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 19 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. AUC is incorporated in the U.S. 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). AUC's School of Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
- 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.
View the AUC course catalog
for more course information.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning and Registration for Global Engagement page.
General Program Dates
Fall program – late August to late December
Spring semester – late January to late May
Costs for study away vary from 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 (coming soon).
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.
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 program.
Students live on campus in one of 12 gender-specific cottages. Each cottage has 22 single and 20 double beds, a lounge, study room, courtyard and terrace. Each room is furnished with beds, desks, chairs, closets and bookshelves. The rooms are also equipped with heating and air conditioning, and high-speed wireless internet. Units share a kitchenette with a hot plate, kettle, fridge, and microwave. Resident can watch TV, dine, socialize, or study in the common areas. In the common area there are several study rooms and a computer lab open 24/7. The on-campus residence allows visitors during certain hours and can accommodate overnight visitors based on room availability. The residence is also equipped to assist students with special needs. On-campus housing also includes:
- Front desk staff available 24/7
- Housekeeping and cleaning services
- Maintenance services
- Laundry outlet and services
- Sport complex next door with 24/7 outdoor soccer and basketball courts
- Food outlets and a Supermarket nearby
- On-campus clinic with medical personnel available 24/7
There are no meal plans, but there are several dining options on campus.
For more information, visit the AUC residence life page
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Global Engagement Deadlines
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.
Additional Information and Links
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Embassy and Consulate Resources
Egyptian Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in Cairo