|Who is it for?|
|All students who have been admitted to AUC are required to take part in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program. This includes undergraduate Egyptian and international degree-seeking students and students at the Department of English Language Instruction.
|What happens during the four-day program?|
|Just before the first week of classes, new students attend a four-day program consisting of plenary and workshop sessions, as well as an evening convocation. Each of the four days covers a theme that highlights a key value or area of knowledge prioritized in the University mission statement.
Students are divided into groups of approximately 17 to 18 students each. Each section is supervised by a facilitator, assisted by a peer leader. Services of the various offices are presented by staff members during the plenary sessions.
Convocation celebrates the students’ initiation as members of the AUC community. Parents and members of the University's senior administration are present at this event, where refreshments are served and students receive FYE completion certificates.
Prior to the convocation, the language and writing programs are introduced to both parents and students in separate sessions according to students’ English placement.
The convocation's opening address provides parents with an overview of a liberal arts education, the core values upheld by the University – integrity, community responsibility and respect for diversity – and an overview of the limits and challenges of their responsibility as parents of college-level students. Convocation also allows students to gain a better understanding of acceptable behavior at formal public ceremonies.