The American University in Cairo

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About Us

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region's premier English-language university — 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.

It is a vital bridge between the cultures of East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, study-abroad programs and partnerships with academic and research institutions.

AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC's academic program is rooted in liberal education and focused practice. The university's rigorous core curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.

Our nearly 5,000 undergraduates come from every corner of Egypt and from one hundred countries around the world. When they graduate, they join a worldwide network of more than 30,000 AUC alumni, leaders in finance and commerce, law and engineering, politics and culture, community service and computer science.

AUC includes programs and research centers on the Middle East; American studies; forced migration and refugees; gender and women's studies; philanthropy and civic engagement; as well as specialized teaching programs on Arabic language and electronic journalism.

The university boasts the largest English-language library in Egypt, and AUC Press is the leading publisher of English-language books in the Arab world. The university's new 260-acre main campus in New Cairo represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country, and the region — a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching, and civic engagement.