ETSC lies just a few hundred meters from the great avenue that leads to Cairo airport, Saleh Salem. If graduate students are not from Cairo itself, they will probably live in the seminary dormitory while they are in the city. For part-time pastors from Upper Egypt or the Delta, they may stay in the dorm for a night or two during the week. For full-timers from afar, the dormitory may be home for an entire school year. Meals are served at 8:30 in the morning, 2:30 in the afternoon , and 8:30 in the evening. See these facilities pictured and described under “Guest House” on the seminary home page.
Resident graduate students will find themselves surrounded by mostly Presbyterian, Egyptian bachelor of theology students preparing themselves for Christian ministry. This is a robust, high-spirited, deeply committed student body that will shower the newcomer with signs of friendship. When they are not preparing for their challenging program of studies, they organize themselves for fun – soccer matches, film nights, theater presentations, ping pong, chess, and more – to which graduate students will be welcome to participate as they desire.
Seminary chapel services are at 10:30 A.M. on Mondays and Thursdays. Though these services are held in Arabic, there is usualy someone happy to translate for English speakers. Friday is the day of prayer among Muslims, and many Christian congregations take advantage of this day to hold worship services. Most also have morning and evening services on Sunday, a workday in Egypt. English-speaking congregations are available in Ma’adi, Cairo city center, Zamaalek, and Heliopolis. The nearest Arabic-speaking congregation is a ten-minute walk from the seminary.
Travel from the seminary is relatively easy. A taxi-stop lies two minutes up the street, and ever-present taxis are reasonable and efficient if the traffic is not too bad. Two Metro stops lie within eight minutes of the seminary and give rapid rail service to points as far away as Helwan and El-Marg for a cost of 1 Egyptian pound. Comfortable buses will take you to more distant points like the Siwa Oasis or Sharm el-Shaik. Or an overnight train will take you to Alexander, Luxor, or Aswan Dam.