The American University in Cairo
University Info | School of Sciences and Engineering Info
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Language of instruction
The American University in Cairo, founded in 1919, is an independent, nonprofit, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic programs, rooted in the liberal arts, contribute to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. AUC also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate, and understanding across cultures.
Through its six schools, AUC offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate programs serving approximately 6,500 students, as well as educational opportunities to enhance the professional and job skills of more than 40,000 non-degree students. Guiding these exceptional students is a faculty of more than 300 professional and dedicated scholars who hold advanced degrees from leading universities around the world.
AUC’s main campus is located in New Cairo, 35 kilometers East of the Nile and a short distance from the international airport. The 260-acre campus’ state-of-the-art facilities include well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for the sciences and engineering. The original campus, located on eight acres near Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, serves as a cultural center and the primary venue for non-degree continuing education programs, including Engineering and Science Services.
Approximately 90 percent of AUC’s undergraduate students and 80 percent of AUC’s graduate students are Egyptian citizens. The balance comes from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and other Arab countries. Fifty-three percent of the students are female. At least 300 international study abroad students attend AUC each semester and approximately 90 non-degree students study full-time in the intensive Arabic Language Institute each semester.
School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE)
Within the context of the liberal arts approach to education to which AUC is committed, the School of Sciences and Engineering offers degree programs in the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science and computer science as well as an extensive array of engineering programs. A distinguishing feature of the School is the prominence given to laboratory instruction. Practical hands-on experience complements and reinforces the lecture courses. Efficiently managed and well-equipped laboratories are an important pedagogical and research asset in the School.
Students are educated to acquire an appreciation of their responsibilities to society and to prepare themselves for successful careers and leadership. The School provides an environment in which students develop their critical thinking capabilities, problem solving skills, communication skills, and proficiency in the tools of learning.
AUC students create and participate in a wide range of community service and academic clubs and join in multifaceted art, music and theatrical activities. Academic clubs of particular interest to engineering students are the Architecture Association, Construction Engineering Association, Electronics Engineering Association, Petroleum & Energy Engineering Club, Quark Society, Robotics Club, and Green Hands (environmental) Club. Students receive an on-line newsletter called Road 90 every week. For information on student life, including services, sports, residential life, security, and events, see the Studentlife website.
The International Student Affairs office (ISA) organizes special lectures and trips in Egypt for international students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The international student handbook is available on the Studentlife website.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students : Accepted
- Graduate Students : Accepted under special circumstances
- Computer Science Majors : Accepted
Fall, Spring or Academic Year
Courses in Arabic
AUC offers courses for non-native speakers in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial, from the elementary through advanced levels. Exchange students can enroll in appropriate courses as part of their regular course load.
English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores (TOEFL, IELTS)
Students who are non-native speakers of English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTs if they have attended less than three semesters at a university where the language of instruction is English.
For students who need to take an English-proficiency test:
Minimum IELTS score: 7
Minimum TOEFL scores:
Disciplines and Departments Available
- Paper-based: 557
- Computer-based: 220
- Internet-based: 83
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Construction and Architectural Engineering
- Electronics and Communications Engineering
- Mathematics and Actuarial Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum and Energy Engineering
All the science and engineering programs listed above are available as well as computer science, math, and the natural sciences. Exchange students can also take courses in the humanities, social sciences, and business for which they are qualified. They can take credit-bearing courses in modern standard Arabic and/or Egyptian colloquial Arabic, at the appropriate level. It is expected that students will wish to take courses related to Middle East history, culture, politics, economics, and/or society in addition to courses in their major. The AUC catalog can be accessed on the AUC academic catalog website.
Additional application materials?
In addition to the Global E3 application materials, applicants need to fill out the AUC form.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
AUC has rolling admissions for international non-degree students. Exchange students should expect to be notified of admissions approximately five weeks after IIE submits their application to AUC.
Exchange students can seek outside funding to support their studies: Information is available on the Financial Affairs website.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Academic Advising for Exchange Students
The academic advising and placement in courses are handled by International Academic Advising - email@example.com
Orientation for new and international students
- Fall: First week in September to the end of the third week of December
- Spring: Late January to the end of the third week of May
Fall: The last week of August (six days)
Spring: The third week of January (five days)
Before you book your plane ticket, please make sure that you understand that you must arrive just before Orientation and leave after the final exam period.
Workload per semester
Most classes meet Sunday/Wednesday or Monday/Thursday for an hour and fifteen minutes each, starting at 8:30 a.m. Laboratory sessions meet once a week for three hours. Graduate classes meet in the evening for three hours, once a week.
You must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester and may take no more than 15 credits as part of the exchange program. If you want to take additional credits, they must be paid for according to AUC’s per-credit tuition rate.
