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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Incoming Student Abroad, Outgoing Exchange Programs & Summer & Winter Sessions

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Incoming Student Abroad, Outgoing Exchange Programs


Associate Vice-President for Student Life
Associate Provost for International Programs

The American University in Cairo welcomes international students to study at the university on a visiting basis for a full academic year, semester, summer session or winter term. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree are welcome. International students pay regular AUC fees in U.S. Dollars. Study abroad/visiting students attend the same classes and are accorded the same student life participation opportunities as regular students. AUC is recognized as an approved overseas study site by numerous U.S. and other institutions worldwide. While 80 to 100 foreign colleges and universities may be represented on campus at any time, a few of the institutions that regularly send students to AUC are Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Tufts Universities, Suny, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Bergen in Norway.

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.

Emphasizing the value of inter-cultural and career-enhancement experiences, the University provides study abroad and exchange opportunities with universities in the United States, Japan, Canada and Europe for its degree-seeking students. The exchange institutions are Pennsylvania State University, the University of California, the University of Colorado, the University of Massachusetts, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington , Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Simon Fraser University and Concordia University in Canada, Bocconi University in Italy, Concordia University and St. Andrews University in Scotland, UK and The American University in Beirut. Full details about Exchange Programs are available at the International Student Services Office. Additionally, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has a special exchange program with the University of East London, Faculty of Social Sciences, every spring semester.

To make study at AUC more accessible to students at all public institutions in the United States, AUC provides study abroad students from such universities with financial assistance sufficient to reduce their effective cost at AUC to the out of state semester equivalent tuition rate at their home institution if that is less than AUC’s tuition for the same academic period. Information on this assistance and on the Study Abroad Program at AUC is available through the New York Office, and can be accessed on the AUC website

Summer and Winter Sessions


Director: Vice Provost A. Hadi

A large number of students from Egypt and from more than thirty other countries normally attend AUC’s summer session. While the majority are pursuing degrees at AUC during the academic year, many students who are not regularly enrolled at AUC join the summer session from the second week of June through the third week of July to pursue studies of their own interest. Moreover, the university offers few accelerated courses during summer sessions. Summer A to begin second week of June and Summer B to begin first week of July; each session lasts for three weeks.

Students can choose from a wide range of courses which are usually offered during the AUC summer session. Besides those courses that are usually oversubscribed during the academic year, every effort is made to offer courses of special interest to international students, such as Islamic art and architecture, Egyptology, Arab society, and Middle East-oriented courses in history, economics, and management.

Intensive courses at all levels in modern standard Arabic and in Egyptian colloquial Arabic are also offered during the summer session by AUC’s Arabic Language Institute. This brings to the AUC campus more students from the United States and other countries to share with Egyptian students a truly international educational experience.

The winter session provides additional opportunities to students from the University and outside to take intensive courses for academic credit. The winter session courses are normally offered during the first three weeks of January.

Extracurricular activities are planned for the students and faculty, including trips and cultural events, such as performances of Arabic music and art shows. An informal athletic program offers basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and table tennis. Seminars and special lectures by distinguished visitors are also an occasional part of the summer and winter sessions.

Housing, board, medical, and other university services are provided on the same basis as during the academic year.

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