Home to some of the most majestic wildlife and breathtaking landscape, Africa truly is both a gem of the natural world and a monument to mankind’s early triumphs. Whether it’s the long-standing remnants of Egypt’s marvelous civilization, the endless expanses of the savannah and its fauna, or the ecologically rich jungles, “the Plateau Continent” has much to offer for those with a sense of adventure and an eye for human history.
Africa is the second-largest continent on earth, and contains within its 54 states a wide variety of distractions of both the natural and man-made variety. Those studying in north would be remiss if they missed mankind’s earliest and greatest feats of engineering: the great pyramids. Students near the Serengeti get a chance to witness the raw power of Africa’s wild life, including all of the animals we so closely associate with the safari. Even in town, the rich bustle of African culture in the markets and streets provides an infectiously social atmosphere that is hard to resist.
When to Go
Because of its heavy desert and dry-land coverage, Africa is infamously known as the hottest continent. Those who are squeamish of studying in the heat should try to avoid the northern regions during the summer months.
Most of the best education opportunities in Africa lie in the bottom-most and northern-most nations on the continent. For instance, not only is the University of Cape Town in South Africa the closest African University to the former navigation peril of early ship faring days, but it’s also considered to be one of the best universities in the entire continent. This public university enrolls anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 students, and dedicates itself to research, emphasizing the social sciences.
On the other end of the continent lies Cairo University, created over a century ago in Giza to be a beacon of progressive liberal thought by Egyptian nationalist leaders. Now, the campus emphasizes information technology and preparing alumni for the global marketplace. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential universities in the Middle East.