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Academics > Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs



Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Egyptians refer to Cairo as um al-dunya, or "mother of the world." From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the colossal Aswan High Dam, Egyptian monuments match the country's gargantuan reputation. Ancient Egypt was responsible for some of history's greatest monuments, many of which are still in existence today, such as the Giza Pyramid complex, the Sphinx, ancietn Memphsi, the toms in the Valley of the Kings, and temples of Abu Simbel. Egypt has been ruled by various dynasties since its ancient fame, and one can find a unique combination of art and architecture that speaks to the presence of the Mamluks, Ottomans, French, and British in Cairo. Due to the growth of the historic Al Azhar University, Egypt has remained a hub for Islamic scholarship in the Arab world. In more recent history, Egypt has played a major role as mediator in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and was the second country to join the Arab Spring movements that spread across the region in 2011. As Egypt continues to change and grow, it remains a remarkable place to study abroad. Quite simply, very few students live and study in cities as politically important and historically signficant as Cairo.

Culturally, Egypt has tremendous influence on literature, music, fiml and television in the Arab-speaking world. As a result of Egyptian dominance in Arab media, the Egyptian dialect, ammeya, is one of the most recognized and widely spoken in the Arab world. A city that never sleeps, Cairo is at once 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 through immersion in Egyptian culture.

In addition to academics, student benefits from the following program components:

  • in-country orientation
  • the opportunity to live in the center of bustling Cairo
  • structured ways to meet local Egyptian students
  • service-learning opportunities
  • organized excursions to breathtaking locations such as upper Egypt (including the Valley of the Kinds) and the Siwa Oasis

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. 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, multifaceted side of Cairo, not just the tourist sites.

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Cairo carry a 4-5 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, Arabic media studies, MIddle East and North African studies, political science, and religious studies.

Learn more about the AMIDEAST Egypt Program.

Credits - 4.5 Knox credits for a semester or 9 for the year

Advisor: Dr. Tooley

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