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Discover Egypt with AFS: Immerse Yourself in Ancient Marvels and Timeless Beauty

Join AFS South Africa and Egypt on an extraordinary study abroad experience in the captivating land of Egypt. Prepare to be enchanted as you delve into the rich history and cultural tapestry of this remarkable country.

Begin your journey at the breathtaking Pyramids of Giza, standing proudly as the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. Marvel at their grandeur and unravel the secrets of the pharaohs as you explore these iconic monuments.

While on program you will have the opportunity to stroll along the banks of the legendary Nile River, the lifeline of Egypt, and witness its majestic flow through a rugged yet captivating desert landscape.

As a member of a host family you will be able to immerse yourself in the vibrant city life by diving into the local charm as you meander through bustling bazaars, where vibrant colors, enticing scents, and hidden treasures await. Experience the vibrant energy and cultural diversity of old Fatimid Cairo, where ancient mosques and historical landmarks whisper tales of the past, while listening to legendary stories your host family, and other warm and hospitable locals who embody the true essence of Egyptian values, will share with you as you embark on your journey.

Finally, In’Sha’Allah, you will unlock the secrets of Egypt with AFS and embark on an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of this extraordinary country. Get ready to be captivated by Egypt’s timeless beauty and the enduring spirit of its people.

All placements in Egypt will be with Muslim families.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be between the ages of 15 years and 17 years 6 months old on the day of departure.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • School Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Stipend
  • School Uniform
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A journey to the cradle of civilisation

More Programme Information

Download the Egyptian Program Brochure

Support: AFS provides constant support participants and families

AFS will support participants before, during, and after the program. AFS holds orientations that will allow the participants to be immersed into the culture. The health, safety, and well-being of the participants are the first priority for AFS, and that’s why all Global Families take part in a screening process to confirm that they are able to host a school exchange student.

Health Restrictions

Egypt’s COVID-19 entry restrictions were lifted on June 17, 2022. Previously, travelers who did not have a valid vaccination certificate needed to take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test before flying. However, this will be discussed and assessed at time of departure.

VISA Requirements

Applicants will need to apply for a visa for long stay programmes.

Dietary Customs: Indulge in the Flavours of Egypt

Experience the tantalising flavours of Egyptian cuisine, a delightful blend of vegetables, legumes, and meats that will ignite your taste buds. Egyptian gastronomy is known for its diverse and mouthwatering dishes that cater to various palates. Vegetables and legumes form the backbone of Egyptian cuisine, creating a healthy and vibrant culinary landscape. Alongside these plant-based delights, you’ll find an array of meats, including squab, chicken, and lamb, expertly prepared to satisfy meat enthusiasts. Grilled lamb and beef dishes are especially popular, offering a savory and succulent dining experience.

During your exchange you will  be able to immerse yourself in the realm of culinary sophistication as you savor the timeless delicacies, or culinary traditions that dates back to ancient times, showcasing Egypt’s rich gastronomic heritage.

Participants will have access to a range and widely available halaal foods and will experience the Egyptian way of nourishment, characterized by a diverse range of ingredients such as beans, bread, rice, vibrant vegetables, and luscious fruits. During the program there will be opportunities to sample the street food scene and enjoy popular treats like falafel, crispy fried bean balls, and kosher, a mouthwatering combination of rice and lentils available from street vendors throughout Egypt.

Environment and Geography: Discover the Vibrant Cities of Egypt

Embark on a captivating journey through Egypt’s vibrant cities, each with its unique allure. While the majority of our students are hosted in the bustling capital of Greater Cairo, we also offer placements in eight other cities across the country, providing diverse experiences that showcase the beauty and diversity of Egypt.

As the heart of Egypt’s cultural and historical wealth, Cairo is an exhilarating metropolis that captures the essence of the country. However, we also believe in offering our students a wider perspective by providing placements in other captivating cities, allowing them to explore the country’s rich geographical tapestry.

While accommodating boys with host families can be more challenging, we strive to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all students, regardless of their gender. Our priority is to create enriching experiences that facilitate educational growth and cultural immersion.

Education System: Your Path to Knowledge in Egypt

In Egypt you’ll find a diverse range of schools that we work with that are tailored to meet your unique learning needs and aspirations, ranging from

  • Governmental Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Experimental Schools
  • Private Language Schools
  • International Schools

As an exchange student, we prioritise placing you in schools that offer exceptional educational opportunities. In some cases, we may also consider experimental school placements to accommodate individual preferences. Our dedicated team is here to support you throughout your educational journey in Egypt and we are committed to providing you with an enriching experience that nurtures your curiosity, expands your knowledge, and helps you thrive academically.