The American University of Beirut (AUB) was founded in 1866 as a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning, functioning under a charter from the State of New York. AUB has grown from 16 students in a rented house to a major university with over 7,000 students located on a 73-acre campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Since its founding, AUB has set standards in higher education worldwide. The University provides a rigorous curriculum in the American liberal arts tradition and the language of instruction is English. Academic programs are offered in undergraduate, graduate, medical, and professional education. The University stresses high academic standards and is committed to the ideals of critical thinking, open debate, and diversity. AUB is a coeducational institution that is open to all qualified students without regards to race, religion, economic status, or political affiliation. The University places a high premium on developing a student's appreciation of, and responsibility to, his/her respective society and culture.
Course Selection, Academic Calendar and Fees
AUB has an extensive list of courses, available to undergraduates and graduates. For more information, go directly to their website. There is also information on the Academic Calendar, Application for Study Abroad, and Fees. Pre-arrival information for Study Abroad and "Visiting" international students is available on the webstie.
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon with a population of over 2.1 million as of 2007. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon's coastline with the Mediterranean sea, it serves as the country's largest and main seaport and also forms the Beirut District area, which consists of the city and its suburbs. The first mention of this metropolis is found in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters, dating to the 15th century BC, and the city has been continuously inhabited over the centuries since.
Beirut holds Lebanon's seat of government and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy with its Downtown, Hamra, Verdun, and Ashrafieh based corporate firms and banks. The city is also the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theaters and cultural activities. After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction,and the redesigned historic city center, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a popular tourist attraction.
AUB is a residential university in the American liberal arts tradition. It is the first and still one of the few residential universities in the Middle East offering a beautiful campus where a rich extra-curricular and community life flourishes. Life in the AUB residence system has a high degree of certainty, predictability, and reliability. Most of the dormitories boast a stable and nostalgic memory in their historic stone buildings so that each coming generation has a certain tale to tell another. About one-fifth of all students and many faculty members and their families live on-campus in university housing. AUB believes in the preservation of strong, supportive communities, which exist in all of its living groups. Housing at AUB