Economics and Political Science Study Abroad Program
About Cairo University, Egypt
Ahlan! We're excited that you're considering the Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University as your study abroad destination. Cairo is home to approximately 11 million people and is a place where the ancient and the modern coexist. Cairo University is located in the district of Dokki, west of downtown Cairo and next to Giza, home of the Great Pyramids. 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 will need to be completed 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 Academics tab.
What the Economics and Political Science program has to offer:
We look forward to working with you, in sha ‘allah!
Academic StructureThe Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University is a semester long study abroad program. If you wish to study in Egypt for a year, you will need to choose another Egypt University Program in either Alexandria or Cairo for the additional semester of study. Students studying on the Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University take one mandatory Arabic language class, one or both of the core program courses and select their remaining course load from a list of electives, taught in English, which are part of the degree program within the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS). Students may not study in any other faculty at Cairo University.
All students on the Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University must take a mandatory Arabic language class. Students will also take one or both of the core program courses, which are offered each semester.
Arabic Language (4 U.S. semester credit hours)
Core Program Course Option: Economics of Egypt (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Core Program Course Option: The Egyptian Political System (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Electives at Cairo University are taught in English and are part of the degree programs within the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS). Students will take two or three electives with degree seeking students at the University of Cairo in addition to the mandatory Arabic Language course and the core course(s). Please note that we cannot guarantee that all electives will be offered.
Below is a list of the electives and a brief description, including the U.S. semester credit hour value of each course. All students must take a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. The number of classes a student takes depends on the number of U.S. semester credit hours each class is worth.
Fall semester courses:
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Spring semester courses
ExamsBecause of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at Cairo 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 an academic record query for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
CreditsAll students must take a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. The number of classes a student takes depends on the number of U.S. semester credit hours each class is worth.
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. 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. All students must take a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. The number of classes a student takes depends on the number of credit hours each class is worth.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
After 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 Economics and Political Science program at Cairo 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.
As part of your application to the Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University, you will need 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 Cairo 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 Economics and Political Science program at Cairo 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 Cairo University appeals to you.
Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad semester at Cairo University will assist you in achieving your academic, personal and professional goals. You should send your statement with the other Economics and Political Science forms found under the Forms tab. Yourapplication will not be complete until your statment has been received.
Housing OptionsCairo University does not have accommodation for study abroad students, so students on the IFSA-Butler program will be living in self-contained apartments in the Dokki area of Cairo.
All apartments are single gender, so all females and males will be housed separately in separate buildings, or on different floors of the same 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. All beds are twin-size, with blankets and pillows provided. Residents share bedrooms and bathrooms.
There is no meal plan for students attending Cairo University, so students will be able to cook for themselves. Local shops and grocery stores are located nearby.
IFSA-Butler housing is generally 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 buildings are home to Egyptians and families of other nationalities. To make the most out of living in Egypt, you must be flexible. Islam and Egyptian cultural practices permeate life in Cairo. There are cultural rules that students need to follow in order for their experience to be a successful one:
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
There is no meal plan for students attending Cairo University, so students will be able to cook for themselves. The apartments all have kitchens that are fully equipped and grocery stores are located nearby.
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Population: 12 Milliion
Location: North central Egypt, along the Nile River
Dates & Fees
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* Date is subject to change depending on the university calendar.
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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Fall Payment Due: July 1
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Applicants to the Economics and Political Science program at Cairo University must complete additional forms and write an Academic Statement. Information and guidelines for the Academic Statement can be found on the Academic Statement tab located under Academics. Please download, print and complete the following forms:
Please submit these forms, along with you Academic Statement, 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 IFSA-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:
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, New Zealand, Australia and the Middle East.
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.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.
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