College Bound: AUC

Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students


Discover college life and explore various fields of study.

Get a glimpse of the AUC learning experience, attend classes with top-notch faculty, make new friends, and join the diverse, global AUC community. Enroll in one of several exciting College-Bound: AUC courses*, and get a fast-track, world-class college education.

*Courses eligible for transfer if a student enrolls as an undergraduate at AUC after high school graduation.


Learning a new language throws open a window to the world. Learn beginner-level Arabic through an interactive and engaging approach. Develop the essential skills required for daily communication and interactions in Arabic, while experiencing the distinctive sights and flavors of the magical, culturally rich, ancient city of Cairo.   

Effective communication enhances academic success, employability and lifelong learning. Improve your critical reading skills, polish your written communication, and strengthen your oral presentation skills with this collaborative, project-based course. Embark on an exploration of some of the critical issues that shape our world today. Improve your writing as you explore multiple perspectives from the fields of entrepreneurship, advertising and psychology, and apply the concepts you learn to real-world problems. Join us this summer for a challenging and innovative academic journey.

Entrepreneurs view the world with an eye on opportunity and creating value amid challenges. Partake in this critical analysis of the entrepreneurial mindset, and develop these valuable skills essential for twenty-first-century careers and education. In this course, students will engage in several assignments and learning experiences to understand and assess opportunities, develop feasible solutions and communicate them effectively and persuasively to various audiences.

Every great architect is a great artist. Architecture is visual art that is designed for the present, with an interpretation of the future and an awareness of the past. Develop your free-hand drawing skills and techniques, and learn to sketch buildings and architectural space accurately from observation. Get a handle on perspective and architectural compositions, sharpen your architectural vision, and learn about the history of architecture while sketching outdoors in the picturesque setting of Old Cairo. Join us on this exciting discovery journey of architectural drawing and design.

Fascinated by science? Learning about physics does not just prepare you for a career in science, technology and engineering but for any fast-paced career as you engage in complex analysis and problem solving required for real-world problems. Examine how the world around us works through this exciting close-up encounter with the science of physics.

The study of psychology enables you to develop insights on human thoughts, behaviors and feelings and exposes you to various areas of research. They will help you better understand yourself and the people around you and become aware of the psychological processes that affect our thoughts and behaviors. 

In today’s information-rich world, statistics play a vital role in understanding every field of study. They help businesses thrive, engineers make decisions and social scientists understand trends and develop theories. Learn how to use data, make valid conclusions and researched assumptions, and work with numerical evidence to reach concrete decisions. Join us this summer for a mind-sharpening experience. 

Journalism and communications can have a significant impact on people’s lives and how they interpret the world they live in. Journalism is the art of providing the right information to the right audience via the right medium to help people gain a better understanding of the world. Get a 360-degree understanding of how the journalism and communications industries operate, addressing three areas of study: multimedia journalism, communication media arts and integrated marketing communication. Explore different topics like the power of social media, media ethics, storytelling, advertising, visual communication, photography and many more.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the individual learning outcomes for each course, the following AUC freshman program learning goals are achieved through CBA courses. These goals enhance academic, social and cognitive skills at all levels.

  • Critical Thinking: Explore, connect and evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating conclusions or informed opinions.
  • Oral Communication: Engage effectively and constructively in discussions, and present information orally in a stimulating manner.
  • Written Communication: Develop and express ideas in writing for a variety of purposes; persuade different audiences, and use writing to communicate effectively.
  • Critical Reading: Analyze, interpret and make connections through a variety of written texts and other media.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate and contribute effectively to team goals.
  • Information Literacy: Identify, locate and evaluate information from a variety of sources, and use it responsibly in communicating your ideas.
  • Ethics and Civic Engagement: Engage with social and ethical issues; recognize and critically reflect on civic identity and responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • High-school students 10th grade or beyond.
  • Students may only enroll in one College Bound: AUC course per summer.
  • A maximum of nine credits (three different College Bound: AUC course titles with a passing grade) may be transferred towards the undergraduate program, each taken in a separate year.


  • Submit an English writing sample (at least 750 words): essay or reflection, except for the Arabic course(s), no essay required
  • Submit a copy of your report card for the past two years of school
  • Submit a recommendation letter from a high-school teacher within the past academic year. The teacher must mention the student’s capacity for academic study in English


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