Cairo is one of the most historic cities in the world and a hub between the western and Arab regions. It is the capital of Egypt and the second largest city in the Muslim world. Home to over 6 million people, the city can be hectic, exciting and surprising, but never lacks for things to do. From ancient monuments to sprawling markets, there are thousands of sites for visitors to explore.
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.
AUC also offers an intensive Arabic program. The Arabic Language Institute (ALI) was initially established in 1921 as the Center for Arabic Studies. It has attracted thousands of students and scholars over the years from different parts of the world to pursue their study of Arabic at various levels. As part of one of the oldest private, accredited, foreign institutions of higher education in the Middle East, ALI continues to be the leading academic center for the study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most study of Arabic, providing both students and faculty with the most comprehensive and diversified Arabic language instruction and training worldwide.
International Student Affairs provides a comprehensive orientation program for all new international students. Orientation is designed to help with the practical matters of settling into the new environment and to facilitate adjustment within a new cultural and educational setting.
AUC offers a wide range of classes in arts and sciences, business, economics, and humanities. All classes are taught in English, making it a program that aligns for most Marquette majors. Students can take four to five classes per semester, but each summer session comprises two or three classes. A maximum of 15 credits per semester can be earned; and six to nine can be earned during the summer.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
In Spring 2009, AUC opened a brand new on-campus student residence facility in New Cairo. This residence for student living provides a greater variety of living spaces for both men and women in the form of cottages, or large townhouses. The on-campus residence provides the comfort of close proximity to classes and university life. Currently Marquette students are required to live in the on-campus housing. AUC does not offer a meal plan, but there are a variety of places to eat on campus and in downtown Cairo. In general we estimate meals to cost approximately $300 per month due to Egypt’s lower cost of food.