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Advising and Registration
Advising for Local Transfers
Advising for International Transfers
Arabic Language Students
Register by coming to the ALI department, checking your fees, then taking the oral exam if you have studied Arabic before. You must then attend the ALI orientation and obtain your schedule.
For further information about the program, click here.
First-Year Experience Students
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Before You Leave:
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Arrange an Airport Pickup
1. Fill out the Car Reservation Form.
2. Send the completed form to email@example.com at least 10 days before the requested pick-up date.
3. You will receive a reservation confirmation followed by the reservation details, including the driver’s name and mobile number, at least 48 hours before arrival or departure.
4. A car reservation fee will be charged to your account upon receipt of the reservation confirmation.
5. The cost for this service will be USD 20 or its equivalent in EGP.
Students who wish to cancel or modify their reservation request should send a cancelation or modification request to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before the intended arrival or departure time; otherwise, the full fee will be charged to their accounts.
|Prior to Your Departure
Non-Egyptian students are strongly recommended to get their student visa before their arrival from the Egyptian consulate in their country.
You can get a visa application from any Egyptian consulate. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Allow several weeks if you are getting the visa by mail. You can also apply for the visa in person, if convenient, and may be able to get it the next day (North American and European applicants). Some offices may issue the visa while you wait. On the other hand, for citizens of some countries such as Iran and Syria, visa processing usually takes about eight weeks.
Citizens from the following countries have to obtain a visa prior to their arrival: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Croatia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and all African countries.
You must have a valid passport for six months beyond your arrival date. If not, then you need to file your passport application at least three months before your departure date to avoid any unforeseen delays.
Visa upon Entry
Before coming to Egypt, you need to check with the Egyptian consulate or embassy in your country about new visa regulations.
It would be wise to phone the Egyptian consulate nearest your place of residence to confirm this. If for some reason you are denied an Egyptian visa, there is nothing AUC can do. The University does not intervene in Egyptian government matters.
A minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students (nine credit hours for graduate students) is required for eligibility. Obtaining the student residence visa can take one to three months.
To avoid delays in what is already a long process, you must submit a copy of your passport along with the complete International Student Data Form (page 11 in the incoming study-abroad application) to AUC's New York Office or the Office of Admissions. This should have been done as part of the application process. Upon arrival in Cairo, you must visit the business support office to submit the required documents:
Both AUC Tahrir Square and AUC New Cairo have visa offices where you can submit the required documents. Visa office locations are:
AUC New Cairo: Administration Building, Room G019/G023
During your sojourn in Egypt, make sure you keep copies of your passport with you. Moreover, if you plan to travel within Egypt, always carry your passport with you. You will often be asked to show identification to Egyptian police on during travel by road, especially in Sinai. Your original passport, not a copy, is required in these instances. You also need your passport to check into hotels.
Males who are Egyptian or dual nationals, or whose father is Egyptian, are entitled to a six-month stay in Egypt as an Egyptian citizen without any military service clarifications or obligations. If you exceed the six-month stay, you have to process the military service exemption for Egyptians/dual nationals in person. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to leave the country until you clarify your military service status and receive a military service exemption.
Student Visa Renewal
For further inquiries, contact Business Support Office at email@example.com or 2615.2355
The choice to live and study abroad is a major undertaking in cross-cultural living and learning. It will not be easy and the process will progress over a number of months. The payoff, if successful, is immense. You will learn about yourself, your home culture as you learn about Egyptians and their culture.
It is common for new arrivals to go through a period of culture shock, a (sometimes) anguishing period of reaction and adjustment to a new, unfamiliar environment.
The best way to receive money is through an international bank transfer. The Commercial International Bank (CIB) has a branch on campus in the Administration Building. The CIB can receive the money transfer through wire swift. In this case, the payer should instruct his or her bank to send the money transfer to:
You may also use money grams. There are several companies that enable you to send and receive money grams, such as Western Union. Please check www.moneygram.com or www.westernunion.com for more information.
Shopping for food in Cairo may take slightly more time than one is accustomed to spend for the same activity elsewhere. In many neighborhoods one cannot be purchased all commodities in the same store. For example, fruits and vegetables are bought at fruit and vegetables vendors, eggs from the egg vendor, meat from the butcher, bread at the bakery, and canned goods, cheese, butter, water at the grocery. You should always pick your exact pieces of fruits and vegetables and watch that they are weighed properly. The large souqs in Cairo sell everything and the prices are lower. A list of Cairo’s major suuqs is listed in the Cairo Guide, included in your welcome packet.
There are supermarkets in Zamalek, Heliopolis, Nasr City, Maadi and other downtown neighborhoods. The major supermarket chains are Seoudi, Alfa Market, and Metro market. These are western style markets that have a mix of local and imported goods.
Religion has powerful influence in Egyptian life. Whether Muslim or Christian, all Egyptians, even those who do not practice except on major religious occasions such as festivals, weddings and funerals, take religion seriously. Most Egyptians cannot conceive of one being agnostic or atheist. Nearly all believe in the existence of God, and were you to tell any but the most sophisticated Egyptian that you did not, you would be regarded as strange and perhaps not altogether trustworthy or acceptable. Phrases like ‘inshaa’ al-laah (God willing) and il-ham-du lil-laah (thanks be to God) are heard frequently in conversation among Egyptians and they are usually spoken with heartfelt sincerity.
Take care to show proper respect for Egyptian attitude toward, and sensitivities about, God and their religion. Refrain from initiating conversations with Egyptians in which you compare Islam or Coptic Christianity unfavorably with your own religious beliefs, and do not assume that fundamentalist and born again mean the same in Egyptian society as they do elsewhere.
Mandatory International Health Insurance
AUC requires that all international students and Egyptians with dual nationalities who are not permanent residents in Egypt have a comprehensive accident and sickness insurance plan, including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. AUC holds a group insurance policy with CMI Insurance that is issued with the policy number GLMN 01173662 by American Insurance Company.
What Does the Plan Cover?
N.B: This plan does not cover security evacuation
Find details of the plan here.
2016 - 2017 Premiums
Important Note: The dates in the chart are the start and end dates of coverage. This insurance plan covers you anywhere in the world except your home country and doesn't cover security evacuation.
Exemption from mandatory participation in the international insurance plan is granted to students who show proof of comparable insurance coverage including:
If your plan meets the above criteria, you must submit the online medical insurance exemption form before:
NOTE: The online exemption form will not be accessible after the deadline. Missing the deadline will result in charging your student account with the applicable premium. If your admission to the University is granted after the deadline, the request for exemption must be submitted within one week from receiving your admission offer by sending an email to Sarah Saher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to fill out the exemption form
How Do I Submit Claims?
Dependent Coverage Option
This option is available for students who have dependents (spouse and/or children) accompanying them. Fill out the form and submit it directly to ACE American Insurance Company.
You will receive a letter during orientation week that certifies that you are covered under the insurance group policy. You will receive your identification number for the policy nine weeks into the semester. Contact Sarah Saher at email@example.com to obtain your insurance ID number if you need to access medical services or file a claim.
Local Health Plan
All international students and AUC student housing residents are required to join AUC's local medical services plan.
Coverage includes medical examinations, hospitalization, surgery, X-rays, dentistry, laboratory tests and other medical services up to LE 25,000 (about $4,060) per year.
Exemptions are made for students sponsored by companies, embassies or other agencies, and for those with immediate family residing in Cairo. Medical services can be extended to Egyptian students if desired. This plan is administered by the Office of Medical Services, which deals with day to day illness, out-patient services and relatively minor in-patient services.
For further questions, contact: