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Cairo, Egypt

This program is not available at this time because of the unstable political environment in Egypt. Students who were considering studying in Egypt should apply to another USC-approved program instead. Arabic language students should consider the programs in Morocco, Jordan, and Israel.


Program Site: The American University in Cairo (AUC) is located at a state-of-the-art, 260-acre campus in New Cairo, at the eastern end of the Cairo metropolitan area and about 45 minutes to 90 minutes from central Cairo by bus.

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters of college-level Arabic (or the equivalent).

Description: Egypt is an amalgam of many peoples and cultures resulting from successive invasions and migrations since Pharaonic times. Nowhere are the contrasts between the ancient and modern worlds displayed as colorfully as in Cairo, a massive city of 16 million inhabitants teeming with life and the sounds of car horns, markets, Arab pop music, and muezzins summoning people to prayer.

Academics: The American University in Cairo is the region’s premier English-language university. Its student population of about 5,500 includes students from 70 different countries, and each semester the university welcomes more than 200 study abroad students. Study abroad students are directly enrolled at AUC and take courses alongside Egyptian students. All courses are taught in English except for those in advanced Arabic literature and Arabic as a foreign language. AUC is well-known for its strengths in Middle Eastern studies, political science and international relations, Egyptology, gender and women's studies, comparative literature, religion, history, and sociology, as well as the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language.

All USC students are required to take at least 3 units of Arabic. Students who want to take more Arabic may take Semi-Intensive Arabic for 6 units, or they may wish to take Modern Standard Arabic for 3 units and Colloquial Egyptian Arabic for 3 units. Students wishing to fulfill their USC language requirement should note that only Modern Standard Arabic can fulfill that requirement. Except for Arabic language courses, USC study abroad students should take AUC 300- and 400-level courses and may take one 500-level (graduate-level) course if they have the necessary academic background.

Course Load and Credit: Students generally take five 3-unit courses, at least one of which must be Arabic language, and can earn a maximum of 15 USC units per semester.

Activities and Other Program Features: AUC has a number of academic, cultural, and community service clubs which students are encouraged to join. Some clubs and other campus entities arrange trips to different parts of Egypt. Some courses, especially Egyptology courses, have a number of off-campus excursions. AUC offers students a number of opportunities to do volunteer work, such as work with migrants and refugees.

Accommodation: AUC has student residences on campus and a dormitory in the Zamalek neighborhood of central Cairo. AUC runs a regular shuttle bus (with free wi-fi) between the campus and Zamalek as well as shuttles between campus and other parts of central Cairo. USC students are required to live in AUC housing.

Dates: Fall, Spring, or Year. Fall semester runs from late August to mid December; spring semester runs from late January to early June.

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses*..........$11,573

Cost Updated: 11/19/2013
Text Updated: 09/26/2015

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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