Intensive Academic English Program for Undergraduates


Director's Welcome

Dear Students,

Welcome to the IEP!

The IEP is a rich program that will challenge you to improve your English language and academic skills so that you can perform effectively at AUC. With hard work and perseverance, most students improve tremendously during the course of the semester, and find it a rewarding and empowering experience. The information provided in these pages will introduce you to our Program and assist you to succeed in your studies this semester. The teachers and staff in the IEP are here to support you and facilitate your learning, so please do not hesitate to speak to any of us if you need any assistance. I very much look forward to working with you during your time in the IEP and wish you a productive and fulfilling semester.
Nagwa Kassabgy
Director, IEP

Our Mission

The Intensive Academic English Program (IEP) prepares undergraduate students to perform effectively within the English-medium liberal arts context of The American University in Cairo (AUC) and in similar academic environments. Students in this program develop their academic English and critical and reflective thinking skills through a content-based learning approach that fosters collaborative and independent learning, commitment to academic integrity, and community engagement. In small learner-centered classes, using multimedia and inquiry-based learning, IEP students are empowered to meet the demands of the freshman program at AUC. The IEP is fully accredited by the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

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Program Goals

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Hear from our students

Nour Basha

The IEP was very helpful; it enhanced my speaking and writing skills to a large extent. However, the Department of English Language Instruction (ELI) student must exert some effort to be able make it through this course and avoid failing.

Nour Basha
ELIN 0102
Abdelhamid Charaf

It was very useful to spend one semester in the IEP. I improved my level in English in a remarkable way. My writing, speaking, and reading skills are much better due to the effort done by our teachers. First, when I knew that I had to spend one semester in the ELI, I thought it is a waste of time, but now I don’t regret it at all because I had the chance to ameliorate my English.

Abdelhamid Charaf
ELIN 0102
Carole Salib

At the end of this course I was able to talk in English fluently, write essays about different topics, have a huge amount of vocabulary, and I learnt how to read and understand any article. I am sure that this course is the base for any other courses that I will take because this course was not only about English, but it was about having general knowledge in different topics.  

Carole Salib
ELIN 0102
Yosra Ali Hussein

It was extremely helpful. First of all, the semester worked as a transitional phase for me to the AUC community, activities and academic system. Also, my professors helped me greatly to absorb and take the best out of this experience. It was fun. My writing skills specifically improved extremely.

Yosra Ali Hussein
ELIN 0102

Contact Information

Intensive English Program (IEP)
Department of English Language Instruction
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall (HUSS)
AUC New Cairo

Nagwa Kassabgy

IEP Director

Room 1050
t: +20.2.2615.1909

Abeer Saber Ghali​​​​​​​

Executive Assistant to Chair

Room 1042
t: +20.2.2615.1693