10.6.3. Deliver programs to recruit students/staff/faculty from under-represented groups

The core values of the Lebanese University, as a public free access institution, include equality of all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability or gender. According to the above, the Lebanese University have built some campuses and implemented many branches of its faculty on all the Lebanese territory, in order to reduce inequalities and to give equal chances to all students resident in Lebanon to access to the higher education. So even the students with modest financial capabilities could pursue their higher studies. Moreover, the Lebanese University put a plan to build more campuses in new areas in order to give more chance to all students willing to continue their studies, knowing that the number of enrolled students at the Lebanese University is increasing gradually, and knowing that the Syrian refugee crisis that affected Lebanon, requires more premises and more campuses covering the higher educational needs.

Student registration

To register at the Lebanese University, it is compulsory to hold a Lebanese Baccalaureate or a recognized equivalent diploma. For students wishing to enroll in the Law section, only the Lebanese Baccalaureate shall be accepted.

Documents to provide for registration:

  • Certified copy of the Lebanese Baccalaureate or its equivalent.

  • An individual civil status certificate or a certified copy of the ID.

  • Four (4) ID photos.

Registration Procedures:

  • Applications for registration shall be submitted within the deadlines set each year by the Administration.

  • Applications for registration shall be submitted to Faculties and Institutes and accompanied by all supporting documents.

  • Students shall appear in person to register. If the student is a foreigner, he may give a POA to one of his family members (father, mother, brother or sister) or to the representative of his embassy in Beirut in order to register. The POA shall be given by the student and certified by the Lebanese Consulate and the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It shall entitle the student to register and obtain the student card and the necessary certificates. If the student is a minor, he shall give his guardian or legal representative a POA in order to register.

  • Applications for registration by correspondence or made by anyone not mentioned above shall not be accepted.

  • Foreign students are admitted if they hold a recognized diploma equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate.

  • Each Faculty or Institute may accept student applications from another institution in accordance with its own regulations and provided that the supporting documents are duly submitted at the time of registration and that the institution in question provides a certificate indicating the date of the first registration with a transcript specifying the subjects studied.

  • Students shall respect the rules of the University and the Faculty to which they wish to register.

Specialties like Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences in all higher education institutions and Fine Arts and Business Administration at the Lebanese University require an entrance exam or a numerus clause set by each institution on the basis of its capacity to host a maximum number of students.

Fees within Public Higher Education

Education at the Lebanese University is almost free and fees account only for 6.5% of its total budget.

The public Lebanese University is open to all Lebanese and to foreigners who are legal residents in the country. An international student enrolled in the LU has to pay a higher fee than that paid by a national student. The fees are paid directly to the Ministry of Finance.

Financial Support for Learners

Generally, no national scheme of financial support for learners is in place. However, at the public Lebanese University, a limited number of merit-based grants are awarded to students on the basis of academic performance at the end of their bachelor’s degrees in the aim of supporting these students in continuing their studies in Lebanon or abroad. No public lending program exists for students in Higher Education.

In the private sector, student aid and scholarships are offered either directly according to the social situation of the student or in the form of assistantships. Another form of aid is fee exemptions. These are based on the number of students and social considerations. Some exemptions can be offered to students carrying out some work inside the university.

Specific Support Measures

The public Lebanese University offers free education for all Lebanese citizens. Students with special needs benefit from the same facilities and measures applied in all public institutions. Measures are rather applied on a case-by-case basis. The Palestinian and Syrian students are treated equally as the Lebanese nationals, but there is no educational support provided to these students to help them overcome difficulties in language or in other learning competences.