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Architecture - BArch

AUC’s Bachelor of Architecture program trains future engineers to lead the architectural profession into the digital age while respecting local heritage and striking a balance between digital design, professional content, and contextual, humanistic and sustainable approaches. The program equips students with a comprehensive vision, integrating various aspects of the built environment: how it is planned, designed, used and appreciated by society. Students enter the job market prepared to pursue professional and academic careers with globally accredited degrees recognized by the International Union of Architects (UNESCO/UIA).


  • Tectonic & Computational Design
  • Context and Heritage in Design
  • Behavioral and/or Sustainable Design
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Degrees and Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture should meet the minimum academic and admission requirements set by AUC.


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For admission to the Architectural Engineering major, applicants must satisfy the general university and engineering admission requirements, and also pass an Aptitude Assessment for Architecture (AAA). The AAA test does not require any preparation and is comprised of two parts:

  • Multiple choice questions (MCQ) that test the applicant’s analytical and general knowledge on architecture-related skills
  • A free-hand drawing exercise that tests the applicant’s artistic ability.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for details of the AAA test.

Admission to the Architectural Engineering major is highly competitive. A limited number of students is selected to fill the available slots. Selection is based on high school grades and performance in the AAA test. The result of the Aptitude Assessment for Architecture is added to the high school score to arrive at a combined score where the high school score represents 80 percent and the Aptitude Assessment for Architecture represents 20 percent. Applicants are ranked according to this combined score.

Students who join AUC, but not in the Architectural Engineering major, can still apply to the major through the declaration process designed for students already enrolled at AUC. A large percentage of Architectural Engineering students are admitted from those already enrolled at AUC.

  • Supreme Council of Universities (2011)
  • International Union of Architects (UNESCO‐UIA validation) (2013)
  • Candidate for NAAB

Outgoing Study Abroad and Exchange Programs for Students

American University in Cairo is proud to be part of a longstanding and deep commitment to international education to help students become active leaders and conscientious members of an increasingly global society.

Learn more about Outgoing Study Abroad and Exchange Programs for students