Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and a center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University offers 37 undergraduate, 44 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges, facing both the region and the world. It also offers a globally-recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic
Egyptian and broader regional economies. The University’s modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus constitutes a visionary investment in the future of Cairo, Egypt and the region — a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching, lifelong learning and civic engagement.The Greater Cairo area has a population of 20 million people with the city sprawled along the longest river in the world. 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.
Boston College students enroll directly at AUC and take a full-time semester course load consisting of 15 credits. BC students are strongly encouraged to enroll in language classes through the Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI). As part of a wide range of courses instructed in English, AUC offers more than 300 community-based learning courses designed to connect the values of civic responsibility to the classic academic mission of the University. Students have the opportunity
to engage in community service directly related to their course goals, enabling them to link theory with action through guided reflection. Through fieldwork and volunteering, students participate in projects addressing a variety of community needs in areas including poverty alleviation, quality education, housing, literacy, environmental awareness, NGO development, youth inclusion and more. For detailed information, please review the AUC fact sheet 2019-20
Ms. Rana El Shabrawy
Manager, International students
American University in Cairo (AUC)
Office of International Programs (IPO)
AUC Avenue Road
90 Campus Center Building
Cairo 11835, Egypt
Academics & Support
Students receive academic advising and and help with course registration through the The Office of International Programs (IPO). IPO is also responsible for academic advising and course registration for all incoming study-abroad students. The IPO will act as an academic guide, aiding students during the add-drop period and throughout the semester. The course catalog
and class schedule for the upcoming term will be available online under Dynamic Course Catalog
Fall Term: late August through late December
Spring Term: late January through late May
BC students are expected to live on campus, in the AUC residence halls. AUC on-campus residences
consist of 12 genders separated residential units designed to maximize the engagement among residents and feeds to the purpose of creating residential communities. Each residential unit includes a common lounge that serves as a public space for cooking, studying and/or socializing. The residence halls are adjacent to an outdoor plaza area that serves as a venue for residential life programs and events, plus a study room that is accessible 24/7. AUC is dedicated to decreasing the University’s carbon footprint, promoting environmental research, implementing recycling programs and raising awareness about sustainable causes. AUC was ranked as the number one green campus in North Africa by GreenMetric World University Ranking.
Students can choose from a variety of healthy, affordable and delicious food choices at 15 locations across campus. The main cafeteria on campus offers ready-to-eat hot and cold options prepared with local ingredients. Vending machines and convenience stores are available on campus and stay open for extended hours.
Students can choose from over 60 student-led clubs and social societies
across a range of interests from food to art, music, theater, sports, debating, history, literature, biology, women’s rights and more. An integral part of the intensive language program at ALI is its cultural dimension. The program includes tours and trips to major Pharaonic, Christian and Islamic monuments inside and outside of Cairo, as well as excursions to local archaeological sites and museums. The visits supplement the coursework and are led by professional guides. The program also includes extracurricular activities including calligraphy, music, Quranic studies, community engagement and more. Students also enjoy exploring the winding streets of Cairo, a budding art and music scene, as well as numerous cafes and coffee houses, famous for their tea and backgammon.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Cairo, as well as all necessary arrangements to comply with immigration requirements. Students are advised to review the US Department of State travel advisory on Egypt and stay informed as they plan to travel to the region.