Study Abroad

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. AUC is Egypt’s global university, allowing study abroad students to build relationships with a diverse student body and gain important global perspectives.

Popular Programs

As a non-degree study abroad student at AUC, you will be directly enrolled in the University, allowing you to select courses across our 37+ undergraduate or 44+ 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.
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International Business and Entrepreneurship

Develop intercultural skills in a country where youth are actively exploring entrepreneurship as a means of creating economic opportunity as well as addressing social challenges in their communities.     

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Environmental Studies and Sustainability

One of the few study abroad providers with ABET accreditation, AUC’s School of Sciences and Engineering offers students opportunities to explore environmental issues in Egypt and efforts to address them with sustainable solutions. 

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Studying Arabic Language

AUC’s world-renowned program teaches courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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Migration and Refugee Studies

Located in the heart of the Middle East and North Africa, AUC offers courses and a research center that further the knowledge of the longstanding and more recent refugee and migration movements in the region as well as serve the local refugee community. 

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Middle East Studies and Political Science

Get a first-hand look at the complex relationships between history, politics, economics, and society.

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Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology

Get a first-hand look at the past and present peoples of the region, with an emphasis on community service, participation, and preservation of cultural heritage.    

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HOW TO APPLY

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 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 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
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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.

SUBMIT 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 ipoadvisors@aucegypt.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES

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.

FALL SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD

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
 

SPRING SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD

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.

COSTS

ESTIMATED SEMESTER COST: $16,500 - 17,500

ESTIMATED COST BREAKDOWN:
Tuition: $11,025 (maximum for 15 credits). Click here for 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

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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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Studying Arabic

Explore Arabic Language Instruction at The American University in Cairo. The program provides cultural immersion and serves Egyptian and international students from all over the world seeking knowledge of Arabic language at all levels. The program serves students through its various resources and its world class faculty who apply the best content-based and learner-centered approaches designed to empower learners with transferable 21st-century skills.

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The Arabic Language Cultural Program

As part of the AUC Arabic programs, The Arabic Language and Culture Program (ALCP) capitalizes on its 90-year experience in the field. We offer quality and highly structured non-academic, non-credit Arabic courses to learners who wish to develop their Arabic language communication skills and use Arabic in different social and professional contexts.

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Cultural Immersion

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Hear from Study Abroad Students

Ashling O’Donnell, United States

I decided to pursue a semester abroad at AUC because of its Center for Migration and Refugee Studies. The center and professors here are highly acclaimed. I’m very excited to be in such a historic city and to visit its wonderful museums.

Ashling O’Donnell, United States
Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
Esme Hannan

I chose to come here because I really like Egypt, even though it’s my first time to visit. It’s safe, and my parents really liked that everything is nicely explained on the AUC website. AUC is beautiful and huge, and everybody is very open and kind. I’ll be taking interesting courses that we don’t have in Holland and hopefully improve my Arabic, inshaaAllah.

Esme Hannan
Leiden University, The Netherlands
Ian Rollo, St. Olaf College Study-Abroad Student

Since I’ve come to Cairo, I’ve never felt in danger. AUC, in particular, is one of the safest environments that exist in Egypt and it’s frankly much safer than a lot of places I could have been to in the West.

Ian Rollo
St. Olaf College, United States

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CAMPUS EXPERIENCE

To ensure a smooth transition to Egypt, AUC provides a safe and welcoming campus that becomes your home away from home.
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New Cairo Campus

Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, AUC’s $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive. Check out our campus interactive map here.

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Student Residences

Living on-campus or near campus is a convenient and elevating experience for students. We, at the University Residences, provide living options that will serve as your home during your academic journey.

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Safety and Security

At AUC, we recognize that a university campus serves as the center of a student’s academic and cultural experience, and our Office of Safety and Security is committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming campus environment for our global community of students from more than 50 countries.

Research, Internships and Service

Research

Research

AUC houses state-of-the-art research centers and facilities that promote collaborative research across a wide array of disciplines. As a study abroad student, you have access and resources to carry out research.

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Internships

AUC’s Career Center can help place study abroad students in internships. Once enrolled at AUC, you can work with the Center to find opportunities in the city.

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Service

AUC has a long tradition of community service in Cairo and greater Egypt. As a study abroad student, you can join student community service clubs or enroll in a community-based learning course.

Contact Information

If you have not submitted an application

If you are interested in learning more and have not yet submitted an application, contact Sarah Shalash in New York Office at sarahshalash@aucegypt.edu or call +1-347-237-0963 from 9am-5pm EST.

If you have submitted an application

If you have already submitted an application and have questions, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at ipoadvisors@aucegypt.edu. Note that the work week in Cairo is Sunday through Thursday.

 

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