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?
The universities support students and provide them with tutorials and materials, receiving them warmly.
Still, although people are kind and appreciate foreign students, you should consider your personal safety, seeing how things might be a little tense, after the conflict in 2011.
But the national scandals shouldn’t deter you from coming here, seeing how universities treat their students with respect and always try to make them feel welcome and comfortable.
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:
Take Preparation Courses: 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;
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: 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:
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Egypt, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
To apply to a university in Egypt you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Egypt so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Egypt are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.