American University in Cairo
University description (as per official university website)
The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.
AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.
In our increasingly globalized society, AUC offers a vital bridge between the cultures of East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the United States and the rest of the world through scholarly research, study-abroad programs and partnerships with academic and research institutions. AUC builds leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, AUC upholds the principles of academic freedom and is dedicated to excellence.
Through its high quality liberal arts education, AUC provides the room for AUC students to think critically, engage with the world’s religious, political and cultural disciplines and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. AUC faculty and students share a common vision to improve Egypt, the Middle East and the contemporary world through its community-based learning courses, community service clubs and research centers.
Our nearly 5,000 undergraduates come from every corner of Egypt and from 113 countries around the world. As they graduate, they join a worldwide network of more than 30,000 AUC alumni, who are leaders in finance and commerce, law and engineering, politics and culture, community service and computer science.
The university boasts the largest English-language library in Egypt, and AUC Press is the leading publisher of English-language books in the Arab world. The university’s 260-acre New Cairo Campus represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country, and the region — a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching and civic engagement.
An American Education in the Heart of the Middle East
AUC’s location makes it ideal for those wishing to delve into and discover the Middle East; a region of emerging political and economic influence in our global society.
Fully Accredited in the United States and Egypt
AUC holds institutional accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States(MSCHE/"Middle States"). In Egypt, AUC operates within the framework of a longstanding cultural relations agreement between the Egyptian and the U.S. governments.
AUC's computer studies and engineering programs are the only programs outside the United States that are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
AUC's School of Business is one of only 540 business schools outside the United States to be awarded accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The AACSB accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business schools.
High Quality Liberal Arts Education
AUC provides its students with high quality liberal arts education that encourages critical thinking, interdisciplinary study, engagement with the world’s religious, political and cultural traditions and collaborative solutions to resolve local, regional and global issues .
AUC's New Cairo provides students with an unrivaled, world-class academic setting, greater opportunities for scholarships and fellowships, access to state-of-the-art technology and greater course offerings taught by accomplished and acclaimed professors from Egypt, the United States and around the world.
Highly Qualified International Faculty
Our distinguished, international faculty provides the university and community-at-large with new academic perspectives and insights, unprecedented research opportunities and a culturally-rich academic environment that inspires intellectual growth and deeper global awareness.
AUC has earned its well-deserved reputation for excellence in research across a wide range of disciplines, including forced migration and refugees; gender and women’s studies; sustainable environmental development; business research center; American society, politics and culture. AUC offers unparalleled opportunities for students to study trends and events in these arenas as they are happening in Egypt and across the Middle East region.
Outstanding and Diverse Student Body
Nearly 20 percent of our degree-seeking students come from 113 different countries and more than 500 study abroad students from around the world come to study at AUC each year. The diversity of our student body – in terms of nationality, religious and political affiliation and socio-economic background stimulates exciting dialogue, empathy and respect for differences among the people of our world.
The quality of classrooms and the technology embedded in our learning centers and laboratories provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art resources to help them excel in their academic and research endeavors.
The AUC Library boasts the largest English-language research collection in Egypt. It features more than 400,000 volumes, including thousands of e-books, more than 1,700 current periodical subscriptions and more than 80 databases providing access to an additional 6,000 periodicals.
Fellowships and other Financial Opportunities
More than 60 percent of undergraduates benefit from AUC's financial aid program, while full scholarships and fellowships are awarded to deserving and qualified individuals.
A wide range of extracurricular activities ensure that our students make the most out of their university experience. AUC offers one of the largest variety of student clubs, organizations and conferences in the region, as well as exciting sports activities and an active theater group.
Public Service and Outreach
AUC faculty and students share a common vision to improve Egypt, the region and the world. Through community-based learning courses, 14 service-based student clubs, and research centers for public service, AUC students, faculty and staff experience hands-on practice with civic action in collaboration with public and international organizations.
The Office for Career Advising and Placement Services works with students to prepare them for successful entry into the job market. AUC graduates have long occupied key leadership positions in Egypt and the region for their creative thinking abilities and excellence in any environment.
AUC has more than 30,000 successful graduates, who remain connected to the university and to each other through an active network of alumni chapters around the world and through organized on-campus gatherings and events.