Study Abroad Trip to Egypt – 2024

USD Students Say Studying Abroad is, “Life-changing!”

During the past few years, students at the Utah School for the Deaf have studied and visited Thailand, Australia, Italy, Peru, Germany, and India! Join us for the next stop… Egypt.

Applications for this Study Abroad Trip to Egypt.

Junior and senior deaf and hard-of-hearing students throughout Utah have an amazing opportunity to take an 11-day educational international trip to Egypt, from March 28 – April 7, 2024.  

This trip is primarily supported by USDB Enrichment Funds and monitored by the Administration and Advisory Council of USDB.  However, we do expect that each student will pay a $500 deposit to attend this trip subject to the USDB Student Fees Policy. This amount will be due by December 1, 2023.

We want to ensure that students will be respectful and use this as an educational teaching tool.  Below is the list of requirements that need to be achieved in order for a student to attend. 

Requirements to Attend Educational Trip to Egypt, March 28 – April 7, 2024:

___  Submit an application to participate by September 15, 2023.

___  Obtain a passport (paid for by the student by December 1, 2023)

___  Obtain the required immunizations for out-of-country travel to Egypt, including a COVID-19 vaccine if needed,

(paid for by the student)

___  Physically and healthy enough to travel long distances and complete the activities as outlined

___  Pay a $500 deposit to USDB by December 1, 2023, subject to the USDB Student Fee Policy

___  ‘C’ grade average or better for all classes each quarter.  No ‘F’s in any class

___  Regular attendance at school with no unexcused absences

___  Good behavior on transportation.

___  Study and demonstrate basic Egyptian Sign Language.

___  Study and demonstrate a basic understanding of Egypt’s cultural norms.

___  Study and demonstrate an understanding of the geography of Egypt.

___  Study and demonstrate an understanding of the government and political issues of Egypt.

___  Signed paperwork from parents giving permission to attend the activity and signed an agreement that the student will adhere to highest behavior expectations.

___  Write a research paper and present it about Egypt to classmates and the USDB Advisory Council.

Students will need to satisfy all of the requirements outlined.  If you have any questions, please contact your Director or the Associate Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Tanner by phone (801)629-4711 or VP (801)903-2831 or by email at

Trip Itinerary – May 2023

MARCH 28 • • • Arrival into Cairo. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to hotel to rest up. Welcome dinner. Stay in Cairo for 3 nights.

MARCH 29 • • • Visit Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. See the colossal statue of Ramses II. See the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. See the magnificent Great Pyramids of Giza – Cheops, Chephren and Menkaure. Have a panoramic picture of three pyramids before seeing the Great Sphinx.

MARCH 30 • • • Drive 2.5 hours to Alexandria, which is the most important coastal city built by Alexander the Great. Visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa. Pompey’s Pillar, constructed in honor of Emperor Diocletian in AD 297. Bibliotheca Alexandriana, which is a huge modern library and research center constructed on the site of the former Library of Alexandria, which was destroyed in 400 AD. Outside view of Qaitbay Citadel, built in 1480 by Sultan Qaitbay on the site of Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders. Return to Cairo.

MARCH 31 • • • Morning visit at the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). See the middle coffin, inner coffin and death mask of King Tutankhamun. Afternoon visit at National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC). See the Royal Mummies – 18 kings and 2 queens from the 17th until the 20th dynasty. Evening flight from Cairo to Aswan. Stay in Aswan for 2 nights.

APRIL 1 • • • Visit the High Dam, which took 10 years to complete. Unfinished Obelisk to see how ancient Egyptians cut these huge stone pillars. Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. During sunset, we enjoy a felucca boat cruise to Nubian Village.

APRIL 2 • • • 3.5 hour drive from Aswan to Abu Simbel in the early morning. Visit the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Nefertari on the western bank of Lake Nasser. Return to Aswan to embark on a cruise. Sail to Kom Ombo Temple, dedicated to 2 gods – Haroeris and Sobek. Continue on cruise towards Edfu. Stay on Nile Cruise for 3 nights.

APRIL 3 • • • Morning visit at the Great Temple of Edfu, which is believed to be built on top of the location where the infamous battle of Horus, the falcon god, and Seth, the god of chaos, took place. Continue on cruise for the rest of afternoon towards Esna. After crossing the Esna Lock, continue towards Luxor.

APRIL 4 • • • East Bank of the Nile. Visit Karnak Temple, known as the “Temple of All Temples” in Egypt. See the obelisks, the sacred lake and the great hypostyle hall. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amon Ra, then the Luxor Temple, which is dedicated to the Theban triad – Amon, Mut and Chons.

APRIL 5 • • • West Bank of the Nile. Visit Valley of the Kings, which is the burial place for most of the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom period. Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Dire el-Bahary. Colossi of Memnon. Late afternoon flight from Luxor to Cairo. Transfer to hotel. Stay in Cairo for 2 nights.

APRIL 6 • • • The morning takes us to Old Cairo. St. Sergius and Bacchus Coptic Orthodox Church, which contains the cave where Mary, Joseph and Jesus hid from the Romans. The Hanging Church, one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt. Ben Ezra Synagogue, located on the site where baby Moses was found according to local folklore. Salah el-Dine Citadel that overlooks Cairo. Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (EMA), with a massive and rare 5,000+ year collection. Farewell dinner.

APRIL 7 • • • Transfer to the airport for your flights.



Tour Preparation Guidelines

Application for Participation in Egypt Study Abroad Trip

Requirements to Participate

Consent and Release Form to Participate

Learn the history of Egypt