The American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

About

For nearly 100 years, The American University in Cairo has been welcoming students and teachers from around the world. Founded in 1919, AUC is Egypt’s leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and is ranked among the top universities in the world. AUC’s 260-acre technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive campus is located in the heart of New Cairo – a secure, residential suburb in Cairo. AUC delivers 35+ undergraduate and 40+ graduate programs to over 6,500 students through its six schools, and boasts more than 38,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.

Founded
1919
Headquarters

AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
Cairo
11835
Egypt

Reviews

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Chaima
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

don't want to write a review because this means that my experience is coming to an end.
I really enjoyed and still enjoying every minute i'm spending here. I want to thank you for allowing me to have precious time in your amazing uni and amazing country. I appreciate every little thing here from the doctors to the security guards everyone is so kind and supportive.
i discovered a completely different Egypt of the one I was expecting. I discovered a safe, fun and kind one and I couldn’t be happier because when i came here , i had this idea that i will face some difficulties regarding the conditions of the country which hopefully didn't happen !
i hope i will have the chance to come back and i definitely recommend the experience to anyone you won't be disappointed.
Thank You ❤

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Camilla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have really loved living in Cairo and studying at AUC, and I would recommend it to anyone. The AUC campus is beautiful and they offer so many interesting courses. I study psychology, and getting to see my field from a middle eastern perspective has been highly interesting and has taught me a lot.

The semester is coming to an end, and I must say I've been surprised at how much I've enjoyed staying here, - so much so that I wish I didn't have to go back home. I have learned so much, both academically and personally, met some wonderful people and fallen in love with the chaotic and charming city of Cairo. People are really friendly and helpful, and there is just so much to experience here!

Are you thinking of studying in Cairo? Do it!

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Marie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Campus is beautiful, classes are interesting, and people are nice. Egypt is a great place to be an exchange student because people here are open, helpful, and easy to talk with. Although applying may be a bit of a hassle, once you get to campus the student support is top notch; way above and beyond any other institution I've been to. If you do not know any Arabic beforehand, I would recommend investing time in that while you're here. Not because it's necessary but because it will add so much to your experience. You will probably be perpetually lost at first (and maybe later too, depending on your memory and sense of direction), learn to go with that. There's beauty in being lost and asking for help. My best advice is come here and see for yourself.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
So I haven't actually eaten it yet, but I plan to try a stuffed pigeon before going home. I'm told it's good...
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Kristine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

... is what you will enjoy being enrolled as an AUC-student! The American University in Cairo offers the experience of an affluent and academically excellent American university located in beautiful and historical Egypt. That is, you get to attend a university based on the American highly and globally acknowledged system and explore a new and interesting culture all the while.
AUC offers a high amount of interesting courses in several fields. The quality of the academics presented here is very high, and once you settle for courses that match your level, you can be sure that they will impact your general education. Professors are competent, helpful and friendly, and the relation between professors and students is somewhat relaxed although it is also formal. The communication at the university is generally incredible whether it is between students and professors or students and administration. You will find an appropriate office located within campus for any issue you may have, where you can ask for help and guidance.
Besides the academics, AUC offers several options for social life on and off campus, and there are scheduled events every week. There are student organisations, unions and sport teams. There are some arranged trips around Egypt initiated by the university, which is perfect for the students abroad, who get the chance to go and explore in groups. Additionally, if you still do enjoy academic content in your free time, there are always additional (and very interesting!) lectures to attend on campus throughout the day.
The security and safety of campus are very reliable and generally good as well as is daily life in Cairo. Whether on or off campus, people are generally friendly and helpful, and it is easy to make friends. This is an important chance to experience the "true" Egyptian culture firsthand, which you should not miss out on.
I will recommend AUC to any exchange/study abroad student!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Although AUC-campus is quite amazing, make sure to go and explore Cairo-life outside the uni-gates! There are numbers of beautiful and historical places to see around Egypt, and although there are many, many students enrolled at AUC, there are many, many other people to meet around the country as well.
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Sandra
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a media communications major, studying in Egypt has been an experience of a life time. In my time in Egypt, I've gotten the chance to go to excursions in Modern and Old Coptic Cairo, visited Egyptian sites like the Pyramids in Giza, the Egyptian Museum, an oasis and iconic cities in Egypt. At the same time have taken classes in my focus of study with local Egyptian students and have gotten to understand their perspective and techniques on media. I also had the chance to work on productions for music video projects, have been interviewed for the university's study abroad promotional video campaigns. Lastly, participated in the centennial international day, representing Mexico as a Mexican American I got to visit the Mexican Embassy in Egypt.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment I have experienced in Egypt that proved to be one of the best, even when I had zero experience. Was standing on top of sand dunes with the only way down was to sand board down the slope and fly off a ramp midway down back to an Egyptian oasis. I definitely enjoyed myself in those exhilarating moments.

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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.