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Type: Public Institution
Established: 1908
No of Students: 250,000
No of Staff: 14,000
President: Prof. Muhammad Othman Elkhosht
Campuses: Giza campus & Sheikh Zayed City campus
Ranking: 1st in Egypt & 6th in Africa (Webometrics)
Website: https://cu.edu.eg/Home
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Cairo University is a public university in Cairo, Egypt. It is the second-oldest higher education institution in the country, after Al-Azhar University. Cairo University was founded in 1908 as the Egyptian University. In 1940, it was renamed the King Faud I University in honour of the late ruler. Following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 that overthrew the monarchy, it became known as Cairo University. The University was structured around seve.. more

Cairo University is a public university in Cairo, Egypt. It is the second-oldest higher education institution in the country, after Al-Azhar University. Cairo University was founded in 1908 as the Egyptian University. In 1940, it was renamed the King Faud I University in honour of the late ruler. Following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 that overthrew the monarchy, it became known as Cairo University. The University was structured around several previously existing higher institutions like the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the School of Law and Dar El-Ulum. All these schools were integrated into Cairo University as constituent colleges, later becoming faculties of the University. The university has two campuses, with the main campus located in Giza, and the new campus in Sheikh Zayed City, a suburb of Cairo.

Cairo University is reputed as the prime public university in Egypt, and one of the top universities in Africa. According to Webometrics rankings, it is currently the top-ranked University in Egypt and the fifth in Africa. Its Medical School was one of the first medical schools on the continent. The University is a key player in scientific and technological research, hosting several research centres on issues ranging from community service to nanotechnology, which is one of the University’s prominent areas of research. The University equally offers a mix of athletic, artistic and cultural activities in a bid to provide wholesome education to its students. Cairo University is home to over 250,000 students, among which are about 6000 international students, and 11,000 academic staff members, out of 14,000 in total

Cairo University is equipped with several facilities that fill the needs of students and staff alike. Its hospitals are the largest and oldest educational and medical hospitals in Africa and the Middle East, making it the citadel of Medicine in the Arab region. The university also offers on-campus residences that include hostels and playgrounds. The University launched a Nanotechnology Research Centre at its second Campus in 2009, the first of its kind in Egypt. This investment in nanotechnology has enabled Cairo University to emerge as a leading player in the field. It runs extensive security services in order to ensure the safety of not only students and staff, but infrastructure as well. Over the University’s storied and long existence, it has graduated several notable figures. Its alumni range from international diplomats to former presidents, from actors to Nobel laureates. Some of these include Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former UN Secretary-General), Saddam Hussein (former President of Iraq), Mohammed Morsi (former President of Egypt), Omar Sharif (award-winning actor), Yasser Arafat (Nobel Peace Prize, 1994), Mohammed ElBaradei (Nobel Peace Prize, 2005).

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Cairo University runs 22 Faculties (each with several departments), and 3 Higher Institutes as listed below.

Faculty of Engineering

  • Department of Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering and Systems
  • Depa.. more

Cairo University runs 22 Faculties (each with several departments), and 3 Higher Institutes as listed below.

Faculty of Engineering

  • Department of Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering and Systems
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Power and Machines
  • Department of Electronics and Communications
  • Department of Engineering Mathematics and Physics
  • Department of Irrigation and Hydraulics
  • Department of Mechanical Design and Production
  • Department of Mechanical Power Engineering
  • Department of Mining, Petroleum and Metallurgical
  • Department of Public Works
  • Department of Structural Engineering

Faculty of Medicine

  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Histology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Parasitology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Forensic
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Department of Urology
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Orthopaedics
  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Oncology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Anaesthesia
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Endemic Medicine
  • Department of Critical Care
  • Department of Pulmonary Medicine
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Andrology
  • Department of Psychological Medicine
  • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence

  • Department of Information Technology (IT)
  • Department of Computer Science (CS)
  • Department of Information System (IS)
  • Department of Operations Research and Decision Support (DS)

