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new program w/ a few kinks
Because it was so new, the administration had yet to work out a few kinds in the program. Alexandria, however, is great to study Arabic as there are not many expats living there, and so English is not widely understood. So immersion is high, and it is not nearly as westernized as Cairo. Ambiguities on the cultural side have made various things uncomfortable, but over time, I imagine many of the problems will be worked out.
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C.V. Starr School in the Middle East - Egypt Living situation was horrendous. I lived...
Reviewed by no name on .
Living situation was horrendous. I lived in a dorm with Egyptian students who had a curfew. A wonderful cultural experience, though. Language pledge makes for difficult academics.
C.V. Starr School in the Middle East - Egypt This Middlebury program was affiliated with...
Reviewed by Molly Farber on .
This Middlebury program was affiliated with the University of Alexandria, and so the academic program was hindered by the quality of classes and faulty provided by that university. While I learned a lot (especially with regards to Arabic language, economic and political realities of living in a developing country, and gender relations in the context of a Muslim country) I felt that the vast majority of this education came from my daily life, not my experiences in actual classrooms. Culturally, as a white American female student, the experience of living in Egypt was often challenging (due to language barriers, religious differences, stereotypes about Americans, and rampant sexism/sexual harrassment) it was ultimately extremely rewarding and my study abroad experience made me want to continue my travels and studies in the Middle East.
C.V. Starr School in the Middle East - Egypt Poorly organized academically but truely...
Reviewed by No name on .
Poorly organized academically but truely enriching overall experience
C.V. Starr School in the Middle East - Egypt I want to go back. I loved Egypt! Program...
Reviewed by Naya on .
I want to go back. I loved Egypt! Program was going through a lot of changes. There were days when I didn't like certain parts of the program. It seemed like there was a lot of internal politics within the program. But overall had a great experience and I'm sure it's gotten better. A lot of little things were disorganized. They fired teachers while I was there. It's a lot different for girls than for guys going to Egypt. It's tough being a girl in Egypt.
C.V. Starr School in the Middle East - Egypt terrible
Reviewed by Kate on .
This is a terribly run program with awful academics. You're better off going to Cairo or another country. It's better for guys, but girls should never go here.