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2007-2008 Academic Catalog 
2007-2008 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Admissions

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Admission Policy and Procedures


The American University in Cairo admits undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking applicants for the fall and spring semesters. The university welcomes the applications of Arabic Language Institute, Study Abroad and non-degree applicants for the summer session, as well as the fall, spring and winter semesters.

The university, in keeping with the long-standing protocol with the Egyptian government, maintains an enrollment of undergraduate degree-seeking students that is at least seventy-five percent Egyptian. Accordingly, AUC establishes quotas regarding the offer of admission and enrollment of non-Egyptian students.

Applicants may apply for admission up to one year in advance of their anticipated date of first enrollment. The University reviews completed admission applications on a rolling basis. AUC cannot determine the admissibility of candidates with incomplete applications.

The university and the Egyptian Ministry of Education require that all students entering AUC undergraduate program complete a minimum of eleven years of primary and secondary education prior to enrollment in university courses. Applicants must provide proof, in the form of a first-year primary certificate or Idadia Certificate followed by three years of study as proof that they have completed at least eleven years of education.

All undergraduate degree-seeking admission applicants are required to submit official secondary school academic transcripts, mark sheets, and/or certificates. Applicants who have attempted post-secondary studies must also submit official academic transcripts, mark sheets, and/or certificates from each post-secondary school attended regardless of whether they have earned credit or seek transfer credit. All academic records not in English or Arabic must be accompanied by certified English translations.

All undergraduate degree applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting recent AUC English Language Proficiency Entrance Test (ELPET), TOEFL and/or SAT results, or completed college-level English coursework. Non-Egyptian applicants and/or their sponsors must provide official evidence indicating that a minimum of $16,000 is available to cover the tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study at the University.

Academic Preparation


The University seeks highly qualified applicants who complete the most demanding courses available in secondary school. Excellent grades in honors classes indicate the applicant’s ability and willingness to meet the academic challenges of university study. The University’s most capable first-year applicants have achieved excellent grades while completing a well-balanced university preparatory program.

In addition, AUC considers the personal qualities of applicants - how well they have taken advantage of available resources, whether they have faced and withstood unusual adversity, and the extent to which they show promise as a contributing member of the AUC community. The University also considers applicants’ personal achievements outside the classroom as demonstrated by sustained participation, commitment, and leadership in school and community activities.

Early Admission


AUC considers the most academically qualified fall applicants for Early Conditional Admission. This offer is extended in the spring of the final year of secondary study. The current Undergraduate Admission Application booklet lists the specific requirements for Early Admission. The information is also available on the World Wide Web at:

Applicants offered Early Conditional Admission must complete all secondary school graduation requirements, achieve a level of academic performance comparable with the performance on which the offer of admission was based, and submit satisfactory TOEFL/ELPET scores and all required documents prior to enrolling in the University. In addition, those currently enrolled in post-secondary studies must successfully complete those courses and provide the University with final official records. If the final academic results are not comparable to those on which the offer of Early Conditional Admission was based, the University reserves the right to withdraw the offer of admission.

English Language Proficiency


All new undergraduate students who apply as degree students and non-degree students must provide evidence of academic English proficiency with the admission application. The University does not exempt applicants from this requirement solely on the basis of citizenship or graduation from an English-medium secondary school.

Applicants that satisfy one or more of the following criteria qualify for exemption:

  • Satisfactory scores on appropriate standardized tests including the SAT, the ACT and College Board Advanced Placement tests
  • Successful completion of one or more non-remedial, university level English courses
  • Successful completion of English-medium secondary school coursework and examinations that qualify for advanced placement including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the 13th year of Canadian education and the GCE A-Level Certificate in English
  • Recent TOEFL scores are required of an applicant who does not attend an English Language university or who has attended less than three semesters at a university where the language of instruction is English

Students in the following programs are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement:

  • Study abroad applicants from English-medium universities
  • Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) students
  • Arabic Language Institute (ALI) students. While the submission of English proficiency test results are not required, you must be able to read and write in English to study at the Arabic Language Institute.

