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Egypt Among Top 20 Destinations For International Students

August 6, 2014
Cairo University

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Egypt ranks as one of the top 20 destinations for international students in the world.

The North-African country ranked as the second destination in the Arab world and 19th among the top 20 destinations for international students, hosting 49,011 students while the UAE, which was ranked 17th, hosts 54,162 students.

There are a plethora of reasons international students travel to Egypt including low living costs, well-established universities and the country’s unique blend of Middle Eastern, African and Mediterranean cultures.

Living costs are an increasingly important issue for many international students, Egypt’s low cost of living and ‘affordability’ plays a key role in attracting students.

In 2012, Egypt’s capital was the only African country ranked in the QS Best Student Cities in the world.

While affordability continues to be a major factor in attracting students, there’s more to Egypt’s appeal including well-respected higher education institutions such as the American University in Cairo and Cairo University.

Five of Egypt’s most established universities were ranked in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings.

For many international students, Egypt is also a chance to explore a culture that is unique to their own and unique to the world. Egypt provides a one of a kind fusion of North-East African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.

Egypt, the home of one of the world’s most renowned historic civilizations, has attracted many famous figures such as Jordan’s Queen Rania.

Comments (8)

  1. Minymina says:

    As an Egyptian who grew up in Europe, I can honestly say that Egypt’s education system is one of the best in the world when you consider the fact that (example) most Egyptian can speak French, English or both. Thats not to say it has (major) issues but both the Egyptian youth (along with their parents) and the standards they’re expected to achieve make Egypt a great place for a good education. Trust me when I say that here (in Europe) the youth don’t want to learn. People are getting stupider and in some parts of Europe they had to make exams easier so people can get a higher grad to be able to go into university.

    1. Youssef Hamdy says:

      LOL !! Yeah, Egypt’s education system is one of the “best” in the “world.” I’m a Medical student at Ain Shams University and I can assure you that what you’re saying is just what you want to believe. Infact I encourage everyone here to ignore this article and not come to Egypt for educational purposes. Also whom are you speaking about when you say French and English?! I can understand that when you say English you mean the terrible English with the Egyptian accent but also French !! Egypt has one of the worst educational systems in the world also it’s National educational schools are terrible. If any of what you said is true, There would be less illiteracy rates in Egypt like “Europe.”

    2. Minymina says:

      Like I said, Egyptians in Egypt don’t understand. Europe isn’t any better. Thousand of students come to study in Egypt because of that. Thats why Egypt is on this list in the first place. Thats not to say it has issues (specifically in public schools) but it’s a cheap / better quality education. You managing to reply to me with such great grammar is evident of that. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I understand the national system is awful but apparently I.G is a million times better. The illiteracy rates however is the result of poverty and the lack of people going to schools in rural areas such Aswan and Luxor.

    3. Bassam Metwally says:

      I agree with Minymina, in Egypt education is a must, that’s’ why Egypt will still stay one of the best educations in the world. Here in America, the percentage of graduation from universities avg is 30%, that’s without even considering who dropped to work at ups or McDonald’s as a manger because it’s easy money, it’s not a shame to work in those places, but you don’t gain knowledge like a doctor or an engineer. I know the medical school at Ain shams university is hard, but here is way harder and most doctors here don’t even know what they’re doing. Trust me, here they have the same annoying professors as Egypt lol.