Egyptology and Literature Study Abroad Program
About Ain Shams University, Egypt
Ahlan! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams University as your destination. Cairo is home to approximately 11 million people and a place where the ancient and the modern coexist. Ain Shams University is the only university truly located in Cairo, in the northern area of Heliopolis. In fact, Ain Shams is the Arabic name for Heliopolis.
There are just a few specific forms, as well as writing an academic statement, for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. The forms can be found under the Forms tab and information regarding the academic statement can be found under the Academics tab.
What the Egyptology and Literature program has to offer
We look forward to working with you, in sha 'allah!
Academic StructureThe Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams 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 Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams University take two mandatory classes and select their remaining course load from a list of program electives, taught in English, by faculty within the Faculty of Languages and the Faculty of Arts at Ain Shams University. Students may not study in any other faculty at Ain Shams University.
All students studying on the Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams University take the following manditory program courses:
Egyptology: Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Students who study abroad for the fall semester will study the art and architecture from the Predynastic Period to the end of the Middle Kingdom. The course begins with predynastic art, and covers locations and works such as the development of the royal tombs of the Old Kingdom, the step pyramid at Saqqara, the funerary complex of King Cheops at Giza and the Temple of Mentuhotep at Deir el Bahari from the Middle Kingdom. Additionally, students will learn about religious concepts of art and architecture in ancient Egypt, as well as learning how to date Egyptian art. Field trips will be to locations such as Giza, Saqqara and El Minia.
Students who study abroad for the spring semester will study the art and architecture from the New Kingdom to the Late Period. Examples of art and architecture in locations, such as the New Kingdom temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Bayariya Oases and el-Armarna, will be examined. Students will learn to understand the religious concepts of art and architecture during these periods, as well as how to date Egyptian art. Field trips will be to locations such as Luxor, El Bahareya and the Cairo Museum.
In addition to the mandatory program courses, students will be required to take at least three electives. All students must complete the course preference form (located under the Forms tab) and list the electives in order of preference. We cannot guarantee that all the electives will be offered every semester; availability depends on the enrollment of program participants in the courses.
Below is a list of the elective courses taught in English and the description of each course.
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host 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.
You will be provisionally registered for your elective courses based on your first three preferences indicated on the couse preference form. 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. The program courses and credits you take must equal a total of 15 to 17 U.S. semester credit hours. The number of classes a student takes depends on the number of U.S. semester 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 Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams 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 Ain Shams 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 Ain Shams 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, Arts and Culture program at Ain Shams 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 Ain Shams University appeals to you.
Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad semester at Ain Shams University will assist you in achieving your academic, personal and professional goals. You should send your statement with the other Egyptology and Literature forms found under the Forms tab. Your application will not be complete until your statement has been received.
Housing OptionsAin Shams 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 different 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 Ain Shams 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, and students need to follow these practices 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.
MealsThe IFSA-Butler apartments in Cairo have fully equipped kitchens, so students will be able to cook for themselves. Numerous grocery stores and shops are located nearby.
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Population: 12 million
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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FormsApplicants to the Egyptology and Literature program at Ain Shams University must complete additional forms in addition to writing an academic statement (instructions and guidelines can be found under the Academic Statement tab under Academics).Please download, print and complete the following:
Please submit 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 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:
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.
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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