Summer@AUC Boot Camps

AUC hosts several summer boot camps with professional and academic learning goals.

What is a boot camp?

A boot camp is an intensive, focused, short-term learning program that aims to equip learners with specific skills that have immediate relevance to career or academic goals. Teaching or training methods are experiential, hands-on and dynamic, with real-world relevance, problem-based learning, teamwork, and individual development. 

Boot camps include little theory and more practice that is clearly transferable and immediately applicable to professional or other contexts.

Boot camps are offered as non-credit summer courses with various needs and purposes. The duration can extend from one week or three weeks.

Boot camps are not awarded any credit toward programs at AUC.  


Engaged Generation

Engaged Generation

Getting kids involved in activities that teach them about civic engagement and social responsibility early in life contributes greatly to their development into responsible adults who strive to make a positive impact in the communities they belong to. This one-week summer program builds their basic civic knowledge and helps them understand their role as active citizens. Participants aged 7 to 12 are exposed to issues such as: maintaining a green environment, the negative impact of bullying and sensitivity toward those with disabilities. They will explore these critical issues through a series of fun, engaging activities with the help of students from AUC. At the end of the course, they will share what they learned with the group to develop their skills in conveying valuable messages to members of their community.
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Digital Photography and Creative Skills

It’s time to move on from your camera’s AUTO mode and learn how to capture artistic shots of human subjects, still objects and scenic landscapes like a professional photographer. This course will teach you the fundamentals of photography, how to operate your camera and what all those buttons are actually used for. Learn about composition and light; discover concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field and shutter speed; and take stunning photos in black and white. By the end of this program, you will be taking photos that can be considered a work of art.
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General Islamic Studies Program

The program covers four key areas in Islamic studies: Quran and Tafsir, Hadith, Islamic law and Sufism. If you have an introductory knowledge of Quranic studies and feel ready for more in-depth information, this course will enhance your understanding of Tafsir, particularly the interpretation of the Quran in the classical period. Discover how to assess and tell the difference between genuine and false narrations of Hadith and learn to validate Hadith classifications. Understand the origins and methods of Islamic law, study cases and deduce the facts, rules and principles upon which the sentences were founded. Finally, explore the essence of Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, a unique branch of Islamic philosophy and spirituality and a multifaceted phenomenon often described as the inward dimension of Islam. The program features excursions to various Islamic sites and museums.
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Islamic Law Program

It is highly unlikely that we can truly understand the minds, beliefs, motivations, habits and politics of Muslims in the modern world without taking a deeper look at the laws that govern Muslim societies. This program looks at Islamic law from a fresh angle. Experts specializing in various areas of the law will guide you on a non-traditional exploration of Islamic law, covering early, post-colonial, criminal and case law.The program aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice of Islamic law, addressing the question of compatibility with current values and understanding its role in the modern world. The program features excursions to various Islamic sites and museums.
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Glyphs Workshop: Digitizing and Developing Your Typeface

Want to create your very own typeface? Now you can when you learn to use Glyphs, a premier user-friendly, professional software. In this course, you will learn how to make your own fonts, starting with beginner basics and moving on to advanced techniques. Dig out your sketches, bring them to class and unlock your font-making talents this summer.
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Design Thinking as a Mindset

Design thinking is a problem-solving approach built on making decisions with the end user in mind. Global brands all over the world like Apple, Coca-Cola, IBM, Nike, Procter & Gamble and Whirlpool are using design thinking to evolve the way they innovate. It teaches you to visualize financially and technologically feasible products that are desirable from a human point of view. Develop your creative and entrepreneurial thinking skills, learn how to think like a designer and apply design principles to how you lead, create and innovate in this highly interactive hands-on course.
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Arabic Calligraphy and Lettering Workshop

Become a master in the refined art of Arabic calligraphy. Study the fundamental strokes and create beautiful, bold lines using simple and complex Arabic characters. This course will set you on the right track toward becoming an Arabic Calligraphy Pro. You will learn both the Naskh and Diwani scripts and use them to create impressive shapes, forms and typographic quotes. Naskh is the script of choice for the Quran and one of the earliest scripts of Islamic calligraphy characterized by its rounded characters. Diwani on the other hand is a cursive style of Arabic calligraphy developed in Ottoman Turkey. The decorative and communicative script is still used today in the correspondence of royalty and presidents.
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Leader in You

Are you ready to come face to face with your inner leader? Challenge who you think you are and find out who you REALLY are, both as an individual and as a leader! This summer you’re invited to embark on a journey of leadership self-discovery. In this engaging, interactive course, you will discover just what is holding you back from fulfilling your true potential as an influential leader and learn how to overcome the obstacles standing in your way. Use creative self-awareness techniques to get in touch with your innate leadership style. Overcome your social anxiety and learn how to express yourself clearly and effectively. Lead with confidence and poise.
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L.E.A.D (Lead, Empower, Achieve, Delegate)

