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Cairo: American University in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Actuarial Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Architectural Engineering, Biology, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Computer Science Engineering, Economics, Engineering, Film Studies, Graphic Design, History, Journalism, Literature, Marketing, Mathematics, Middle East Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
Cairo cityscape

Program Overview     

Please Note: This program will not run in the Fall of 2015 or the Spring of 2016. We will reasses the program for the Academic Year 16-17 in the Fall of 2015. 
Two women in  front of a sphinx
With more than 6,000 years of culture,  Cairo has numerous historical sites including the Pyramids, the Abdin Palace, the Al-Azhar Mosque, and the Coptic Museum. As a business and commercial center with many modern facilities, Cairo is home to 33,000 U.S. citizens who are attached in some way to the American Embassy. The American University in Cairo, a private institution founded in 1920, is a small oasis in the city. It is surrounded by commercial areas, hotels, and government ministries. The main campus consists of a converted palace, gardens, and fountains; sports areas for tennis, outdoor basketball, and soccer; plus an auditorium and theater. Centers located off campus in rural, urban, and desert areas provide research opportunities in fields of interest to Egypt.

Penn State has a reciprocal exchange program option with this university. Through the exchange program option, Penn State undergraduates attend this university and an equal number of undergraduates from the university attend Penn State. As reciprocal exchange programs are generally more affordable, students are selected for the exchange based on academic achievement.

You will enroll in courses offered by the American University in Cairo (AUC). Local staff determine whether you have met the prerequisites for chosen courses. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in Arabic language, Arabic history and culture, accounting, archaeology, art history, chemistry, Egyptology, history, Middle Eastern studies, political science, and sociology. You are strongly advised to take Arabic language while on the program. Please visit the AUC course list website for detailed listings.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.

Full time undergraduate students normally take an academic load of 12 to 16 semester credit hours. 

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Cairo Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Second semester Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

You will live in the AUC dormitory with other students from the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and Egypt. You have the option of purchasing your meals in the AUC dining halls. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. 

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.