Faculty of Pharmacy

  • Department of Pharmaceutics & Industrial Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmacognosy
  • Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Department of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
  • Department of Analytical Chemistry
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Department of Agricultural Biochemistry
  • Department of Agricultural Botany
  • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Department of Agricultural Microbiology
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Department of Animal Production
  • Department of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension
  • Department of Soil Sciences
  • Department of Dairy Science
  • Department of Economic Entomology and Pesticides
  • Department of Ornamental Horticulture
  • Department of Plant Pathology
  • Department of Pomology
  • Department of Vegetable Crops
  • Department of Zoology and Agricultural Nematology
  • Department of Food Sciences
  • Department of Genetics

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Plan and Microbiology
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Astronomy and Meteorology
  • Department of Entomology
  • Department of Biophysics
  • Department of Geophysics
  • Department of Biotechnology/ Biomolecular Chemistry

Faculty of Economics and Political Science

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Socio-Computing

Faculty of Mass Communication

  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Radio and TV
  • Department of PR and Advertising
  • English Section
  • Online Journalism

Faculty of Archaeology

  • Department of Egyptology
  • Department of Islamic Archaeology
  • Department of Archaeological Conservation
  • Department of Greco-Roman Archaeology

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Oriental Languages
  • Department of English
  • Department of French Language
  • Department of German Language
  • Department of Greek and Latin
  • Department of Japanese Language
  • Department of Spanish
  • Department of Chinese Language
  • Department of Italian Language
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Russian Language

Faculty of Commerce

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Sports and Insurance

Faculty of Specific Education

  • Department of Educational Media
  • Department of Music Education
  • Department of Art Education

Faculty of Nursing

  • Department of Nursing Education
  • Department of Gerontological Nursing
  • Department of Paediatric Nursing
  • Department of Community Health Nursing
  • Department of Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Department of Nursing Administration
  • Department of Critical Care and Emergency Nursing
  • Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Department of Maternal and New-Born Health Nursing

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Public Law
  • Department of Criminal Law
  • Department of Civil Law
  • Department of Civil and Commercial Proceedings
  • Department of Public International Law
  • Department of Private International Law
  • Department of Islamic Law
  • Department of Commercial Law
  • Department of Social Legislation
  • Department of Public Finance
  • Department of Philosophy and History of Law

Faculty of Physical Therapy (P.T)

  • Department of Basic Science
  • Department of Biomechanics
  • Department of P.T for Cardiovascular Disorders and Geriatrics
  • Department of P.T for Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Department of P.T for Musculolocomotor Disorders and Its Surgery
  • Department of P.T Surgery
  • Department of P.T for Neuromuscular Disorder and Its Surgery
  • Department of P.T for Growth and Development Disorders in Children and Its Surgery

Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine

  • Department of Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Department of Removable Prosthodontics
  • Department of Oral Radiology
  • Department of Oral Pathology
  • Department of Oral Biology
  • Department of Orthodontics
  • Department of Oral Surgery
  • Department of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Department of Oral Medicine
  • Department of Endodontics
  • Department of Operative Dentistry
  • Department of Dental Materials

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Parasitology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Internal and Infectious Medicine
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Virology
  • Department of Veterinary Hygiene and Management
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Histology
  • Department of Toxicology and Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Fish Diseases & Management
  • Department of Poultry Diseases
  • Department of Theriogenology
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Zoonoses
  • Department of Food Hygiene
  • Department of Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Clinical Pathology

Faculty of Education for Early Childhood

  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Department of Educational Sciences
  • Department of Basic Sciences

Institute of Statistical Studies and Research

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Demography Statistics and Population
  • Department of Mathematical Statistics
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Operations Research
  • Department of Applied Statistics and Econometrics Department

Faculty of African Postgraduate Studies

  • Department of History
  • Department of Politics and Economics
  • Department of African Languages
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Natural Resources

Faculty of Regional and Urban Planning

  • Department of Urban Design
  • Department of Urban Planning
  • Department of Environmental Planning
  • Department of Regional Planning

Faculty of Dar El-Ulum

Faculty of Graduate Studies for Education

National Cancer Institute

National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NILES)

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Admission Requirements
Cairo University offers admission into Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

Bachelors Programmes

  • Obtaining the Egyptian High School Certificate or an equivalent certificate.
  • Passing the qualifying subjects and getting the minimum grade required for joining the desired faculty.

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Admission Requirements
Cairo University offers admission into Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

Bachelors Programmes

  • Obtaining the Egyptian High School Certificate or an equivalent certificate.
  • Passing the qualifying subjects and getting the minimum grade required for joining the desired faculty.

Graduate Diploma, Masters & PhD Programmes

Documents to Be Submitted by Foreign Students:

  • An equivalent certificate of the latest academic qualification awarded by the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt.
  • A letter of candidacy from the country the student comes from to the faculty the student wishes to study at, clarifying the providing body, the university year in which the student wishes to study, and the degree obtained by the student. Also, the letter must be signed by the cultural consultant of the embassy to be sent to the dean of the desired faculty.
  • A copy of the student’s passport that is valid for one whole year.
  • A document which proves that the student does not have AIDS, before seeking admission or registration.
  • An Excellence Certificate valid for one year (for medicine students)
  • Filing in 3 data forms at the desired faculty.
  • Filling in 3 information forms at the desired faculty.
  • Four personal photos
  • A file folder.
  • The grades of the four-year bachelor.
  • A diploma or pre-master certificate.

After fulfilling all previous requirements, an original copy of an Information Form and three photocopies of it must be submitted with the student’s signature on them.

Enclosing a photocopy of the approval of the student’s embassy that the embassy agrees that the student study at the desired faculty, clarifying the providing body, the university year in which the student wishes to study and the degree the student wishes to do.

Faculties are to send the students’ data forms to the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt.

Documents to Be Submitted by Egyptian Students:

  • The temporary bachelor’s certificate with the grade required for applying for Diplomas or master’s degrees.
  • The temporary Master Certificate with the required grade (for PhD applicants)
  • A score report of the four-years bachelor.
  • A birth certificate or an official copy of it.
  • A copy of the National ID Card.
  • Six personal (4*6) photos.
  • Approval of the student’s workplace that he/she can enrol for postgraduate studies.
  • If the student is a civil servant, he/she must have the approval of his/her workplace that he/she can give all his/her time to studies if necessary (or according to the faculty’s bylaws)
  • The Military Status Certificate (postponed / temporarily exempted / finally exempted)
  • The Armed Forces approval in the case of conscripted students.
  • The Officers Affairs Departments approval if the student is a military officer or a police officer.

How to Apply

Application into Cairo University is done online, by filling a form available on the University Website.

When to Apply

Faculties Dates of Enrolment
1- Faculty of Arts Enrolling for Diplomas and Foundation Course is in July every year.
2- Faculty of Law Date of applying for Diplomas is from October 1 to December 31.

Date of applying for Master and PhD degrees is throughout the year.

3- Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences Date of applying for postgraduate studies is from August 1 to August 30.
4- Faculty of Commerce Date of applying for Diplomas, Pre-Master and PhD is from August 1 to August 30.
5- Faculty of Science Date of applying for Masters, Pre-Masters and Diplomas is in July, and foreign students applying for PhDs is throughout the year.
6- Faculty of Medicine Dates of enrolling for Diplomas, Masters and PhDs are as followed:

1- Papers are submitted in only July every year

(from July 1 to July 31)

2- Classes start in October every year

3- Applying for PhDs is done twice a year, in March and October every year (Papers are submitted in January to start in March and in August to start in October)

7- Faculty of Nursing Applying for Diplomas and Master and PhD degrees is in July and August every year.
8- Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine Applying for Diplomas and master’s degrees is from July 1 to July 31 of the year in which an applicant wishes to get started but applying for PhDs is throughout the year.
9- Faculty of Pharmacy Date of applying for Diplomas and the Master and PhD degrees is in July every year.
10- Faculty of Engineering Applying for PhD degrees is throughout the year but applying for Pre-Masters and Diplomas is in July and the applicant is registered on October 1 every year.
11- Faculty of Agriculture Registering for Diplomas is done once a year and applications are submitted during the first half of August (from August 1 to August 15 every year).

