.
All AMIDEAST Education Abroad semester/academic year programs include a "Reflection Week" at the end of the term. Over the years AMIDEAST has found that at the end of the program, students often feel a great deal of excitement and anxiety about returning home. Reflection periods have been designed in order to create the time and space for students to slow down, look back on their experience, and plan for their return home.
With AMIDEAST’s more than 60-year presence in the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are able to draw on AMIDEAST’s long-term experience in the region, strong local connections, and deep understanding of the intercultural, health, safety, and security issues inherent to study in the Arab world.
As part of the program fee, AMIDEAST provides medical and accident insurance for all students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). In addition to medical insurance, AMIDEAST education abroad students are provided with security and natural disaster evacuation services through CISI. AMIDEAST has also contracted with an intelligence provider to assist with monitoring, protecting against, and responding to security issues in the region.
For more information on AMIDEAST's approach to Health and Safety, please click HERE.
Guided by an Academic Consortium that represents a cross-section of U.S. higher education, AMIDEAST programs are designed to provide academic excellence. AMIDEAST programs also include ample opportunities to interact with local university students and to reflect on intercultural encounters in structured settings.
Please click HERE to learn more about how students receive grades for academic work completed on an AMIDEAST Education Abroad program.
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Dokki-Giza - Cairo, Egypt