WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$27,144 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Sciences and Engineering
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

Architecture is at a “cross roads” between human/cultural values and the technical capabilities of construction. Moreover, digital technology is rapidly growing, changing our ways of communication, expression, perception, thought and interaction.
The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Program is to graduate architects who can lead the architectural profession in Egypt and the Middle-East into the digital age with an understanding of context as means of respecting local heritage. The program promotes the implementation of the latest advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), stresses the rich local and historical context, and incorporates construction engineering and professional contents which respond to the needs of the industry. It also embraces the liberal arts approach to education through its multidisciplinary nature. Thus, the program will contribute positively to the well needed human development efforts in Egypt.
It is the aim to form an architect with a comprehensive vision, capable of integrating all the aspects dealing with the built environment and how it is planned, designed, used, furnished, landscaped, maintained, and appreciated by the society. This is emphasized through a curriculum that maintains a reasonable balance between utilization of the emerging digital design methods and pedagogies, meeting the professional demands, and creating contextual-humanistic and sustainable awareness.
The specific objective of the Architectural Engineering Program is to educate students in the fundamentals of the science and design of architecture with particular emphasis on developing skills of innovation, creativity and critical thinking in the design of the built environment. This is accomplished through research-based studio pedagogy, digital aided design, history, arts and the realization of users requirements within the constraints of the society. In the process, students learn to effectively work independently and collaboratively, develop analytical skills, and consider the impact of architectural solutions on both Egyptian society and the evolving global community.
Graduates of the Architectural Engineering Program will be well equipped to work in the international-level segment of the construction industry. They will become excellent candidates for the local and international architectural design firms. They can effectively work for construction contractors in aspects related to architecture and building integration. Graduates of the program will be qualified for professional licensing in architecture in Egypt and the USA. Furthermore, they will be prepared to pursue graduate studies in architecture and related fields in Egypt and abroad.
The architectural engineering program acquired the UNESCO-UIA Validation from the International Union of Architects (UIA). It is the label of excellence in architectural education of the UIA, which encompasses key professional organizations of architects in countries and territories all over the world. Graduates of UNESCO-UIA validated architectural programs are eligible to register as professional architects in many countries around the world, after passing the required licensure process. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering at AUC is also acknowledged by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities as equivalent to Egyptian Architectural Engineering degrees. Accordingly, graduates of the program are entitled to professional licensure by the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, the sole authority for licensing the practice of architecture in Egypt.
Students are admitted to the Architectural Engineering Major either upon admission to AUC (at the gate), or from within AUC through an internal declaration process. All students admitted to the Major must have a mathematics/science background. Students applying at the gate are accepted depending on their High School grades, their performance in an Architecture Aptitude Assessment, and available quota in the Major. Students who get admitted to AUC as undeclared students as well as students transferring from other majors are considered for declaration of the Major upon successful completion of specific criteria courses and achieving minimum grades in these courses. These students are accepted based on a minimum GPA required by the Department, their grades in specific required courses in the Program, number of credit hours earned at AUC, and available quota in their cohort.
Applications submitted by students minoring in Architectural Design will not be considered for declaration of the Major, except if there was an available quota at their entry level cohort.
Students who are admitted to the program have to demonstrate their visualization, graphic communication and creative potential. They must achieve a minimum grade of B in each of the four courses listed below before taking any other courses in the major.
• ENGR 115/1005 – Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Drawing (2 cr.)
• ARCH 273/1521 – Digital Representation Tools for Architects (2 cr.)
• ARCH 250/2512 – Foundations of 3-Dimensional Design (3 cr.)
• ARCH 221/1511 – Free-hand Representation for Architects (3 cr.)
Students should consult the course listings and their faculty advisor on a regular basis to ensure that prerequisites for engineering core, concentration and elective courses are met. A model course plan for the major is provided in the office of the Department of Architecture.

(In year 4 and 5 the curriculum culminates in vertical design studios with streams, a dissertation writing and a senior project. Students are not allowed to register in more than 15 credit hours at the term of Senior Project 2)

A total of 162 credits is required for the bachelor of science degree in Architectural Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering program is structured so that students would concentrate on an area of study in the last two years of their program. After completing design studio 3, students are required to choose one of three streams of courses as their area of study choice. Students must successfully pass an elective course and 3 design studios as well as an architectural theories and dissertation course in their selected stream. These culminate to a senior project in the same stream. Students are not allowed to register for more than 15 credit hours at the semester of their Senior Project.

Admission Requirements

The American University in Cairo seeks students who have distinguished themselves in a meaningful way and who show considerable academic performance. The University also considers applicants’ personal achievements outside the classroom, as demonstrated by sustained participation, commitment and leadership in school and community activities.

To qualify for admission, applicants must complete all secondary school graduation requirements, maintain a high level of academic performance and submit all required documents before the set deadlines. Having the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission to the University, but rather ensures entry to the selection process.

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $86
Application Fees for International Students: $86

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 this programme include:
– Architectural Engineer
– Mechanical and Plumbing Systems Engineer
– Structural Systems Engineer
– Electrical and Lighting Systems Engineer
– Fire Protection Systems Engineer
– Naval Architecture and Offshore.

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $27,144
Tuition Fees for International Students: $30,838

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 424,816 EGP ($26,203)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 482,624 EGP ($29,767)
– 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.

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