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Tuesday January 22, 2019

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International services

I. Students coming to LAU to earn a degree

The Office of International Services provides support for incoming international students seeking to enroll at LAU to earn a degree. Follow the steps of the regular admission process. Once accepted, please contact the Office of International Services for a smooth start

II. Exchange/Erasmus students

If you are an international student coming to LAU through one of our partner universities or through Erasmus projects then you are considered an Exchange/Erasmus student.

Check the required documents and entrance exams

  • A copy of your transcripts from your home university.
  • Two recent passport-size photos (taken within the past six months).
  • A clear photocopy of your identity card or passport.
  • Certified copies of all official certificates or diploma.
  • If you have successfully completed the equivalent of at least 12 credits at your home university, you will not be required to sit for the SATI. However, you might be required to sit for an English proficiency exam (depending on your home university/college). View the equivalence table for the different entrance exams 

Fill out and submit a complete application

Fill out an online application and make sure to specify the type of application as “Exchange Application.” Once the application is complete, we will process the acceptance letter and send it to your mailing address.

Course offerings


To register your courses, pass by the Office of International Services on your campus and fill in a Registration Form according to your signed Learning Agreement already submitted. 

Note that the maximum number of credits that you can register for is 18 for undergraduate students and 9 for graduate students.

Tuition and fees

The payment of tuition fees at LAU for exchange students is usually organized by the agreement between LAU and the other international institution. Although tuition fees for the courses are waived based on the agreement, exchange students might still be charged other fees such as: Medical insurance/NSSF/Personal accidents on campus/Student Association Fund. To settle your other fees, you need to follow the steps on the Student Portal in “My finances” tab , or else your courses will be automatically deleted.

III. Visiting/Study abroad student

If you are an international student coming to study at LAU for one semester or one year on an exchange basis, and there is no exchange agreement between your home university and LAU.

View the deadlines 

The deadline to submit your application along with all the required documents is on:

  • Spring semester: September 22
  • Fall semester: February 15
  • Summer term: January 30

Check the required documents and entrance exams

  • Two recent passport-size photos
  • A clear photocopy of your identity card or passport
  • Official transcripts from your home university
  • Certified copies of all official certificates or diplomas
  • English requirements

If you have successfully completed the equivalent of at least 12 credits at your home university, you will not be required to sit for the SATI. However, you might be required to sit for an English proficiency exam (depending on your home university/college). View the equivalence table for the different entrance exams

Fill out and submit a complete application

Fill out an application 

Please make sure to specify the correct type of application when you create your account: “Study Abroad Application.”​​ 

Pre-arrival information



  • Complete the following Enrollment Health Record and have it signed by your GP.
  • You can substitute the immunization reports with a photocopy of your vaccination record booklet.

Submit the above-mentioned documents to the Health Office on your campus upon arrival.

  • You must have a health insurance policy that covers your stay at LAU. If you have one, please pass by the Office of the Dean of Students at LAU on arrival and provide proof of your insurance plan in order to get LAU insurance fees waived.
  • As for the Social Security, only French students are required to bring a copy of their Social Security card to have NSSF fee waived. Students with other nationalities will not be charged this fee.
  • For further information regarding medical coverage charges, please refer to student insurance plan.

General Tips:

  • Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required if one arrives from an infected area
  • Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are recommended if one intends to travel to rural areas
  • Hepatitis A and Meningococcal Vaccines as well as a tuberculin skin test are mandatory for all those who wish to stay in LAU Residence Halls.
  • Modern medical facilities are widely available in Lebanon, though some of the hospitals can be expensive, so one must take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
  • Students who have chronic medical conditions are advised to bring their medications with them for their entire stay since medication costs can be somewhat high in Lebanon, and are not covered by LAU student insurance.

For more assistance, contact our Health offices.


Airport arrival

Rafiq Hariri International Airport is the only international airport in Lebanon – Beirut:

  • Entry Visa is granted based on the student’s nationality. You can find the list of countries that have a right to an Entry VISA on the following General Security link.
  • The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism provides an estimation of taxi rates from the airport to all Lebanese regions on the following link: Taxi Rates. You can negotiate a taxi upon arrival at the airport or you can reserve a taxi online for your pick up.

