Founded in the Egyptian capital back in 1919, the American University in Cairo has long been one of the highest-performing English-language universities in the Middle East. A private institution committed to liberal arts, every AUC undergraduate takes certain humanities, natural and social science units regardless of their degree programme.
AUC’s main campus is in Tahrir Square, a plaza right at the heart of the city and much history, as the backdrop to many protests over the years. In 2008, it opened a new £300m 260-acre campus around 30km east of Tahrir Square, in the suburb of New Cairo. The new campus houses the School of Business, whose departments include Management, Economics and Communications. It also contains the biggest English-language library in Egypt by collection
AUC has ranked well among global institutions of higher education and is considered one of the strongest universities in Egypt. Some of its best performing subject areas include the Arts, Humanities and Development studies departments. AUC attracts students from more than 60 different countries and enjoys links with over 60 overseas universities across the world.
Cairo has the highest population of any city in the Middle East and a well-known buzz all-year-round. It holds more than 1000 years of history, views of the legendary Pyramids and the Sphinx, palaces and mosques, the Tutankhamun Gallery and the world-famous River Nile running through its centre.
Its alumni include presidents and government ministers from a range of countries and famous singers, writers and entrepreneurs.