One transcript will be mailed to your home university advisor within six weeks of the end of the semester, once any library fines and/or financial holds are cleared. If you need additional transcripts you may order them directly from AUC’s registrar for a $5 fee.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Yes, accommodations are available to exchange students on the New Cairo campus and in the dormitory in Zamalek, on an island in the middle of the Nile. Students who choose to live in a dormitory will be directly billed by AUC.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
You can move into the dormitory just before the start of Orientation.
Citizens of the EU or US can obtain their visa upon arrival at the airport for a fee of $15. Upon entrance to the International Arrivals Hall at the Cairo International Airport, stop at one of the banks located in the Hall and purchase a visa. Then proceed to the passport control booth. After registering as a full-time student (12 credit hours or above) at AUC you begin the process of obtaining a student residence visa. You first complete the International Student Data Form in the admission application and submit it to the New York Office, along with a photocopy of your passport, at least three months prior to your planned arrival date in Egypt. Upon arrival, visit the Business support office to submit the application for a longer-term student visa. As the visa can take approximately two weeks to process, you should drop off the application and your passport at that office soon after you arrive.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Students studying at AUC are required to either purchase AUC’s student health insurance for the period of their study at AUC or provide proof to AUC that they are covered by their own individual health insurance purchased at their own expense. That insurance must be of equivalent or superior coverage to that provided by the AUC policy.
Complete information on AUC’s medical insurance website. That page provides details on the coverage, the cost of premiums, and links to the claims forms. Information is also available on the insurance company’s website.
AUC will direct students requiring medical assistance to AUC’s student health facilities and, if necessary, other appropriate facilities. The student is responsible for any medical expenses not covered by the student’s health insurance plan. If AUC determines that a student is in an emergency situation, AUC will promptly notify the student’s home institution and cooperate fully in determining what additional actions may be required.
When should I arrive?
Just before student Orientation, so that you can move directly into the dormitory.
Is airport reception available?
Yes, for a fee of LE 60 ($10-12). The fee is charged to your student account, to be paid within three weeks of your arrival. You must fill out and submit by email or fax the Airport Pickup Request form, available on the Student Life website . Send the email to Nancy Shawky (firstname.lastname@example.org); the fax should be marked to her attention at +20-2-2795-7565.
Is there any bank on campus?
A branch of the Commercial International Bank (CIB) is located in the Administration Building on the New Cairo campus. Another branch is located in the Falaki Building on the Tahrir Square campus. CIB ATM machines are also available on both campuses, and there are ATM machines for various banks located in Cairo.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Approximately $3,000 for the semester ($600 a month). Students living on the new campus can cook in the dormitory. Students living in Zamalek can rent refrigerators but cannot cook. Meals can be purchased from food outlets on the New Cairo campus and from cafes and restaurants near the Zamalek dorm.
Information on the two dormitories and their cost is available on the Office of international Students website.
Students must pay online a $325 housing deposit ($300 housing deposit and $25 application fee) when they fill out the housing application. The $300 deposit is refunded after the student arrives.
AUC provides buses and mini-vans that follow 17 different routes between various parts of the city and the New Cairo campus. One bus goes directly between Zamalek (two blocks from the dormitory) and the new campus. The student bus pass per semester costs $300. Inexpensive taxis and the metro (subway) are available within the city.
Academic expenses (e.g. books, stationery)
Textbooks and supplies are estimated at $350 per semester. Courses with labs have fees of $80-110.
Estimated at $1,250 per semester ($250 per month), but varying according to the kind of travel within and outside Egypt that students want to enjoy.
REQUIRED ADMINISTRATIVE FEES:
Mandatory student services & activities fee: $100 per semester
Mandatory medical service fee: $100 per semester
Mandatory comprehensive insurance fee: $140 per semester
Mandatory Study Abroad Orientation fee: $175
Office responsible for international exchange students
Office of Strategic & International Initiatives
Cairo is a vibrant, complex city with nearly 20 million inhabitants. There are activities available for people of any and every interest – all kinds of music, art, theatre, and movies; religious and cultural sites ranging from the ancient through Coptic and Islamic to the contemporary; sports clubs, exercise places, and horseback and camel riding at the Giza and Sakkara pyramids. The Community Services Association (CSA) in the suburb of Ma’adi helps foreigners adjust to the city.
The website above links to several travel guides and also lists guides to restaurants. The website only lists expensive hotels; there are a wide range of hotels downtown and in Zamalek that are affordable to students.
Alexandria is 2.5 hours away by train; Bahariya, the closest oasis, is a four-hour bus ride; and the beaches at Ain Sukna on the Gulf of Suez are just two hours away. Luxor and Aswan can be reached by overnight train or by an approximately two-hour plane ride. And Egypt’s central location makes it easy to fly elsewhere in the Middle East, East Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean for the holidays.