The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. For its first 27 years, the University was shaped by its founding president, Charles A. Watson, who wished to create an English-language University based on high standards of conduct and scholarship, and to contribute to the intellectual growth of the future leaders of Egypt.
The University offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. It also offers a globally recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.
The Employability and Career Development Centers (ECDC) project was born out of a partnership between AUC and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the goal of establishing career centers in Egyptian public universities to aid university students in developing and showcasing the skills required by the current job market.
Through the project, three centers were established at Ain Shams University (ASU)– Main Campus, Ain Shams University (ASU) – Faculty of Engineering, and Suez Canal University (SCU). AUC’s own Career Center was central in providing its technical expertise and in building the capacity of ECDC staff.
The Office of International Student Life (ISL) aims to weave the global dimension into the fabric of AUC. The office serves incoming international students with the purpose of internationalizing campus. It collaborates with other university offices, local, and global entities; thus supporting the liberal arts dimension of the university mission.
AUC's main library boasts nearly 500,000 print volumes, 130 electronic journal subscriptions and is home to the largest English-language collection in Egypt, the AUC New Cairo library is the hub of study, research and investigation on campus. The library is home to the Learning Commons, your go-to spot for research and technology help.
The AUC clinics at both AUC New Cairo and Tahrir Square offer comprehensive health care services to ensure the well-being of the entire AUC community. Provided services include medical advice, treatment, vaccines, pharmacy services, and recommendations for outside care. The AUC clinic also has provider relationships with the best hospitals in Cairo.
Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, AUC’s $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive. Offering state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world, the campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities.
Whether it’s watching the stars or women’s rights that spark your interest, you’ll find like-minded people in one of AUC’s 60 student organizations. The many extracurricular activities available at AUC reflect the diverse backgrounds and interests of the student body.
Joining a club lets you develop your personal skills and get involved in areas of community service, student government, culture and special interests, academics, or student conferences. The University also has several student-run publications including newspapers; The Insider, Caravan and The Independent, and AUC Times, a monthly magazine.
AUC operates within the framework of a 1975 protocol with the Egyptian government, which in turn is based on a 1962 cultural relations agreement between the Egyptian and US governments. In the United States of America, AUC is licensed to grant degrees and is incorporated by the state of Delaware. AUC is governed by a board of trustees and is administered by a chief executive officer appointed by this board.