Egypt: American University in Cairo
Program Type: Tuition/Room Exchange
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.
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.
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.