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Architecture, BAR

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #220 (QS) Beirut, Lebanon
The Department of Architecture and Design at American University of Beirut offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate level programs are in architecture and graphic design. 
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The bachelor of Architecture program at American University of Beirut offers students a first professional degree that qualifies them to practice architecture. The program aims to graduate well rounded intellectuals, critical thinkers, and skilled professional architects who are committed to the advancement of the field and the practice; and who have a sense of responsibility for the built environment and the natural resources. Design is approached as a research-oriented process that is culturally grounded, theoretically informed and technically advanced so as to enable graduates to become lifelong learners and to take a leading role in the professional practice both in Lebanon and the region.

Learning outcomes

The architecture program comprises a total of 174 credit hours normally taken over five years. The curriculum is structured as follows: 1) Two foundation years, first and second, with core requirements in design, technical, and history courses which offer students basic skills and knowledge in design and related areas. 2) Two advanced years, third and fourth, with core requirements in advanced design, technical, history and theory courses, reinforced by the distribution electives. Two of the design studios at this level are thematic vertical studios. 3) Final year, fifth year, with a two-semester design thesis and project and advanced electives. In order to pass a year, students must obtain a minimum average of 70 in both design courses offered in any given year. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Design
  • Drawing 
  • History of Art and Architecture 
  • Introduction to Engineering and Architecture
  • Architecture Design 
  • Drawing II - Architecture Representation
  • History of Art and Architecture 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

To apply for regular admissions, the student needs to submit an undergraduate application along with the following documents:

  • SAT1 results
  • High school records during grades 10 and 11
  • Counselor/Teacher recommendation(s)/Extracurricular Activities/Other Achievements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    842 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    842 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Beirut

  • 750 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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