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  • Locations: Cairo, Egypt
  • Program Terms: Fall, Full year, Spring, Summer, Winter break
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  • Program Sponsor: The American University in Cairo 
  • Restrictions: Rochester applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of instruction: Arabic, English Housing: Residence halls
Area of study: Accounting, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic Language & Literature, Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art and Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, Engineering (all), English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film, Finance, Gender Studies, Graphic Design, History, Human Rights, International Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematics & Statistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Neuroscience, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Theater/Drama, Womens Studies Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Description:

 




THE CITY OF CAIRO 
 
In Cairo--home to over 20 million--the ancient and the modern, the rural and the urban are brought together on the banks of the Nile in one of the most fascinating cities of the world. For a thousand years, Cairo has flourished as one of the vital centers of the Arab world. 
 
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
Founded in 1919 to offer a comprehensive American-style, liberal arts education to Egyptian students, The American University in Cairo (AUC) enrolls 7,000 students in its degree, Arabic language and study abroad programs. AUC students hail from over 60 different countries, but the majority of students are Egyptians. 

AUC holds institutional accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States (MSCHE /"Middle States"). The University is also fully accredited by ABET and AACSB. Credits earned at AUC are transferable to any U.S. college or university, provided that course material is approved on an individual basis by the home institution.
 
AUC CAMPUS
 
In 2008, the University campus moved from its location in central downtown Cairo to the suburb of New Cairo, a development comprising 46,000 acres of land and with a projected population of 2.5 million people. The new 260-acre complex weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus that places a distinct emphasis on environmental sustainability.
 
The campus offers state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from Egypt and around the world and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Campus facilities include libraries boasting the largest English-language research collection in Egypt, a travel office, bank, fully-staffed medical clinic, counseling center, student dormitories, a state-of-the-art athletic complex, and a variety of food services. Take a virtual tour of the campus here.
 
A University shuttle system provides convenient access to downtown Cairo, from which students can explore a wealth of cultural opportunities. The Cairo Museum--the world's richest repository of pharaonic antiquities--is only a short walk from the old campus center, while the pyramids of Giza, the tombs of Saqqara, and the myriad mosques of medieval Cairo are all within an hour's ride.
 
PROGRAM OPTIONS

General Study Abroad--Students choose classes from among more than 30 undergraduate programs. The language of instruction is English, but Arabic language courses are offered as well. For study abroad students wishing to study Arabic alongside general courses from other disciplines, AUC offers a wide range of non-intensive classes in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.
 
Arabic Language Institute--In its Arabic Language Institute (ALI) AUC maintains what is probably the largest corps of full-time, professional Arabic language teachers in the world, and its many Arabic programs have earned international renown for their quality and competence. The ALI Intensive Arabic Program is ideal for students wishing to maximize their progress in Arabic language study by focusing exclusively on Arabic for the period of their study abroad. Students in this program take a full course load of intensive classes in Arabic language and Egyptian culture.
 
Both programs are offered during the 6-week summer session and the two full semesters (fall and spring.) The general Study Abroad program is also available during the 3-week winter session. Students attending the summer and winter programs take reduced course loads to correspond with the shorter periods of instruction.
 
COURSE LOAD
The full course load at AUC is four or five classes (12-15 credits) per semester. The standard summer session load is 2 classes (6 credits); the winter session, one class (3 credits.) Study Abroad students must maintain full-time status in order to qualify for a student visa.
Fields of Study:
 
Accounting
 
Actuarial Science
 
African Studies
 
American Studies
 
Architectural Engineering
 
Anthropology
 
Applied Probability and Statistics
 
Arab and Islamic Civilizations
 
Arabic Studies
 
Archaeological Chemistry
 
Architectural Design
 
Art
 
Biology
 
Business Administration
 
Chemistry
 
Classical/Medieval Islamic History
 
Comparative Religion
 
Computer Engineering
 
Computer Science
 
Construction Engineering
 
Coptic Studies
 
Development Studies
 
Economics
 
Egyptology
 
Electronics Engineering
 
English and Comparative Literature
 
Environmental Science
 
Film
 
Gender and Women's Studies
 
History
 
Information Systems
 
International Relations
 
Islamic Art and Architecture
Islamic Studies
 
Journalism and Mass Communication
 
Linguistics
 
Mathematics
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
Middle East Studies
 
Music
 
Petroleum and Energy Engineering
 
Philosophy
 
Physics
 
Political Economy
 
Political Science
 
Psychology
 
Rhetoric and Writing
 
Sociology
 
Theater
 
STUDENT LIFE
International students at AUC are encouraged to get involved in the campus and city communities by exploring the numerous cultural, academic, and community service clubs available, or by participating in one of several student-organized conferences. School-sponsored events include lectures and panel discussions on current religious, political and cultural debates; outings to the pyramids; a weekend trip to Alexandria; horseback riding in the desert; and felucca rides on the Nile. AUC offers a multitude of social, athletic, travel and cultural opportunities throughout the semester. Study abroad students have successfully represented AUC in the annual Egyptian National University Sports Competition in gymnastics, rowing, basketball and volleyball. Students often complete the training necessary to become certified scuba divers while enjoying the coral reefs of the Red Sea. Others become involved in musical theater and dance events on campus and in the community. Almost all international students will travel on their own or with student-organized groups to tourist sites in Egypt and to other countries in the region.
 
CAMPUS HOUSING 
The on-campus residence facility has twelve residential units called cottages- 7 for women and 5 for men. Each cottage has a ground (garden) level plus 2 floors with a sum total of nine double rooms, one single room and five apartments. Each apartment has four single rooms and a common living space; there are two toilets, a sink, common lounge and study area. As for the rooms outside the apartment setup, for every three double rooms, there are two showers, two baths and two sinks.
 
Each cottage has a courtyard and a roof terrace. The men's section and the women's section each have study areas. There is a laundry room with washers and dryers and a storage trunk in both the women's and men's cottage areas.
Students living on campus can use the AUC shuttle system to travel between campus and the city center at nights and on weekends as they wish. 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Fall: September- December
Winter: January (3 weeks)
Spring: Late January- Late May
Summer: June-July (6 weeks)
For specific program dates, including those for orientations, University holidays, and final examinations, please view our academic calendar.
 
HEALTH INSURANCE 
AUC also requires all international students on its campus to enroll in a comprehensive Egyptian private health insurance program. 
 
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Most students are able to apply aid from their home institution to the cost of study abroad. One-time consortium agreements can be arranged to facilitate this transfer of aid if no standard billing agreement is in place.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Full year 2024-2025 03/01/2024
03/01/2024 TBA TBA
Summer 2024 03/01/2024
03/01/2024 TBA TBA
Fall 2024 03/01/2024
03/01/2024 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.