Egypt: American University in Cairo
Since its inception in 1919 the American University in Cairo (AUC) has enjoyed a reputation of holding some of the highest standards in educational opportunities while being devoted to improving America’s understanding and awareness of Egypt. The university was founded as an English-language based college that would provide an opportunity for a liberal arts education as well as develop awareness for the needs of Egypt and the region. AUC has become a leading institution in the Middle Eastern region by emphasizing the importance of studying humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in becoming an educated student and future leader.
Currently the campus is spread over three locations in the center of Cairo. In 2008 AUC will relocate to a larger, newly constructed campus location in an area known as New Cairo located 35 km east of Tahrir Square. All of the buildings are beautiful examples of traditional Islamic architecture with the added bonuses of modernity and state of the art educational resources. The new campus will stretch over 260 acres with the capacity to hold 5,500 full time students and 1,500 faculty and staff. New Cairo is on the eastern side of the Cairo suburbs known as Heliopolis and Nasr City.
Occupying five city blocks, the current AUC campus can be found in downtown Cairo in close proximity to government ministry buildings, hotels, stores, the National Cultural Center, and the Egyptian Museum. The main campus is home to outdoor athletic facilities such as basketball and tennis courts as well as gardens and a fountain area. Central administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, and the well known Ewart Memorial hall are all found in a palace constructed in the 1860s. This converted palace was the original university building in 1920. Many other classrooms, offices, and student services can be found only blocks away from the main Cairo campus.
The new AUC campus will boast some of the most modern and improved facilities in the region.
Exchange students enroll at AUC for one semester or one year and choose courses from the university’s undergraduate course listing.
A pre-semester survival Arabic course is also offered for an additional charge.
Every semester the International Student Services Office provides orientation sessions for all new international students to inform and guide international students through the adjustment period. AUC also offers an airport pickup service upon request for newly arriving students.
Providing a high level of comfort and security, AUC housing offers air-conditioning, common areas complete with computer labs, cafeterias, study rooms, wireless high-speed internet, satellite TV, and a fitness facility in all of the residence facilities. Each room has its own personal high-speed internet and phone connection, with housekeeping and laundry services offered free of charge.