If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Global Egypt: Culture, Diversity, and Globalization

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Luxor, Aswan, the Red Sea, Egypt
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2023 05/08/23 to 05/30/23

Program Leader

Name Nathan Swanson
Email swanso64@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed


Program Description

Known in Arabic as Umm ad-Dunya, or Mother of the World, Egypt’s cultural and political influence has long expanded well beyond its borders. In this Maymester program, we will explore Egypt as a modern society with pronounced ancient roots, as a diverse crossroads of three continents, and as a cultural force in a globalized region. We will consider how history is mobilized to define the nation today and look at the ways that institutions position Egypt over time within broader geographies of people and places. We will also study Egyptian culture, with a focus on diversity in Egyptian society, and analyze ways that globalization has shaped Egypt’s economy and built environments.


View from Cairo Tower


Through our unique program sites, we will observe thousands of years of engineering, trace ongoing legacies of imperialism, and experience globalization from the perspective of the Global South. Program activities include walking tours, museum visits, historical attractions, cultural institutions, meetings with local scholars, visits to traditional markets, a boat ride on the Nile River, and more. While based primarily in Cairo, a bustling city with a metropolitan area of 20 million residents and dozens of distinct districts and suburbs, we will also visit Alexandria, Port Said, Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea.


Pyramids of Giza


Academic Credit

Students will earn 6 HONR credits for this study away experience.


Khan al-Khalili



Please contact the faculty program leader, Dr. Nathan Swanson: swanso64@purdue.edu.



A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to enroll in all HONR courses, including study abroad courses. This program is open to all Purdue students, but members of the John Martinson Honors College may be given first priority.


Library of Alexandria


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated program cost: $4,200

  • Includes: accommodations; daily breakfasts; guided tours, entrance fees, guest speakers, cultural programs, and other course activities; ground transportation; airport transfers; program fee; and study abroad fee
  • Does not include: airfare, visa ($25), and some meals (lunch/dinner)


Tahrir Square, Cairo


Purdue Moves Scholarship

Participants who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship through the MyStudyAbroad system. Purdue Moves awards are based on total family income and require having a FAFSA on file. For this Maymester program, participants are eligible for the following amounts of scholarship funding: 

- Total family income of $75,000 or less: $2200 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $75,001 to $100,000: $1700 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $100,001 to $125,000: $1000 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $125,001 to $150,000: $500 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $150,001 or greater: Ineligible

For complete details on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/aid/details.cfm?scholarid=228. Additional financial aid information can be found below!

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. Neither the John Martinson Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Egyptian Museum


Application Deadline

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Once an application has been moved into "accepted" status, payment of the deposit ($500) formally reserves a place in the program. Applications will close once all seats in the program have been filled. If this page is indicating to you that enrollment is closed, you are welcome to contact the program leader about being placed on the waitlist.


[UPDATE (27 Nov 2022): The processing of any new applications is now on hold, as the maximum number of participants have been accepted into this program. This means those who applied before this date have first priority to submit deposits and secure their place in the roster. Once the priority deadline of 1 December 2022 has passed, remaining seats will be opened up to all applicants, regardless of application date, to be filled on a first come, first-served basis through payment of the deposit (or, in cases of financial need, through other arrangements for the deposit made with the program leader),


Nile River


Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.