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Non-Degree Study Abroad Students

Are you a non-degree student seeking to study abroad for a semester or a year in one of the most vibrant cities in the Arab World, AUC, is your ideal destination!


Located in the heart of the Middle East, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a state-of-the-art, US-accredited, English-language University. Established 100 years ago, AUC is one of the oldest liberal arts institutions in the region. Located in the most populous and one of the most vibrant cities in the Arab world, AUC is an ideal place to explore your academic interests while you become immersed in a new culture. 

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Academic Excellence


As a non-degree study abroad student at AUC, you will be directly enrolled in the University, allowing you to select courses across our 39 undergraduate or 52 graduate programs. Since AUC is an English-language University, you will be fully integrated on our campus, sitting in class with students from Egypt and around the world.

Meet Admission Requirements

Undergraduate applicants: A minimum GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent) and a minimum of 30 credit hours already completed at your home institution. Students from non-English language universities must submit either international TOEFL or IELTS or  Duolingo scores for admission consideration. A minimum of 83 in TOEFL total score and 22 in writing or a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS band score and 7 in writing or 135 in Duolingo is required. Applicants coming from non-English-language universities must demonstrate competency that places them in or above RHET 1010: Freshman Writing. If international applicants do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS scores that place them in RHET 1010: Freshman Writing, they are required to participate in the Department of English Language Instruction based on their TOEFL or academic IELTS scores.

Graduate applicants: For regular study abroad (non-Arabic Language Intensive Program), you must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. Students from non-English language universities must submit scores from an international English proficiency exam. Check the requirements here.

Meet Application Deadlines  
Refer to Loading... for study abroad/non-degree students and the Arabic Language Institute. Note that your home institution may require an additional application with earlier deadlines. 

Apply Online  
Visit the application menu to complete your online form. Arabic Language Intensive Program applicants should fill out the application under the “Arabic Language Institute." While filling out the application, exchange applicants should click the ‘Exchange’ checkbox.

Sumbit Additional Materials  
Once you submit your online form, you will receive a confirmation email from AUC’s Office of Admissions with next steps, including sending in materials outlined on the application checklist.

Select Courses

Browse courses in the Loading... . Once accepted into the program, follow the steps outlined for Loading.... If you have any questions or would like to request a course syllabus, email the Office of International Programs and Services at [email protected].

The dates below are applicable to general study abroad. If you are interested in AUC's semester-long or summer Arabic Language Intensive programs, click here for important dates.


Program dates: Late August - Late December. Click here for detailed semester dates. 
Undergraduate application deadline: June 1*
Graduate application deadline: December 15 

*If you are applying for an AUC semester study abroad scholarship, check the earlier deadlines here


Program dates: Late Jan - Late May. Click here for detailed semester dates. 
Undergraduate application deadline: December 15*
Graduate application deadline: October 15
*If you are applying for an AUC semester study abroad scholarship, check the earlier deadlines here

SUMMER SESSION STUDY ABROAD (No credit-bearing Arabic courses offered)

Program dates: Early June - Late July. Click here for detailed session dates. 
Undergraduate application deadline: May 1
Graduate application deadline: December 15

WINTER SESSION (No credit-bearing Arabic courses offered)

Program dates: First three weeks in January. Click here for detailed session dates. 
Undergraduate application deadline: November 15

For all academic calendars, click here.


Tuition: $11,025 (maximum for 15 credits). Click herefor details. 
On-Campus Housing: $1,125 (standard double room). Click here for all room types and rates. 
Student Fees: $155 
AUC Health Insurance: $175. Click here for more details. 
Visas: $125 (tourist visa upon arrival for most nationalities + student visa paid on campus during orientation). 
Airfare, Food, Personal Expenses: $4,000 - 5,000

Students who receive federal or institutional financial aid at their home universities may be able to apply it to study abroad program costs at AUC. First meet with your study abroad students to learn about transferring aid. AUC also offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more.

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I spent four months in Egypt for my exchange semester. I can only say that the experience was incredible! The animation in Cairo is unique, the hectic environment and complete uncertainty bring you to random places at random times. Living in the eventful Zamalek for my whole stay, coming to campus was always a leisure and relaxing activity.

Denis Caro-Lognoul-Brasseur
CEMS Master in International Management, Belgium

Contact Us

If you have not submitted an application:

Sarah Shalash in New York Office at [email protected] or call +1-347-237-0963 from 9 am - 5 pm EST

 If you have submitted an application:

Office of International Programs and Services at [email protected]. Note that the work week in Cairo is Sunday through Thursday.


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