General Programme 2016-2017

The programme has the aim of broadening the study of Egyptology with educational components that are difficult to deal with in the Netherlands and Flanders. Archaeological research in Egypt is therefore the main focus point.

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.

Value: 15 ECTS

Period: 8 jan-28 feb

Target group and required knowledge

Call for applicants for the Egyptian Archaeology Study Programme at NVIC, Cairo
(8 January to 28 February 2017)

The MA Programmes in Egyptology at Leiden University (The Netherlands) and KU Leuven (Belgium) have a unique two month training program that is organised by the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo , Egypt. This Egyptian Archaeology Study Programme 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.

This programme is taught in English. Although the exact schedule of the program varies each year, depending mainly on ongoing fieldwork at the time, the diary of the previous programme (2016) gives an idea of what this training entails. The next Egyptian Archaeology Study Program will take place from 8 January to 28 February 2017. While this programme  is normally exclusive for students of Leiden and Leuven, we have a few more places available for the 2017 program, which we exceptionally want to make 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 and to

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

In addition to students from our own universities we still have a limited number of places available for external students from non affliated universities (the course will be in English), those interested to take part are invited to send their application and requested documents to Dr De Meyer.  The deadline for application is December 1st, 2016. 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. The course will be taught in English.


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 situation and safety

Due to the political situation , this year our improvisation talents regarding the organisation of the programme might be challenged even more than previous years. The situation has so far influenced archeological missions. We will arrange alternatives when needed to the best of our abilities.

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 the safety advices they will receive.


The tuition fee for external students is EUR 1,000.- (for students affiliated with our Dutch and Flemish partner universitiesthis 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

account number: 1000.1222.4928
Commercial International Bank (Egypt) CIB
12, Saleh Ayoub Street, Zamalek – Cairo
Don’t forget to mention the reference “Egyptology in the field program”

Monthly expenses can be estimated on 1,000.- to 1,500.- Egyptian pounds more or less and depending on the personal activities of the student. Renting a flat varies from 4,000.- to 6,000.- pounds for 3 to 4 persons. Students usually share a flat, which is cheaper (1,500.- to 2,000.- pounds a month) and more convenient. These prices are for Zamalek; it becomes cheaper when one leaves the island.
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 information can be provided by the institute upon arrival. In addition, the following website is very useful since free rooms are posted regularly:

Last Modified: 09-10-2016