Study Abroad at The American University in Cairo

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About

With more than 35 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs, you are sure to find the right one for you. At AUC, we offer a wide and diverse range of U.S. and globally accredited academic programs, designed to meet the needs of all types of learners. Explore sociology, Egyptology, gender and women’s studies or comparative religion; enroll in the region’s top Middle East studies program; study your preferred field of engineering; or learn how to start up a green business in our sustainable development program.

Highlights
  • Enjoy Total Immersion in Cairo’s Culture. Employers today seek to hire global citizens with international exposure and diverse cultural experiences.
  • Talk like an Egyptian; Perfect your Arabic. Spoken by 295 million speakers worldwide, Arabic is among the top 10 high demand business languages today.
  • Diversify your studies; Explore new fields. At AUC, we offer a wide and diverse range of U.S. and globally accredited academic programs, designed to meet the needs of all types of learners.
  • Stand out and jump-start your career. As an AUC student, you can exploit a professional team of certified career counselors to enhance your employability.
  • Feel safe on campus: Your home away from home.

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Reviews

88%
based on 41 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9.4
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Mikel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester Abroad

Excellent Faculty always prepared to assist you and provide guidance. Very good Arabic courses.The University is very big and contains many sport facilities such as a swimmingpool, a running track, gyms, a baskettball court and a soccer field. The library is very modern and big, with electric sockets, wifi and AC. The environment is always very fiesty and there are always many activities to undertake. The best part are the trips around Egypt organized by the university. The university, as Egypt in general, is a very safe country. The university is located in the desert, in New cario. It is close to many malls and very good restuarants. The atmosphere is very quite and there is a lot of nature around the campus that makes the study experience even better.

Wigdan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Love this school!

AUC offers an excellent opportunity for those who are looking for a fresh and exciting adventure, while receiving an excellent education. The faculty and staff extends unconditional support, and have made my stay here a wonderful experience. Not to mention that the campus is the most beautiful, especially during Spring and Summer when the flowers all over campus are in full bloom. The students at AUC are super friendly, and have made the transition here that more exciting! I love it here and will be so sad when I graduate! I stayed in AUC new campus, which is a little ways away from Downtown, but there are several buses offered to students that can get me to anywhere in Cairo! So much to see here and experience!

Gabriel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The AUC Experience

Deciding on a school for postgraduate studies is one of the most challenging decisions most parents and students face particularly, with the myriad of institutions dotted around. Being a perfectionist, I lingered over the choice until my elder brother urged me to apply to AUC. Right from the get go, the International Peer Leaders and the First Year Experience (FYE) team make sure that the transition process is seamless. International students are made to feel at home and quickly integrated into the AUC community. Trips are organized for international student to network and explore the rich heritage of Egypt. AUC truly lives up to its reputation as Egypt's Global University. AUC has given me a whole new perspective on life and prepared me to face the future with confidence in my abilities.
If you are planning to study in an institution which supports you right through the application process and stays with you for the rest of your life then, AUC is your surest bet. Coming to AUC has been one of the most fulfilling chapters of my academic story.

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Hanna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intriguing Academics and Beautiful Campus

I was extremely impressed with the diversity of courses available to me as an international student. I was able to direct enroll, so I had the opportunity to take courses that I wouldn't have at my home institution. I was able to learn a lot about Egyptian society, both classical and contemporary, which makes everyday life more exciting when you can understand and appreciate the things around you. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and really helped me engage in the course material- a lot of which I had never been exposed to prior to my semester here. The campus is absolutely beautiful, with palm trees and fountains at every turn.

Egypt is such a unique country, and gave me an unforgettable study abroad experience. The international student office is extremely helpful and organize outings to help you acclimate to your new environment. They do a really good job of helping all the international students bond with each other, which makes the transition easier since you're surrounded by people who most likely feel the same as you.

What would you improve about this program?
New Cairo is about 45 minutes away from Cairo. Uber is readily available and extremely convenient, but the distance makes it hard to really immerse yourself in an authentic Egyptian experience.
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Hind
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Potential

This is my fifth year at AUC and I am very happy with my choice to come here to live and study. The professors in the Political Science department are exceptionally helpful and have immense knowledge to give the students. They never fail to make the learning experience challenging and very much worth the hard work. I appreciate how available they always are and how ready they are to help with any difficulty.
International students are treated very well here and provided with all the assistance and care they could ever need. Many of the professors are the reason why I stayed here at AUC for my MA in Political Science.
It is a wonderful campus and campus life would benefit so much academically and socially with more international students.
The location of the campus is pretty remote from old Cairo where internationals can have the real Egyptian Experience. Still you can always plan a trip downtown and enjoy it anytime you want.

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Chimsom
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Place...Full of Potentials

AUC is good, full of opportunities for curious minds.
I had my skepticisms when coming to Egypt for grad studies, but AUC provides the appropriate standard that could be obtained anywhere in the world.
The location within Cairo is good, it is accessible from anywhere in the city. The learning environment is conducive, encouraging exploration and research. The staff and faculty are very helpful, and are ready to help willing students in their academic and career pursuits. As I grad student, I want to commend the AUC work/study programs, they provide an opportunity to learn new things, and make little cash for some basic needs.
Just like in any society you will find the good, the bad and the ugly in Cairo and AUC as well. The good: AUC is a great place with lots of opportunities for the curious mind, the bad: language barrier within campus is still a nagging issue, the ugly: despite the many efforts of the University to enlighten students about people from outside Egypt, some students are still very ignorant.
In all, its a good place!

