Cairo, Egypt

Adviser Name(s):Shawn Lent and Yasmine Elroweiny
Phone: 002-02-3332-0411 and 002-02-3332-0476 | Fax: 002-02-3332-0413
Mailing Address: 38 Mohie El Din Abul Ezz Street, Dokki-Giza - Cairo, Egypt
Walk-Up Address: AMIDEAST Cairo 38, Mohie Eddin Abul Ezz Street Dokki, Giza, Egypt
Center Hours:Monday - Thursday:  08:00 - 18:00
 Friday - Saturday:  Closed
 Sunday:  08:00 - 18:00

Center Website: http://www.amideast.org/egypt/advising/advising-services-cairo

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Center Description: The EducationUSA Center in Cairo is based at AMIDEAST, a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.

The EducationUSA Resource Center provides accurate, comprehensive and unbiased information on U.S. higher education. The center provides a variety of educational services, including free introductory public information sessions on various topics of U.S. education, individual consultations on U.S. study, and application support services.

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Advising Center Services

Cost Service
Free One-on-one advising
Free Advising by appointment
Free Drop-in advising
Free Regularly scheduled introductory presentations / sessions
Free Computer / internet access/use
Free Library hours
Free Videos, DVDs available to borrow
Fee Test preparation materials for sale
Fee Test preparation courses
Fee English language courses
Fee Credential attestation
Fee Translation certification

Higher Education Fairs

1 Organizer: AMIDEAST/Council of International Schools, Cairo
Dates: 2014-10-10
Anticipated Audience: Undergraduate
For More Information: www.cois.org
2 Organizer: AMIDEAST/Council of International Schools, Alexandria
Dates: 2014-10-11
Anticipated Audience: Undergraduate
For More Information: www.cois.org

Program Highlights

Study USA-Egypt Facebook Page and Social Media

The "Study USA-Egypt" Facebook page has been extremely successful in Egypt, with 60,000 fans+. The page is managed by both EducationUSA advisors at AMIDEAST and the U.S. Embassy's Cultural Affairs Office. It provides a Facebook platform for Egyptians to ask about exchange opportunities and study options in the United States at one localized place. The page is extremely active and the most effective way to promote upcoming sessions, university visits, and college fairs. In January, we had visitors from MIT and almost 100 students attended the session; the primary way of learning about the event was through both the StudyUSA-Egypt Facebook page in conjunction with MIT's own facebook promotion.

Local Libraries, Bookstores, and NGOs

EducationUSA advisors in Cairo have a good relationship with local bookstores, public libraries, and NGOs. As a result, advisers are able to reach under-served groups of students on a regular basis. In 2011, advisers were able to include one university representative while conducting an outreach at a local library, which provided the representative with an opportunity to reach this targeted audience.

EducationUSA Competitive College Club (CCC)

In 2011, the center in Cairo started the EducationUSA Competitive College Club (CCC) for high school students who are serious about pursuing their Bachelor's degree in the United States and are distinguished academically in addition to participating in various community service and extra-curricular activities. The students who join the CCC are part of a rigorous program that prepares them not only for the admissions process at U.S. universities but for university life in the United States.

Opportunity Funds (OF)

U.S. Department of State Opportunity Funds are designed to support the application process to US higher education institutions for students who are highly qualified but are unable to cover the expenses of applying. The initiative provides funds to cover the costs faced by talented but financially disadvantaged Egyptian students who are not eligible for or funded by other U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs.

High School Counselor's Network

The center in Cairo launched a high school counselor network in Cairo for counselors and administrators at various schools throughout the city. The group meets every two months to discuss various admissions topics, updates in scholarships and funding, and to learn about developments in the Egyptian education system. The network continues to grow, and through this network we are able to set-up school visits for U.S. universities, recruit for high school programs like Opportunity and the Competitive College Club, and learn valuable information about current trends and issues at local secondary schools.

Skype Sessions

A successful Skype session took place in April 2013, with three guest speakers from City University of New York (CUNY), where the Admission Officer for International Students introduced the admission procedures to U.S. universities in general, highlighting the CUNY system as an example. A professor in the field of Business Administration shared his experience and how he personally selected his degree, and provided the students with resourceful information on all specializations under business administration. An Egyptian sophomore student shared his experience as an applicant and how he selected CUNY programs. The Skype session built a lot of awareness over the possible majors that could qualify for business administration programs in the future to apply for MBA degrees. The session was comprised of 35 high school and undergraduate degree students.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events are currently scheduled.

Special Programs

Name of program: Competitive College
Contact: educationUSAcairo@amideast.org
Brief description of the award, application process:
EducationUSA Competitive College Clubs (CCC) help the best and brightest students apply to competitive U.S. colleges and universities. CCC advisers work intensively to prepare students for the application process. CCC advisers organize student activities including study groups, intensive SAT and ACT preparation, reading assignments, lectures, and community service projects. Students sign a contract detailing their responsibilities, which include attending all meetings during the school year and summer sessions.

Name of program: Opportunity
Contact: educationUSAcairo@amideast.org
Brief description of the award, application process:
Opportunity funds, available through EducationUSA advising centers in many countries, support exceptionally well-qualified students of limited financial means with the up-front costs of applying to undergraduate or graduate degree programs at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Opportunity funds may be used to pay the costs of test preparation and fees, visa and application fees, transportation costs, books, and settling-in allowances.

Name of program: NeXXt
Contact: educationUSAcairo@amideast.org
Brief description of the award, application process:
The NeXXt Scholars Initiative seeks to engage and advance more young women from around the world in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by preparing them to be the next generation of leaders in science, engineering, and innovation. This partnership with 37 U.S. women's colleges expands opportunities for young women from Muslim-majority countries to obtain a world-class undergraduate STEM education in the United States in an empowering and comfortable environment alongside American women students. The NeXXt Scholars Initiative provides partnership, mentorship, and networking support for these International NeXXt Scholars and their college-nominated American STEM-Sisters, laying a solid STEM foundation and providing pathways to future research collaborations and economic empowerment.

Scheduled Pre-Departure Orientations

No pre-departure orientations are currently scheduled.

Country-based Financial Aid Opportunities

No Financial Aid Opportunities at this time.