American University in Cairo Cairo, Egypt

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Since its founding in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) has been an essential contributor to the social, political, and cultural life of the Arab world. The university provides a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate, and global understanding among the faculty, staff, and students who gather in its halls. Cairo is a dynamic city where ancient pyramids overlook bustling streets and modern architecture. Students at AUC will experience a diversity of nationalities and perspectives at a prestigious university in the cultural and political center of Egypt.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
January - May


Students will enroll full-time for one semester alongside AUC graduate students and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Subject areas include:

  • Arabic Studies
  • Economics in International Development
  • Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Middle East Studies
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Political Science (International Relations)

Language Requirement

Courses are taught in English.

It is recommended that students study Arabic before going to Egypt in order to gain communication skills for daily life in Cairo.

Arabic language courses are available at AUC, but credits can not be applied to AU transcripts.