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*Cairo, Egypt: Study Tour of Egypt (Summer)
Cairo, Egypt; Luxor, Egypt (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Classics and Mediterranean Studies
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
Cairo Study Tour of Egypt_Man riding camel and artifacts from Temple of Karnak

Program Overview

May 9, to May 26, 2015

This study tour will show students, first-hand, the unrivaled glories of the Ancient Egyptian civilization -- its history, art, and archaeology. The tour will take the student from one end of the country to the other visiting the magnificent ruins and seeing the antiquities in their original contexts.  Starting with the pyramid fields of the Old Kingdom, the study group will have an extended walking tour around the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, the oldest standing structure in the world; Giza, site of the 'Great Pyramid of Cheops" and his original cedar boat; and  Dahshur, the desert locale of the astounding 'Bent Pyramid'. A full day of touring in Cairo itself will start at the famous Cairo museum where students will look upon the faces of the pharaohs and the treasures of King Tut and end with a city view from the citadel of Saladin.

View of Cairo buildings Students will also be given the unique opportunity of a personal tour of the instructors' archaeological excavations at the site of Mendes, an ancient harbor city in the eastern Nile delta that spans the entire period of pharaonic history. The group will fly to Luxor, the showcase that is ancient Thebes, to view the great temple ruins of Karnak,  and cross the Nile to spend the day at the Valley of the Kings. The tour will also include a three-day Nile cruise to the southern border of the country at Aswan. Almost all of the antiquities sites of the 1st cataract region will be visited, including the beautiful island temple of Philae. Then finally the group will travel to the Mediterranean coast for a two-day tour of the famous classical city of Alexandria.

Accommodations will be in four- and five-star hotels, such as Sheraton, Mövenpick, Novotel, and luxury cruise boat. The hotels will provide a large buffet breakfast; on board the cruise boat we will enjoy three buffet meals per day. Hotels and restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine, including Egyptian, European, and American styles. You can also find fast-food outlets (McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, and others) in the major cities. Egyptians are a friendly and hospitable people, known for making foreigners feel welcome. This will be an exciting, memorable, and most enjoyable learning experience.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

Students must all take CAMS 199 but may opt to take the additional 3 credit Foreign Study

CAMS 199 Study Tour of Egypt (3 credits) 

CAMS 499 Foreign Study (3 credits) 

Students receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all grades from abroad will count toward their Penn State cumulative GPA. Students may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.To learn how the courses on this program can work into their individual degree audit, students should meet with their academic adviser.

Don and Susan Redford are the instructors and faculty leaders for the program.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Man walking in desert sand

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in hotels and also on a cruise ship for a portion of the program.  While on the cruise, students will receive three meals a day.  For the rest of the tour, students will pay for their own meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information regarding this program, please contact Susan Redford. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

Cairo boy hitching a ride on a horse and buggyIf you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2015

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/15/2015 05/09/2015 05/26/2015

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