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Study in Egypt

There are many reasons to study in Egypt, including well-respected universities, low living costs and the chance to immerse yourself in the country's unique fusion of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.

For many international students, studying in Egypt is a chance to explore a culture very different to their own, and indeed unlike any other. There’s also the prospect of exploring some of the world’s most renowned historic sites, including the Great Pyramids, the Temples of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. Then there’s the appeal of cruises on the Nile, sunbathing by the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and the vibrant urban center that is Cairo itself.

Read on for more information about the country’s leading universities, student cities, and practical information on costs, visas, safety and more. 

Fast Facts

  • Cairo is the capital and largest city.
  • Official name is the ‘Arab Republic of Egypt’.
  • Population: around 94.8 million people.
  • Currency: Egyptian pound (100 piastres in a pound).
  • Greater Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East
  • Main exports are petroleum products and cotton.
  • Area of 1 million sq km (more than four times the size of the UK)
  • Borders with Sudan, Libya, Sudan, Palestinian territories (Gaza strip), and Israel
  • The glass pyramid in front of the Louvre Museum in France is actually a tribute to the Egyptian Pyramids.
  • Ancient Egyptian women enjoyed many rights, which included being able to buy and sell properties, enter into legal contracts, and serve on juries.
  • The Nile River is the longest river in the world. 
  • As well as being the first civilization to have 365 day calendars which were divided into 12 months, the Ancient Egyptians also invented the clock, paper, pens, locks, toothpaste, and more.
  • Egypt only receives one inch of rain per year.
  • With around five million Facebook users, Egypt has more Facebook users than any other country in the Middle East. 
  • Coasts along the Mediterranean Sea to the north and Red Sea to the east
  • Official language is Modern Standard Arabic, but English and French are also widely spoken.
  • Weekend is taken on Friday and Saturday.
  • Cairo was the first African city to have a metro (underground train) system.
  • Became independent from the United Kingdom in 1922.