Quality education is a prime consideration at LAU. The Admissions Office considers all applicants on the basis of their qualifications regardless of race, color, gender, religion, disabilities, age or national origin.
Information, procedures and criteria for admission for the academic year 2016–2017 are effective as of the date of publication, but remain subject to change.
The following documents are required to process an application by the Admissions Office1:
- LAU application form, available at the Admissions Office, with every item in the application completed. Also available online;
- One recent passport-size color photo;
- A photocopy of the identity card or passport same as all the nationalities declared in the application form and used during registration;
- Certified high-school grade reports of the last three years, signed and sent in a sealed envelope directly to the Admissions Office. Grades of former years or semesters should be sent as soon as they become available;
- Official scores of the SAT I or the ACT;
- Certified copy of the official secondary school certificate and its official Lebanese equivalence as soon as they become available;
- Official freshman enrollment permission, or the official exemption from Arabic, issued by the Ministry of Education in Lebanon, if applicable;
- Transfer applicants must submit official transcript of grades and the academic catalogs of colleges or universities attended. Undeclared transcripts will not be accepted after enrollment;
- For U.S. citizens or U.S. green card holders, the W-9S form available from IRS website completed and submitted; and
- For online applications, a non-refundable application fee of $65 (L.L. 97,500) payable in cash or by credit card.
1 All submitted documents become the property of LAU and will not be returned.
English Proficiency Requirements
English is the official language of instruction at LAU and applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the language by taking one of the following tests:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)1;
- English Entrance Exam (EEE) administered by LAU ( may be repeated at a one month interval);
- SAT I Writing; or
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
For minimum required test scores, visit Admissions.
1 Applicants must register for the International TOEFL using LAU’s code 2595; Institutional TOEFL is not recognized at LAU.
Admission to Freshman Year
Applicants who might qualify for admission to the freshman year are
- holders of a high school diploma,
- applicants coming from the British system with a minimum of five subjects at the Ordinary levels, and one subject at the Advanced levels, or two Advanced Supplementary subjects, excluding languages,
- applicants having successfully completed one year of the Collège d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEP) in Québec, Canada, and
- holders of the International Baccalaureate Certificate from abroad. Lebanese applicants, prior to their registration, must secure approval from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education to enroll in a foreign program; for approval, applicants must show proof of having studied abroad for at least two years at the intermediate and secondary level, or three years at the elementary level. Applicants must sit for SAT I prior to admission but may choose to take SAT II exams during the first year of enrollment. The Equivalence Committee specifies a minimum score for Freshman Science and for Freshman Arts, for the six subjects of SAT I and SAT II combined.
Holders of a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with only Ordinary levels subjects do not qualify for admission.
SAT II subjects required for Freshman Science are
- Mathematics 2C, and
- two sciences from Biology, Chemistry or Physics
SAT II subjects required for Freshman Arts are
- Mathematics I or IC, and
- any two subjects from the SAT II subject tests.
Admission to Sophomore Year
Applicants who might qualify for admission to sophomore year are
- holders of one of the four types of the Lebanese Baccalaureate: General Science, Life Science, Economics and Sociology, or Literature and Humanities;
- holders of the Technical Baccalaureate. Applicants under this category may choose only programs in the same area of specialization as their technical degree, or as assigned by the Ministry of Education;
- holders of official secondary school certificates, equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate such as the French Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the German Abitur and the Tawjihieh; Lebanese applicants under this category must secure an official equivalence document from the Lebanese Ministry of Education;
- applicants having successfully completed two years of the Collège d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEP) in Québec, Canada; and
- applicants coming from the British system, with a minimum of three subjects at the Ordinary levels, and two subjects at the Advanced levels, or four Advanced Supplementary subjects, excluding languages.
Note: Applicants, with permission from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education to pursue their education in a foreign program, are exempted from the Arabic requirements.
Admission of Transfer Students
Transfer students need to take the following into consideration to be eligible for admission:
- Applicants who have completed less than 12 credits must sit for the SAT I;
- Certified transcripts of grades and the catalogs from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. Undeclared transcripts will not be accepted after enrollment;
- Prior to registration, the Registrar’s Office and the school involved review and assess the adequacy of the courses for transfer purposes. Only courses with a minimum grade of C or more are considered;
- Transfer students from an institution of higher education recognized by LAU and where English is the language of instruction are not required to take the EEE or TOEFL. Applicants not having any transferable English course from their former institution can take Remedial English (ENG009) or sit for the EPT. Transfer students, coming from an institution of higher education recognized by LAU where English is not the language of instruction, are required to take the EEE or the TOEFL;
- Transfer students, coming from an institution of higher education not recognized by LAU, may be accepted provisionally until satisfying the English requirements for admission. Their admission remains probationary with no transfer of credits until they have completed 12 new credits (6 credits in major courses) in the first semester of enrollment with a minimum GPA of 2.50/4.00. Only then can they petition to the school for transfer of credits, if applicable; and
- Transfer students, with freshman equivalency, are admitted to sophomore year and granted a minimum of 24 credits. For sophomore-level courses and above taken at other universities and dated beyond the freshman equivalency term/date, LAU transfer rules apply.
Admission for a Second Degree
Applicants for a second degree must apply for admission and must complete all the requirements of the school intended.
Validity of Acceptance for Admission
An offer of admission to an applicant is valid only for one semester. If applicants, accepted for a specific semester, do not register and wish to defer their admission, they must complete and submit a Reactivation Application available at the Office of Admissions.
‘Special’ students are those who are eligible for admission and choose to take courses without working towards a degree. Students in this category may petition for a degree status. Decisions are made by the University Admissions Council.
Applicants to the Teaching Diploma must have completed the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Applicants, graduating from an institution of higher education recognized by LAU where English is not the language of instruction, are required to pass the EEE, or the TOEFL.
The Bridge Program at LAU enables students to matriculate into their majors. Students in the Bridge Program register in a specific set of courses during their first year to fulfill certain admission requirements, after which they move on to their program of study as regular students if they have successfully completed their course requirements.