Study In Egypt - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Egypt as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Egypt as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Egypt

Why study in Egypt

Cost of studying in Egypt

Universities in Egypt for international students

Cost of living in Egypt for international students

How to get a visa to study in Egypt

How to apply and study in Egypt

Tuition fees to study in Egypt

Applying to study in Egypt

To apply to study in Egypt, you’ll need an American high school diploma or equivalent qualification, and to provide proof of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or a similar exam, if you’re a non-native speaker studying in English.

You can find the exact admission requirements on the official website of the Egyptian university you’re applying to, but as an example, non-Egyptian applicants to the American University in Cairo must also submit:

Photocopy of passport;

Recent medical report showing your physical and mental capability of completing university-level work;

A bank statement showing the applicant or sponsor has at least US$31,000 in credit to cover tuition fees and living costs, or proof that you’ve received a scholarship;

Official transcript of secondary school qualifications;

Proof of having completed at least 12 years of primary and secondary education;

An essay of 300-500 words explaining how the applicant will benefit from education at AUC.

If accepted, students are required to show proof of fully comprehensive medical insurance.

Applying to Egyptian universities

The 6 basic steps for applying to study abroad in Egypt are:

Identifying universities and the course of your interest

Request universities for Application forms

Taking various required tests

Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters

Completing and Sending Application forms along with required documents

Reporting various test scores to the universities

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and living costs for international students in Egypt.

The cost of studying in Egypt actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Egypt have different tuition fees.


Universities in Egypt charge per credit hour,an each students can have about 20 credit hours per semester depending on the course of study. The fees per-credit-hour for a course is usually about US$500. The tuition fees for international students to study in Egypt is always about US$13,608-16,155 per year depending the course of study and the credit hours of the student.

The cost of living for international students in Egypt is very low. With about US$500 you can live very comfortable in the city in Egypt and the cost of accommodation is about US$250 per room. The cost of living also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of the student.

Cost of living in Egypt according to expatistan



            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  E£ 106

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   E£ 52

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           E£ 33

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   E£ 12

            12 eggs, large   E£ 20

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes E£ 7

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  E£ 30

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    E£ 20

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes E£ 6

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  E£ 16

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  E£ 126

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    E£ 9

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     E£ 4.40


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        E£ 5,500

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            E£ 2,699

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     E£ 485

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        E£ 3,373

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            E£ 1,510

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      E£ 350

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        E£ 288

            40” flat screen TV        E£ 5,580

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            E£ 2,056

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         E£ 81

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      E£ 28


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     E£ 773

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  E£ 689

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         E£ 1,317

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   E£ 1,105


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  E£ 402,691

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           E£ 3.39

            Monthly ticket public transport  E£ 223

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      E£ 27

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  E£ 59

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          E£ 198

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) E£ 71

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      E£ 33

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) E£ 32

            4 rolls of toilet paper     E£ 14

            Tube of toothpaste        E£ 14

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  E£ 45



Student visas to study in Egypt for international students

To enter the country, a tourist visa can be obtained from your nearest Egyptian embassy. This is then upgraded to a student visa after you’ve entered Egypt – check with the embassy and your university for advice and assistance on this. Many universities will guide you through the process once you have paid your fees and fully enrolled. The visa application form should be available through your chosen institution.

You’ll typically need to demonstrate the following when you apply for your student visa:

A confirmed place at an Egyptian university;

Adequate funds in place to support yourself during your studies;

You have registered with the local police station with seven days of arrival in Egypt;

You have started your application within 30 days of arriving in Egypt.


List and ranking of all universities in Egypt



Rank    University         Location

1          The American University in Cairo

New Cairo

2          Cairo University


3          Mansoura University

Mansoura ...

4          The German University in Cairo

New Cairo

5          Ain Shams University


6          Zagazig University


7          Assiut University

Asyut ...

8          Benha University

Banha ...

9          Alexandria University

Alexandria ...

10        The British University in Egypt

El Sherouk City

11        Helwan University


12        Modern Sciences and Arts University

6th of October City

13        South Valley University

Qena ...

14        Misr International University


15        Misr University for Science and Technology

6th of October City

16        Tanta University


17        Kafrelsheikh University

Kafr el-Sheikh

18        October 6 University

6th of October City

19        Fayoum University


20        Minoufiya University

Shebin El-Kom ...

21        Nahda University


22        Al-Azhar University

Cairo ...

23        Suez Canal University

Ismailia ...

24        Minia University


25        Pharos University in Alexandria


26        Future University Egypt

New Cairo

27        Sohag university

Nasser City

28        Beni-Suef University


29        Damanhour University

Damanhour City

30        Nile University

Sheikh Zayed City

31        Damietta University


32        Université Française d'Égypte

El Shorouq City

33        Port Said University

Port Said

34        Sinai University


35        University of Science and Technology at Zewail City

6th of October City

36        Aswan University


37        Delta University for Science and Technology

El Mansoura

38        Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology

New Borg El-Arab City

39        Suez University


40        University of Sadat City

Sadat City

41        Egyptian Russian University

Cairo ...

Un        Alamein University

El Alamein


Degree programs or courses to study in Egypt


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


What to pack while going to study in Egypt


In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card


E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes


Hand sanitizer


Health insurance card


Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer


Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





Bobby pins


Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties



Nail clipper




Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)


Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive



Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable


Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine



Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


Language dictionary


Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Egypt or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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