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Ranking of Best Universities in Egypt

Ever wondered about studying at the best universities in Egypt? Check out our guide to know all the information you need to start this journey!

Education, writing and science have all started in Egypt. The prototypes of university, education institution and library trace back their origin to the ancient Egyptian temples where knowledge was transferred from a lecturer to a group of learners in different disciplines. Some examples of these education institutes are the Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo as well as the Great Temple of Ptah in Memphis where medicine, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, philosophy and other disciplines were taught.

This prestigious legacy of the Egyptian education has continued through the ages to the extent that Egypt still currently hosts one of the world’s oldest continuously operating universities, Al-Azhar University, which was founded in 970 AD.

Top reasons to study in Egypt

There are many reasons that would attract you to study in Egypt, including well-respected universities, low living costs and the chance to immerse yourself in the country’s unique fusion of her African, Mediterranean and Islamic identity.

For many international students, studying in Egypt is a marvellous chance to explore an extraordinary culture very different to their own, and indeed unlike any other in the entire world.

And most importantly, studying in Egypt can easily grant you the opportunity to build a unique first-hand experience and a pioneering career in numerous important disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, medical genetics, climatology, palaeontology, botany, hydrology, agricultural engineering, oceanography, material sciences, geological engineering, and many other scientific fields.

How many years of school are required in Egypt?

If you’re planning to study at an Egyptian university, you need to have finished a minimum of 12 years of schooling.

Egypt is enacting a series of programs designed to make her universities more internationally competitive. The North African country hosts more than 70 public and private universities with millions of students. That’s in addition to many higher education degree-granting institutions.

These universities and higher education institutions are chartered, licensed and accredited by the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU). They offer at least four-year bachelor’s degrees in a two-semester system, as well as diplomas, master’s and doctoral degrees.

What are the best universities in Egypt?

According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020, these are the top universities in Egypt:

University THE Ranking 2020
Aswan University 401–500
Mansoura University 401–500
Suez Canal University 501–600
Benisuef University 601–800
Cairo University 601–800
Kafrelsheikh University 601–800
Ain Shams University 801–1000
American University in Cairo 801–1000
Benha University 801–1000
Tanta University 801–1000

Top universities in Egypt in QS World University 2020 Rankings

University QS Ranking 2020
American University in Cairo 395
Cairo University 521 – 530
Ain Shams University 801 – 1000
Alexandria University 801 – 1000
Assiut University 801 – 1000

Source: QS World University 2020 Rankings

What are the best-ranked subjects in Egypt?

Many Egyptian universities excel globally in specific fields, such as:

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Medicine
  • Palaeontology
  • Architecture
  • Modern Languages & Linguistics
  • Business & Management
  • Arts & Humanities

Check out the best courses oversees.

How much does it cost to study at a university in Egypt?

According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), tuition fees in Egypt are charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The total number of credit hours you need will vary depending on your course, but generally you’ll take 15-20 credit hours, which cost around US$500 each.

For example, at the American University in Cairo (AUC), undergraduate international students will pay between US$14,556-19,400 per year, depending on the number of credit hours they take.

On the other hand, living costs in Egypt are relatively low, especially compared to Western study destinations. Based on Numbeo reports, living costs are over 61% lower than in the UK. for instance, a one-bedroom apartment in a city centre will cost around US$148, and the traditional street food is very affordable.

Read more about the QS World University Ranking.

Scholarships in Egypt

Some Egyptian universities like Cairo University, Alexandria University, Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZC), and the American University in Cairo (AUC) offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

There are over 90 named scholarships in various fields that are governmentally funded or supported by private corporations and individuals. Some of these grants include ZC Fellowships and the Nile Basin Scholarship of Alexandria University.

The scholarships are granted to both Egyptian and international students based on merit and financial need.

Seeking to study abroad? Speak with IDP Education counsellor today to find the latest information about admission requirements for your program and secure your place at your dream global university!

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