Cairo is one of the most historic cities in the world and a hub between the western and Arab regions. It is the capital of Egypt and the second largest city in the Muslim world. Home to over 6 million people, the city can be hectic, exciting and surprising, but never lacks for things to do. From ancient monuments to sprawling markets, there are thousands of sites for visitors to explore.
The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.
AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.
AUC also offers an intensive Arabic program. The Arabic Language Institute (ALI) was initially established in 1921 as the Center for Arabic Studies. It has attracted thousands of students and scholars over the years from different parts of the world to pursue their study of Arabic at various levels. As part of one of the oldest private, accredited, foreign institutions of higher education in the Middle East, ALI continues to be the leading academic center for the study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most comprehensive and diversified Arabic language instruction and training worldwide.
Most majors; minimum sophomore standing; 3.0 GPA
Classes are taught in English and Arabic language courses are also offered
International Student Affairs provides a comprehensive orientation program for all new international students. Orientation is designed to help with the practical matters of settling into your new environment and facilitate adjustment to a new cultural and educational setting.
AUC offers a wide range of classes in arts and sciences, business, economics, and humanities. Students can take four to five classes per semester, but each summer session comprises two or three classes. A maximum of 18 credits per semester can be earned; and six to nine can be earned during the summer.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
The American University in Cairo offers two excellent residence facilities for students. The Zamalek residence is located in one of downtown Cairo’s residential districts located slightly northwest of central Cairo. An urban up-scale area with a large cosmopolitan population, students will find some of Cairo’s best shopping, entertainment and dining in Zamalek.
In Spring 2009, AUC opened a brand new on-campus student residence facility in New Cairo. This residence for student living provides a greater variety of living spaces for both men and women in the form of cottages, or large townhouses. The on-campus residence provides the comfort of close proximity to classes and university life.
Currently Marquette students are required to live in the on-campus housing. AUC does not offer a meal plan, but there are a variety of places to eat on campus and in downtown Cairo. In general we estimate meals to cost approximately $300 per month due to Egypt’s lower cost of food.
Students are able to study at AUC for a semester, a full year or for the summer. Typically the fall semester is late August through late December and the spring semester is late January to late May. Their are typically two summer sessions that run May through June or June into August.
|Spring 2013||Summer 2012||Fall 2012|
|Program begins||Jan. 22||May 17 or June 28||Aug. 26|
|Orientation||Jan. 22-23, 27-29||May 17-18 or June 28-29||Aug. 26-30|
|Classes begin||Jan. 30||May 21 or July 2||Sept. 2|
|Exams||May 21-26||June 22 or Aug. 3||Dec. 15-20|
|End of Semester||May 26||June 22 or Aug. 3||Dec. 21|
A student visa is required for this program. Students are encouraged to apply for their visa with an Egyptian consulate before departing on their program. Depending on the consulate, processing can take from one day to three weeks, so students should not wait to investigate the requirements.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted by Monash before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
*Other costs include a student fee, country-specific insurance, transportation and estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Semester Tuition and CISI Insurance costs are billed and paid through Marquette University’s Bursar Office. All other costs, including summer tuition and all housing, are paid directly to AUC by the student. Meeting AUC’s payment deadlines for these costs are the student’s responsibility.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.