American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt)
- Experience historic Cairo, Egypt - the cradle of civilization
- Complete requirements (in English) for nearly every SNC major and the General Education Program
- Study at the university's new state-of-the-art campus that weaves Egyptian and modern architecture
- Learn with a truly diverse student body, with students from more than 110 different countries
St. Norbert students study at the American University in Cairo (AUC), a private Egyptian university that is fully accredited in the United States and Egypt. The university's liberal arts curriculum caters to nearly 6,000 Egyptian and 400 international students in a wide range of majors. AUC's new $400 million, 260-acre state-of-the-art campus blends modern facilities with ancient Egyptian architecture. The
quality of classrooms and the technology embedded in AUC's learning
centers and laboratories provide students with outstanding resources to help them excel in their academic and
Students study in Cairo, Egypt,
one of the oldest cities in the world. Found at the crossroads of world
cultures, Cairo is a city with rich culture, a prominent history, and a
diverse society. Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx, sail the Nile,
explore the sites of Islamic Cairo, and travel to the Red Sea, Luxor,
- I really wanted to go somewhere different for my study abroad experience. I have always had an interest in the Middle East and this was a safe way to go and experience it. (Laura, Fall 2010)
- Egypt is not the first place people think of when planning to study abroad, but it was the most surprising and spectacular thing I've ever decided to do. I loved my entire experience and I'd go back again in a second! (Sarah, Fall 2008)
The Travel Office of AUC makes arrangements to meet students at the airport (at an additional cost of $12). Airport pick-ups must be arranged at least ten days before arrival. Glance at AUC's pre-arrival information for other helpful details.
International Student Affairs (ISA) provides a comprehensive orientation program for all new international students. The orientation is designed to assist students with practical matters and to facilitate adjustment to a new cultural and educational setting. Additionally, students are encouraged to interact with Egyptian and
other Arab students. AUC is committed to the principle that students
are not segregated either academically or in terms of activities.
During the new student orientation that takes place upon arrival, SNC
students will be introduced to the variety of on-campus student
Students take four or five courses (12 to 15 credits) to maintain full-time student status and qualify for a student visa. The undergraduate liberal arts curriculum allows students to choose courses from a variety of areas. The study abroad program at AUC allows students to complete requirements for nearly every major, along with the General Education Program. Students will finalize their course selection by completing a Preliminary Course Planning Form after acceptance.
Students choose from two residences provided by the university: New Campus Residence or Zamalek Residence.
- New Campus Residence: Students enjoy the convenience of living on-campus in either a single or double room in New Cairo. Just opened in Spring 2009, each room features new furnishings, along with a temperature control for the air conditioning.
- Zamalek Residence: Located in northwest Cairo, Zamalek finds itself surrounded by restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Students live in a double room and are able to experience cultural, educational, and social activities. Students are required to buy a bus pass, as the residence is located 38 kilometers (23 miles) from the campus in New Cairo.
AUC does not have a meal plan. Students living in the Zamalek Residence have access to the Zamalek cafeteria, and students residing on-campus have access to the campus food outlets.
- Fall 2012: August 25 - December 21, 2012
- Spring 2013: January 21 - May 27, 2013
A detailed calendar of the 2012/2013 academic year is also available.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended, but students with a 2.5+ GPA may still apply
A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the
country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and
remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated
period of time. You cannot apply for a student visa until you have received an acceptance letter from your institution abroad. You are responsible for applying for the correct visa and paying all necessary fees.
Egypt requires that you have a tourist visa in order to enter the country. You should contact the Egyptian Consulate in Chicago in order to make arrangements for the issuance of a tourist visa. AUC works with the Ministry of Education in Egypt to obtain your student visa, which is not issued to you until after your arrival on-campus. You must also submit a copy of your passport, along with the International Student Data Form.
Please note that visa requirements change frequently. Research your country's requirements or contact your study abroad advisor for the most current information.
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change.
- SNC Tuition
- SNC Housing
- $400 Study Abroad Fee
- SNC Study Abroad Health Insurance
- Refundable Housing Deposit ($325)
- Optional Airport Pick-up ($12)
- Bus Pass for Zamalek Residents ($300)
For more information, contact:
O: Bemis 321
Study Abroad Advisor