Dates of Submitting Applications:

Students can apply for Master and PhD degrees twice a year, from January 1 to January 15 and from August 1 to August 15.

Prerequisites:

It is a pre-condition that an applicant for the master’s degrees did not obtain his/her bachelor’s degrees of agricultural sciences more than 10 years ago. As for applying for the PhD degrees in agricultural sciences, it is a pre-condition that the applicant did not get his/her master’s degree more than 5 years ago.

12- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Applying for Master and PhD degrees is in March and September every year. Applying for Diplomas is in September every year.
13- Faculty of Dar El-Ulum As for General and Special Diplomas and Pre-Masters, the university year begins in October every year. As for the Master and PhD degrees, the university year is throughout the year.
14- Faculty of Mass Communications Applying for Pre-Masters, Pre-PhDs and Diplomas is from August 15 to September 15, and throughout the year as for the Master and PhD degrees.
15- Faculty of Archaeology Students can apply for the Master and PhD degrees three times a year (in January, April and October)
16- Faculty of Regional and Urban Planning Applications for Diplomas and Pre-Masters are accepted in July and applicants are registered on October 1 every year. Applications for PhD degrees are made throughout the year.
17- Statistical Studies and Research Institute Applications for the Master and PhD degrees are submitted twice a year (in March and October).
18- National Cancer Institute Applications for the master’s degrees are made only once a year in July every year, but applications for the PhD degrees are made twice a year in September and April every year.
19- African Studies and Research Institute Applications for Diplomas are submitted in both January and August every year, but applications for the Master and PhD degrees are filed throughout the year.
20- Institute of Educational Studies and Research Applications for Diplomas are made within two weeks in August, and applications for the Master and PhD degrees are submitted within two weeks in September.
21- Faculty of Physiotherapy Applications for the postgraduate studies are submitted during the first half of June every year.
22- The National Laser Institute Applications for postgraduate studies are made twice a year, in August and October.
23- Faculty of Computer and Informatics Sciences Applications for Master and PhD degrees are submitted in both March and October.
24- Faculty of Specific Education Applications for postgraduate studies are submitted to the faculty administration every year during the second half of August.
25- Faculty of Kindergarten Applications for postgraduate studies are made from August 15 to September 15.
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Cairo, known in Arabic as Al-Qāhirah (The Victorious), is the capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in Africa. The city is more than 1,000 years old, existing on the banks of the Nile throughout all that time. It is the gateway to the Nile delta, where the lower Nile separates into the Rosetta and Damietta branches. The City was founded by the Fatimid Dynasty in 969 AD and has survive.. more

Cairo, known in Arabic as Al-Qāhirah (The Victorious), is the capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in Africa. The city is more than 1,000 years old, existing on the banks of the Nile throughout all that time. It is the gateway to the Nile delta, where the lower Nile separates into the Rosetta and Damietta branches. The City was founded by the Fatimid Dynasty in 969 AD and has survived both the Bubonic Plague and several occupations by invaders. The City came under the Ottoman rule in the 16th Century, but by the early 18th Century it came under the control of Muhammad Ali Pasha, who founded the dynasty that ruled in Egypt until the 1952 Egyptian Revolution. Cairo experienced rapid growth throughout all this turmoil, emerging as a political and economic hub for North Africa and the Arab World. The city was the theatre of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against Hosni Mubarak.
Cairo’s has a hot desert climate with annual average temperatures between 27 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively, experiencing frequent windstorms from March to May, with little rainfall throughout the year, mostly during winter. The weather is hot in the summer and chilly in winter. The warmer temperatures in the spring season are sometimes accompanied by the Khamaseen, a hot, dry wind from the south which fills the air with fine dust.

Cairo is part of the largest metropolitan area in Africa, Greater Cairo. With a population of over 9 million, the city is the centre of the region’s political and cultural life. It has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Middle East and North Africa. It has Opera houses and hosts the annual Cairo International Film Festival. It is home to several international media and organisations. The Arab League has been headquartered in the City for most of its existence. Cairo accounts for 11% of Egypt’s population and 22% of its economy, with most of the nation’s commerce generated within its walls. Its economy ranks first in the Middle East. On the flipside, like many other megacities, Cairo suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic.

Cairo is a prime example of hyper-urbanization – its constant growth has sometimes surpassed the capacity of city services. It is a megacity in every sense of the word. Its metro ranks among the 15 busiest metros in the world. This rapid expansion creates a constant need for new infrastructure in the city. The city boasts an extensive road network – facilitated by personal vehicles, taxi cabs, privately owned public buses and Cairo microbuses – as well as a rail system, a subway system and maritime services. It is the centre of almost the entire Egyptian transportation network. Plans for the construction of two monorail systems were announced in 2017 in a bid to cater to the ever-growing transportation demands. Cairo International Airport is one of the largest in Africa. The city is home to several historical sites and landmarks like Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Tower and Old Cairo. The Islamic architecture available in Cairo is counted as one of the greatest concentrations of historical monuments in the world. The areas around the Citadel are characterised by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais and fortifications dating from the Islamic era, and are often referred to as Islamic Cairo. The city is the hub of Egypt’s medical sector, boasting the most advanced healthcare facilities in the country. It is fertile ground for education as well, with the largest number of universities and higher institutes in Egypt.

Cairo is the birthplace of the Arab League, a regional organisation in the Arab World whose main goal is “to draw closer the relations between member states and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries”. Positioned as the headquarters of the Arab League, Cairo is at the nexus of the MENA regional block; it stands to reason that it has over the years become the centre of the regions political and cultural life.
The population of Cairo is predominantly Muslim, although it used to be ethnically and religiously diverse. This is evidenced by the remnants of old Italian, Greek, Syrian and Sudanese Communities still found in the same locations. Half of the city’s population lives in the city proper, with the other half living in the suburbs, and the difference in status within the Egyptian population depends largely on one’s place of origin, class and degree of modernity.
Cairo’s economy is largely based on governmental functions, trade, commerce and industrial production. Since the 1952 revolution, large-scale industrialization has established itself in the city, built on the foundations laid by previous developments in textile and food processing; Egypt, in general, is famous for its long-staple cotton, which is a hallmark of Cairo’s textile industry, and the fertile delta provides the food processing plants with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for canning and freezing. Also, Cairo counts iron and steel, consumer goods, and appliances manufacturing factories.
The city is the country’s primary centre for economic production and financial control; it contains many of Egypt’s more important banks and hotels, as well as restaurants and other entertainment venues.
Cairo is regarded as a student city thanks to the presence of some of the most prestigious African universities in the city. Al-Azhar University, for example, is the chief centre of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, and it is found in Cairo. The University of Cairo on its part boasts perhaps the largest number of graduates and specialized professionals in the country, including doctors, lawyers and engineers. Private-run universities as well carry a certain appeal, for example, the Future University in Egypt, Badr University in Cairo, the American University in Cairo and the German University in Cairo. All of these contribute to Cairo’s appeal as a prime venue for education, attracting more and more students from across the world.
The cost of living in Cairo tends to be generally high, especially in the city centre. However, for students there exist a number of affordable options, be it for restaurants, markets, utilities or transportation, as well as sports and leisure. On average the monthly cost of living for a single person is 6000 Egyptian pounds, without rent. Rent goes for about 3500 EG £ in the city centre, and 1800 EG £ outside of the city centre.
Cairo is home to prime cultural events and festivals. The Cairo International Film Festival, for example, is a renowned cultural attraction. The Cairo Opera House as well stands as a prominent cultural feature in Cairo. The city is an enticing prospect for students looking to discover life in a megacity that is constantly growing.

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Type: Public Institution
Established: 1908
No of Students: 250,000
No of Staff: 14,000
President: Prof. Muhammad Othman Elkhosht
Campuses: Giza campus & Sheikh Zayed City campus
Ranking: 1st in Egypt & 6th in Africa (Webometrics)
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