Academic English for Freshmen

Welcome to AUC. We hope this will be a successful semester for all of you. English 0210 is a valuable course, the aim of which is to improve students’ reading, writing and study skills in order to help them cope more confidently with freshman-level work.

In addition to language skills, the course introduces students to the various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. This helps students become more familiar with the educational philosophy of liberal arts education, for which this institution is renowned.

With best wishes for a successful semester,

Azza El Shebeeni
English 0210 Coordinator



English 0210 is a noncredit, freshman-level, integrated, academic English course, within the Department of English Language Instruction (ELI) of The American University in Cairo. Students are placed into English 0210 either directly, based on their entrance scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT), or through the Intensive English Program of the ELI, based on their exit test scores. Students exit ENGL0210 into RHET 1010.


The goal of ENGL 0210 is to teach reading, writing and summarizing skills within content areas related to different disciplines. Students are expected to transfer these skills to their study of academic courses.

In accordance with AUC's commitment to liberal education, ENGL 0210 uses a variety of information resources and a broad background knowledge, using introductory reading selections from different disciplines. State-of-the-art Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) laboratories are available to English 0210 students for use during class and open-access hours.


Our Mission

English 0210 is an integrated language skills ​course that prepares students of various backgrounds with competencies that promote self-confidence and subsequent success in the rhetoric and composition courses, as well as other academic courses and the University at large. The course provides students with integrated academic reading and writing practice through exposure to a variety of disciplines and other associated issues. Accordingly, English 0210 students gain knowledge of liberal education principles and academic fields while developing their reading and writing strategies. They learn to take responsibility for their own academic progress, working both independently and collaboratively, and to appreciate individual and cultural differences in a student-centered course environment.

English 0210 is fully accredited by the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation.



For new students (direct entrants), placement in English 0210 is determined by their scores on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For students coming from the Intensive English Program (IEP), placement in English 0210 is determined by their scores on the IEP exams. Students exiting English 0210 are placed in RHET 1010.

Freshmen taking English 0210 may enroll in no more than two academic courses with a maximum of seven course credits.



English 0210 classes meet four days a week for three contact hours, along with additional set times for one-on-one meetings with teachers. Students are required to attend these meetings.

Attendance in English 0210 is very important. A student who, for any reason, misses more than 10 days of class in any one semester, will not be allowed to sit for the English 0210 final exam.

All students who are enrolled in English 0210 must satisfactorily complete the course work within a time period that does not exceed two full semesters and a summer session.

On your first day of class in English 0210, check your name on the bulletin board in the English 0210 corridor, located at the department of English Language Instruction, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall, plaza  level.  If you do not find your name, go to room P067 for inquiry.