WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,969 /semester
Applications Begin:April, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Material Science (Architecture Engineering)
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and Material Science
Campus:New Cairo City
Application Deadline: September 2020
Programme Overview

This unique program is dedicated to advancing and improving the awareness, the understanding and the practice of Architecture and Urban Design, both locally and internationally, as an interdisciplinary field of science, focusing strongly on Building Technology.

The German University in Cairo awards a bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Design after 10 semesters of study (5 years).

The Vision:

“The Architecture and Urban Design Program at the GUC aims at graduating professional architects, who are highly demanded- both internationally and locally- and are able to perform the roles of generalists, as well as specialists in different kinds of projects, as well as carry out research that serves the industry. It also aims at becoming a role model educational institution with a global scope in Egypt.”

To achieve this vision, students are brought up to understand the role of the architect in the society: in a project, s/he is the maestro; s/he conducts the entire building process, including all engineering disciplines/ specialties (structure, electromechanical, IT…), which operate under the architect’s umbrella.

Thus, they practice the leading role they are going to play in both local and international markets. This is done through many practical assignments, which are strongly supported by theory and research. In addition, an internship period of at least 8 weeks is obligatory in either of the following:

  • An architectural design firm
  • A contracting company
  • A construction site
  • A real-estate development company

Within a balanced mix of theory, research and practice, the first 7 semesters are divided into a Basic Module and a Core Module. The Basic Module lays out and transfers the important spectrum of artistic, formative, technical, historical and social studies knowledge, as well as the basic methodologies needed for the study and practice of architecture, covering such courses as: architectural drawing, freehand drawing and modelling, history of architecture, structural design, CAAD/CAM and ecology and environmental control systems, in the form of lectures and their accompanying labs and tutorials.

On the other hand, the Core Module contains different levels of design studios, as well as building technology courses, which characterize the study program, including building construction, building physics, building materials and technical installations.

In this module, students deepen their knowledge of the core courses of the study and practice of architecture and further develop their conceptual thinking with the aim of shaping their personal profiles. This is achieved through a large number of lectures, tutorials, seminars, design studios and excursions, as well as exchange programs that establish the international connection.

The 8th semester comprises the bachelor thesis/ project, which is the culmination of all the previous study and it is where the students display their knowledge and strengths.

After eight semesters of studying Architecture and Urban Design, students concentrate on one of two specializations in the 9th and 10th semesters:

  • Architecture and Urban Design
  • Building Technology and Integrated Design

By the end of their studies and through the wide range of offered courses and the practice-oriented curriculum, students acquire skills in design, planning and construction, as well as the knowledge and ability to coordinate interdisciplinary projects.

Graduates of the Architecture and Urban Design Program are educated to respect, analyze and protect different cultural backgrounds and accept social responsibility, as well as respond to local contexts and the local identity of prospective areas of work, while employing elements of sustainable development, as well as contemporary architecture theories, movements and technologies, which they put into practice in their designs.

GUC Architecture and Urban Design bachelor program ensures the graduation of highly-qualified architects, with an internationally-recognized education, who are well-equipped scientifically and, at the same time, have the ability to engage imagination, think creatively, innovate and provide design leadership. Graduates apply professional ethics and codes of conduct in their practice of architecture.

GUC Architecture and Urban Design Program plays an advisory and consultancy role in the society, both inside and outside Egypt. It establishes connections with professors in other universities, research centers, architects, planners, visionaries, and developers. This helps in continuously developing, and advancing the graduates, while increasing their awareness: a vision that guarantees a sustainable study program; one that plays a leading role in both the local and international markets.


Semester 1:
(ARCH 103) Fundamentals of Building Technology (Building Physics and Building Structures)
(ARCH 101) Freehand Drawing and Modelling
(ARCH 102) Descriptive Geometry
(MATH 106) Mathematics
(ARCH104) Architectural Drawing
Semester 2:
(ARCH202) History of Art and Architecture
(ARCH203) Visual Design
(ARCH204) Introduction to Architectural Design
(ARCH205) Fundamentals of Building Technology
(ARCH206) 3D Model-Making Studio

Semester 3:
(ARCH301) History of Architecture II
(ARCH403) Introduction to Urban Design
(ARCH304) Building Technology II
(ARCH305) Design Studio I
(ARCH306) Structural Analysis
Semester 4:
(ARCH401) History of Architecture III
(ARCH303) Theory of Architecture I
(ARCH404) Building Technology III
(ARCH405) Design Studio II
(ARCH406) Concrete Structures Design

Semester 5:
(ARCH502) Steel Structures Design
(ARCH503) Theory of Architecture II
(ARCH504) Building Technology IV
(ARCH505) Design Studio III
Semester 6:
(ARCH602) Design Studio IV (selected urban and architectural design projects)
(ARCH603) Surveying
(UP601) Theory of Urban Planning
(UP602) Housing
(UP603) Introduction to Urban Sociology

