College Bound: AUC

Pre-College Summer Program for High-School Students Launching Summer 2019


July 7 to July 28 (July 23 - National Holiday)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(Except CBA 107: Academic English for the Liberal Arts - six weeks, from June 9 to July 18, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

and CBA 110: Anthropology from July 10 to July 30)

Application Deadline: June 16, 2019

About College Bound

The Academy of Liberal Arts, AUC’s home of the freshman student, is inviting high school students to join our College Bound: AUC summer program. This is a college-level program that offers AUC freshman-level courses to qualifying high-school students during the summer. CBA is open to students entering 10th grade and beyond.

Courses are taught by AUC faculty members and will run for three weeks, July 7 to July 28, 2019 except for the English course which will extend to six weeks, at the New Cairo Campus, June 9 to July 18, 2019.  All courses run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tuition Fees is LE 18,500 for all courses except for the Academic English for the Liberal Arts.

CBA courses cover various disciplines and include hands-on projects, community projects, fieldwork, excursions or research activities. They also target the Freshman Program learning goals, which equip students with academic and thinking skills to enhance academic, social and cognitive skills at all levels.

Course credit will be transferred to AUC for students who eventually enroll at the University as undergraduate students unless otherwise indicated.


Learning Outcomes   Eligibility Criteria



The Human Spirit: Being the Change

Change is inevitable and can sometimes be frightening. But, it is necessary for our growth and evolution. Ultimately, it is probably more unsettling to stay stagnant than to be uncertain about exactly where you are headed. Explore change from all angles through critical observation and a variety of hands-on, collaborative activities. By learning about transition management and understanding the benefits of change to your personal and professional development, you will get rid of some of the anxiety-evoking thoughts that cause you to resist it. You will be surprised how willing you are not only to accept, but to embrace change the next time life throws you a curveball.
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Community Matters

Do you consider yourself a global citizen? Do you see yourself as part of the emerging world community? Are you committed to helping build this community’s values and practices? This course will help you discover where you fit in by shedding light on various areas of responsible citizenship, such as media accountability and ethics, social responsibility and community engagement. You will explore how social media and its most influential platforms – having revolutionized the way we communicate – can be used as a persuasive and effective tool for the benefit of the world community.
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Introduction to Psychology

Interested in discovering what motivates people to behave a certain way? Curious about what makes them tick? Have a passion for helping others sort through their emotions? This just might be the course for you. This introductory course in psychology uncovers the brain’s secrets, explaining why people react differently to the same situations and the various mental processes we all share. This course is highly interactive and includes various group activities as a way of learning.
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Statistics for Life

Do you have a knack for skillfully analyzing and solving complex problems? Well, statistics is not only the science, but also the art of learning from data and making conclusions about problems. It teaches the reasoning skills necessary for making significant strides in the sciences and reaching concrete business decisions. This course will teach you all about data collection, analysis and interpretation, in addition to the presentation of results derived from data. You will not only learn about statistical concepts, but you will also learn to calculate and generate statistics yourself using freely available statistical software.
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Physics for Poets

If you are interested in having your imagination stretched and your understanding of the world challenged, then you will thoroughly enjoy the Physics for Poets course at AUC. Physics is anything that deals with the nature and properties of matter and energy. It is a fascinating field of study and a fundamental science that helps explain how the world around us works. Many meaningful and groundbreaking discoveries occur during the study of the laws of physics.
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Academic English for the Liberal Arts

Communication is undoubtedly one of the most beneficial skills to enhance your employability and lifelong learning. Developing your written and verbal communication skills can be a key factor in your success in University and beyond. This collaborative, project-based course will help you improve your critical reading skills, polish your written communication, learn to be concise and engaging, and deliberate clearly to make arguments that are more persuasive. Engage with experts working in the fields of entrepreneurship, advertising and psychology, and apply the concepts you learn to real-world problems.
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Elementary Arabic

Arabic is the fifth-most-spoken language in the world and one of the six official UN languages. Aside from English and French, it is spoken in more countries than any other language. Through new and innovative teaching methods, you will enhance your knowledge of practical vocabulary, develop your reading and writing skills and get a handle on the Middle East’s official language. The program involves exposure to various cultural elements and social customs as part of the course instruction, facilitating the language learning process and enriching your overall experience.
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Free-Hand Representation for Architects

Refine your free-hand drawing skills and techniques, and learn to sketch buildings and architectural space accurately from observation. In this course, you will discover the secret tips and tricks that only professional architects know about architectural drawing and design, get a handle on perspective and architectural compositions, develop your architectural vision and learn about the history of architecture while sketching outdoors in the picturesque setting of Old Cairo.
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The View from Anthropology

What makes us human? Join us as we delve into the intricacies of the human experience. Cultural anthropology takes a close look at the variety of cultures and the diverse practices, beliefs and expressions that differentiate us all – and examines how they are related to global power relationships. If you are interested in getting to the root of how stereotypes, gender, class, racial oppression, prejudice and discrimination began, we are unveiling stories from the past that will help give you a better understanding of where these ideas came from and how to avoid falling into such destructive judgments yourself.
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Entrepreneurial Leadership for Solving Critical Global Issues

The world is facing unprecedented critical issues including poverty, government accountability and corruption, income inequality, climate change, unemployment and gender inequality. This course will take a close look at global issues through an experiential entrepreneurial lens, developing your ability to think strategically and systemically about different scenarios, and how to unpick them innovatively, creatively and courageously. Through hands-on experience application, and exposure to successful entrepreneurs and key figures from business and society, and a deep dive into in-depth content and theory on global issues, this course aims to develop students into future entrepreneurial leaders.
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Learning Outcomes

In addition to the individual learning outcomes for each course, the following AUC freshman program learning goals are achieved through CBA courses. These goals enhance academic, social and cognitive skills at all levels.

  • Critical Thinking: Explore, connect and evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating conclusions or informed opinions.
  • Oral Communication: Engage effectively and constructively in discussions, and present information orally in a stimulating manner.
  • Written Communication: Develop and express ideas in writing for a variety of purposes; persuade different audiences, and use writing to communicate effectively.
  • Critical Reading: Analyze, interpret and make connections through a variety of written texts and other media.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate and contribute effectively to team goals.
  • Information Literacy: Identify, locate and evaluate information from a variety of sources, and use it responsibly in communicating your ideas.
  • Ethics and Civic Engagement: Engage with social and ethical issues; recognize and critically reflect on civic identity and responsibilities.


Eligibility Criteria

  • High-school students 10th grade or beyond.
  • Students may only enroll in one College Bound: AUC course per summer.
  • A maximum of nine credits (three different College Bound: AUC course titles with passing grade) may be transferred towards the undergraduate program, each taken in a separate year.


  • Submit an English writing sample (at least 750 words): essay or reflection, except for the Arabic course(s), no essay required
  • Submit a copy of your report card for the past two years of school
  • Submit a recommendation letter from a high-school teacher within the past academic year. The teacher must mention the student’s capacity for academic study in English



Regular Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ramadan Working Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm