Drexel in Egypt: American University Cairo (AUC)
OPTION AVAILABLE PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY TRAVEL RISK REVIEW COMMITTEE
As Drexel's first program in Egypt, Drexel's exchange program with the American University in Cairo (AUC) is a wonderful opportunity available to all majors interested in taking advantage of going to school in English while living in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Middle East. American University Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 and is now the region's premier English-language university as well as an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world's cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and global understanding.
While in Cairo Drexel students will be taking courses with Egyptian students as well as other international students. AUC has a student population of over 5000 students of which 18% are international students. The AUC campus is located on a 260 acre campus in an area of town called New Cairo.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- ARBC 101 language requirement
- Sophomore, Pre-Junior, or Junior
Students may choose any course from the AUC course catalog
, provided they have the appropriate pre-requisites and there is room in the course. Students must obtain pre-approval for any courses they plan on taking at AUC from Drexel. See various majors offered at AUC below.
Courses are available in the following subjects:
Arabic Language Course Requirement
• Arabic Studies
• Architectural Engineering
|• Electronics Engineering
• English and Comparative Literature
• Journalism and Mass Communication
• Mechanical Engineering
• Middle East Studies
• Modern History
|• Business Administration
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Construction Engineering
|• Petroleum and Energy Engineering
• Political Science
All Drexel students going on this program must enroll in at least one Arabic language course during their time at AUC.
For those students primarily interested in pursuing Arabic language instruction courses at AUC's Arabic Language (ALI) institute
may be the most appropriate route. For students taking one Arabic course in conjunction with courses in their major courses, you should take courses that are part of the (ALNG) curriculum. AUC also offers a pre-term intensive Arabic course for a modest fee. More information can be found on the AUC website.
: Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a History course abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the History department head.
Students are taught and graded by the faculty of American University Cairo. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at AUC is 12-16 credits per semester. Depending on the courses, students can expect to take 4-6 courses per semester. The amount of class content time and work-load required is broadly similar to that in North American Universities. Grades earned at AUC will be factored into your Drexel GPA.
AUC is a semester school. Students should prepare to make adjustments to fit this program into their Drexel schedule.
Fall Semester Dates
|Program Start Date
|Program End Date
Drexel students will need to either leave their spring/summer co-op job early or arrange for early summer final exams. Final exams at AUC are in mid-December and students must not depart Cairo until the last day of finals.
Spring Semester Dates
|Program Start Date
||End of January
|Program End Date
Drexel students will need to leave their fall/winter co-op job early to go on this program. Students cannot be enrolled in on-campus winter classes at Drexel prior to the start of the program.
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel University is not responsible outside of program dates.
Drexel students are required to live in residence halls on campus in New Cairo. The residence halls are air conditioned, have wireless internet connections, computer labs, tv rooms with satellite channels as well as housekeeping services.
If you are a US or Canadian citizen you may enter Egypt with a 30 day tourist visa, which you can obtain at your port of entry. Once you have settled in you will work with the AUC international office to obtain a student resident visa.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
The following scholarship opportunities are available for this program:
- AUC offers a merit based scholarship for incoming study abroad students - Hermann F. Eilits International Scholarship. For more information, click here.
- For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.
- Safety and Security: PENDING DREXEL UNIVERSITY TRAVEL RISK REVIEW COMMITTEE APPROVAL
DUE TO THE UNCERTAIN SECURITY ENVIRONMENT IN EGYPT, ALL STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR TRAVEL TO THE TRR COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE MAY PLACE CERTAIN CONDITIONS ON A STUDENT'S TRAVEL SUCH AS WHERE A STUDENT WOULD LIVE, RULES ABOUT INDEPENDENT TRAVEL, ETC. STUDENTS SHOULD DISCUSS THE REVIEW PROCESS WITH THEIR STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR.