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Safety and Security

At AUC, we recognize that a university campus serves as the center of a student’s academic and cultural experience, and our Office of Safety and Security is committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming campus environment for our global community of students from more than 50 countries.

AUC’s 260-acre technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive campus is located in the heart of New Cairo – a secure residential suburb in Cairo.

The University carefully controls access to its grounds and facilities to ensure the safety, security and well-being of all who work and study at, or visit the campus.

The gated campus requires personal identification passkeys to access the entrances and is equipped with comprehensive state-of-the-art security equipment and CCTV camera systems inside and outside AUC’s facilities.

To ensure the safety and well-being of study-abroad students at AUC, University procedures regarding student travel include gaining clearance from the Office of Safety and Security and providing accessible contact information prior to travel.

AUC housing for students is available, both on campus at the University residences and off campus at the faculty apartments, located five minutes away.

Egypt currently ranks level 2 on the U.S. Department of State’s four-level safety ranking travel advisory system, with level 1 including the lowest risk locations and level 4 the highest. Egypt is joined at level 2 by the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Spain and China.

Egypt was recently ranked the safest country in Africa — higher than both the United States and the United Kingdom, coming in 16th out 135 countries worldwide, according to the 2018 Gallup Global Law and Order Report

As of 2017, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), the world’s premier intensive advanced Arabic program, which is hosted at AUC and managed by Harvard University, has returned to AUC. An assessment carried out by the Global Support Services office at Harvard University resulted in the return of the CASA fellows.

Security Leadership

Mohamed Ebeid, chief security officer is responsible for the assessment and management of security risk elements, advising University administrators of the acceptability of such risk, ensuring compliance with all applicable security regulations, serving as University liaison with several regulatory agencies and assisting in preparation of interactions with local and international customers regarding security issues.

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Security Information

AUC New Cairo lies in New Cairo, a district of almost 46,000 acres of land and with a projected population of 2.5 million people. New Cairo is a predominantly middle-to high-income residential community.

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Office of Security

The office of security holds primary responsibility to secure access to the AUC campuses 24/7, and highly trained security personnel patrolling the grounds ensure the safety and security of our community. The 24-hour campus security hotline responds to AUC community members in need of assistance in case of emergencies, whether on or off-campus.

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Campus Access

No fees are charged for accessing AUC campuses; however access to campuses is authorized by different offices.   

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Visitor Info

Visitor Information

Maybe you’ve seen pictures, but nothing compares to stepping foot onto our campuses. Get more information about experiencing the American University in Cairo first hand.

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Cairo is probably one of the safest big cities I’ve ever been in. I don’t worry about walking around worried about getting mugged or attacked. AUC is the place where people can talk about controversial issues and speak critically and academically about them.

Helen Rizzo, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology

Since I’ve come to Cairo, I’ve never felt in danger. AUC, in particular, is one of the safest environments that exist in Egypt and it’s frankly much safer than a lot of places I could have been to in the west.

Ian Rollo, St. Olaf College Study-Abroad Student

Living on campus obviously, you feel very very safe.

Adam Angus, Business Administration Junior

Safety and Security Brochure

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