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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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74% of students recommend
48 reviews
Housing
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4.1/5
5 stars (18)
Academic
4.0/5
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Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (12)
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48 Language 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
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
My roommate didn't speak english so this was the best factor in helping me learn Arabic. We watched Soap opera and cartoons in Arabic and she would try to explain. I helped her with her english and she with my arabic. Also as a girl you tend to pick up little things automatically when you date some one from the area. And as a girl its not hard to get involved with the male population in the area. So 3 days after I arrived I found myself dating one of the guys in the club I had joined. were still great friends.
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by Emily, George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
International Relations, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Lots of people speak some level of English, but learning Arabic is much more fun. Take your time and enjoy and use it to the best of your advantage. I MUST warn you- there will be times when you will need an Arabic speaker. If you need to talk to the cops, the hospital, or a bawab. Make FRIENDS with Egyptian students and have them help you. They are all really nice and willing to help!
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by bigbadbhav, Arcadia University, Philadelphia, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
Arabic is great language but the school though should be taught in english was not and tended to be in arabic and the international students would be lost. as for the locals. it was sometime difficult to find soemoen randonly offf the street that sopke english.
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by Sabrina, Regent's American College London, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
The courses at the university are taught in English, however, when students interact with each other it is mostly done in Arabic or a mixture of both languages. Personally, it wasn't hard for me to interact with students in terms of language as there weren't any barriers.
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by Lorenzo, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Language, Rotary Scholarship
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
Arabic rocks. That's why I was there. Egyptian arabic is very useful. Maybe less charming than others dialects. But useful
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by Clayton, Columbia University, New York City, United States
Language, Rotary Fellowship
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Arabic
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
Because it was such a difficult language you should not have too high expectations if you are only staying one year.
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by Christene, University of the Pacific, Stockton, United States
International Relations, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Arabic
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
I learned Egyptian Arabic while I was there, it helped very, very much in shopping and travel and such.
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by vera, university of javakhishvili, tbilisi, Georgia
Translation/ Interpretation, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Georgian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning Georgian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Georgian
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your Georgian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
english arabic russian turkish
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