Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut
is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 9,000 students and over 1,200 instructional faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership. The University’s Faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, Medicine, the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing, and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business offer more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. AUB students benefit enormously from the constantly expanding resources and services that are available at the University’s libraries, laboratories, and computing centers that are conveniently located throughout the campus.
Students enroll directly at AUB and select courses
taught in English. AUB follows the American system of education where Boston College students take a full-time semester course load consisting of 15 credits. AUB is a safe and friendly campus in the heart of Beirut, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Its world class facilities include a private beach, four libraries, athletic fields, three museums, an art gallery, a Medical Centre and botanical gardens. Beirut is the focal point for the region’s cultural life, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, theatres, restaurants and cultural activities. With Arabic, French and English widely spoken, it’s easy to feel at home in this diverse and fascinating city. AUB offers a dynamic and engaging classroom experience which combines the latest research with advanced approaches to learning. For detailed information, please review the AUB Exchange student fact sheet 2019-20
Ms. Basma Zeidan
Associate Director/Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility Coordinator
American University of Beirut (AUB)
Office of International Programs (OIP)
West Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 322
Bliss Street, Hamra
Tel: 961-1-350000 x 3146
Academics & Support
BC students are strongly encouraged to enroll in language classes
through the Center Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES). CAMES and the Arabic Department provide students with the opportunity to study Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL). Students may take classes in Arabic Language and Culture (Standard Arabic) and Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at all levels of proficiency. New exchange students must attend the International Visiting/Exchange Student Orientation program and the International Student Welcome Day. Students are eligible for pre-enrollment
in their classes to guarantee a spot in the courses they are planning to take. Every new student will be assigned an academic advisor during Orientation Week. The class schedule for the upcoming term will be available online under Dynamic Course Catalog
Fall Term: late August through late December
Spring Term: late January through late May
BC students are expected to live on campus, in the AUB residence halls
, and have the chance to meet, interact, and socialize with fellow residents or other university members. The AUB residence halls are air-conditioned, providing a comfortable and safe environment at all times, located within walking distance of some of the cultural sites and landmarks of Beirut.
There are three cafeterias on campus. Students can purchase a prepaid meal card and use it to purchase meals until thei
r credit runs out. All three cafeterias serve three meals a day. In addition to the campus cafeterias, students will find a variety of restaurants and take-away shops facing AUB on Bliss Street. Restaurants with western and eastern themes are plentiful in Hamra and in Greater Beirut. There are also cafes for tea and Arabic coffee.
AUB is committed to enhancing the student experience outside the classroom by providing opportunities for student development through co-curricular activities that complement academic programs. Opportunities through the Department of Student Activities support in developing skills in leadership, social responsibility, citizenship, and volunteerism in an environment, which fosters respect and appreciates diversity. BC students are strongly encouraged to join student clubs and activities on campus.
AUB offers a transfer service from the airport to the AUB campus for flights arriving between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. Information regarding this service will be communicated to students upon their acceptance to the program. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Beirut, as well as all necessary arrangements to comply with immigration requirements. Students are advised to review the US Department of State travel advisory on Lebanon and stay informed as they plan to travel to the region.