Applicants not exempted must submit recent official test results from the AUC English Language Proficiency Entrance Test (ELPET) and/or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Tests must be completed no more than one year prior to the first day of the term for which applicants are applying for admission. Applicants cannot take the ELPET more than once every six months.

The University determines English Language placement using applicants’ highest score on either or both the ELPET and the TOEFL. AUC may offer applicants that do not qualify for the Rhetoric and Composition the opportunity to enroll in AUC’s Intensive English Program (IEP) or Academic English for Freshmen (ENGL 100). ENGL 100 is the University’s bridge course between the IEP and the Rhetoric and Composition. IEP students must complete the program in one calendar year (two semesters and the summer session).

All students who have been admitted into ENGL 100 must satisfactorily complete the course work within a time period not to exceed two full semesters and a summer session. Students taking ENGL 100 in summer may not enroll in any academic courses.

Declaration of Major from the Gate


(see Academic Regulations section)

The Admission Decision


The most important criterion for admission to AUC is demonstrated sustained academic achievement. The undergraduate admission application review process at the University requires evidence of successful completion of an accredited secondary school program, as well as success in collegiate studies (if applicants have enrolled in a post-secondary program). The quality of work, appropriateness of program, and academic standing among peers are also important considerations. Applicants who have selected a rigorous academic program and who have achieved distinction in a range of academic courses are the most likely candidates to receive an offer of admission.

The University’s most qualified candidates have earned excellent grades in their courses. However, the University noticed that from time to time students with lower grade averages and/or test scores perform better than those with higher grades or scores. Because of this, when determining admission, the University considers a combination of factors including academic program, grades and test scores, as well as geographic origin, and participation in extracurricular activities. The vast majority of those applying to AUC are capable of succeeding scholastically at the University. Many more academically qualified students apply for admission than there is room available. The University’s task is not simply to select those who are qualified, but to identify those who have distinguished themselves. Applications submitted beyond the deadline dates will be considered pending space availability only.

Admission to an Undergraduate Degree Program


Admission applicants must submit all required application materials to be considered for admission. The current Undergraduate Admission Application booklet lists the specific documents that applicants must submit to complete the application. The information is also available on the World Wide Web at:

Minimum requirements for first-year applicants: AUC’s minimum requirements for first-year applicants vary by the type of secondary program. Because of the large number of qualified applicants, those offered admission generally score well above the following minimums:

  • Egyptian Thanawiya Amma - Arts, or Science (General Secondary School Certificate). Submit the results of both the first sitting (completed at the end of the tenth year) and the final sitting (completed at the end of the eleventh year) of the Thanawiya Amma. Applicants must earn at least 70 percent on the final sitting to be considered for admission.
  • Thanawiya Amma from Arab countries - Arts, or Science (General Secondary School Certificate). Submit the results of both the first and the final sitting of the Thanawiya Amma. Applicants must earn at least 75 percent on the final sitting to be considered for admission.
  • British Certificate: Submit eight GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects. Applicants who have completed Advanced/Advanced Supplementary level subjects and have earned excellent grades are given preference. Grades ‘A to C’ are accepted at the Ordinary and Advanced Supplementary levels. Grade ‘D’ is accepted at the Advanced level only. Subjects completed at the Advanced and Advanced Supplementary level are not double counted. Applicants must submit all certificates to the University. However, AUC utilizes only the best eight subjects during the admission evaluation process.
  • American High School. Complete a college preparatory program of courses with at least a 2.0 (on a four-point scale) grade point average in academic courses. The estimated SAT-I composite cut-off score for Fall 2006 and spring 2007 is 1350 or comparable ACT scores. Students are encouraged to complete a well balanced university preparatory program that includes:

    • Three years of mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
    • Two years of a second modern language.
    • Two years of a laboratory science.
    • Three years of social sciences.
    • One year of fine arts course work and training.
    • A program of physical and health education

Applicants who have attended an accredited high school for less than three semesters must also submit official results in SAT-II in two subjects with a total score of 1100 and a minimum score of 500 on each subject.

