American University in Cairo
Posted on July 22, 2010
The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East and is accredited in the US by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Since 86% of AUC's 5,000 students are Egyptian and the student population is made of 75 different nationalities, this offers students a diverse and multinational study abroad experience with the chance to immerse themselves into the host culture. While the language of instruction is English, students are afforded with the opportunity to enroll in introductory language and culture courses.
Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, has 16 million inhabitants and a population of 5.5 million. While the University is located in New Cairo, the student residence where Wheaton students will be housed is located in the pleasant residential district, Zamalek. Zamalek has some fairly quiet neighborhoods and good shopping areas. There are tree-lined avenues and it is usually cooled by breezes off the Nile. The residence is about a 45-minute ride to the University via shuttle bus.
Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters
Fall: late August- mid December
Spring: late January- late May
Courses & Credit
Students enroll in five 3-credit courses per semester, which earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. All courses are taught in English.
Juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.85. Students must successfully complete 15 AUC credits in order to earn the equivalent of 4 Wheaton credits. This may mean completing five 3-credit courses in a semester at AUC. Please note that due to Friday being the Muslim Sabbath, a typical course-week runs from Sunday – Thursday (with Friday & Saturday being the typical weekend).
Housing & Board
Wheaton Students will be housed in double-rooms in the campus dorm and may be placed with other AUC students. Each room is equipped with internet and telephone hook-up. Linens and a telephone are provided to each student. The dorm is also equipped with a cafeteria, bookstore and exercise room. Wheaton Tuition & Housing. Expenses covered include orientation, tuition, housing, insurance, student services & activities fee, shuttle service, and Survival Arabic course (this is an optional course which requires you to arrive in advance).
Wheaton Tuition & Housing. Expenses covered include orientation, tuition, housing, insurance, student services & activities fee, shuttle service, and Survival Arabic course (this is an optional course which requires you to arrive in advance).
Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, board, supplemental study abroad Insurance, books and personal expenses.
Make an appointment to see Dean Mark Hoesly in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.
Courses of Study
- African Studies
- American Studies
- Arabic Language
- Arabic Studies
- Architectural Design
- Computer Science
- Development Studies
- English & Comparative Literature
- English Language
- Environmental Science
- Gender Studies
- International Relations
- Islamic Studies
- Journalism & Mass Communication
- Middle East Studies
- Political Science
For complete list of courses, check AUC's website.