Lebanon is officially the Lebanese Republic. It is a small Middle Eastern country with a rich history and a diverse cultural identity. Despite the fact that it has experienced a good share of conflict and unrest, Lebanon has continued to enjoy increased prosperity. The country’s capital, Beirut, has become increasingly popular with foreign visitors, who are attracted by its fascinating culture and great nightlife. Tuition fees are also very affordable and cheap for international students.
However, there are also many prestigious universities in Lebanon appealing to international students from around the world. If you’d like to study in Lebanon, read on to find out more.
Applying to a Lebanese University
You are advised to apply directly to your chosen Lebanese university, sending along documents such as your academic record. If you’re studying at bachelor’s level, you’ll need a high school certificate or equivalent, and you’ll need proof of an undergraduate degree if applying to study at postgraduate level.
You’ll also need to prove your proficiency in the course’s language of study, which may be in English or French depending on the university. You don’t need to provide this if you’re a native speaker, and may not need to if you have previously studied in English or French.
You may also need to provide one or two letters of recommendation, an essay or personal statement, and admission test results such as the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) for business students. Check your chosen university’s official website to find out the exact requirements for your course.
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Student visas are required for international students of all countries except for Syria (unlimited stay), while students from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE can stay in Lebanon for up to three months without a visa. All other students need a visa, but note that you cannot enter Lebanon if you’ve visited Israel.
You should apply for your visa from your nearest Lebanese embassy, paying a small fee and providing the following documents in French, Arabian or English:
- Letter of acceptance from a Lebanese university;
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself in Lebanon, both in terms of tuition fees and living costs, or proof of a scholarship if you have one;
- Two passport-size photographs of yourself;
- A completed application form;
- Your passport, which should be valid for at least six months after you return to your home country
Tuition Fees and Costs of Living
degrees will cost at least US$8,040-11,640 a year. Once you’ve taken the amount of credits required to complete your course, you have the option of taking additional credits for free.
Costs of living are relatively low in Lebanon, though nightlife and entertainment can add significantly to the amount you spend! You’ll need around US$12,000 a year, excluding entertainment costs, and should budget more to live in Beirut.
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