Egypt Program Evacuation Timeline
On Monday, January 31, IFSA-Butler's 12 Alexandria program students and a U.S.-based staff member were evacuated successfully from Egypt. Below is the timeline of the evacuation:
Monday, January 31: A private charter plane arrived at the Alexandria airport and flew our students to Prague
Tuesday, February 1: IFSA-Butler made the decision to keep the students in Prague for several days because of severe winter weather throughout much of the U.S.
Thursday, February 3: The students left Prague, at no cost to them, to return to the U.S. or to fly to their alternate study abroad program locations. Of the 12 students, eight flew to other study abroad programs in Oman, Morocco, Dubai and France. One student chose to participate on an IFSA-Butler Australia program. The others returned home to re-enroll in their home colleges for the spring semester.
Our Egypt-based resident director and other staff are looking forward to welcoming students to Egypt as soon as the U.S. State Department Travel Warning for Egypt is lifted. In the meantime, IFSA-Butler is actively pursuing additional options in the Arab world for future programs.
The photo below shows some of our students at a farewell dinner in Prague. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the semester, as well as in their future study abroad experiences.