AUC Luncheon Welcomes Graduate Students

AUC Luncheon Welcomes Graduate Students


Words of motivation and encouragement for safety in Egypt filled the room at The American University in Cairo Graduate Luncheon that welcomed new and continuing international graduate students.

The American University in Cairo (AUC) Graduate Student Services and the Office of International Student Affairs (ISA) met with about 35 international students and seven Egyptian graduate orientation leaders on Wednesday, September 4 to conclude the graduate orientation program, which began this year on August 27.

The director of Graduate Student Services, Sawsan Mardini, welcomed the students, who hail from Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, South America and Europe. “The purpose of the gathering is to offer an informal platform from across disciplines, where graduate students can network, provide peer support and hopefully make new friends in the long run,” Mardini said.

AUC Graduate Studies offers approximately 45 distinctive degree and nondegree programs to a diverse and active student body.

Following the opening remarks, the assistant director of the Office of International Student Affairs, Nancy El Sissy, explained the services available for international students.

Students and staff discussed an array of topics such as housing concerns, transportation, health and emergency services, and places to hang out on campus. ISA coordinator Ibrahim Bedrous also invited students to join planned trips to historic and touristic sites around Egypt.

The director of Graduate Student Services encouraged students to apply for work-study opportunities and graduate student committee positions.

Mardini also invited students to attend the monthly Coffee and Chat hour for graduate students to meet and talk about academic life and living in Cairo.

Samantha Angwenyi, a migration and refugee studies student from Kenya, said she enjoyed the welcome event. “All students benefit from creating a better graduate community on campus,” Angwenyi said, when asked if she would join the coffee chats.

AUC Orientation Week may be over, but the graduate and international programs offer resources to help students feel safe and comfortable throughout the year.