College Bound: AUC 2019

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 30, 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.

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


Psychology course

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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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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Start up trip

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

Only a week into the course, I had already met so many great people, taken a tour of the campus, attended a startup accelerator program and visited an urban landscape company. As a visitor to Egypt, this is a great cultural experience for me. The business environment is so creative and rich, and it’s wonderful to witness it firsthand as a student at the College Bound Summer@AUC Program.

Zain Al Reshaid
Menna Sabry

I feel like I’ve gained tons of new beneficial experiences: I got to meet entrepreneurs and to ask them as many questions as I want about their businesses. I also got a rough idea about how to start a business and how to become an entrepreneur, which I’m sure will benefit me greatly in the future. We did new things every couple of days, so I never got bored during the program, and I feel excited every day to wake up and to go to the University!

Menna Sabry

The experience that I've had during the College Bound program here at The American University in Cairo is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. This program not only taught me how to speak basic Arabic, but it also introduced me to new experiences that I've never had before — and that's all thanks to my teacher Mr. Kamal; Nesma Ramadan, the organizer of this program; and all of the other people that helped this program come together. Overall, the program was a great use of my summer vacation and helped me learn a lot.

Xavier Jackson
United States



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