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AUC The American University in Cairo

AUC The American University in Cairo

AUC The American University in Cairo


Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American liberal arts, U.S.-accredited institution of higher education, and the center of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the Arab world. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate, and understanding across a diversity of languages, facilities, and human experiences. Its community of students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represents more than 60 countries.

The University offers 40 undergraduate, 52 master’s, and 2 Ph.D. programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing the region and the world. It also offers a globally recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.

The University’s educational assets include the largest English-language academic library collection in Egypt, three modern theaters, and 15 cross-disciplinary research centers. The University’s modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus constitutes a visionary investment in the future of Cairo, Egypt, and the region. The campus is a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, The American University in Cairo is an independent, not-for-profit, equal-opportunity institution.

Why Study at AUC?


AUC offers 2000+ courses within 40 majors and 55 minors in diverse fields within an American liberal arts system taught by faculty from around the globe. Whether you would like to study STEM at one of the top 10 universities in the region, study business at one of the 1% of triple-crown accredited business schools worldwide, or learn Arabic at an institution with 60+ years of experience teaching Arabic to diplomats, scholars, and journalists, AUC has something for everyone!

Learn more about AUC’s academic programs here.

Career Center

AUC’s internships, work-study programs, and job-shadowing opportunities allow you to enhance your resume as you earn your degree. AUC’s Career Center offers a variety of services to help students and alumni identify their career goals and paths, as well as gain work experience while studying at AUC by offering real, hands-on career experience that draws over 25 years of professional expertise. Established in 1991, it is the first university career center in the Middle East.

Read more about AUC’s Career Center here.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Make Cairo your classroom with hands-on experiences by stepping into the real world and exploring the bustling streets of historic Cairo and unique locations all over Egypt. Put theory into practice by working alongside faculty and researchers on issues unique to Egypt and the Middle East, and solve real community problems through work with local, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and government offices.

Discover Egypt

Discover the wonders of Egypt with diverse activities taking you from the unique streets of historic Cairo to the ancient Pharaonic temples in Luxor and deep into the Red Sea.

Campus Features

Vibrant Campus Life

Thrive and feel at home on a world-class, American-style, green campus with high-tech labs, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and on-campus residences. Live and learn in an inclusive and supportive environment, and join a diverse community from 60+ countries around the globe. Discover your interests and develop your skills with like-minded individuals through 70+ student clubs on campus.

Take a full virtual tour of our campus here.


The University Residences provide AUC students with a home away from home. Nestled as they are among the palm groves, gardens, and small courtyards, the residences create a private space composed of several residential units that can accommodate up to 500 students. The residences are slightly removed from the busy center of the campus, creating a quieter space for students to unwind. The residences also house the Office of Residential Life (ResLife), which is a diverse team whose mission is to create a dynamic, student-centered experience on campus. ResLife is committed to building a sense of community among residents through regular events and support around the clock. On any given day, you’ll find residents and ResLife staff huddled in the common areas catching up on their days and sharing ideas for new group outings. One special initiative the ResLife team has taken on is the Cross-Cultural Exchange Program, which organizes trips abroad for students in the residences to boost their sense of independence, bond with one another, and explores life outside the dorms. Although the residents do share unique connections, they are always opening up their common spaces to build a sense of community among all AUCians on campus.

AUC Sports Center

The AUC Sports Center offers a number of modern fitness facilities, including studios for martial arts and yoga and courts for basketball, volleyball, handball, and badminton. It also houses the Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor Football and Track Stadium and the University’s Olympic-sized Paul B. Hannon Swimming Pool. At AUC Sports Center, you can enjoy a great workout or join an aerobics class between classes or even at the end of your day. With over 20 sports teams, you can practice competing in global competitions worldwide. AUC is proud of its sports teams and athletes, many of whom have had the chance to represent Egypt in the Olympics, compete in international championships, and win medals at national events. If you ever have a chance to attend one of these exciting sporting events on campus, you might also catch a lucky glimpse of AUC’s mascot, Horus the eagle.

AUC Library

The AUC Library houses the largest English-language collection in Egypt. The five-story building offers numerous spaces for fruitful academic discussion and individual study. Inside, you will find more than 670,000 volumes, reading rooms, computer labs, and quiet study areas. The library has space for more than 700,000 volumes and periodicals, 72,321 e-books, and 137 databases. The top floor is home to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, which stores a collection of archives and manuscripts documenting Egyptian and Middle Eastern history, including the personal book and photograph collections of Sir K.A.C. Creswell, a pioneer in the study of Islamic art and architecture; Egypt’s leading 20th-century architect Hassan Fathy’s collection and personal papers; and Van-Leo’s — one of Egypt’s leading studio photographers of the mid-twentieth century — a collection of photographs, featuring portraits of Egypt's artistic, intellectual and political elites.

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    • Cairo

      AUC New Cairo, AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74, 11835, Cairo

      • Cairo

        AUC Tahrir Square, 113 Kasr El Aini St., P.O. Box 2511, 11511, Cairo

        • New York

          New York Office, 420 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, NY 10018-2729, New York