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Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies Center, part of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo, offers its students and visiting scholars a unique opportunity to engage with one of the world's most complex regions. Our graduate and undergraduate programs incorporate a wide array of courses from various academic departments, and students are allowed to structure their studies with considerable freedom.

The center finds itself in a cultural, political and academic hub of the Middle East. Cairo is a home to, and frequent destination of, the best scholars, artists and activists in the field. The city's rich offering of lectures, conferences and cultural activates allows us to bridge the gap between the classroom and real life in the region. For information on events in the center and in Cairo, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on life in Cairo, visit the AUC’s About Cairo page. 

The interdisciplinary nature of our programs and the opportunities the center and Cairo offer help students prepare for work in myriad subject areas and professions. Our alumni enter academia, diplomacy, the nonprofit sector, business, finance, public relations, journalism, cultural affairs and more. For more information on current students and alumni, visit our Student Profiles page.

New Course: MESC 5280 Contemporary Lebanon and the Middle East

MESC is offering a new course in spring 2016 taught by Sandrine Gamblin, director of the Middle East Studies Center, open to graduates and undergraduates on Mondays from 2 to 4:40 pm.

The aim of the course is to provide a different view, specifically a Lebanese perspective on Middle Eastern politics and societies We will explore Lebanon from its multiple dimensions and its relations to the neighboring countries.

The course will be based on a combination of multidisciplinary scholarly readings, film screenings, art and literature exploration.

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Upcoming Events


The first of the two rounds of applications to our programs is open now till February 1, 2016. The second deadline is April 3, 2016.

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Contact Information

Middle East Studies Center
tel 26151746| 26151756 •
AUC Avenue • P.O. Box 74 • New Cairo, 11835, Egypt

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