Exchange/Study Abroad Program for Undergraduate Students

Studying abroad is an enriching experience that is valuable for students’ personal growth and can enhance career prospects. International Programs and Services Office (IPSO) offers The American University in Cairo's (AUC) students two types of programs. 

1. Exchange program: An AUC student can choose a specific university from the list of AUC exchange universities to spend a semester or a year, under the terms and conditions of each exchange partner university. Under the exchange program category, AUC students pay AUC tuition in return for students at the partner universities paying their tuition and coming to AUC.

  • IPSO will not support any applications to non-affiliated universities

  • IPSO will not support applications to affiliate universities that do not go through the IPSO selection process

  • Students must spend their last semester at AUC

  • Students can take a maximum of 15 credit hours at the host university

  • Students must pay AUC tuition fees for 15 credit hours even if they choose to enroll in less than 15 credit hours at the host university

2. Study-Abroad program: An AUC student can choose a specific university at which to spend a semester or a year from the list of AUC study-abroad universities, under the terms and conditions of each study-abroad partner university. Under the study-abroad program category, AUC students pay the host university tuition fees. Students must spend their last semester at AUC.

Requirements for the Exchange and Study-Abroad Program

Interested students must fulfill the following requirements in order to apply for an exchange or a study-abroad opportunity:

  1. The student must be in good academic standing. Students placed on probation of any form will not be eligible. Good academic standing is identified as follows:
    1. For exchange: minimum GPA of 3.0
    2. For study abroad: minimum GPA as requested by the host university
  2. The student must have completed his/her first year at AUC and preferably apply while in their sophomore year (A minimum of 24 credits during the time of application is accepted)
  3. The major declaration must be completed
  4. All students must complete the following freshmen-level core curriculum requirements:
    1. RHET 110/1010 - Analytical and Persuasive Writing (3 credits) and CORE 110/1010
    2. RHET 120/1020 - Research Writing (3 credits)
  5. Not be in your final semester at AUC
  6. Students who are on disciplinary probation (been found to have committed conduct or academic integrity violations in the semester of applying for study abroad) are not eligible to apply. If they have already applied, their acceptances will be rescinded. If they have been nominated as exchange students, the partner institutions will be notified of their withdrawal for unspecified reasons.

Application Screening and Selection

Complete AUC’s internal online application for exchange/study abroad, including all required documents. Once the application file is complete, the review committee will screen applications and the selection panel will interview nominees.

Applications go through the following screening stages:

  1. Eligibility screening for GPA and a complete application 
  2. General evaluation of student resume and personal statement

Students who pass the above two stages will sit for a personal interview with a specialized panel.

The panel will evaluate the following:

  • Academic performance 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Host University Choices
  • Work experience and internships

In addition to the minimum criteria listed above, students are subject to the specific admission criteria of each host university. Additionally, for the purpose of exchange, considering slots are usually limited, the review committee will make final decisions on the following rated criteria:

  • Relevancy to academic goals as demonstrated through a personal statement
  • Demonstrated maturity and ability to handle independent international travel and experience
  • Diversity of academic and extracurricular activities pursued, as demonstrated in the CV or resume

**The host university has the right to accept/reject the nominated student according to further criteria that will match their own rules and regulations.                  

Exchange and Study-Abroad Information Sessions

IPSO will hold four information sessions for students interested in applying for the Spring 2023 undergraduate Exchange/Study Abroad program on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 
  • Monday, March 7, 2022 
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022 
  • Monday, March 21, 2022

All information sessions are held from 1- 2 pm at Mansour Group Lecture Hall (P024), The Hatem and Janet Mostafa Core Academic Center. 

Note: All sessions are the same, so you need to pick only one to attend.

Application Deadline

The undergraduate exchange/Study Abroad Application Cycle for the spring 2023 semester will launch on February 24, 2022.

The deadline for IPSO to receive applications is March 24, 2022, at 4 pm.

A complete application must include all required documents. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.