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American U. Cairo Graduate Exchange GWSB
Cairo, Egypt (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
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Language(s) of Instruction:
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Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
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Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

The American University in Cairo

GWU has currently suspended exchange programs to Egypt and is monitoring the situation in the country.  GWSB graduate students interested in an exchange at The American University in Cairo should meet with Global & Experiential Education to discuss options.

Is this program for me?AU Cairo

The American University in Cairo (AUC) 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 understanding across cultures.

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. The University’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.

The School of Business of The American University in Cairo is recognized as the top private Business School in Egypt in 2014 and one of the top in Africa ranked second in  2014 by Eduniversal.  The MBA program was ranked fourth in Africa and the Middle East by Top MBA in 2014. AUC School of Business has identified three pillars; entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in the ways business programs are developed, improved and delivered and in the ways students are exposed to a learning experience that extends both in class and outside the classroom including business plan competitions, internships, case studies writing and student projects and activities. The school is gradually becoming a research-intensive institution where faculty enhances learning through research findings and prepares students to compete in a knowledge-based global community.

The AUC exchange is open to all degree-seeking graduate students within the School of Business.


The AUC New Cairo campus is in the suburb of New Cairo, a development comprising 46,000 acres of land and with a projected population of 2.5 million people. New Cairo is designed to be a predominantly middle-to-high-income residential community with schools, cultural facilities, commercial enterprises, government agencies, hotels, open spaces and parks, with the AUC campus at its center.  

Currently, AUC has a contract with bus service providers to handle the daily commute to and from AUC New Cairo. The bus service covers most of Cairo, as well as parts of New Cairo.  


AUC operates on a two semester academic calendar. 

Fall Semester: September - Mid December
Spring Semester: Late January - Mid May

* Exact dates vary due to AUC academic calendar and do not include any mandatory orientation dates.


Advanced course work for the MBA constitutes a diversified program aiming at providing the student with:

  • General background in the concepts, processes and institutions of finance, marketing, personnel and operations management
  • Decision-making tools and techniques such as accounting, quantitative methods and management information systems
  • Organizational theory, economic analysis, and business policy and strategy
The MBA program also offers electives that cover the following business areas:
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Construction Industry
Exchange students enroll in 9 credit hours, of which 3 credits must be taken in the School of Business at AUC.  

Visit the AUC website for the complete list of courses by semester: 

Language of Instruction

The American University in Cairo is an English language university. All courses are taught in English. For those coming to AUC with no background in the Arabic language – the University offers a non-degree 20 hour crash course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic during orientation week.  Pre-registration for the course is required.  The Arabic Language Institute offers coursework in Arabic during the semester.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in Arabic language coursework.


AUC offers two housing options to students:

1. Zamalek is one of Cairo’s most popular residential districts
2. On-campus residences at the New Cairo campus

More information on AUC housing is available here:

The Office of International Student Affairs provides housing information for off-campus living.  Living independently in Cairo is an adventurous and challenging experience and requires basic Arabic language skills.

Career Development

Exchange students have access to The Office of Career Advising and Placement Services at AUC.  Exchange students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


Click HERE for cost estimates.

More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Patricia Garcia at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadlines

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th