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  • Locations: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:


Location: Beirut, Lebanon


In Roman times, Beirut was a flourishing port city and the site of a famous law school. Today it is once again a vibrant and welcoming center of commerce and education: its rebuilt downtown market, or Souk, is home to the trendiest European designer boutiques; to the east of downtown the historic Achrafieh neighborhood bustles with fine dining and nightlife venues; while on the western side of town, the Hamra neighborhood, home to three institutions of higher education and students from around the world, is full of bookstores, cell phone vendors and wi-fi-connected coffee shops.
Wrapping around these neighborhoods like a sparkling necklace, winds the fabled Corniche, or beach boulevard.  It is here where the centuries-old vibrancy and multiculturalism of Beirut is best experienced: where locals and tourists jog together in the early morning light, where Starbucks vies for customers with the strolling vendors of Turkish coffee, and where the mini-skirted Lebanese college student strolls arm-in-arm with her head-scarf-wearing childhood best friend to view sunset over the sparking Mediterranean ocean.  Like Paris, a city to which it has often been compared, today's Beirut is a movable feast and it is simply not to be missed.
Whether the issue is smoking prevention, chemistry lab safety, or responses to civil unrest, the safety of its students, staff and faculty is of the utmost concern to AUB, regardless of their nationality.  For this reason, AUB created, in 1990, a permanent 25-member task force which regularly reviews health and safety standards and practices, and monitors potential natural as well as political threats to its community.  With regard, in particular, to its international student populations, who comprise approximately 25% of its student body; AUB is the only Middle Eastern University to subscribe to the institutional safety and crisis response standards of two key international education associations: NAFSA:AIE and the Forum on Education Abroad. 
There are currently over 700 North American students at AUB, most of them degree-seekers; but there are also more than 50 US colleges and universities, as well as more than 40 European, Asian and African universities, who send students to AUB for a semester, summer or academic year.  The immediate outcome of the Arab uprisings on Lebanon and AUB has been an increase in visiting student applications and a corresponding upsurge in formal campus visits and affiliation agreements.


Founded in 1866 as the Syrian Protestant College, the American University of Beirut (AUB) predates the founding of the Lebanese nation by over 80 years, and is today a selective, secular teaching university of the first rank.  It is believed to have been the first Middle Eastern university to go "co-ed" by admitting women in 1922, and is currently ranked 300th in World Universities rankings.
AUB follows the US degree structure and offers over 120 degree programs, all of them taught in English. It boasts the oldest Nursing and Medical schools in the region, and also features Faculties of Engineering & Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Agriculture & Food Sciences, and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business. Participants in its Visiting International Student (VIS) program may take courses in any of these Faculties, all of which, with the exception of the Faculty of Medicine, offer both undergraduate and graduate courses. 
 AUB has a diverse student body of about 6,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students.  In any given semester, somewhere between 66 and 75 nationalities are represented on campus. The largest national group after Lebanese is American students; other large cohorts include students from Jordan, Syria, Canada, Palestine, France, Venezuela, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom and Iraq.  Approximately one out of every 10 students at AUB qualifies as an "international student"--although defining this term precisely can be tricky on a campus where many students hold dual (or triple) nationalities, and have family members around the world.

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Courses are available in:

  • English and Arabic Communication Studies
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Quantitative Thought
  • Mideast Politics and History
  • Arabic (language)
  • International Affairs/Political Science
  • Business (including International Business) 
  • Mathematics

Graduate courses are accessible to upper class undergraduate students.

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Academic Calendar




AUB Fees (activity, internet, health insurance fees):  $345
Room:  $3,000
Board:  $4,000
Books, Stationery, Supplies:  $1,000
Personal Expenses:  $1,000
Travel (Local & international):  $2,900
Student Residence Permit:  $100
Miscellaneous*:  $500
* Includes a deposit fee of $200 charged for new students and which is refunded at the end of the course of study.

Cost Estimate Guide



Questions and Contacts

For general information about the program and application process contact Margaret Anderson at anderso4@augsburg or stop by our office in the basement of Anderson Residential Hall, Suite 23

For more detailed information about courses, documentation, etc. you may contact:

Hala Dimechkie
Beirut Office
Tel: +961 350000 Ext. 3176
Manages agreements and relationships between partner universities
Oversees operations at Office of International Programs

Basma Zeidan
Beirut Office
Tel: +961 350000 Ext. 3146
Acts as primary study abroad/exchange advisor
Oversees integration of  incoming international students



Application Process

Application Procedure

Once you have completed the Augsburg College approval process, Augsburg will nominate you as an exchange student. You will then need to complete the application process for AUB. See:

Application Process and Calendars

Applicants residing in North America may send their completed applications care of AUB's New York office, which will forward them to Admissions in Beirut. For visiting students, the priority deadlines are April 1 for Fall Semester or Summer term entry and November 1 for Spring entry, after which AUB practices rolling admissions.  The Admissions Committee will continue to review applications from visiting students through June 30 and January 15, respectively, but students must be aware that applications which are postmarked long after the above priority deadlines will necessarily receive lower priority when making decisions regarding the allotment of on-campus housing.

Application Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at a recognized university outside of Lebanon;
  • Applicants must have completed the sophomore year at his/her home university before starting at AUB;
  • Applicant should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent;
  • Exchange applicants need to confirm with their home universities that they have exchange agreements with UAB;
  • Students normally take up to 17 undergraduate credits or nine graduate credits per semester


Student Housing Information

Students are housed in dorms on and off-campus. The rooms in the dorms on campus comprise of double occupancy rooms (rooms for two persons each sharing floor bathroom) and semi-private occupancy rooms (two-double rooms with their own bathroom. The Off-Campus residence hall consists of double, private and suite room types. All rooms in the Off-Campus residence hall are equipped with small fridges and have their own bathroom.

All Residence Halls have heating, air conditioning, hot water and wireless Internet. The ground floor of each Residence Hall houses a reception desk, a kitchen, and a lobby for socializing, receiving guests and watching television. Laundry facilities are equipped with washing machines, dryers & irons, in addition to vending machines which are located in the basement/ground floor. 

AUB dorm1
AUB dorm 2
AUB dorm3

There are no meal plans available in the residence halls. However; there is one main cafeteria in the upper campus. There are also a variety of restaurants and diners on the bustling Bliss Street right next to the university. 

Practical Guide for Students

All accepted international students will be matched with an OIP mentor before arrival on campus. OIP mentors are a group of  AUB  undergraduate and graduate students who serve as the international student support group on campus .  Mentors guide international students during orientation week and plan social and cultural events throughout the semester.  

You can expect to hear from your mentor via email about one week before orientation. You will meet him or her  in person at your orientation program at the beginning of the semester.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2018 12/20/2018
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/21/2019 05/17/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.