Cairo study abroad program suspended indefinitely following safety concerns

Here’s a spot of bad news coming from the depths of Car Barn that might throw your academic plans into jeopardy: all Georgetown study broad programs held at the American University of Cairo will be suspended indefinitely. University administrators and professors alike cited conditions in Egypt, which could threaten the safety of students.

“The situation in Egypt is troubling and carries the risk of continued violence … It is difficult to offer any assurances that the country will become less violent,” Daniel Byman, professor of the Security Studies Program in the SFS, told Lucius Lee in this week’s edition of the Voice.

A Travel Review Committee will review any potential decisions to reinstate the program. The committee makes recommendations based on information various federal agencies to the Provost, who will decide whether to approve the program.

This isn’t the first time study abroad programs in Egypt have been adversely disrupted. In July 2013, the Office of International Programs had decided to cancel the American University in Cairo program for the fall 2013 semester. In April 2013, it also canceled Georgetown’s summer study abroad program in Alexandria, Egypt. In January 2011, after protests against President Mubarak began, Georgetown arranged the evacuation of fifteen undergraduate students from Egypt to the SFS campus in Doha, Qatar.

Reporting by Lucius Lee

Photo: Gavin Myers/Georgetown Voice

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