Egypt Study-Service Term

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Egypt SST was offered in fall 2010.

Like other Study-Service locations, Egypt SST was designed to help students understand the complexities of the cultures that they live in. A significant component of Middle Eastern culture is the Islamic religion, so students were given opportunities to talk and relate with Muslims and learn from them. Students spent 7 weeks in Cairo, a center of learning, culture and commerce. While there, they stayed at Eman (Faith) Hostel in Helwan, which is a southern suburb of Cairo. They commuted daily by the Metro (subway) to the ETC language center in Hadayek El Maadi for Arabic and cultural classes. During the second part of the semester, students had the opportunity to do a service assignment. Other colleges have study abroad programs in Egypt, but few have programs that are a semester in length and that stay in Egypt the entire time.

While in Egypt, students had the opportunity to visit a number of very important historical sites, as Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world’s most famous monuments. In addition to seeing many of the important historic sites in Cairo such as the Pyramids, Islamic Cairo, Old Cairo and the Egyptian museum, the students traveled to Alexandria, the Sinai Peninsula and Upper Egypt, where they saw the ancient monuments in the Valley of the Kings.


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