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Egypt, Cairo: The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Cairo, Egypt (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Arabic, English and local language
Course Prerequisite(s):
1 course in Middle East Studies or Arabic
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Shanna Van Beek ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:

This program is currently suspended.  For questions about this program or other programs in the region, please contact Shanna Van Beek at

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About the Location 

The most populous country in the Middle East, Egypt has a rich cultural and intellectual heritage that has developed over several millennia.  Cairo is a major political and cultural center of the Arab world.  More than 17 million people are in the urban area surrounding the capital city, as are the Pyramids and the Sphinx.   


The American University in Cairo (AUC) is the premiere English-speaking university in the Middle East.  AUC enrolls about 5,000 undergraduate students, and the university is situated on a 260-acre state-of-the-art campus in the growing suburb of New Cairo.  Study abroad students can select a broad range of classes from across the AUC curriculum and are encouraged to continue their study of Arabic language.  AUC is incorporated in the US and is accredited by the Middle States association.  AUC's School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).   

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

To see the AUC course catalog, click here.

Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).

General Program Dates

Fall program – late August to late December

Spring semester – late January to late May


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Students who are interested in studying Arabic at AUC may be eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship. For more information on the Boren Scholarship, click here.


Students can choose to live in one of the new student houses on the New Cairo Campus or in the Zamalek Residence in the center of Cairo.  Shuttle buses operate between the New Cairo Campus and Zamalek.  The buildings are entirely air-conditioned and have many common facilities, including a computer lab, cafeteria, study room, internet access, and TV with satellite channels.  Students living in the Zamalek Residence can eat in the Zamalek cafeteria.  The New Cairo Campus has multiple food outlets.  There are no meal plans.    


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by The American University in Cairo.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester and summer programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Interested in the program?  Join the GEC Facebook page and chat with alumni and other prospective students!

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy and Consulate Resources

Egyptian Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Cairo


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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.