'Discover Egypt: A Historical and Cultural Learning Adventure' program at the American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo invites you to join the cultural adventure of a lifetime this winter. Immerse yourself in the world of Pharaohs, mummies, religions, hieroglyphs, and the archaeology of ancient towns. Apply now for this exciting program!

'Discover Egypt: A Historical and Cultural Learning Adventure' program is a unique experience offered exclusively by the American University in Cairo, the leading high-quality educational institution in Egypt. With this archaeological adventure, you will explore Egypt's history and ancient civilizations. This program is your opportunity to walk through the past, while experiencing the present in the streets of the magical city, Cairo.


Learning will be hands-on, allowing you to understand the main social and cultural features of the region. You will also get a crash course in Arabic that will allow you to communicate and interact effectively. This will be your chance to fully experience Egypt's rich culture through excursions meticulously planned for you. You will explore the archaeological sites including the Great Pyramids of Giza, as well as the lavish temples, and tombs in the heart of Cairo. There are many fun-filled social activities that you and your fellow Egyptologists can look forward to!


The goal is to provide participants with a valuable historical and archaeological academic experience while immersing participants in an authentic learning environment. If you have always been keen on history and archaeology in ancient Egypt, a willingness to get out there and have an adventure, this course has your name written all over it!


Join the intellectual and cultural adventure of your lifetime at Cairo from 11th - 24th January 2020.



Session Start Date End Date Batch Status
SESSION A Saturday, January 11th, 2020 Friday, January 24th, 2020 Open




'Discover Egypt: A Historical and Cultural Learning Adventure' program immerses international participants in Egyptian history and archaeology, and gives a crash course in Egyptian arts, culture and language. As a student on the course, you will examine the past and explore archaeological sites in order to develop a first-hand understanding of Egypt's ancient civilizations.


This course takes an active approach to learning in both the classroom setting and in the field. On campus, classes will in part comprise of multimedia lectures that focus on big questions on society, the environment, beliefs and religions, the economy, politics and power in ancient Egypt. Lectures will further include group discussions and activities; for example, participants will study with published ancient texts and artefacts in their research projects and presentations.


Off campus you will roam the hall's of Egypt's major museums and explore archaeological sites as part of experiential learning. You will gain insight into ancient Egypt and Medieval Cairo while interacting with ancient art, artefacts, pyramids, tombs, temples, markets, and mosques.



  • Interactive hand-on sessions
  • Group Work & Presentations
  • Learn Ancient & Medieval Egyptian History: Pyramids, Tombs and Mummies
  • Learn about daily life and technology used in Ancient Egypt
  • Improve your researching skills
  • Build your own project
  • Attend guest lectures from experts on Egyptian History and Archaeology


  • Tour the campus and greet AUC students
  • Learn key skills of collaboration and teamwork
  • Learn how to share ideas and processes

Field Trips & Cultural Excursions

  • Dinner on the Nile
  • Giza Pyramids and the Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Saqqara, Pyramids and Tombs
  • Felucca Trip

Campus & Egyptian Culture Experience

  • Visit the historical attractions of Cairo
  • Learn basic Egyptian language skills
  • Explore the Arts & Crafts of Islamic Cairo
  • Learn Arabic Calligraphy
  • Sufi Dancing
  • Social activities


The greater Cairo area is packed with ancient and historical sites, museums, and cultural experiences. In this class you will see traces of ancient Egyptian civilization at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo that houses the world's most spectacular collection of ancient Egyptian art and artefacts. You will witness first hand the history of pyramid building and tomb architecture in Egypt at the archaeological sites of Saqqara and Dahshur, as well as the great pyramids of Giza. On these field trips you will climb into pyramids and walk around their great chambers, and wander the tombs while reading hieroglyphs and learning about tombs paintings.


Medieval Cairo was bustling metropolis with grand houses, beautifully constructed mosques and tombs, and marketplaces. You observe changes in art and culture from ancient Egypt to Medieval Egypt at the Coptic Museum and the Islamic Art Museum. You will walk through that historic bizarre in Khan el-Khalili, learn about Islamic architecture at the buildings on Moez street, and see the expanse of historical Cairo from atop the citadel.


At the end of the program, you will get the chance to make a podcast about Egypt's history and tell the story of a site, artifact, or an aspect of Egypt's rich culture. While on your adventures around Cairo you can record sounds of the city to add color and life to your podcasts. Your group will further work at AUC's sound studio to record and produce your stories. On the last day of the course, we will have a listening session and select the best podcast.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Developed an understanding of the ancient and medieval history of Egypt
  • Become familiar with the main historical and cultural attractions of Cairo
  • Become familiar with the cultural features of Egypt like holidays, religions, social structures, common gender dynamics etc.
  • Developed some friendships among international and Egyptian students and faculty
  • Developed an ability to use basic phrases in Egyptian to suit your needs - greeting others, introducing yourself, making purchases, ordering in a restaurant, asking for help


Participants applying for the 'Discover Egypt: A Historical and Cultural Learning Adventure' program must submit their applications online and must be above 18 years old.


