Syracuse University


American University in Cairo

Program Description


American University in Cairo (AUC) is a full service, accredited University that runs the gauntlet in course offerings. AUC offers courses in Arabic Studies, Arts & Sciences, Management & Economics, and Film & Mass Communications. Classes are held Sunday through Thursday with weekends consisting of Friday and Saturday. Eighty percent of the student body is Egyptian and 52% are female. In Fall 2008, AUC moved to its 260-acre main campus in New Cairo

Egypt & Cairo
Egypt is located in the northeast corner of Africa on the Mediterranean and Red seas. While it covers an area of 386,000 square miles, more than 94% of the land is barren desert thus putting the bulk of the population into the fertile Nile Valley and Delta.

Studying in Egypt opens a captivating world of wonders that has intrigued people since ancient times. Egypt offers both ancient and modern marvels, while its burgeoning economy and vital political position continue to have a profound influence on the world. With the tensions in the Middle East today, the value of cultural understanding between the Islamic and Western worlds has never been greater. Egypt exerts enormous influence in the Arab world.

With 16 million inhabitants, Cairo can be crowded and chaotic, but at the same time it is awash with stunning architecture and antiquities. Modern day Cairo is a good place to attend the symphony, exhibitions, and events such as the Cairo International Film Festival and several Arab music festivals. Students in Cairo can enjoy a warm and friendly life-style, walking in the streets, talking to people, meeting with friends in cafes, watching movies in cinemas, and eating popular Egyptians dishes such as falafel and koushary in traditional restaurants.

Program Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to December
Spring Semester: late January to late May


Travel is not included in the cost of the program. You are responsible for getting to Cairo by the program start date. For a fee, AUC offers an airport pickup service.

Living arrangements

The American University in Cairo is located in New Cairo and offers two residence facilities. The first is the Zamalek residence. The Zamalek residence is located in one of downtown Cairo’s most popular residential districts - Zamalek. It is an island slightly northwest of central Cairo; an urban up-scale area with a large cosmopolitan population. Some of Cairo’s best shopping outlets; entertainment and dining are found in Zamalek. It is approximately 38 kilometers (23 miles) from the new campus in New Cairo.

AUC’s New Cairo campus housing features student residence facility in the form of cottages, or large townhouses. The on-campus residence provides the comfort of close proximity to classes and university life.


You may take any regular undergraduate courses at AUC (subject to pre-requisites and space availability) but you will need to get these courses pre-approved by Syracuse. SU requires that you have completed at least two semesters of Arabic or its equivalent at the time of departure. A listing of the courses offered can be found on the AUC website. Courses are taught in English. A normal course load is 12-15 credits and most courses are 3 credits each. AUC offers a one-week survival Arabic course during orientation for all international students. Grades from AUC will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.


Any one who is not an Egyptian citizen must obtain a tourist visa before arriving in Egypt. Once you arrive in Cairo, you will begin the process to obtain a residence visa. Information will be sent to you for the tourist visa once you have been accepted. The current cost of the tourist visa is $15 and the residence visa is roughly 62 Egyptian pounds.

Cost & Aid

You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. A program fee ($3,470 for spring 2012) which you pay to SU includes double occupancy room, shuttle service from the residence halls to campus, medical service fee and International student ID card. It does not include round-trip airfare, nor personal effects, incidentals (i.e. souvenirs, snacks, etc.) or meals. ESF students will be charged Syracuse University tuition for attendance in this program.

How to apply

Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and AUC application by the due date. Turn in all parts, except for AUC online application, to the SU Abroad office by October 10 for the spring semester and March 10 for the fall semester.

Part 1: Syracuse University

  • SU Abroad application online at
  • $70 application fee payable to Syracuse University
  • Academic Recommendations
  • Study Abroad Approval form - signed by the Dean's office of your home college
  • Interview to be arranged with SU Abroad
Part 2: American University

Meet with an Advisor

Kristine Clay– – 443-9417