Study In Lebanon - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Lebanon as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Lebanon as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Lebanon

Why study in Lebanon

Cost of studying in Lebanon

Universities in Lebanon for international students

Cost of living in Lebanon for international students

How to get a visa to study in Lebanon

How to apply and study in Lebanon

Tuition fees to study in Lebanon

Applying to study in Lebanon


You should apply directly to your chosen Lebanese university, providing 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.

Applying to universities in Lebanon

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Lebanon for international students



The cost of studying in Lebanon actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Lebanon have different tuition fees.


The universities in Lebanon have different tuition fees and most of the time the tuition fees are not charged per semester or per year but are charged according to credit load.

International students should also know that public universities in Lebanon are cheaper than the private universities,which is almost the same around the world. As an international student,you will need about US$8,040-11,640 a per year for tuition fees, This is for the necessary credits required to complete the course you want to enroll in. Students that want extra credits will have to pay extra amount of money.

Living in Lebanon as an international student

The cost of living in Lebanon is very low compared to other countries. When getting an apartment you must know that apartments in the city are more expensive that apartments outside the city and as an international student you will need extra money for emergency issues. With about  US$12,000 a year,all your expenses which includes housing,transport,feeding,books,traveling etc can be covered. The lifestyle and spending habit of a student can also affect his or her budget.


The cost of living in Lebanon according to expatistan


Housing           [Edit]


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

2,024,960 L£

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

1,195,050 L£

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

231,938 L£

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

1,310,180 L£

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

743,994 L£

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

118,151 L£

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

83,626 L£

            40” flat screen TV

692,326 L£

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

195,255 L£

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

16,093 L£

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

8,652 L£

Clothes            [Edit]


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

119,019 L£

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

96,397 L£

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

186,217 L£

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

202,161 L£

Transportation [Edit]


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

31,366,000 L£

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

1,658 L£

            Monthly ticket public transport

85,276 L£

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

18,010 L£

Personal Care  [Edit]


            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

4,393 L£

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

16,506 L£

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

68,389 L£

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

4,733 L£

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

6,693 L£

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

6,796 L£

            4 rolls of toilet paper

3,194 L£

            Tube of toothpaste

5,055 L£

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

17,581 L£

Entertainment  [Edit]


            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

60,508 L£

            2 tickets to the movies

27,888 L£

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

183,323 L£

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

118,497 L£

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

16,290 L£

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

7,484 L£

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

7,131 L£

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

729,009 L£

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

598 L£

            1 month of gym membership in business district

133,216 L£


Visa to study in Lebanon

To study in Lebanon as an international student, you will need a student visa. So below is the requirements and process of getting a Lebanon visa.


Who requires a visa?

Required by all except the following:

(a) nationals of Syria for unlimited stays, provided arriving directly from Syria (check with Embassy for current regulations);

(b) nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for stays of up to 3 months;

(c) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not spending the night at or leaving the airport.

Note: 1. A free one month valid visas are granted at the airport and the frontier offices, renewable up to three months, to the citizens of the following countries who are coming for the purpose tourism:

(a) nationals of countries listed in the chart above;

(b) nationals of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (PR), Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR), Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Korea (Rep), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (S A R), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.

The above list is subject to frequent changes. All visitors requiring a visa should contact the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) before leaving for details about where to obtain their visa; see Contact Addresses section.

Restricted entry: The Government of Lebanon refuses entry to holders of Israeli and Palestinian passports, holders of passports containing a visa for Israel, valid or expired, used or unused and passports with entry stamps to Israel.

What documents will be required?

Passport valid for 6 months required by all except nationals of Syria arriving from their country with a valid national ID.

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Contact Addresses section.

Application requirements: (a) Valid passport. (b) Two completed application forms. (c) Two passport-size photos. (d) Fee payable by cash or postal order only. (e) For Visitor visas, a letter of invitation from Lebanese host or confirmation of accommodation booking from travel agent. (f) For Business visas, a letter of invitation from the Lebanese host company and/or the applicant’s company in country of origin. (g) Stamped, self-addressed, registered envelope for postal applications.

Note: Children under 18 years old require written consent from their parents/guardian before their visa can be processed.

Time required to issue visa:

1 to 2 days.

What is the cost of a visa?

Visitor and Business: £25 (single-entry); £50 (multiple-entry). Transit (available at the border): US$16.

How long is the visa valid for?

Visitor visas are generally issued for stays of up to 3 months.


List and ranking of all universities in Lebanon

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Lebanon. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Lebanon and their ranking





Rank    University        Location

1          American University of Beirut

Beirut ...

2          Lebanese American University

Beirut ...

3          Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth

Beirut ...

4          Université Libanaise

Beirut ...

5          Notre Dame University

Zouk Mosbeh ...

6          Beirut Arab University

Beirut ...

7          University of Balamand

El-Koura ...

8          Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik

Jounieh ...

9          Lebanese International University

Beirut ...

10        Haigazian University


11        American University of Science and Technology

Beirut ...

12        Middle East University


13        Modern University for Business and Science

Beirut ...

14        American University of Technology

Halat Fidar ...

15        Université Antonine

Baabda ...

16        École Supérieure des Affaires


17        Jinan University of Lebanon

Tripoli ...

18        Al-Manar University of Tripoli


19        Global University


20        Université la Sagesse


21        Islamic University of Lebanon

Khalde ...

22        Al Imam Al-Ouzai University


23        Arts, Sciences and Technology University in Lebanon


24        Rafik Hariri University


25        Université Libano-Canadienne


26        Matn University College of Technology


27        Lebanese German University


28        American University of Culture and Education


29        Université Libano-Française de Technologie et de Sciences Appliquées


30        Beirut Islamic University


31        Makassed University of Beirut


32        Université du Tripoli


33        Université Al-Kafaat

Ain Saadeh

34        Université Sainte Famille



Courses you can study in Lebanon universities

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Lebanon

In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card


E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes


Hand sanitizer


Health insurance card


Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer


Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





Bobby pins


Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties



Nail clipper




Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)


Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive



Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable


Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine



Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


Language dictionary


Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying in Lebanon or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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