Students attending a lecture in Cairo University, April 2023. Photo: Cairo University facebook page
Private universities will be accepting transfer applications from students returning from these three countries until October, according to statement released by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The decision applies to students who were enrolled in universities that are accredited by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) in the academic years 2021/2022 and 2022/2023, according to the higher education ministry.
However, students in universities which are not accredited by the SCU will sit for placement exams.
Egyptian students returning from these three countries need to present proof of residence and academic transcripts to complete transfer procedures and complete graduation requirements.
Students who were enrolled in preparatory years in SCU-accredited universities in these three countries can transfer as first year students in equivalent universities in Egypt.
However, students who were enrolled in SCU-accredited universities in these three countries for less than a semester would have to apply for admissions as freshmen in equivalent universities in Egypt.
Students who were enrolled in universities that are not accredited by the SCU have to apply for admission to Egyptian universities based Thanaweya Amma grades, according to the higher education ministry.
In late April, the Ministry of Education postponed all Thanawaya Amma exams for Egyptians who were living in the country.
However, the education ministry said it would allow Thanaweya Amma students returning from Sudan to sit for final exams in August instead of July as per national scheduling.
Egypt has evacuated thousands of Egyptian students who were studying in Sudan since the start of fighting in that country in mid-April.
Last year, Egypt reintegrated hundreds of students who returned from Ukraine after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war in February of 2022.