As a student at AUC, you may choose from 37 undergraduate and 44 graduate programs, including two PhD programs in engineering and applied sciences, which will prepare you to compete in regional and international job markets. Take advantage of a 1:12 faculty: student ratio, and get to know a diverse, international community of professors and students.
When they first arrive at AUC, many students are surprised at the classes they must take in order to graduate. They wonder why someone who wants to be an accountant or television producer should study subjects that have nothing directly to do with those fields. And that is a reasonable question -- Why should you study history, literature, philosophy, music, art or any subject outside of your major? Why should you study any subject that does not help train you for your chosen job?
Here's why: Employers around the world understand that graduates of liberal arts universities are flexible, imaginative, broad-minded thinkers who are capable of learning quickly and acquiring new skills, analyzing complex information and responding to unexpected demands, working collaboratively and serving as enlightened leaders.
A liberal arts education allows you not only to excel in your chosen field of specialization. It also prepares you to quickly pick up new skill sets that will allow you to keep up with changes in your field and succeed in any career you choose to follow.
AUC's liberal arts education encourages you to:
- Think critically and examine your role in the world
- Study across disciplines and develop a lively curiosity about new and unfamiliar ideas
- Engage with the world’s religious, political and cultural traditions
- Find creative solutions to enduring and urgent problems
The Core Curriculum is the foundation of every AUC student’s education — the heart of the liberal arts experience. It includes courses in writing, language and information literacy; philosophic and scientific thinking; Arab history, literature and society; and foundational classes in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
The Core Curriculum prepares you to be a well-rounded individual, excelling not just in your chosen field of study, but ensuring that you are able to think for yourself, solve problems outside your field and quickly pick up new skills in today's ever-changing world.
Whatever your major, you need to explore and understand science, social science and the humanities in order to be a thoughtful human being and citizen. The Core Curriculum is a body of courses designed to provide a broad liberal arts base to your education at AUC. It aims to develop your basic academic and intellectual traits, familiarize you with certain bodies of knowledge and intellectual traditions, and show you how this diversity can be integrated. It covers a wide range of human experience and knowledge, with specific emphasis on the Arab world. It assists you in understanding your place in the world — socially, culturally, intellectually and historically.
The Core Curriculum also aims to enhance your writing skills — and thereby your ability to reason and construct an argument — in both English and Arabic. Instruction ranges from small seminars and regular classes to large lectures. All courses, with the exception of the Information Literacy Clinic, give letter grades and academic credit.
AUC’s Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that you:
- Acquire basic language and literacy skills, such as reading, writing and speaking English fluently; possess a basic competence in Arabic; and are familiar with basic library and information technology skills.
- Encounter patterns of rational thought and argumentation that underpin the world’s great intellectual traditions, as well as ways in which science addresses and seeks to comprehend the natural world.
- Acquire familiarity with the modern Arab world and its historical and literary heritage.
- Experience ways in which the liberal arts enrich your ability to understand and appreciate the world.
At AUC’s Mohamed Taymour Writing and Communication Center, we help you improve your writing skills and communication abilities. We offer a range of services, including individual tutoring sessions to support students throughout each stage of the writing process as well as a number of workshops, offering guidance to both undergraduate and graduate students. Individual 30-minute tutoring sessions are available to assist you in writing essays, abstracts, theses and literature reviews, as well as brainstorming, outlining and researching.
Communication workshops are held each semester on a variety of topics, including:
- Thesis Writing
- Writing Effective Literature Reviews and Abstracts
- Effective Oral Presentation Skills
- APA and MLA Citation Styles
- Writing Effective Outlines and Papers
- Using Technology for Research
Graduate students can now access services through the Online Writing Lab (OWL) to submit work online for review of structure, clarity and argument. With the recent launch of our two new initiatives, all AUC students can also visit the center for one-on-one Arabic language tutoring or stop by our Public Speaking Unit (PSU) for aid with oral presentations.
Embracing a learning-by-doing approach and a focus on service culture, AUC is committed to adopting new pedagogies that develop its students into well-rounded individuals who are not only knowledgeable in their fields, but also actively engaged in society and the world around them. The Academic Community Engagement program integrates the service experience with academic course content. It is employed across all disciplines. The program moves students from classroom lectures, readings and discussions into the application of academic theories and innovative ideas through co-developmental, hands-on service for Egypt, the region and the world. Students are taught to see their surroundings as an extension of the classroom.
The Office of International Programs offers AUC students a wide variety of study-abroad opportunities for a semester or an academic year. International study is an enriching experience that is valuable for students’ personal growth and career prospects. You can take your education abroad through AUC at one of our 60 affiliate universities or choose an outside university.
AUC student can choose a university from the list of AUC exchange universities and spend the duration of a semester under the terms and conditions of each exchange partner school.
Study Abroad (direct enrollment)
AUC students can spend a single semester or full year studying at another university. Students can choose a university from the list of AUC partner schools or other universities approved by AUC..
For Graduate Students
The International Programs Office offers AUC graduate students opportunities to study abroad at a partner university for one semester. This is generally the third semester in a four-semester master's program. Not all graduate programs have exchange partners, so you should consult with your graduate adviser to determine your eligibility.
First-Year Experience (FYE) is a mandatory program that aims to familiarize incoming students with the purposes and expectations of higher education, AUC culture and services, student rights and responsibilities, in addition to academic, personal and social competencies necessary for college success.
As an incoming freshman, FYE equips you with the skills necessary to become self-reliant in the use of University information resources, identifying relevant service offices when needed and instilling respect and appreciation for the institution, other members of the AUC community and the learning experience. Through this program, you be better informed about AUC’s activities and majors, and will also got the chance to mingle with faculty members and current students.
Who is it for?
All students who have been admitted to AUC are required to take part in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program. This includes Egyptian and international, degree-seeking undergraduate students, as well as students in the Department of English Language Instruction.
What happens during the four-day program?
Just before the first week of classes, new students attend a four-day program consisting of plenary and workshop sessions, as well as an evening convocation. Each of the four days covers a theme that highlights a key value or area of knowledge prioritized in the University’s mission statement.
Freshmen are divided into groups of approximately 17 to 18 students each. Each section is supervised by a facilitator, assisted by a peer leader. Services of the various offices are presented by staff members during the plenary sessions.
The language and writing programs are introduced to both parents and students in separate sessions, according to the student’s English placement.
Convocation celebrates the students’ initiation as members of the AUC community. Parents and members of the University's senior administration are present at this event, where students receive FYE completion certificates.
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During the Freshman Program, students learn to navigate this new "city of learning" through their First-Year Experience (FYE) orientation and through academic classes that expose them to the liberal arts and new ways of learning. The Freshman Program also fosters participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities that allow students to extend and apply new skills and knowledge. By the end of this enriching program, students should have acquired the skills that 21st century learners need for success in their majors, full participation in the AUC community, and a lifetime of learning and continued personal growth. For more information, click here.