  1. A completed online application, including personal details

  2. Latest Academic Transcripts/College Degree/Resume

Please note: No prior experience or knowledge is required to attend the program. The university encourages all interested participants to apply for the program.






The fees for the program is $3000. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs, meals and international travel insurance. The fee includes:


  • Tuition
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Expeditions and field trips










'Discover Egypt: A Historical and Cultural Learning Adventure' program is a unique experience offered exclusively by the American University in Cairo, the leading high-quality educational institution in Egypt. With this archeological adventure, you will explore Egypt's history and ancient civilizations and immerse yourself in the world of the Pharaohs, mummies, religions, hieroglyphs, and the archaeology of ancient towns. You will walk through the past, while experiencing the present in the streets of the magical city, Cairo.

BrainGain Academy has collaborated with the American University in Cairo to organize this international program. BrainGain Academy provides administrative support and the university is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the program.

The program is open for both domestic (Egypt) and international students and professionals who are at least 18 years and above.

The fee for the program is USD $3000. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs, meals and international travel insurance. The fee includes:

  • Tuition fees
  • On-campus accommodation

A certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants who complete the program. The university reserves the right to withhold certificates if program rules are violated.

Currently, there are no scholarships available for the program.

No, the program is a non-credit program.

Not at this point, but we anticipate the availability of scholarships in the future.

We typically welcome about 20-25 students per session. The program accepts participants from all countries.

Tentative agenda/schedule details are available on our website. In case you require the same to be emailed to you, please contact us at auc@braingainmag.com.

Yes. We will help you connect to other participants through social media groups and WhatsApp closer to the program start date.

If you have a question or query about the program, feel free to reach out to us at auc@braingainmag.com or +91 9971500580.


participants applying for the program must submit their applications online at auc.braingainmag.com

  • A completed online application, including student details.

  • Latest academic transcript / college degree / resume

Please note that no prior experience or knowledge is required to participate in the program.

We have a rolling admission, and admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying earlier will increase your chances of acceptance. The last date to submit your application is 20th December 2019.

You will be informed in three working days after you submit your application.

You will be asked to provide a brief translation. This does not need to be professionally translated. You will be able to submit both the original and translated document to us with your application form.


No, flight tickets are not included in the fee. You will have to make individual travel arrangements.

Depending on the passport you hold; you may need to apply for a tourist visa. Visitors to Egypt must obtain a visa from one of the Egyptian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that are eligible for visa on arrival. Check with the Embassy of Egypt in your country for more information. As a rule of thumb, you should give yourself ten business days for the visa to be processed.

If required, we will provide each selected candidate with a visa invitation letter, which can be used to apply for the tourist visa. The visa invitation letter will be issued after receiving your payment and signed forms, but the letter does NOT guarantee successful visa application.

Your money will be refunded, with a deduction of USD 200 as administration charges.

Yes, you will need to arrange your own international travel insurance as per the requirements of the university.

Living on campus

Participants will be staying at the AUC residencies. In a glance, below are the university offerings in terms of services:

  • A fully furnished room/apartment

  • 24/7 service point, community lounge/kitchenette per residential unit, computer labs and study spaces

  • High-speed WiFi Internet

  • Central AC and heating units in each room/apartment

  • Self-service laundry for free

  • Room/apartment cleaning kits for free

  • Cleaning services to bathrooms and common lounges

  • Emergency maintenance services

  • Accessible emergency medical services 24/7

Yes. The programme provides campus-wide wi-fi.

The university is well-equipped with food outlets throughout the campus as an integral part of campus life. At AUC, there are two major food courts, bakeries, coffee shops and convenience stores on campus, perfect to grab a coffee, eat between classes or enjoy a meal with friends.

The university campus serves as the center of a student's academic and cultural experience, and our Office of Safety and Security is committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming campus environment for our global community of participants from more than 50 countries.

A packing list is generally shared with the participants once they have secured a spot in the program. Please refer to the packing guidelines below:

  • Comfortable and modest clothing for warm weather. Egyptian female students usually wear long pants and short sleeve T-shirts to class.

  • Walking shoes

  • 1 sweatshirt or hoodie (it can be a little chilly in the evenings)

  • Sunblock (SPF 30 or higher)

  • Cap

  • Sunglasses

  • Scarf made from a light material

  • A backpack for day trips

  • Swimsuit for the AUC pool

  • Snacks

  • A water bottle

  • Computer / laptop

  • Notebook and pens

  • An adapter for your electronic devices. Egypt has the same electrical outlets as most of western Europe, so American electronic devices cannot be plugged into the walls without an adapter.


The American University in Cairo :

Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading American-accredited institution of higher education and an essential contributor to intellectual, social and cultural life of Egypt and the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world's cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.


The University is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber and offers exceptional liberal arts and professional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates, and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields.



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