UofSC's exchange program with the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt is designed
to help USC students gain knowledge of Egyptian culture and business practices. AUC's
260-acre campus is located in the suburb of New Cairo. It is a modern, state-of-the-art
campus, with traditional Egyptian architectural style. Cairo, located on the banks
of the Nile River, is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world
with a population of 6.8 million. It is the center of the region's political and cultural
life and offers famous historical sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, as well
as world-class cultural events and an array of shopping, leisure & nightlife activities.
Requirements:junior standing; International Business major
For housing, students should budget between $1,500-$3,000 per semester, depending
on location and whether students choose to live alone or with roommates. Egypt's overall
cost of living is low, but students should budget for food, travel, and personal spending
Exchange students at AUC can choose from the full curriculum. All courses, other than
language courses, are taught in English. Students take classes with Egyptian and other
international students. Students can take 12-15 credits per semester at AUC. Classes
are held Sunday, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays generally consist of
labs and seminars. Most classes at AUC are worth three U.S. credits, and most lab
sciences carry an additional lab credit. Students studying Arabic can elect to take
accelerated 6 credit language classes.To see courses UofSC students have taken at
this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table.
The International Office at AUC organizes social events throughout the program. They
can also help you connect to existing student organizations and clubs during your
time at AUC. Students also have the opportunity for individual travel throughout Egypt
and the region. AUC has a travel office to assist students with finding affordable
and safe opportunities for travel.
Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation
and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office
for more details.
Housing in Cairo is arranged through AUC during the application process. Students
should choose to live in the dormitories on AUC's New Cairo campus. Residence halls
are furnished and have kitchens.
American University Cairo follows an American semester model. The master calendar
is available here. USC IB students will attend AUC in the spring semester.
AUC offers an airport pickup service for a nominal fee to incoming exchange students.
A week-long mandatory orientation program is held for all international students prior
to the start of classes.
All students studying in Egypt will receive a tourist visa upon their arrival in Cairo,
but students can apply in advance if they wish. The visa costs approximately $25.
Student visas are issued during the semester after students have arrived in Egypt.