Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations of the world, rich with history and hidden treasures. With the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east, Egypt enjoys a strategic location highly desired by past empires looking to widen their reach. Today, Egypt engages the imagination through its countless ancient artifacts and archeological sites, beautiful vistas, mild weather and endless beaches.
Many of the monuments and temples constructed thousands of years ago are still standing and are continuously maintained for preservation. Egypt has also a remarkable array of modern wonders including the largest earth dam in the world, the Suez Canal, and many massive projects underway for energy generation, water storage, irrigation, and land reclamation. Faced with a population explosion, the effort of upgrading and building infrastructure for existing and new cities presently under construction is unparalleled.
Course of Study
Students will be introduced to the major features of both early and modern Egyptian civilization. Planned excursions include ancient monuments and other historical sites; museums; temples, synagogues, churches and mosques; dams and hydropower plants; and canals, tunnels and other infrastructure projects.
Every student is required to select a topic, based on an ancient or a modern theme, for a term paper. The paper is expected to cover the cultural and/or the engineering aspect of the selected topic. For example, from ancient Egypt, the Pyramids were built based on the cultural belief in the re-incarnation, and the structures themselves physically constitute an engineering miracle on any scale. The High Dam is an example of a topic from modern Egypt because of its tremendous engineering scope and its many social impacts on flood prevention, power generation, and irrigation which has impacted the Egyptian standard of living. Students may use all kinds of media to supplement their papers.
In addition, students are required to produce a journal documenting notes and observations of site visits.
Students will reside in hotels during their stay in Egypt.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
- May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Fall term: Four to six orientation meetings
- Late November: Mini-term begins
- Mid-December: Program ends
- Winter term: Wrap-up meetings; Paper and Journal submission by late January; Oral presentation of term paper by mid February
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