General Programme

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: 11 January until 3 March 2015

Target group and required knowledge

The programme is part of the MA study in Egyptology at the universities of Leiden (the Netherlands) and Leuven (Flanders/Belgium) and can be followed when the BA study is completed. A signature of the professor of the major study at the particular universities (in Leiden: Prof. Dr J. van der Vliet, in Leuven: Prof. Dr H.O. Willems) on the registration form is needed as reference. Students from other universities can attend if the group is not too large and provided he/she has a good knowledge of the geography and history of Ancient Egypt. The course has to be taken in its entirety. 


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 Dutch and/or 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 will be cancelled or changed at very short notice. The NVIC expects all participants to adhere the safety advises they will receive.


For the excursions (stay in budget hotels and transport), the institute charges 700 Euro.  
This should be paid in full (transfer charges are for the sender) to the euro 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 1000 to 1500 pounds more or less and depending on the personal activities of the student. Renting a flat varies from 4000 to 6000 pounds for 3 to 4 persons. Students usually share a flat, which is cheaper (1500 to 2000 pound 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:

For further information: Marleen De Meyer,

Last Modified: 15-12-2014