Applicants who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams (results issued by the College Board) may be granted transfer credit.

  • International Baccalaureate. Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (German Secondary Certificate). Complete Gymnasium or high school and submit Abitur results. The academic average is a minimum of four.
  • Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement Secondaire (French Secondary School series L, S or ES). Complete the French Baccalaureate with an academic average of at least passable.
  • Canadian certificates.
  • Other Programs and Certificates - complete a rigorous university preparatory secondary education program.

Transfer Admissions


Applicants who have attempted post-secondary school studies of an advanced-level subjects or at a university level during or following their secondary school program are transfer applicants. These students are classified as follows:

Lower Division Transfer Student (LDTS)
A lower division transfer student is an applicant with less than 60 transferable units. A transfer applicant will be held to the same standards as a “first time freshman.” In addition, applicants must be in good academic standing at all previously attended universities and have an overall university grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Admission is based on the available places and the student academic performance.
Upper Division Transfer Student (UDTS)
An upper division transfer student is an applicant who is evaluated at the admission stage to have 60 or more eligible credits for transfer consideration. However, beyond the admissions stage, the number of transfer credit that will be granted to this applicant will be subject to the academic department’s evaluation and decision. Applicants in this category must have a 2.00 average or higher in all transferable college course work in order to be admitted. Although each applicant in this category is required to have earned a secondary school certificate, the grade point average (GPA) of this certificate will not be considered a factor in the admissions process.

A transfer student is not guaranteed acceptance into his/her current major. Admission to the same major is ultimately decided upon by the School Dean.

Transfer Credit Award


The University awards transfer credit for coursework completed at post secondary institution and/or advanced level subjects completed within the certificates mentioned below. Transfer credit is granted for coursework that is comparable in nature, scope, content, and depth; in addition to the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the courses at AUC. The University awards transfer credit to two categories of students:

  1. Applicants who are transferring from accredited post-secondary institutions and have taken courses at the university level. The university awards transfer credit to students who complete coursework in fields of study that are comparable to those offered by AUC, with a minimum grade of “C” from institutions operating in the USA, a minimum grade of “Good” from the National Universities of Egypt, and equivalent grade to a “C” (at AUC) from other institutions. The determination of transfer credit award occurs following the submission of an official academic transcript, the university catalog, as well as required course-related materials. Studies completed more than five years prior to matriculation into the university are not transferable. Internships, Occupational, vocational, remedial coursework, and studies classified as less than first-year (Freshman) level by the sending institution or AUC are not transferable. Credits earned to satisfy the requirements of a previous degree are not considered for transfer credit.

    The transferable coursework must have been completed at post -secondary institutions that are accredited by one of the following six “Regional Accrediting Organizations” in the United States:

    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
    • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities or at post-secondary institutions that are recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, and/or the Supreme Council of Universities, depending on the country in which the institution is operating.
  2. Applicants who have completed collegiate-level studies with a grade that is comparable to at least a “B” at AUC.

    The following is the policy applied in relation to the different certificates:

    • International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate
      The University grants up to 30 transfer credit for the IB Diploma as follows:
      • Transfer credits for higher level academic subjects with grade of five, six or seven (out of seven).
      • Up to 15 credits of lower-division general elective transfer credit for the completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum total point of 30.
      The AUC does not grant transfer credit for subsidiary level subjects.
    • The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations.
      The University grants transfer credits for academic subjects with scores of four or five (out of five).
    • German Secondary School Certificate-Abitur
      The University grants up to 30 transfer credits for academic subjects with scores of ten or more (out of 15).
    • French Baccalaureat II
      The University grants up to 30 transfer credits for academic subjects with advanced level scores of 14 or more (out of 20).
    • British Certificates (GCE Advanced Level)
      The University grants transfer credits for A-level subjects with grades of “A” or “B”. The University does not grant transfer credit for subjects completed at the AS, AO, or O’ levels.
    • Canadian certificates, College D’Enseignement General et Professionel (CEGEP) and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
      The University grants up to 30 transfer credits for academic subjects completed at the higher level with grades of 70 percent or more. The University does not grant transfer credit in the absence of the CEGEP Diploma, or if the student completed fewer than six OAC subjects in the OSSD

