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 city in the Arab world, AUC is an ideal place to explore your academic interests while you become immersed in Egyptian culture. AUC is Egypt’s global university, allowing study abroad students to build relationships with a diverse student body and gain important global perspectives.

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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.
Graduate Program

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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International Students

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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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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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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International Students

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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For undergraduate applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent) and a minimum of 30 credit hours completed at your home institution. For students from non-English language universities, submit either valid 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.

For graduate applicants: For regular study abroad, you must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. For Arabic Language Intensive Program students, you do not need to be enrolled in a graduate program. For students from non-English language universities, submit any of the following scores that are no more than two years old from your anticipated first date of enrollment: Cambridge English minimum total score of 176 and 185 in writing, International iBT TOEFL minimum total score of 79 and 21 in writing, or Academic IELTS minimum total score of 6.5 and 7 in writing.

Refer to AUC’s application deadlines listed for study abroad/non-degree students and the Arabic Language Institute. Note that your home institution may require an additional application with earlier deadlines. 

Visit the application menu to read through the application checklist and complete your online form. Applicants for the Arabic Language Intensive Program should fill out the application listed under the “Arabic Language Institute."

Once you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email from AUC’s admissions office with the next steps, including sending in additional materials outlined on the application checklist. You must submit the online form and all additional materials by the deadline to be considered for admission to AUC.

Browse courses in the AUC Catalog. Once accepted into the program, follow the steps outlined for academic advising and course registration. If you have any questions or would like to request a course syllabus, email the International Programs Office at


SUMMER 2020  - Intensive Arabic Language Program
Start Date: June 8, 2020 
End Date: July 22, 2020 
Program Length: 7 weeks 

Regular application deadline: May 1, 2020 
Credits Earned: 6-8 depending on level (20 contact hours/week) 

The regular summer session has moved online. Click here for course listings.

FALL 2020 
Arrival Date: ​​​​​​​August 29, 2020 
Departure Date: December 18, 2020
Program Length: 17 Weeks

Regular application deadline: June 1, 2020 
Recommended Credits: 12 - 15

For the fall academic calendar, click here.

Arrival Date:
January 26, 2021
Departure Date: May 20, 2021
Program Length: 17 Weeks
Recommended Credits: 12 - 15
Application deadline if you are applying for an AUC scholarship: October 15, 2020
Regular Application Deadline: December 2020

For the spring academic calendar, click here. 




Tuition: $11,025 (maximum for 15 credits). Click here for details.
Housing: $1,014 (double room). Click here for all room types and rates.
$25 tourist visa (upon arrival for most nationalities) + $100 student visa (to be paid on campus during orientation). Click here for more information on visa matters.
Medical Insurance: $200. Click here for more details on medical insurance.
Personal Expenses: $2,000


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 and academic advisors to learn about transferring aid.

AUC offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more.

AUC also partners with the Fund for Education Abroad, to offer scholarships to eligible undergraduate students. Click here for details.


Cultural Immersion


Hear from AUC Study Abroad Students

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

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
Hana Goarany

AUC is an exceptional university; the opportunities offered here are impressive. Meeting other international students was fascinating, as we all found a certain beauty in Egypt — unlike anywhere else. I look forward to joining student clubs, improving my Arabic and making lifelong friends.

Hana Elgoarany
State University of New York at Old Westbury, United States


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

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's interactive map here.

residence drone

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.


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



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.



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.



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.


New International Students

With the beginning of the new academic year, AUC welcomes the new international students from all over the globe. So the question here is how do they find their new university, and how do they spend their time here on campus? Toka Omar answers these questions and more in this story.

Language Immersion at The American University in Cairo

Study abroad student Ian Rollo saw his time at AUC as a valuable opportunity for language immersion. Through his exchange program in Cairo, he's been able to experience Egyptian Arabic spoken in context and prepare to use these skills across the Middle East.

Study Abroad: Experiencing Cairo Through AUC

Dean of Students George Marquis SAB '81, MA '87 Associate Vice President for Advancement Kim Jackson '84 and Olivia Smith, current study-abroad student from Bard College, recount their unique and life-changing experiences studying abroad at AUC and experiencing Cairo.

Egypt's Global University

With its international faculty, advanced research, liberal arts program, diverse community and expansive alumni network, AUC is Egypt's global university.

The Heya Club

Heya: The Women's Initiative uses dialogue and art to explore women's issues and promote sustainable development. Heya is a UN Women endorsed initiative.

100 Years of Service to the Community

As AUC celebrates 100 years in the service of others, we stop and shine a light on the AUC students, alumni, faculty, and staff behind the most impactful community service projects and initiatives.

Contact Information

International Programs Office

If you are based outside of the U.S. or if you attend one of AUC’s partner universities listed here, contact AUC’s International Programs Office at to learn about your opportunities to study abroad at AUC. Note that the work week in Cairo is Sunday through Thursday.

US Recruitment Manager

If you are based in the U.S. and do not attend one of AUC’s partner universities, email questions to Sarah Shalash at or call 9-5 ET at +1-347-237-0963.