Semester 7:
(ARCH701) Ecology and Environmental Control Systems
(ARCH702) Legislation, Professional Practice and Contracts
(ARCH703) Design Studio V (selected urban and architectural design projects)
(PMCM701) Introduction to Project Management/ Construction Management (PM/CM)
(UP701) Introduction to Urban Economics
Semester 8:
(ARCH801) Internship/ Training
(ARCH802) Bachelor Project – A Selection of Projects

Semester 9:
(ARCH901) Design Studio VI (Selected Architectural Design Projects)
(ARCH000) Elective I and II
(PMCM901) Project Management/ Construction Management (PM/CM Studio I)
(PMCM000) Elective I and II
(UP901) Urban Planning Studio I
(LDSP000) Elective I and II
(UP000) Elective I and II
(LDSP901) Advanced Landscape Planning Studio I
Semester 10
(ARCh1001) Design Studio VII (Selected Architectural Design Projects)
(ARCH0000) Elective I and II
(PMCM1001) Project Management/ Construction Management (PM/CM Studio II)
(PMCM0000) Elective I and II
(UP1001) Urban Planning Studio II
(UP0000) Elective I and II
(LDSP1001) Advanced Landscape Planning Studio II
(LDSP0000) Elective I and II

Admission Requirements

The Egyptian Secondary School Certificate Al- Thanaweyya Al-Amma
• Obtaining at least the minimum percentages set by GUC admission office for the same year of admission.
• Qualifying Subjects : Scientific section – Math branch

The German Secondary School Certificate – Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
• Having acquired the qualifying subjects in Grade 11 and 12 according to the relevant study group at GUC.
• The total number of subjects to be calculated is 7 ( including the qualifying subject ).
• Qualifying Subjects : English Language, Math, Physics, Chemistry, To be completed with other subjects

The British Secondary School Certificates (IGCSE, GCSE)
• Having passed at least 8 (OL)
• For Engineering Group, 8 (OL) + Math (AL/ASL)
• Minimum (OL) Grade is “C”
• Minimum(AL or ASL) Grade is “D”
• (AL) or (ASL) Math is required to join the Engineering Group.
• Maximum number of (AL or ASL) subjects to be calculated is: 2(ALs) or 4(ASLs) or 1(AL+2ASL) subjects.
• Accepted scores must be taken during not more than 4 successive years.
• IGCSE (OL) subjects obtained from Arab Countries should be of the (extended), not of the (core) system.
• Qualifying Subjects : English Language, Math(O.L), Math(AL/ASL), Physics(O.L), Chemistry(O.L), To be completed with other subjects

The American High School Diploma
• Having successfully completed (8) different subjects.
• Subjects less than one credit are not accepted.
• Subjects calculated should include the qualifying subjects relevant to the study group of choice at GUC. (Please refer to the qualifying subjects table for more details)
• Subjects can be calculated from Grade 12, 11 or 10. Minimum number of subjects to be calculated from G12 is 4, maximum number of subjects from G11 is 4, and to be completed accordingly from G10 if needed and maximum number of subjects to be calculated from G10 is 2.
• Subjects as PE, music, yearbook, religion… are not counted.
• New SAT I minimum Score is 800/1600 ONLY as a passing grade
• SAT II is highly recommended & gives extra bonus for student’s overall evaluation & tuition category (minimum accepted score is 900/1600).
• SAT II will be mandatory only in case student wishes to join the Engineering Group and didn’t take Advanced Math in school Transcript in grades 10, 11 or 12
• Subjects to be accepted in SAT II: For the Engineering group: Math is a necessity + another scientific subject
• Qualifying Subjects : English Language or/and Literature, Math, Advanced Math (or Math of SAT II), Physics, Chemistry

Thanaweyya Amma from Arab countries
• A scientific-oriented Thanaweyya Amma is required for studying in the Biological Sciences and in the Engineering Group.
• A non-scientific-oriented Thanaweyya Amma graduate is eligible to study in the Management or Applied Sciences and Arts Group.
• All Islamic subjects are not calculated during the evaluation of the final percentage.
• Students obtaining their Thanaweyya Amma from Yemen must submit proof of 12 years of schooling.
• A scientific-oriented Thanaweyya Amma is required for studying in the Biological Sciences in the Engineering Group.

