The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business and the American University in Cairo have partnered to form the International Business in the Middle East and North Africa (IBMENA) program. This program provides students with the tools necessary to compete and succeed in the MENA regional business environment. The IBMENA cohort will be made up of students from USC and AUC who will study together for at least two years, taking courses on each other’s campuses. This program offers many tools for learning Arabic, and at the completion of their four years, students will be proficient in the language. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge of MENA business and culture, students will develop a ready-made network among AUC and USC cohort members and professionals in each market that will serve them well throughout their professional careers.
Year 1: Students spend their freshman year at USC. During the summer, they are encouraged to participate in an Arabic language immersion program in Egypt.
Year 2: USC students will travel to Egypt to meet their AUC counterparts. During the summer, they have the chance to remain in Egypt to continue their Arabic studies.
Year 3: Both USC and AUC students travel together to South Carolina where they continue their IB studies.
Year 4: USC students will finish up their final year at USC before graduating.
IBMENA students pay only their home institution for tuition. During their year abroad, tuition will be assessed on an exchange basis — that is, they pay tuition to their home institutions rather than the university they visit. Exchange tuition is assessed at the in-state rate for USC students regardless of residency status. Their housing and other living expenses will be based on the accommodations secured in-country and will vary accordingly. IBMENA students will also need to budget for travel expenses between home and AUC as well as expenses related to cohort activities.
Students in the IBMENA program can double major in finance, accounting, economics, management science, marketing, real estate, or risk management and insurance. The curriculum is designed to be integrated across the two institutions with preparation for the program beginning as freshmen. In today’s globalized world, it is more important than ever to be able to communicate across boarders, and with intensive summer immersion classes, students will graduate with high proficiency in Arabic. AUC boasts an invigorating curriculum and prestigious program and is one of the premier business schools in Egypt.
IBMENA students have the opportunity to delve into the business world while embracing cultural exchanges. Through this program, they will learn the importance of mutual respect and tolerance, as well as the value of a well-rounded education.
American University in Cairo
The number one university in Egypt, AUC is a cultural and intellectual hub of Cairo, attracting the brightest minds from all over the world. Here, students will prepare to be global citizens, addressing the challenges facing the region and the world. The university is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber and offers exceptional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership and lifelong learning while upholding the principles of academic freedom and dedication to excellence. Throughout the year, AUC School of Business holds events and activities for students that aim to provide them with networking opportunities and guidance.
The City and Language
Situated on the banks of the Nile River in Northern Egypt, more than 17 million people live in the greater Cairo area. On the outskirts of the city are two ancient landmarks, the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. The city itself is a mixture of mosques and skyscrapers. Exotic markets and bazaars allow visitors to immerse themselves in a world that has both changed drastically and remained timeless over the last hundred years.
Standard Arabic is the national language of Egypt, and it has become the language of both the Muslim and Christian populations. Learning Arabic is extremely advantageous to students as it is considered of strategic importance by the U.S. government. The National Strategic Language Initiative offers many scholarship and other opportunities. Learning Arabic also allows students to not only learn a new language, but also a completely new alphabet and writing structure, greatly enhancing their cognitive and linguistic capabilities.