American University in Cairo

American University in Cairo
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMay 1late Augustlate MayBudget
FallMay 1late Augustmid DecemberBudget
SpringNovember 1late Januarylate MayBudget
Calendar YearNovember 1late Januarymid DecemberBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • Arabic, English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Other, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

The American University in Cairo is an English language university located just outside of Cairo, the Egyptian capital.  UA students on this exchange take classes across disciplines alongside their Egyptian counterparts.  Arabic is also available, either as part of a regular class schedule or intensively through the Arabic Language Institute.


The American University in Cairo was founded by Americans in 1919 with the purpose of starting an English institute within the Middle East. It has maintained English as its language of instruction and has a strong emphasis on community service. The university is based around the liberal arts and encourages students to actively engage in the world around them and to incorporate a wide range of disciplines into their studies. The curriculum is designed not only to make students more knowledgeable about modern Egypt, but to highlight world issues and encourage critical thinking in order to work towards solutions that make a difference.   A wide-range of classes is offered in many different majors and minors within the American University in Cairo's schools:

School of Business: Accounting, Economics, Management

School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Arab and Islamic Civilizations, English and Comparative Literature, History, Performing and Visual Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric and Composition, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Egyptology, Arabic

School of Global Affairs and Public Policy: Law, Public Policy and Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication

School of Sciences and Engineering: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Construction and Architectural Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics and Actuarial Science, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum and Energy Engineering, Physics

Complete list of specific majors and minors


The American University in Cairo is located in Egypt's exciting and vibrant administrative capital city, Cairo, a diverse and lively city of some 18 million people.   Arabs have long referred to it as "Um al-dounia", mother of the world.   The weather is usually cool and breezy; winters are in the sixties, and the summers range from the seventies to the nineties. The sunsets are exceptionally beautiful, especially along the Nile River.

Egypt lies at the crossroads of Africa and southwest Asia and has a long and illustrious history with much of that history preserved in monumental buildings, artifacts and tombs.


Students stay in the residence halls with the choice of single, double, or apartment style living. 

Residence Hall Information

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