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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Exchange
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art Studio, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Engineering, Drama, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Film, Finance, History, Islamic World Studies, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Credits: 15 +
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Housing Options: Residence Hall
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:

Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
American University in Cairo


Egypt is a unique, ancient, and wondrous destination that has much to offer its visitors. The Greater Cairo area has a population of 20 million people sprawled along the longest river in the world, the Nile. Encompassing the Pyramids of Giza, beautiful mosques and churches, as well as numerous museums, the Arab world’s most populous city is teeming with life. Explore the winding streets of Cairo will lead to a budding art and music scene, including cafes and coffee houses famous for their tea and backgammon. The dialect of Arabic spoken in Egypt is the most well known and most understood in the Arab world, making Egypt a prime language learning center in the Middle East.


Courses taught at the American University of Cairo are typically three credits and taught in English. Participants on this program should plan to enroll in 12-16 credits worth of courses (4-5 classes). Language instruction is encouraged and available both in Modern Standard Arabic and in the Egyptian dialect. To view the full list of academic offerings, visit the AUC course catalog.

The schedule of classes includes instructor information, language of instruction, and course meeting times, but may not be available at the time of application. Instead, students should select several extra courses from the course catalog in case there are scheduling conflicts or other difficulties.

Housing Accommodation & Meals

Students live in single-sex, on-campus university residences with other international and Egyptian students. Each residence building has a lounge, study room, courtyard, kitchenette, and terrace. Rooms come fully furnished, include heating and air conditioning, and have high speed wireless internet. The building is equipped to assist students with special needs, and overnight visitors are allowed on a space available basis.

In addition to having the ability to prepare food in their residence hall, students also have access to a number of food outlets on campus. Most options are closed on Friday, but the main cafeteria is open 24/7.


Additional information and scholarship options can be found on the the study abroad scholarships webpage.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022
Rolling Admission 08/29/2022 12/21/2022
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2023 05/31/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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