First-Year Program (FYP)

The First-Year Program is a year-long orientation program for new undergraduate students designed to:

  • Facilitate the transition from high school to college life
  • Prepare students for AUC's educational opportunities and student responsibilities
  • Integrate new students into the intellectual, cultural, and social life on campus

The FYP orientation is mandatory for all first-year and transfer students. For those students who are unable to attend, AUC makes alternative arrangements that need to be fulfilled within the first six weeks of the semester.

FYP Pillars

Teamwork Skills

Academics and Development

The academics and development pillar is responsible for easing students into their first-year experience, both academically and through personal development. This is done through projects that develop practical life skills and theoretical learning and allow students to prepare for dealing with the challenges that arise upon transitioning into University.

Improve Critical Thinking


The engagement pillar is responsible for engaging first-year students socially by planning and supervising initiatives that help students to gain a sense of their surrounding community, integrating themselves in it as an essential component in University life.

  • Goal 1: Students will understand and engage in AUC's liberal arts education system


    • Students will learn the benefits of the liberal arts tradition and participate in the liberal art co-curricular programs such as the Common Reading Experience, a liberal arts integrative learning experience, conferences, …
    • Students will choose and participate in co-curricular activities to build a holistic educational experience.
    • Students will develop multicultural awareness and strategies for interacting with diverse cultures through virtual collaborations, participation in international conferences, study abroad etc...


    Goal 2: Students will become engaged participants in the AUC Campus Community


    • Students will establish connections and build relationships with faculty, peer advisors, and student life professionals.
    • Students will be involved in campus activities that nurture a sense of belonging and responsibility for the AUC community.
    • Students will learn where to find, read and understand AUC policies.
    • Students will learn about diversity and inclusion; practice listening to and discussing other perspectives.  


    Goal 3: Students will learn skills that support their personal, professional and social development


    • Students will appreciate the value of acquiring life skills.
    • Students will learn about the resources available in the career center
    • Students will learn the principles of academic integrity, conduct and expectations of their behavior as a member in a community of scholars engaged in the exchange of ideas.
    • Students will learn how to engage campus resources that provide assistance with academic questions and challenges.
    • Students will learn how to engage campus resources that promote fitness and well-being.
    • Students will present an oral reflection of the overall development and growth they gained from their first-year program and how they plan to continue their development.
  • Who are Peer Leaders?

    Peer leaders are a group of trained students who play an integral role in the first-year experience at AUC. They are a dynamic team that works under the supervision of the Office of Student Life. Their primary role is guiding, advising, and supporting you to successfully transition from high school into collegial life. Peer leaders will not only be present during times of orientation but also throughout the rest of the year via yearlong programs.

    What is expected from me during the orientation?

    To attend all the sessions and answer both the survey and the quiz questions.

    Do I have to attend the FYP Orientation if I am an international student?

    Yes, and if needed, you may be assigned a unique schedule that combines both schedules.

    Is the FYP upcoming orientation online or on-ground?

    It's a hybrid. However, check your email regularly in case of any updates.

    Should we use the same zoom link throughout the entire orientation?

    Generally, yes, except for some sessions where you will be provided with a different zoom link.

    If I missed the orientation, could I attend it later (e.g., another semester)?

    No, you are only allowed to attend the orientation during the semester of your admission.

    What happens if I miss one of the FYP sessions?

    If you miss a session or more, a quiz will be administered through your blackboard account that you should pass with a score of 70% or more.

    What if I missed sessions but had a valid excuse?

    Make-up sessions will be offered to you provided that you submit proof justifying your absence.

    What happens if I miss my orientation because I'm a late acceptance?

    Make-up sessions will be provided to you.

    What happens if I do not pass the quiz?

    If you don't pass the quiz, you will be charged EGP 1500 on your student account, which may result in a financial hold.

    Why am I receiving a financial hold?

    You probably have not settled the EGP 1500 outstanding balance

    If I'm a full scholarship student, will that cover the FYP hold?

    No, scholarships don't cover the charges resulting from failing the FYP quiz.

    How can I apply to be part of the FYP Crew?

    Follow FYP social media accounts for any recruitment announcements in addition to an announcement through AUC-Connect.


  • The FYP recruits the FYP crew through the AUC portal in mid-March. The FYP recruits FYP peer leaders via the FYP Facebook and Instagram pages in addition to an announcement through AUC-Connect in mid-March.

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