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Some refer to Egypt as the Cradle of Civilization. A leading power in the Middle East, Egypt's rich culture and history span several millennia.
Situated on the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is home to more than 17 million people and is the largest city in Africa. The sprawling city is the cultural center of the Arabic-speaking world. Modern Cairo encompasses many former cities and their monuments. Five thousand years of culture are concentrated here, at the center of three continents. Today's skyline mixes minarets and palm trees with art deco villas and multicolored neon - but you can still see the sunset over the Nile. Cairo has a unique atmosphere: both exciting and relaxed. The city pulses with life while the Nile flows on to the sea.
Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo (AUC) enrolls approximately 5,000 students in its degree, Arabic language, and study abroad programs. The student body at AUC is 85% Egyptian. Built in 2008, AUC's modern campus is located outside the city in a suburb called New Cairo. The new campus is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technology.
The AUC offers an American-style liberal arts education to students in its three undergraduate divisions: the School for Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business, Economics and Communication, and the School of Engineering and Sciences. Study abroad students enroll in courses across the curriculum in the three undergraduate schools.
Students take five classes while studying abroad at AUC. Students are required to take one class in Arabic language, one class in Egyptian culture and civilization, and three additional classes from across the curriculum.
For a list of course offerings at AUC, please click here. A dynamic schedule for each semester can be found here.
Students have two housing options at AUC:
Option 1: AUC has modern on-campus housing facilities which are convenient to classes. Located near the student athletics facilities, 12 houses accommodate a total of close to 500 students on campus.
Option 2: Students can live at the Zamalek Student Residence Hall. The hall is located in a residential area on Gezirah Island, which is within downtown Cairo. Students commute to the AUC campus via fee-paying shuttle buses that run regularly to the campus in New Cairo.
In both cases, accommodations for men and women are separate. Students are not permitted in the living quarters of students of the opposite sex. All students, male and female, interact in the public areas on the ground floor of the residences. There is no meal plan. Students purchase individual meals at the AUC cafeteria and at local restaurants.
More information about housing at AUC, including virtual tours, can be found here: http://www.aucegypt.edu/STUDENTLIFE/RESLIFE/Pages/default.aspx
Prior to AUC's orientation, students have the option to take part in a five day "crash course" in spoken Egyptian colloquial Arabic. The four day long orientation for new students that follows will be conducted on campus one day and include a three day excursion to one or more destinations such as Alexandria, Sinai, or the Red Sea.
In addition to the excursions included in the orientation program, students will have the opportunity to sign up for other trips organized by AUC. The International Student Services Office's Egypt 101 program includes weekend and weeklong trips in Egypt and the surrounding region.