Study Abroad in Cairo?

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Oct 23rd, 2005, 06:39 PM
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Study Abroad in Cairo?

hey everyone,
i'm a sophomore in college trying to figure out where/if to study abroad for a semester or two next year. i've been fortunate to travel to western europe three times, and have been around the u.s. extensively. therefore i was considering going somewhere 'more foreign' like cairo (my more comfortable pick is florence). from people who have been there, is the city's size (16 million) intimidating? can you compare the conditions (quality of life) to a u.s. city? how imperative is it to know arabic? thanks so much,
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Oct 24th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Cairo - the largest city in Africa and the Middle East - is an experience in itself. It has a sizable expatriate community and lots of expatriate Americans live here.

You will not need to be fluent in Arabic to live in Cairo... just a few words - at the begining - to get by. Lots of Egyptians speak some English and there is a large pool of Egyptians fluent in the language.

Your best option for studying would be at the American University in Cairo.
http://www.aucegypt.edu/

You cannot compare Cairo to any American city... different planets.. obviously we have plenty of malls, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut etc... weatherwise I would say Texas and southern California would be the closest.

You can get a feel for the place via these english language Egyptian publications:

http://www.egypttoday.com/

http://www.cairomagazine.com/

http://yallabina.com/
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