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Viola
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had a wonderful time I'll remember forever

I had the best experience as an exchange student in AUC. I absolutely loved my classes (i took anthropology and sociology) and the profs were quite qualified, although sometimes confused. Some gave us too much freedom, which was frustrating. but otherwise they are very knowledgeable and willing to help. I made so many friends through school activities and in the dorms. Dorm community is a very cozy environment, the campus is safe. Only negative was that the level of education is lower than in my home university, but that is only in your advantage if you desire good grades. Also the location of the campus in New Cairo is very inconvenient, because it is far from everything, and there's not much to do in New Cairo. Otherwise, amazing experience, amazing people, qualified staff. Overall, I am too sad to leave this place.

What would you improve about this program?
Fix the visa issues with the international students. A lot of people complained about the system not being effective.
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Briana
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good, but would be better in Tahrir

The level of education here is very good. My professors are great and I am learning a lot. Staff and administration are very competent post-enrollment, though there were quite a few issues prior to my arrival.

Frequent, inexpensive, inclusive trips are arranged by the university to various parts of the country, which is nice for international students.

If your parents are worrying about security, tell them not to. You have to go through two security gates to enter campus, including a metal detector and X-Ray for your bag. To enter the dorms, it's other one to two ID checkpoints depending on whether a door is left open or not. As for the city, I feel safer walking around Cairo alone at night than any city in the United States. As literally the most 24 hour city in the world, you will very rarely be walking down dark streets alone and people here have a tendency to look out for each other.

It may be convenient, but I highly advise against staying in the dorms. The office acts as if they are our parents, with a curfew, requiring use of ID to enter (they do track who goes in and out in order to enforce the curfew), and a total prohibition on visitors of the opposite sex, alcohol, and smoking. I literally had more freedom when I was 15.

What would you improve about this program?
The location of the "New Campus" is 40 minutes away from anything interesting. New Cairo is just a bunch of shopping malls and elites who have no idea what the real Egypt is like. There is little public transportation and the district is very spaced out, so it is difficult to get places if you do not have a car. It would be better if the university moved classes back to the Tahrir Campus (Downtown) so students could actually experience something the country they came to see.
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Maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AUC experience

Now that the semester is ending I look back to amazing experiences. I love this campus so much, I can't get used to it's beauty and I keep discovering new places by accident which is actually worth being late in class for. And there's a pool!! On Campus!!
I took four psychology courses: biopsychology, abnormal psychology, selected topics in neuroscience and family psychology. I liked how I was encouraged to work in groups all the time, since my home university doesn't really do this.
Egypt has always been the place where my heart lives, the culture and people are beautiful, I really miss that in Holland. All with all, I'm very grateful for this beautiful experience but nothing can describe my gratefulness for the amazing people I met. I will miss you all.

What would you improve about this program?
I feel like education (in psychology) sometimes needs to have a more scientific background.
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Abdullah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A good experience in AUC

Actually before coming here, I was expecting a different experience. I had lots of bad moments because of the challenging life conditions in Egypt, however, AUC and AUC community always helped me. For academic purposes, it is different than European education system, the university totally adapts the American system. Even though being integrated into the system is a bit difficult, instructors are well educated and helpful. Also I have lots of good friends here and I went lots of good destinations where resemble heaven. Cairo is especially a crowded and noisy city, and living here is difficult for foreigners if you don't know Arabic. However, Egypt is also a country that i have lots of good beaches and blue diving points. I am happy to be here and I am recommending this program to those who want to choose Egypt.

What would you improve about this program?
International students can be integrated more into the life in Egypt by more travels.
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Kaye
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Whole New World

I went into studying at AUC, with the simple intention of doing something different from everyone else. I couldn't have imagined what an insane journey I was about to throw myself on, and how much I learned from doing so. I left the US that February and entered into a culture that celebrates religion, speaks a different language and moves at a different pace. I remember staring out the windows in awe as I was driven from the airport to my dorms. Nothing compares to the hilarity and energy of a Cairo street where fancy cars are followed by donkey-driven carts, and McDonalds billboards rise above half finished houses with chickens on the roof.

I learned so much during my time in Cairo and AUC. The Arabic program was phenomenal, the people were kind, the adventures endless. We were given the opportunity to see everything from the red sea, to the black and white desert, to the tombs of Tutankhamun. Egypt is an incredible place with immense history and culture to share. I highly recommend people to take the leap and jump out of their comfort zone into this magical land.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the biggest improvement would have been to create more opportunities outside of the classroom for people to interact with Egyptian students. Because we were primarily paired with other study abroad students our chances to really befriend Egyptian classmates came down to our own willpower rather than an assist from the study abroad team.

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About The American University in Cairo (AUC)

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...