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Tuition Fees:$19,241 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Middle East Studies courses are taught by faculty members from Anthropology, Arabic Studies, Economics, History, Management, Political Science, and Sociology. Through intensive study of the region’s history, culture, and current issues, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East. See faculty listings under departmental descriptions.
A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required in order to declare and maintain a major in the Middle East Studies program.


A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies:

**Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Non-Arabic speaking students must take six hours of colloquial or literary Arabic.

**Concentration Requirements (45 credits)
Apart from the Core requirements, students must take two courses from the 200 and 300-level courses in each of the following six field fields: Anthropology, Arab Studies, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. In addition, the student must take a total of three, 400-level courses selected from the above fields. The rest of the courses beyond the Core and Middle East Studies major must be advanced level courses, unless they are part of the requirements of a Minor.

In the case of ARIC and HIST courses, if the student takes one of the courses listed below as part of the Core requirements, the student must take another course from the Core courses listed under these fields.

200 and 300-level course requirements (36 credits)
– Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
–  Anthropologies of Middle East and North Africa (3 cr.)
– Survey of Arab History (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
– Economic History of the Modern Middle East (3 cr.)
– State and Society in the Middle East, 1699-1914 (3 cr.)
– State and Society in the Middle East, 1906-present (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Political Science II (3 cr.)
– Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3 cr.)
– Social Movements (3 cr.)
– Environmental Issues in Egypt (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following
– Birth of Muslim Community and Rise of the Arab Caliphates (3 cr.)
– Zawiyas, Harems, Coffee shops, Everyday Life in the Pre-Modern Mideast (3 cr.)
– Muslim Political Thought (3 cr.)

400-level course requirements (9 credits)
In addition to the above courses, students are required to take three 400-level courses from the following list:

– Women, Islam and the State (3 cr.)
– Critical Approaches to Development (3 cr.)

– Development Studies Seminar (3 cr.)
– Islamic Law (3 cr.)
– Islamic Institutions (3 cr.)
– Modern Movements in Islam (3 cr.)
– Seminar on Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East (3 cr.)
– Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History (3 cr.)
Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East (3 cr.)
– Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East (3 cr.)
– Special Topics in Middle East Studies (3 cr.)
– Issues in Middle East Politics (3 cr.)
– The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality (3 cr.)
– Environmental Politics (3 cr.)
– Critical Approaches to Development (3 cr.)
– Development Studies Seminar (3 cr.)

Electives (29 -41 credits)
Depending on the number of credit hours needed to complete the 120 stated above.

Admission Requirements

The university and the Egyptian Ministry of Education require that all students joining AUC undergraduate program complete a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education prior to enrollment in university courses. Applicants must provide proof, that they have completed at least twelve years of education.

All undergraduate degree-seeking admission applicants are required to submit official secondary school academic transcripts, and certificates. Applicants who have attempted post-secondary studies must also submit official academic transcripts, and/ certificates from each post-secondary school attended regardless of whether they have earned credit or seek transfer credit. All academic records not in English or Arabic must be accompanied by certified English translations.

All undergraduate degree applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting valid Academic IELTS, or International TOEFL or completed college-level English coursework.

Non-Egyptian Applicants and/or their sponsors must provide official evidence indicating that a minimum of $36,000 is available to cover the tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study at the University’

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies include:
– Middle East Studies Librarian
– Cartographer
– Medicaid Program Monitor
– Intelligence Analyst

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $19,241
Tuition Fees for International Students: $21,858

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 305,827EGP ($19,410)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 347,424EGP ($22,050)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $647 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Ghada Barsoum
Chair, Department of Public Policy and Administration
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries