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The American University in Cairo (AUC)


Why Study at AUC?
With 40 majors and 55 minors, AUC offers 2000+ courses within an American liberal arts system taught by faculty from around the globe. Learn Arabic at an institution with 60+ years of experience teaching Arabic to diplomats, scholars and journalists, AUC has something for everyone!

Campus Life
Thrive on a world-class, environmentally responsible, green campus and join a diverse community from 60+ countries around the globe.
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Career Center
AUC’s internships, work-study programs and job shadowing opportunities allow you to enhance your resume as you earn your degree.
Beyond the Classroom
Discover your interests and develop your skills with like-minded individuals through 70+ student clubs on campus, work alongside faculty and researchers on issues unique to Egypt and the Middle East.

Discover Egypt
Discover the wonders of Egypt, from historic Cairo, ancient pharaonic temples in Luxor to the deep Red Sea.


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Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo, Egypt is an excellent destination for study abroad programs. The university provides quality education programs, taught by professionals in a dynamic approach. Support from the International Office is helpful for the incoming students, preparing them for a smooth integration in the school and Cairo in general. As a student studying online, the programs at AUC have transitioned perfectly to online learning, facilitating close contact for both academic and co-curricular activities.

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Arabic classes at AUC

Learning Arabic at AUC was a wonderful experience! I chose to take both Modern Standard Arabic (formal) and the Egyptian dialect. If you want to be able to understand written Arabic, the formal Arabic is inevitable. If you want to learn the spoken dialect, I would choose Egyptian!

What I want to highlight the most, was how our teacher made us feel comfortable and at ease from the first day of class! We explored the language together as a group, and she created the best learning environment.

I highly want to recommend this course! You will get plenty of guidance and the chance to ask any questions you want, hear interesting and fun facts about the Egyptian culture and the possibility to learn the most beautiful language!

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Studying Arabic at AUC

Having the opportunity to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo is something that I will never forget! My instructor was so personable, and our class became like a family. Each of us would look forward to class days and enjoyed learning more and talking with our professor and each other. She was a support for us and not only catered growth in my language abilities, but also in my cultural experience during my time in Cairo. I learned so much and grew in my Arabic abilities, more than I could have imagined, between the wonderful instruction at the university and being able to practice out and about in the city. I would recommend this program to anyone, and wish I could have continued longer with my class at AUC!

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Learning Arabic at the American University in Cairo

Learning Arabic during my stay in Cairo made it so much more worthwhile. The staff in the Arabic Language Department was always very kind and helpful and my teacher turned my Arabic class into a little highlight each week. Even though it was a lot of work to study a new alphabet, new words and get the pronunciation right, I enjoyed classes a lot - also because we actively spoke Arabic in class, had to do a lot of fun assignments and took a small field trip to Old Cairo. Staying in Cairo and being able to see the progress I made in class in every day life was a great feeling and I would definitely recommend studying Arabic at AUC.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to use the language outside of the classroom.
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Immerse into Arabic and Egyptian culture at the American University in Cairo

I had an amazing time in Egypt learning Arabic at AUC. I joined the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) course as well as the Egyptian dialect (Amiya). I have the feeling my Arabic really improved more than expected. The approach at AUC was very personal, and our professor was highly professional and created a very nice learning environment. We were even invited to her home with the whole Arabic class to eat traditional Egyptian food. I would definitely recommend studying Arabic here at the American University in Cairo.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely go an eat Koshary, the best Egyptian food ever!!!


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I chose this program to study abroad in Cairo, Egypt, to give me an opportunity to reconnect with my roots.

My family is originally from Egypt and, having lived in the US my entire life, I have always felt so distant from my culture.

Studying abroad at AUC was the perfect chance for me to learn more about the Egyptian lifestyle, live in a country so different than what I know, study Arabic, and connect with family that I have in Egypt.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Due to the fact that my home university does not offer any programs in Egypt, they did not assist me with much when it came to planning my abroad experience. I informed them that I was choosing to participate in a non-affiliated abroad program, and the organization was on me at that point on. I applied to AUC independently and organized my travels.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

A piece advice that I would give to someone that chooses to study in Egypt is to put yourself out of your comfort zone, enjoy every day making the most of each opportunity, and soak up the culture as much as possible.

Moving to Cairo is already a leap of faith for most people, so you might as well immerse yourself in the uncomfortableness because the best growth comes from these times of discomfort.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

A day in the life in this program entails classes at the New Cairo campus.

I would have Arabic classes in the mornings, followed by lunch at the oriental food place on campus. We might hang out in the gardens and enjoy the Cairo sunshine, chat, do homework, play games, or just enjoy each other's company and the beautiful campus.

On days that I didn't have school, I would try and explore the city, head downtown to sightsee or visit family.

Overall, days were filled with lots of food, laughs, sunshine, and exploring.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear going into my study abroad experience was that I would be lonely or not meet many friends. I went into the program pretty much solo and was afraid that I wouldn't find people that I connected with. This fear was almost immediately squashed because I met the most wonderful people. I went into the experience striving to put myself out there and be my authentic self. This taught me that being yourself will attract people to you who you'll connect with.

What was the biggest take-away from your abroad experience?

Living abroad taught me so much about the world, about myself, and about humanity. I learned that being true to who you are is so valuable, and the power of human connection is beautiful. Through connecting with family that I didn't know prior, to meeting amazing people from around the world, I formed lasting connections. Traveling and seeing how people different from you live teaches you so much. It gives you a new perspective and opens your mind to seeing the world.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Salima Ikram

Job Title
Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Ikram is an Egyptologist who has excavated in Egypt since she was a student in 1986, and has also worked in Greece, Turkey, and Sudan. Her main interests in terms of ancient Egypt are death and mummification, daily life, food, rock art, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeozoologist, and the cultural heritage protection. She has published extensively on these subjects, both for adults and children, and has also appeared on television.

What is your favorite travel memory?

The first time I went into the Great Pyramid at Giza when I was 9.5 years old was amazing – the dramatic architecture of the Grand Gallery that shot up through the pyramid was awe-inspiring, and the whole space filled me with wonder. This was one of the pivotal moments in my decision to become an Egyptologist.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have been blessed with the opportunity to live and work in Egypt, and have had access to study its monuments as well as to dig them up. I have also been able to take students to visit the sites and also to work on them, which allows both them and myself to grow as scholars and human beings, as we witness the astonishingly rich culture of ancient Egypt.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the nicest things a student has said (actually, several of them say this) is that they have been extremely well prepared for grad school and that the Egyptology unit at AUC taught them how to think, question, appreciate, and be engaged with Egypt in a way that students who study elsewhere cannot. And, at conferences, they always insist on a group lunch, which is starting to mean taking over an entire restaurant.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The Egyptology Unit at AUC is made up of wonderful scholars with a range of expertise who are engaged in ancient Egypt in a variety of ways. We have a unique understanding and way of interacting with Egypt's culture due to the fact that we live in Egypt and are immersed in both its present and past. We all publish extensively and are involved in a variety of field projects in which we involve our students.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The Egyptology unit works (and plays) together for mutual benefit and also works very hard to ensure that our students have the best possible education as well as opportunities to work in the field and enjoy a wide variety of experiences as well as exposure to different scholars and intellectual paths.