Summer Arabic Studies in Egypt
** This program will not be running for Summer 2014. The intensive Arabic WFU/Morocco program will be running instead.
Our program is based in Cairo, Egypt's capital and Africa's largest city. Nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its abundance of Islamic architecture, this fascinating city on the Nile is a treasure trove of some of the world's most famous monuments to human civilization: from the breathtaking Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza to the Hanging Church atop the Babylon Fortress. However, Cairo is also a tremendously important center of modern learning and media, and considered by many to be the cultural and political center of the modern Middle East.
Summer I, May 25 - July 6, 2012.
Students will need to leave the US on May 24.
A Wake Forest faculty member serves as resident professor in Cairo to oversee program academics. Students will take 6 hours of Arabic language credit taught by professors at Kalimat Language and Cultural Center and one 3-hour course for WFU credit from the resident professor's discipline, for a total of 9 credit hours.
Language course offerings will be Beginning Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, or Conversational Modern Standard Arabic (advanced). In addition to the language course, students will also receive a short, intensive course in Egyptian colloquial Arabic upon arrival. Students receive 6 hours of transfer credit for the intensive language course.
Dr. Michaelle Browers, associate professor of Political Science, will be the summer 2012 Wake Forest resident professor and will teach POL 278: Politics and Identity. The course will takes full advantage of the study abroad context, exploring the various and competing ways in which Egypt has conceptualized its political community as the country entered its modern era. Students will critically examine the impact these notions of community have had on Egypt's inhabitants, with particular attention to the ways in which class, gender, sexuality, religion, and national origin have had on the ability of groups and individuals to claim and exercise citizenship.
The course will count as 3 hours toward the Political Science major and minor and has been approved as 3 hours toward the Middle East and South Asia Studies minor.
Excursions and Cultural Activities
Students will enjoy numerous half and full day trips to historic sites in or near Cairo including the Giza Pyramids and the Dahshour and "Bent" pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, the Khan al-Khalili medieval market, the Alabaaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques, al-Azhar University, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Abu Serga Church, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. To understand current issues facing the country and region, we will engage in discussions at local universities and civil society organizations. We will also take a three day trip to Luxor, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings.
Students will stay in a hotel in the Zamalek district, a quiet area located on a small island on the Nile, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride to the downtown area and to where students will take courses. The Zamalek district houses many embassies and European cultural centers and is home to a vibrant cultural life with a rich selection of places to eat, drink coffee, and shop.
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The estimated 2012 summer rate is $880/per credit hour.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (includes 6 hours of transfer credit) - $4,602
Tuition (3hrs) - estimated $2,640
Airfare - estimated $1,500
Personal Expenses - estimated $1,000
Estimated total cost - estimated $9,742
*Good academic standing
*Interest in Egyptian culture and Arabic
Please contact the Center for International Studies for information on summer scholarships.
Dr. Michaelle Browers, Program Administrator & Associate Professor of Political Science
Phone: (336) 758 3535