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The Middle East Studies Center, part of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo, offers its students and visiting scholars a unique opportunity to engage with one of the world's most complex regions. Our graduate and undergraduate programs incorporate a wide array of courses from various academic departments, and students are allowed to structure their studies with considerable freedom. For more information on our programs, visit our Programs page. For more information on becoming a visiting scholar, visit our Visiting Scholars page.

The center finds itself in a cultural, political and academic hub of the Middle East. Cairo is a home to, and frequent destination of, the best scholars, artists and activists in the field. The city's rich offering of lectures, conferences and cultural activates allows us to bridge the gap between the classroom and real life in the region. For information on events in the center and in Cairo, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on life in Cairo, visit the AUC’s About Cairo page or the Office of International Students and Study Abroad’s Living in Cairo page. 

The interdisciplinary nature of our programs and the opportunities the center and Cairo offer help students prepare for work in myriad subject areas and professions. Our alumni enter academia, diplomacy, the nonprofit sector, business, finance, public relations, journalism, cultural affairs and more. For more information on current students and alumni, visit our Student Profiles page.

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