Are you ready to find out who you are on the personal level and as a leader? L.E.A.D (Lead, Empower, Achieve, Delegate) is designed to help business leaders and managers like yourself discover their personal leadership style, embrace it and build on it to develop into the extraordinary leaders they desire to be. Learn how your specific style of leadership influences those around you. Map out a plan to balance a demanding career and your personal life. Gain the skills you need to lead effectively, inspire others and accomplish results. Unlock a higher purpose in yourself and impact your organization.
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Envision Your Future: A Career Exploration Journey

Finding a job can be a challenge on its own. Knowing exactly which career you want to get into is a whole different ball game. What if you were given the opportunity to take a sneak peek into the job world? What if you knew the secrets to finding your true passion? During this course, with the guidance of career experts with years of collective experience in career advising, hands-on learning and employer relations, you will: learn about the various career options available to you as a young adult, discover what the job trends are in today's competitive market, find out what qualities you possess and what skills you need to develop to pursue your dream job and develop a personal plan to achieve your career ambitions.
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Chip Design: The Open Source Way

Building a chip is a remarkably complex affair. It is a job that requires a great deal of planning and comprehension of the physics and conditions in play. Learn how to use open-source tools to implement hardware designs into Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), and master chip design in this five-day boot camp.
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Creative Writing

Think about your favorite book. You probably recall the characters and plot in great detail. That's because great storytelling is an art form; luckily, it's one that can be learned. This boot camp will help build your creative writing skills and confidence by taking you through the steps of developing a short story. You will also learn the essential tips to make your writing more memorable. By the end of the course, you will have created your own remarkable piece of fiction.
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Survey Design and Data Analysis in Labor Economics

If you are a social scientist or young researcher with an interest in topics like women’s empowerment, wage structure, inequality and migration, this five-day boot camp may be for you. The course provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to survey design and data analysis. Find out how household surveys are designed and used in research; receive hands-on training on data analysis of large surveys; and learn to use the leading statistical software package favored by researchers around the world, especially those working with very large data sets.
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The Authors’ Challenge: Shorty Story Writing

Natural talent aside, most of us can learn the art of compelling storytelling. Think you have a great idea for a story or a movie script? Join us for The Authors’ Challenge: Creative Writing Summer Boot Camp at AUC. The highly exploratory five-day course covers two categories of creative writing: short story and scriptwriting, and delves into a variety of methods of expression in writing. Not only will you get a chance to flex your creative muscles on a full-day trip writing by the beach, but you will also develop the necessary entrepreneurial mentality to help you produce marketable work that generates revenue.
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Community Design, Building with Earth: Experiential Architecture in Basata Ecolodge, Nuweiba

Learn about the wonders of building with mud bricks in the pristine natural environment of Nuweiba. In this experiential summer boot camp, you will discover the secrets of sustainable architecture at Basata Ecolodge. Engage with the community at one of the earliest ecolodges developed in Egypt, learn about the sustainability-focused lifestyle, and find out how the ecolodge preserves the desert environment. In just two weeks, you will create your own sustainable design and work side by side with local builders to construct a covered structure that fulfills all their accomodation needs.
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Industry 4.0: Modern Fabrication

Ever wondered how you could build your own racecar from scratch? Or better yet, your own jet fighter? If so, don’t miss the chance to learn about the latest in reverse engineering and manufacturing at the hands of an expert in the field. Use cutting-edge technologies to design and build your own model race car or supersonic aircraft, explore traditional technologies through start-to-end fabrication projects, and find out how Industry 4.0, coupled with the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), is revolutionizing manufacturing and boosting industrial competitiveness.
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Back to the Future: A Journey in Egyptian Art and Architecture

It’s never too early to develop a child’s inner architect. When children and teens design and create structures, they draw upon a variety of skills and areas of knowledge including math, engineering, history, social studies, planning, art and more. From ancient to modern, students in this boot camp will embark on a guided tour of Egyptian art and architecture. They will not only enhance their sketching and construction abilities, but will also learn to think in three dimensions and create finished pieces from start to finish.
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Visual Discoveries through Poster Design

Create impressive visuals, convey a clear message and appeal to the aesthetic tastes of your audience! In just five days, you will learn the latest trends, techniques and pro tips to develop your individual design statement and take your design skills to the next level. Dive into the details of poster design and create your own poster or poster series by the end of this summer boot camp.
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Media and Digital Skills for Beginners

Modern media, in all its forms, is one of the most powerful tools influencing our everyday thoughts and opinions. Tackling some of the basic concepts of media ethics, this introductory course in media and digital skills will teach you all about media in the modern world, help you become more informed and make better judgments, and prepare you for some of the ethical situations you may confront in your media career. Guided by experts in the field, you will also learn how to create professional and compelling media content.
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Regular Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ramadan Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm