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Every year, the Netherlands-Flemish Institute organises its unique "Egyptology in the Field" study programme for MA students of Egyptology and Archeology in the University of Leiden and the University of Leuven. This two month programme takes place in January and February and aims to broaden the study of Egyptology with educational components that are difficult to deal with outside of Egypt. Archaeological research in Egypt is therefore the main focus point. The programme consists of a combination of seminars, excursions, and research assignments, aimed at equipping you with the skills that are necessary to conduct your own research in Egypt. The seminars and the first preparations of the assignments take place at the NVIC. For further research, you will also make use of libraries at other institutes in Cairo (DAIK, IFAO, ARCE, etc.), which will be introduced during the first week. The excursions take you to ongoing fieldwork throughout Egypt, and to sites that are more difficult of access.

On the basis of exemplifying sites and their material culture, specific archaeological issues and problems of fieldwork are dealt with. Other activities such as conservation and epigraphy also receive attention. The course does not offer a tourist tour but emphasises on ongoing fieldwork and sites that are otherwise less accessible. In addition, the functioning of other institutes in Cairo (Egyptian and foreign) will be illustrated by regular visits.
Within a time frame ranging from Egyptian Prehistory until the Arab conquest, the curriculum offers a balanced overview of treated topics concerning period and type of antiquity. At the end of the programme, the student will have build up a familiarity with archaeology research in Egypt, which will facilitate future work in Egypt. The programme requires an active participation of the student.

Target group and required knowledge

This programme is aimed at MA students of Archeology and Egyptology and taught in English. While this programme  is normally exclusive for students of Leiden and Leuven, we make a few places available for students from other institutions. Applicants from institutions abroad should hold a BA or MA in Egyptology, and submit the following documents to both  info@nvic.leidenuniv.nl and to m.j.c.de.meyer@nvic.leidenuniv.nl

·         CV (in English)
·         Letter of motivation
·         1 reference letter from an academic supervisor

 The deadline for application is December 1st, 2017. Review of the applications will take place shortly thereafter, and selected candidates will be invited for a skype interview.

Form of education

The programme consists of a combination of seminars, excursions and research assignments. The seminars and the first preparations of the assignments take place at the NVIC. For further research, the student will have to use other institutes and libraries in Cairo (DAI, IFAO, etc.), which will be introduced during the first week. The assignments relate to objects/contexts in the Cairo museum and to sites that will be visited. Public lectures in other parts of Cairo will also be attended.

Testing and examination

The student will be evaluated on the basis of:
1. An assignment in the Cairo museum and a paper based on the assignment in the Cairo museum (40%)
2. A scientific diary (kashkoul), which the students have to keep during the entire programme (25%)
3. A presentation at an archaeological site, which will be visited during the programme (25%)
4. Participation (10%)

Detailed information and expectations of the assignments, presentations and papers will be discussed during the first week. The material has to be gathered during the programme and during visits to other institutes/projects. All assignments have to be submitted before the end of the programme.

Current political situation and safety

The NVIC evaluates the safety issues in Egypt on a daily basis and will change the programme if necessary. This might mean that parts may be cancelled or changed at very short notice. The NVIC expects all participants to adhere to the safety advices they will receive. We will arrange alternatives when needed to the best of our abilities.


The tuition fee for external students is EUR 1,000.- (for students affiliated with our Dutch and Flemish partner universities this tuition fee is waived.). To cover expenses of transportation and accomodation during excursions, an additional fee of EUR 800 is charged (for all students, including those from the affiliated universities). The NVIC does not provide accomodation for the students, but helps students to find a place to stay in the vicinity of the institute.   The tuition fees and expenses should be paid in full (transfer charges are for the sender) to the EUR account of the
Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo.

Students usually share a flat and pay around 2,000.- to 3,000.- Egyptian pounds per room. Other expenses can be estimated at 3,000.- to 5,000.- Egyptian pounds, depending on the personal activities and lifestyle of the student.
In the first month, extra costs such as the deposit of the flat, the purchase of a few items of housekeeping etc. have to be taken into account.
There are several ways to find a flat and additional information as well as contact information of reliable brokers will be provided by the Institute upon arrival.