Why should I study in Egypt?

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How to study in Egypt

There are more than 47 higher education institutions in Egypt. These are divided into state, private and university-like institutions. In Egypt, universities enjoy autonomy and conduct their own scientific research. The academic year is divided into two semesters (Sep./Oct. - Jan./ Feb. & Feb./Mar. - Jun./Jul.). The Egyptian study system is divided into the following areas:

First, undergraduate area: This refers to the bachelor's programme, which is usually designed to last three to five years. In many cases, it is preceded by two preparatory semesters that provide general education and compensate for gaps in school education. The bachelor's programme is highly regulated and is completed each semester with written examinations.

Second, postgraduate area: Building on the bachelor's programme, the master's programme follows, usually lasting two to three years. The main aim of the programme is to complete an independent research thesis.

Finally, doctoral studies can be completed, which take at least two years.  After submitting and defending one's own doctoral thesis, the academic degree is awarded.

Egypt's Higher Education System in International Comparison

In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Egypt universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Egypt universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.

It becomes apparent that in general Egypt's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning, regional engagement and international orientation dimensions.

National performance: Egypt

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 38% 46% Research 52% 30% Knowledge Transfer 53% 47% International Orientation 21% 71% Regional Engagement 17% 83%

How much does it cost to study in Egypt?

Tuition fees must be paid in Egypt. International students must pay between €750 and €2,500 per academic year at state universities. At private universities, the amount varies depending on the degree programme and can be up to €15,000 per academic year.  

What are the entry requirements for Egyptian universities?

The admission of foreign students is handled centrally by the Foreigners' Admissions Office of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. This office also provides application forms and advice on questions and problems. All documents must be translated into English or Arabic for the application.

How to get a Stipend/Scholarship in Egypt?

No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Egypt. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.

Do I need a student Visa for Egypt?

The student visa can only be applied for in Egypt, which is why you have to apply for a tourist visa in advance. You can apply for this in person or by post at the Egyptian Consulate. Once in Egypt, one must register at the local police station within seven days. In addition, a visa application form must be collected from the desired university. Afterwards, one sends the form to the Ministry of Interior and completes the application.

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