Topic ID #30383 - posted 12/17/2013 3:18 PM

Egypt- Conservation Field School




Dates: July 05 - August 8, 2014

Project Description: The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo – sometimes called the "City of the Dead" – are a unique urban environment that includes valuable medieval architectural monuments and living communities that practice traditional crafts. As part of the conservation and reconstruction efforts of the hawd mosque – erected by Sultan Qaitbey ca. 1,472 CE – students will participate in the documentation of physical and social aspects of a section of this quarter. Working side-by-side with Egyptian peers, students will learn about the architectural and urban history of a traditional Middle Eastern city, and about principles of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse. This field school is ideal for students seeking insights/career in urban planning, architecture, heritage conservation and archaeological preservation. 


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $ 5,050

Accommodations: Students will live in basic, but comfortable local accommodations on a location on the Zamalek Island on the Nile. This district of Cairo is traditionally preferred by foreigners. It is located near Downtown and the Egyptian Museum. All necessary amenities are available in the district and are within walking distance.  A minivan will be provided for daily transportation to and from the site.

Meals: All meals will be communal events and will be consumed at a local restaurant or on the project site. Vegetarians may attend this program but will find that vegetable and fruit availability will diminish as the season progresses and we use up our store of fresh produce. Vegan and kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in a remote location such as this one.

Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. 

Travel Information: Students will be met by project staff members at Cairo international airport (CAI) and must arrive by July 5. From the airport, students will be transported to the project hotel/accommodation facilities. 

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director. Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: Travelers to Egypt must have a valid passport and a visa. Tourists can obtain a renewable 30-day tourist visa on arrival at an Egyptian airport for a $15 fee, payable in U.S. dollars. This visa is valid for a month and has a two week grace period. If you are planning to stay longer than 6 weeks the project will arrange for a visa extension. For more information on travel in Egypt, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Egypt, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Agnieszka Dobrowolska, ARCHiNOS Architecture (; Jarosław Dobrowolski, ARCHiNOS Architecture (

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