Rice in Egypt

A view of Cairo from above

Cover one year's worth of Arabic language studies and earn six academic credits during our faculty-led summer program at the American University in Cairo. The Program is premised on a full-immersion approach that allows participants to make great progress in the language in a relatively short amount of time. During the six-week program, students will complete two new courses, Egypt: Culture and Society and Readings in Arabic Drama.

Program highlights:

  • Full immersion in the language
  • Daily classes with a local instructor alongside your Rice instructor.
  • Excursions to the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Islamic Cairo.
  • Overnight excursion to Alexandria.
  • Community outreach and collaborative work with local NGOs.
  • Local language partners.
  • Social events with Egyptian families.

Participants who successfully complete the program can:

  • Enroll in upper-level Arabic courses in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
  • Fulfill the experiential learning component of the Certificate in Language & Intercultural Communication in Arabic.

As we continue to monitor the health and safety issues related to COVID-19, please be aware that program details are subject to change. We will keep you informed of any changes.

Rice in Egypt Facts

Prerequisites ARAB 264 or Placement in ARAB 301
Location Cairo, Egypt
Program Dates Mid-May - June 2023
Courses Egypt: Culture and Society and Readings in Arabic Drama
Applications Open December 2022
Application Deadline Late January 2023

See below for more important dates.

Estimated Program Cost

Expense Rice Students Pay
Tuition* $6,000
Airfare (estimated Houston - Cairo Round Trip) $1,500
Daily Breakfast and weekend meals $300
Personal Expenses $300
Sub-total $2,100
Total $8,100

*Tuition includes:

  • 6 Rice credit hours
  • Accommodation in AUC dorms on campus
  • Pocket money for two meals per day at campus restaurants and serveries during weekdays
  • All excursions, including transportation, meals, and a local guide
  • Language partners
  • Community outreach and visits to local NGOs
  • 24-hour WIFI and access to a fully equipped kitchen on campus
  • Meet and assist at Cairo airport
  • Welcome and farewell lunch

Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available.

Learn about financial aid options at this link: Rice in Country Financial Aid

For more information consult with the Faculty Leader, Dr. Hossam Elsherbiny (he9@rice.edu).

Fall Information Session

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Info Session with Financial Aid

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Application Period

December 5, 2022 - January 27, 2023

Spring Information Session

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Decision and Scholarship Notification

February 15, 2023

Acceptance Deadline

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Pre-Departure Orientation

April 24, 2023


Rice in Egypt

Mid-May - June 2023