Transfer Credit After Matriculation


The University transfers a maximum of 36 hours of semester credit from other post-secondary institutions after students enroll at AUC. The University awards a maximum of 12 credit hours for coursework completed in any one summer. (Students may not enroll in more than 12 credits in any one summer, AUC summer courses included.) The University transfers a maximum of nine credits for courses completed through correspondence and/or distance learning following matriculation. Students may not enroll in correspondence courses offered by other institutions during academic terms in which they are registered for courses at AUC.



AUC students who withdraw from the University in good standing and subsequently wish to return after an absence of one or more semesters may apply for readmission. Readmission is offered on a space-available basis and is not guaranteed. The University does not consider TOEFL results for the purpose of placing readmission applicants in English. Selected applicants must submit recent AUC ELPET results with their readmission application.

English Level at Time of Withdrawal   Lapse of Time   ELPET Required
Successfully completed RHET 103   Less than 24 months  
    More than 24 months  
Enrolled in ENGL 100, or RHET 101,   Less than 6 months  
102 or 103   Between 6-12 months  
Enrolled in IEP   Less than 6 months  
Enrolled in IEP, ENGL 100, or RHET 101, 102 or 103   More than 12 months  

Study Abroad/Non-Degree Admissions


Degree-seeking students at other recognized institutions who wish to augment their education by enrolling for a period of time at the American University in Cairo are invited to apply for admission as visiting Study Abroad/Non-Degree students. Such students pay regular AUC fees in U.S. dollars.

Since AUC is both a US-accredited institution, and one recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt, students from most universities around the world are able to transfer credits earned at AUC to their home institutions.

Study Abroad/Non-Degree applicants must submit application materials that include post-secondary school transcripts, letters of reference, and a study plan approved by their home university to AUC’s New York office. The current Study Abroad/ Non-Degree Application Booklet lists application deadlines and the specific documents that applicants must submit to complete their application. The information is also available on the AUC website at:

Change of Status from Non-Degree to Degree


Upon request, the university may approve a change of status from Non-Degree to degree seeking. The student should file an undergraduate application in the Admission office and submit all the relevant documents. Courses taken in undergraduate non-degree status are then transferred to the degree record and all grades are considered when calculating the grade point average.



Individuals who wish to attend individual classes without credit may apply as auditors. Auditors are not eligible to sit for final examinations, receive academic credit, or enrollment certification from the University. Permission to audit is granted on a space-available basis. Auditors generally enroll during the late registration period after other students have had an opportunity to register. Auditors are not allowed to enroll in language courses.

The Arabic Language Institute


The Arabic Language Institute is one of the most respected Arabic language study programs in the world. The Institute offers intensive programs beginning three times each year that range in length from eight weeks to one or more years. The Institute’s world-class faculty teaches classes in Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic, and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Institute’s programs culminate in certificates of achievement recognized around the world.

Arabic Language Institute applicants submit completed application forms, as well as other materials specified in the current Undergraduate Admission Application booklet. The information is also available on the internet at:

Due to the limited number of spaces in the Arabic Language Institute Program, accepted students will be registered in the order in which payment of full tuition is received.

Students registered to the ALU wishing to change their program to AUC undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs have to satisfy the admission requirements listed in the catalog for these programs.

Arabic Language Placement


Applicants that are citizens of or permanent residents in Arab countries, and that have completed the Thanawiya Amma, the Tawjihi or passed the Egyptian Ministry of Education-approved Arabic examination or IGCSE students who achieved a minimum of “C” grade in the “Arabic First Language” extended subject are not required to take AUC’s Arabic language placement test. Information about the test is available at the AUC Arabic Language Unit.

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