Study Abroad Program Overview
UCEAP's program in Egypt allows you to be immersed in the cultural and educational diversity of modern Egyptian life. You enroll at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where you can take advantage of the broad array of regular courses taught in English from an Arabic, Muslim, or Near or Middle Eastern perspective. The program also provides a venue to learn Arabic (colloquial Egyptian and/or Standard Modern), a language not widely taught in the UC system. You may participate in one of three options: a regular study abroad program, a full-time intensive Arabic language study program, or graduate study. All three options can be taken for fall, spring, or year.
Do not miss the opportunity to take unique courses in such fields as Egyptology, art history, Middle East and Islamic studies, journalism and mass communication, economics and development studies, international relations and political science, anthropology, or other related fields that draw on the rich resources of Cairo and Egypt as a whole. A number of courses involve field trips to relevant sites in Cairo as well as other locations in Egypt. If you are an advanced student in archaeology or anthropology, you may be able to take courses in AUC's Egyptology program
and gain practical field experience that is otherwise difficult to access due to government regulations.
During your free time, be sure to explore the souks (bazaars), mosques, and madrasahs of Cairo, while experiencing the majesty of the city's art and architecture and its energetic street life, music, and people.
Orientation in Cairo: Both UCEAP and AUC provide important orientation sessions and events. The sessions do not conflict with each other in timing and do not duplicate each other's information. Participation in both UCEAP and AUC orientation sessions and events is mandatory.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
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section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December.
late January to late May.
late August to late May.
Housing options permitted by UCEAP will vary by current security situation. Possible options are (1) live in AUC housing or any other housing you choose; (2) live only in AUC housing (in either Zamalek or New Cairo); (3) live only in AUC housing in Zamalek; or (4) live only in AUC housing in Zamalek or in privately-owned apartments on Zamalek island. Option #1 has a further restriction that our Risk Management Services provider must first approve the area of Cairo in which the "other" housing is located.
In order to integrate more fully into the Egyptian community, you are encouraged to participate in cultural activities. EAP and AUC staff have information on cultural and social events and will arrange various activities and excursions during the year. EAP participants have been active in sports, drama, journalism, photography, and have worked on excavations and in museums.
Join clubs, sports, or music/art/theater groups; provide volunteer services to social organizations; participate in athletic events and religious activities; and attend lectures, discussions, and receptions in academic and community circles.
Living in Egypt, you will find certain cultural tendencies toward group activity to which you may not be accustomed. For example, Americans tend to be individualists who cooperate in groups only as long as this cooperation is serving their individual interests; however, in the Middle East the group is the basic social unit, and collective goals are more important than the individual goal.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Regular university courses in a wide range of fields.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- The American University in Cairo
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad and enroll in five courses to meet the unit requirement for the term of 22.5 UC quarter units per semester.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study and internships for academic credit are possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required. Past students have conducted field research at active Egyptian excavations for academic credit.
The American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo (AUC), which opened in 1919, fosters American principles of higher education and serves as a bridge of understanding between the US and Egypt. AUC maintains a modest enrollment of about 5,500 students, a small figure when compared to the vast size of enrollments in other institutions of higher education in Cairo. About 90 percent of AUC’s student body is Egyptian, while 10 percent come from other countries.
In fall of 2008, AUC opened a new, 260-acre campus just outside of Cairo. This new campus offers state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world. AUC shuttle buses transport EAP students between the new campus and downtown Cairo where many important cultural venues can be explored, such as the National Cultural Center and the Egyptian Museum.
Courses are taught in English through AUC’s three main schools: Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences and Engineering; and Business, Economics, and Communication. You will take an Arabic language course each term and also select from a wide variety of courses. If you are majoring in Middle Eastern Studies—including language and literature, history, politics, development, archaeology, and Egyptology—you will find ample course work.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
The Center offers primarily volunteer opportunities in various areas. Contact the Center and UCEAP staff after arrival in Egypt.
2. Model Arab League and Model United Nations
You would sign up for the Model Arab League (Fall) and the United Nations (Spring) at a booth in Bartlett Plaza during student activities week. Contact UCEAP staff after arrival in Egypt. Usually, students do not receive academic credit for working for these organizations.
3. Research and Writing Internship
This capstone course
immerses you into an applied, real-world writing experience that helps you transition from academic writing to work-place writing, as well as provides in-class guidance and reflection. Contact UCEAP staff after arrival in Egypt
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending the host university
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Local transportation
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
* Students may opt to pursue intensive Arabic language study at the Arabic Language Institute (ALI).
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines:
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