Egypt, the “cradle of civilization,” embodies a unique mixture of ancient and modern. In sprawling, cacophonous Cairo, robes are as common as Levis, donkeys share roadways with BMWs, and buildings made of mud stand next to glass and steel high-rises. Most Egyptians practice Islam or Christianity and are proud of their national and cultural heritage. Because 90 percent of Egypt is desert, almost everyone lives close to the Nile; whether along the banks of the river in Cairo and Alexandria, in its delta, or along the Suez Canal.
Attending a local high school and living with a host family will fully immerse you in Egyptian society and culture. Classes in school will either be taught in English or Arabic, and most schools will also allow you to select courses based on your past educational and personal interests. When you’re not at school, you’ll be spending your time with your host family and friends, shopping at local bazaars, playing sports, and enjoying delicious meals. Throughout the year, you might also have the opportunity to visit amazing cultural sites like the Pyramids of Giza and the Nile River. Get ready for an experience unlike any other!