For assistance, please check the recommended companies below:

Residency papers

To get your residency papers sorted you will need:

  • A valid passport with an expiration date of at least one year.
  • Three copies of your passport.
  • Three (3.5 cmx4.3 cm) new color personal photos with a white background.
  • An enrollment letter issued by the Office of International Services at LAU for exchange students only. Other students should, after collection of statement of fees period, request an enrollment letter from Registrar on their Banner account:
    • This enrollment letter must be certified by the Ministry of Higher Education (located in Beirut, in Palace Habib Abi Chahla next to UNESCO Palace-Ministry, Tel: 01-789611). Approximate cost LL 2,000.
    • This enrollment letter should also be certified by your respective embassy.
    • Students living outside Beirut can send the letter for certification by Libanpost
  • Proof of your tuition payment (Scholarship Contract or Statement of Fees).
  • Commitment not to work in Lebanon from a Notary Public:
    • Recommended Notary around Beirut campus: Hamra, Leon Street next to Lebanon and Gulf Bank: Jihan Saab; Phone Number: 01-752450.
    • Recommended Notary in Byblos, near Banque Libano-Francaise: Vera Daoud; Phone Number: 09-945471.
  • Document showing the source of your living expenses. 
  • Housing attestation from “Mokhtar” (major).
  • After preparing all these documents, pass by the General Security and apply for your Residency Permit. Please note that you will need to submit a detailed address, so make sure you know your address and have it with you when you go:
    • If residing in central Beirut: General Security office facing Sodeco ; phone number: 01-429060/1
    • If residing in Byblos: General Security, Byblos branch, Saraya, facing Bank Byblos main street; phone number: 09-945868

For any inquiries about Residency issues please contact the General Security Hotline 1717 or check their website.

Please note that whether you are planning to stay in Lebanon for four months, six months or even a year, you must apply for a one-year residency and the cost is L.L. 250,000, which must be paid in Lebanese Currency at the General Security.​

Living in Lebanon


  • Once you arrive to Lebanon, complete the Attestation Form and submit it to the Office of the International Services on your campus.
  • Connect with your embassy to let them know you are here. View the Embassies directory
  • LAU is committed to making its campuses safe and secure, providing students with an optimum environment for learning, pursuing interests, and socializing.
  •  Emergency numbers: Students can call the Protection Department on ext. 1100 (Beirut) and 2146 (Byblos) at any time.
  • There is a high level of security in Lebanon due to various security stops and armed guards in most areas.
  • In Beirut, as in other towns and villages, streets are particularly safe day and night; random violence is seldom experienced by both locals and visitors.
  • Consult the Office of International Services if you intend to visit peripheral areas of Lebanon.
  • It is preferable to move around in groups.
  • Watch out for theft in busy touristic areas.
  • It is recommended that you do not discuss your political views with strangers.
  • When visiting any religious place, one must dress modestly.

University Emergency Numbers

  • Medical Assistance Emergency during working hours: 1040 (Beirut) and 2040 (Byblos).
    o Winter (September-May) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    o Summer (June-August) 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Medical Assistance Emergency outside working hours: 1500 (Beirut) and 2500 (Byblos).
  • Facilities Emergency (to report fire, water flood or leakage, electricity problems, etc.): 1010 (Beirut) and 2020 (Byblos).
  • Students can call the Protection department on ext. 1500 (Beirut) and 2500 (Byblos) at any time.

Lebanon Emergency Numbers 

  • Police: 112
  • Fire: 175
  • Red Cross: 140

For more information and contact details, refer to this page.

Cost of living

As the capital of Lebanon, Beirut is the most expensive city in the country. Nevertheless, compared to Europe, living in Beirut is more or less affordable.

Accommodations Within Beirut $600-1000/month
Outside Beirut $400-600/month
Food $400
Leisure $150


  • Buses

    • Beirut has frequent bus connections to other cities in Lebanon.
    • The Lebanese Commuting Company is one of a handful brand of public transportations.
    • The publicly owned buses are managed by the Railway and Public Transportation Authority.
    • Buses for northern destinations leave from Charles Helou station.
    • Buses are popular and inexpensive and can be stopped anywhere by hailing.
    • Never take the bus without verifying the destination with the driver.
    •  The fair is LL 1,000.
    • There are public buses and private buses.
  • Taxis and “Service” (Ser-Veece)

    • “Services” and taxis are the most popular means of transportation in Lebanon.
    • A “service” is a lot cheaper than a taxi because it is a “shared taxi”, but the price must be negotiated before setting off.
    • Both taxis and “service” are recognizable by their red plate and most of them are old Mercedes.
    • You hail either one.
    • Specify if you want it as a taxi or a “service”.

Telecommunications in Lebanon

Lebanon Country code is +961. It is worth your while to buy a local SIM card since you are staying more than one month. The cost of a SIM card is around $30, which is charged monthly for about $26; Touch and Alfa are the only providers.

Undergraduate Applicants

Deadline to Apply for Admission

  • Spring 2019: November 30, 2018
  • Regular Fall 2019: January 31, 2019
  • Late Fall 2019: July 15, 2019

Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid 

  • New students for Spring 2019: Oct.1 -Dec 4, 2018
  • New students for Fall 2019: April 15, 2019

Online F.A. Application
Federal Loans for U.S. Students


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