Arrival in Cairo

Advising and course registration is done prior to your arrival. There is no online web registration for study-abroad students. It is important to work closely with your home university advisor to ensure the courses you choose will transfer back to your home university. Explore the variety of courses available to you, and their prerequisites, in the AUC catalog.  

For more information about Advising and course registration, click here.

Before you arrive, you can arrange airport transportation with the University by contacting A driver will pick you up at the Cairo airport and take you to your residence.  

Once you arrive in Cairo and you want to get to the New Cairo campus, your best option is to use the AUC shuttle bus. One needs an AUC student ID to board the shuttle bus. Upon your initial arrival, show the bus driver your acceptance letter, along with your passport, and you should be allowed to ride the bus. The network of buses cover most Cairo neighborhoods and run all day. For further details about the routes, schedule, prices, payment, etc., click here. During orientation, you will not need a bus pass.

The International Student Orientation is scheduled the week before classes begin. It includes a series of lectures and sessions to prepare new students for AUC and life in Cairo. During orientation, you may take care of routine transactions, such as obtaining your student ID card, taking placement tests, and late registration. You may also take a campus tour to begin learning your way around campus and meet new and returning students. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome pack, including orientation information. International Peer Leaders (IPLs) will be present to welcome you and guide you around campus.

The American University in Cairo is an English-language University. All courses are taught in English. For those of you coming to AUC with no background in the Arabic language, the University offers a non-degree, intensive 20-hour course in Egyptian colloquial Arabic during orientation.