Arabic Language Study Abroad Program
Arabic Language at Alexandria University
Ahlan! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the Arabic Language program at Alexandria University as your destination. Alexandria is home to approximately 2 million people and the site was chosen by Alexander the Great to be the capital of his empire. Located on the Mediterranean, you'll find distinct European areas right beside Egyptian areas. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are just a few specific forms, as well as writing an academic statement for this program, that you'll need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. The forms can be found under the Forms tab and information on the academic statement can be found under the Academic tab.
Academic StructureThe Arabic Language program at Alexandria University is a semester or year long study abroad program. Students wishing to study on this program for the year would do the Intensive track both semesters and during the spring semester would substitute the mandatory program core course with the Politics and Media course or the Egyptology course.
Program TracksThere are two tracks of study possible for students. Students will need to select which track they wish to follow on their course registration form (located under the Forms tab).
The Regular Option consists of three required courses and one elective course:
The Intensive Option consists of the following courses:
CreditsIntensive Option track
Modern Standard Arabic = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
Islamic History and Culture = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
Regular Option track
RegistrationYou must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. The program courses and credits you take must equal a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours. The number of classes a student takes depends on the program track option (regular or intensive) selected. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
ExamsBecause of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at Alexandria University. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
TranscriptsAfter you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit and grades you earned on the Arabic Language program at Alexandria University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Academic StatementAs part of your application to the program at Alexandria University, you are required to write an academic statement. A well-written academic statement can make the difference between a regular application and an incredible one. The program at Alexandria University admits applicants who are driven, motivated and prepared for an academically rigorous semester. Writing a strong academic statement will strengthen your application and help differentiate you from other applicants.
Think of your statement as a college admissions essay. Your academic statement should be about 500 words and outline the reasons why you want to study on the Arabic Language program at Alexandria University. A statement can be especially useful for providing additional information which is not immediately apparent from your transcript, but relevant to your application. You should discuss your reasons for wanting to study in Egypt and why the program at Alexandria University appeals to you.
Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad semester at Alexandria University will assist you in achieving your academic, personal and professional goals.
You must complete and submit your academic statement along with the study track preference and housing preference forms included in this information. Your application is not considered complete until you have sent in an academic statement.
Alexandria University does not have accommodation available for study abroad students; therefore students on the IFSA-Butler program will be living in self-contained apartments in the Kafr Abdu neighborhood, located in the Roushdy district of Alexandria.
All apartments are single gender, so all females will be housed together and all males will be housed together on a different floor or nearby building. The apartments consist of two to three double bedrooms, with a kitchen and living areas. The kitchens have adequate refrigerator and cupboard space and are fully equipped with pots, pans and other necessary utensils. Students share bath and shower facilities.
All beds are twin-size, with blankets and pillows provided. Students will normally share the bedroom with another IFSA-Butler student. Local shops and grocery stores are located nearby. IFSA-Butler housing is generally always near public transportation, making commuting to campus convenient. Students are responsible for the cost of commuting and should expect a commuting time between 30 minutes to one hour from their apartment to campus.
Even though the IFSA-Butler students live together, the other apartments within the building are home to Egyptians and families of other nationalities. Islamic religion and Egyptian cultural practices permeate life in Alexandria, so there are cultural rules that students need to follow in order to live successfully in Egypt:
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
MealsThere are no meal plans. The IFSA-Butler apartments in Alexandria have fully equipped kitchens, so student will be able to cook for themselves. Numerous grocery stores and local shops are located nearby.
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Population: 3.5 million
Location: North central Egypt, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the date listed as “Program ends” on the calendar.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Egypt exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
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Applicants to the Arabic Language program at Alexandria University must complete additional forms in addition to writing an academic statement (instructions and guidelines can be found under the Academics tab). Please download, print and complete the following:
Remember, there is not a form for the academic statement you need to submit, but please remember to write it and submit it with these forms, along with the remainder of your IFSA-Butler application. Your forms can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax, or regular mail. You can track which application forms ISFA-Butler has received by logging into the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Egypt:
Director of Student Services Chris Harrison assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Chris lived abroad in Coleraine, Northern Ireland for several years, and has traveled extensively throughout the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. In 2000, Chris joined IFSA-Butler as a program advisor in order to help students study abroad and experience new cultures, and she continues to be responsible for programs as well as IFSA-Butler student services worldwide. Contact Chris at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4215.
Program Advisor David Watkins assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. David can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4229. David graduated from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science. He studied abroad in France, Israel and the West Bank, and began a study abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Egypt during the spring of 2011. After political evacuation from Egypt, he continued his studies in Morocco. David currently advises students planning on studying abroad in England and Australia.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Resident Director, Dr. Mohamed el-Komi.
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Summer ProgramIFSA-Butler has a summer option at Alexandria University. Students take intensive Arabic, Colloquial Egyptian and Archaeology Underwater. Click here for more details.