Introduction to Psychology

AUC Psychology

The study of psychology enables you to develop insights into human thoughts, behaviors, and feelings and exposes you to various research areas in this popular field of study. This course will help you develop a better understanding of yourself and the people around you, learn how to understand the workings of the mind, and engage in current discussions and issues in the field. You will participate in cognitive assessments, personality tests, film discussions, group activities, and interactive learning sessions, providing you with valuable insights into the world of human psychology. By the end of the course, you will relate your learnings to real-life situations. You will be able to find answers to questions such as: “why do I sometimes procrastinate and what can motivate me to study; why is my friend unhappy and how can he be helped; my niece is a pleasant child, but her brother is very irritable; why my grandfather has become more and more forgetful? What’s wrong with my sister? She’s quite underweight and still looks at the mirror and sees an obese person; how does advertising attempt to manipulate human behavior?”. If you would like to unlock the counselor tendencies inside you and learn more about the human mind, join us this summer in this eye-opening psychological journey.  

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic psychological terminology, concepts and perspectives
  • Critically analyze psychological findings, including the reliability of their sources and their applicability to the world around us
  • Improve their interpersonal skills, including their communication skills, self-regulation skills and so on and work collaboratively with other students in the class
  • Accurately articulate the applicability of psychological subfields to everyday life, as well as other areas of study
  • Express themselves clearly and professionally
  • July 17 - August 4, 2022
  • Sessions will run daily from 9 am to 3 pm
  • AUC New Cairo campus
  • Fridays and Saturdays off
  • $1,000 (price includes field trips)
  • 10% discount offered for siblings
  • Egyptian students can pay the equivalent amount in Egyptian pounds

Note: This course helps you save up to almost 50% from its original price at AUC.

This course is one of the required courses needed in a psychology major. We recommend you take it if you are seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in psychology. The course also serves students seeking other majors that have collateral requirements, as well as students planning on declaring psychology as a minor.

  • Upon taking this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from AUC and an official AUC transcript with your pass/fail mark.
  • The course is not letter-graded, only pass or fail.
  • Only students who pass the course will be able to transfer the course when they enroll to AUC or any other university (if applicable).
  • The course is equivalent to 3 credit hours. Accordingly, upon enrolling at university and enrolling, 3 credit hours will be off-loaded from the major, minor, core, or elective requirements.
  • The course will be transferred even if you decide to major in any other field.
  • Submit an English writing sample (at least 750 words): essay or reflection
  • 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

Registration deadline: June 30, 2022

The AUC bus service is available for extra fees. Details on the schedule will be shared before the program’s start date.
Note that only vaccinated students are allowed to use the bus service.

Accommodation is offered at the University residences in case needed. 

Hala Abdel Hak, MEd, MA and Diploma Special Needs Education

Hala Abdel Hak is an educational psychologist and disability and inclusive education consultant, member of the British Psychological Society and affiliate instructor at the psychology department, AUC. Abdel Hak teaches educational, counseling, personality and general psychology since 1998. She is also a member of the Learning Disability Committee and the Community-Based Learning Advisory committee, AUC. Abdel Hak is a passionate advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She co-founded The Egyptian Foundation for Organizations and Experts Supporting Inclusive Education (non-profit) aiming to advocate for, research on, network and raise awareness about Inclusive Education. She also co-founded Wataneya Society (a non-profit organization) which supports residential homes, including orphanages in Egypt, through capacity building as well as monitoring and evaluation. Moreover, she has been a consultant to the Ministry of Education as well as various NGOs, national and international including Advanced Health Education, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, Christian Blind Mission, and Save the Children United Kingdom. 

A 100% refund of the program fees will be offered in the following cases. Cases should be reported at least three weeks before the program's start date.

  • Course cancellation 
  • Medical withdrawal
  • Visa denial