International Baccalaureate
• Passing 6 subjects with a minimum of 3 taken in the High Level (including the qualifying subjects).
• A total score of minimum of 24/45 is required.
• Passing the English Language is a must for acceptance.
• Theory of knowledge, Extended Essay & Creativity are required.
• Students must obtain the final graduation IB Diploma to be considered for admission.
• Qualifying Subjects : English Language and/or Literature, Math (HL), Physics (HL)

Canadian Certificate
• Having successfully completed 8 different subjects (+ Adv. Math for Engineering group)
• Accepted students should have spent the last 3 years of study in the Canadian System (Grades 10, 11 and 12). Students who studied all their courses in one or two year/s only (grade 11 and /or 12) in the Canadian system will not be considered for admission.
• Subjects less than one credit are not accepted.
• Subjects calculated should include the qualifying subjects relevant to the study group of choice at GUC. (Please refer to the qualifying subjects schedule for more details
• Subjects are calculated from Grade 12 & 11 only. Minimum number of subjects to be calculated from G12 is 5 (+ Adv. Math); maximum number of subjects from G11 is 3.
• Subjects as PE, music, yearbook, religion… are not counted.
• Qualifying Subjects : English Language and/ or Literature, Math, Advanced Math, Physics,Chemistry

Fachoberschule FOS
• Obtaining at least the minimum percentages set by GUC admission office for the same year of admission.
• Students are allowed to apply only for Management or Applied Sciences and Arts group.
• Fulfilling all certificates’ requirements and obtaining the final certificate.

French Baccalaureate
• The number of subjects to be calculated is 7 courses.
• A total score of minimum 10/20 is required as a passing grade.
• 5 points will be added to each course in the evaluation as a bonus and final percentage will be calculated according to the student’s score in each course and the corresponding coefficient.
• Qualifying Subjects : Section “SCIENCES DE LA VIE ET DE LA TERRE”

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $35
Application Fees for Non Egyptian Student: $35


Online application
The student must complete the online application.
After filling in the online application, the student will get an application number.
Once the student fills in the online application , s/he will receive an email “ admission test invitation email “ , where s/he will be required to reserve the admission test session online ( Please note that the German Schools’ graduates as well as students graduated from Germany are exempted from the admission tests )
The student will receive a confirmation for her/his test session date and time.
The student MUST follow the instructions written in the test confirmation email very carefully.

GUC Admission test
GUC Philosophy is to build on points of strength in students. This will be reflected in the evaluation process of applicants, which includes in addition to the final high school scores-the GUC Admission Exams which consist of:

• GUC Reasoning Test:
Duration: 50 minutes.
Details: Questions are classified into categories according to their types namely: verbal comprehension and relationships, induction, facts and results, deduction and discovery

• GUC Computerized English Language Test:
Duration: 45 minutes.
Details: Made up of 3 sections: language use, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension. It aims at finding out whether the student can study without difficulty in a university where the language of instruction is English; in other words whether the students can understand lectures delivered in English, and read textbooks and lecture notes written in English.

Those who do not pass the test will have the chance to repeat the test only one more time for free.

On the date of the Admission test, the student MUST arrive at the University at least ONE HOUR before the Session Time in order to complete the registration process for the test; the student should head to the Admission Office upon arrival and bring the following documents with him/her:

• Copy/original of birth certificate
• Student’s ID card or passport + a copy ( no student will be allowed to enter the admission exam unless he/she has an identification card)
• Copy of legal guardian’s ID or passport
• Test fees 650 LE non refundable.
• Copy of final High school certificate ( if available )

Career Opportunities

Jobs directly related to your degree include:
• Architect
• Architectural technologist
• CAD technician
• Fire risk assessor
• Interior and spatial designer
• Urban designer

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $3,969
Tuition Fees for Non Egyptian Student: $3,969

GUC aims at attracting a selection of academically outstanding, dynamic and creative high school graduates.
To this end, based on the GUC admission evaluation process, students will be ranked and classified according to the following categories, each of which will have a specific deduction in the tuition as described in the scholarship section.

Study Group

Category “A”

Category “B”

Category “C”

Category “E”


EUR 3,715

EGP 62,150

EUR 4,375

EGP 73,350

EUR 5,050

EGP 83,950

Management Technology

EUR 3,715

EGP 62,150

EUR 4,375

EGP 73,350

EUR 5,050

EGP 83,950

Biological Sciences

EUR 3,715

EGP 58,850

EUR 4,375

EGP 69,450

EUR 5,050

EGP 79,450

Applied Arts

EUR 3,985

EGP 68,400

Law and Legal Studies

EUR 3,715

EGP 55,000

EUR 4,375

EGP 64,900

EUR 5,050

EGP 74,250

Other Fees
• A non-refundable GUC evaluation tests fees of 550 EGP to be paid at the time of submitting applications during Early and Regular Admission.
• A deposit of 5000 EGP or 420 Euro as insurance for use of labs (refundable at the end of academic studies after deduction of damages).


Relevant Contact

Admission Office
Responsible for admission enquiries
Slim Abdennadher
Dean of Faculty of Media Engineering & Technology