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American University of Cairo (AUC)

American University of Cairo, 113 Sharia Kasr El Aini, Cairo 11511 Egypt
3.99 / 5 based on 48 reviews.

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48 Overall reviews of American University of Cairo

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by Aisha, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States
Political Science, Study Abroad
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they don't tell you about the constant presence of the the military armed gaurds that you have to deal with every day. They don't tell you about the random searches. Also it was sort of a challenge to with people who had very negative views of America. As a political science major and a middle east specialist its hard to deal with the the disenting opinion because they way I figured it is... I'm not the person you should be mad at because I made the attempt to understand you culture and ways its the people who don't branch out and stay in their bubble that I have aproblem with as well as you do. You will be constantly challenged daily by the isuues facing people who can't stand you for a various reasons. Its hard and there are down periods but they try to cover this in oreintation.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



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Good school, great enviroment.. but its not for everyone. you have to already have a back bone especially if your a women and be able to tolerate just about anything because its crazy some times. There are local enviroment issues such has harrrasment and filth that it takes time getting use to. you can walk down the street and see at least 5 dead cats or rodents and no one disposes of these things.. So you have to get use to being in a 3rd world country. Bugs are a big reality as well as nasty men on the street groping you.. But with all that going on you still manage to have a great time.



FINAL COMMENTS

Most helpful thing I could suggest is, take some pepper spray, because it will deter the vagabonds... Never ever walk the streets alone at night. Always have a boy crew who you hang out with ragularly in the city and especially in Zamalek if you choose to live inthe dorms, because this will be your saving grace because most men will think that they are you cousins or husband or what ever and they will not approach you. People don't steal there so you don't have to worry about theft. traveling just be constantly aware of your surrounding at all times. You have to keep you head about your self, it is important never to be too offensive. I would suggest if you drink to do it at some ones home instead of in public because you need your full sense and faculties at all times to even get a cab or you may end up in the dessert some where... well maybe not that drastic but you get the point. Your arrival into Cairo is an adventure unto itself, the airport smells like livestock so be prepared to be sick. After a few weeks you get use to the smell and don't notice it. My group of friends coinded the phase " the Cairo stench" whcih consists of dead carass, garbage and of course the smells of the Nile... and just the general filth. The biggest suggestion I can give is take clothes you don't want to wear ever again because Mom will burn them when you get home. The smell of Cairo tends to stay with you even when you get back. Your fiends and family will notice it immediatly. Til this very day a good friend of mine who I met in Cario, he's mother still ask what in the world were you guys doing over there rolling around with the animals.. She threw all his clothes away as did my mother as did all the other the mothers... So believe me when I tell you the stench sticks, in your hair and pores. It takes about a week to get rid of it. Good Luck and have fun!
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by Emily, George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
International Relations, University Agreement
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Girls- be careful. Egyptian men can be pigs sometimes... there will be bad experiences, but for the most part everyone is wonderful. The biggest thing is that AUC is not always looking out for YOUR best interest. DO NOT let them push you around, and GO TO YOUR EMBASSY FIRST!!!! Your embassy will help you solve your problems to your best advantage while AUC will be worried whether or not they're image will be tarnished. DO NOT LET TOMADER PUSH YOU AROUND!!!! Don't expect Egypt to be like the US- but its an amazing experience!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



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Personal recommendation:
Go, because this is the most American friendly university in the city- because English is widely spoken and everyone is very WESTERN! But, like I said, AUC will not always be looking after your best interests. Be in touch with your embassy and if something happens, have your embassy help- DO NOT let AUC boss you AROUND AND "TAKE CARE" of you- your embassy will help you. The International Student Office is a joke... but Cairo is an amazing city and no problems I had with AUC could taint my time in CAIRO!



FINAL COMMENTS

ENJOY!!!! CAIRO IS SO AMAZING! YOU WILL HAVE AN AMAZING TIME IF YOU KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND ARE OPEN TO DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND PEOPLE! KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR EVEN WHEN YOU WANT TO BE BACK HOME SO MUCH IT HURTS... IF YOU GET SO HOMESICK YOU CANT MOVE- BOOK A HOTEL ROOM AT THE HILTON OR MARRIOT! ITS A GREAT WAY TO RELAX AND "GET OUT" OF EGYPT WITHOUT LEAVING. Besides- talking to all the tourists who wouldn't dream of leaving the hotel not in a charter bus will be so amazed with your bravery! Its a great way to put things in perspective.
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by bigbadbhav, Arcadia University, Philadelphia, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
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the large amount of air pollution and enormous amount of smoking from the locals
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



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Personal recommendation:
CANNOT HAVE THE STUDENTS RUNNING THE SHOW!!!!



FINAL COMMENTS

TRAVEL TRAVLE TRAVEL. do not waste a single weekend. thoguht you may want to stay in the city and hit the bars and clubs but trus tme once is enough for the one club in cairo and the pubs you can do on weekdays but travel to these places to the east and west and you will have the time of your life...DAHAB!!
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by Christene, University of the Pacific, Stockton, United States
International Relations, University Agreement
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I wish I had known...
Nothing I could have been told.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



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Personal recommendation:
It's worth it. I couldn't live in Cairo, myself, but I'm so glad I went!



FINAL COMMENTS

Don't eat unwashed fruit, for the love of all that's holy.
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by Lorenzo, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Language, Rotary Scholarship
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you need to be in the Middle East to understand it
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



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Personal recommendation:
Very good, BUT proivate



FINAL COMMENTS

Be open minded and respectful!
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by Sabrina, Regent's American College London, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Independent
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No, I already knew everything that was essential.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



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Personal recommendation:
Going there was definately worth it.



FINAL COMMENTS

There is really a lot to see not only in Cairo, but all over Egypt. I would definately recommend visiting this country at least once due to the diversity in almost everything. Also, the local people are very friendly and it is not difficult to talk to people and to create a circle of friends.
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by vera, university of javakhishvili, tbilisi, Georgia
Translation/ Interpretation, Erasmus
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is everithing free there i mean study
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
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Happened all the time.
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Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
its cool go there everibody



FINAL COMMENTS

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by Clayton, Columbia University, New York City, United States
Language, Rotary Fellowship
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I would have arranged better housing
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
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Happened all the time.
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Personal recommendation:
be sure that you want to do this and allow sufficient time to get settled



FINAL COMMENTS

be prepared
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