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American University of Beirut

4.1 out of 5 (67 ratings / 62 reviews) Beirut, Lebanon
The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. A teaching-centered research university, AUB has around 800 instructional faculty and a student body of around 8,000 students.


The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education. All entering undergraduate students are required to complete a number of general education courses that provide them with the opportunity to explore many different disciplines. The University’s Faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, Medicine (which includes the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing), and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business offer more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Research Committees:

  • Research at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Research at the Faculty of Medicine
  • Research at the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
  • Research Committee - Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Research Committee - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Research Committee - Faculty of Health Sciences


The Career and Placement Services, which is part of the Student Affairs Office, provides guidance and resources to students and AUB graduates for their life-long career development by facilitating their exploration of career options and development of effective career life planning skills. It is further committed to assist organizations in meeting their hiring needs for the mutual benefit of students and AUB graduates as well as employers.

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University Ranking

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Student services

​​​​​​​​The American University of Beirut (AUB) is a Middle States accredited university located in Beirut, Lebanon. It was founded in 1866 as a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning, functioning under a charter from the State of New York Board of Regents. New York Office / Debs Center is the Corporate and Administrative Headquarters of AUB in the United States [Photo Gallery].

Housing services

AUB offers its students the opportunity to live in its residence halls and share a rich community life on its beautiful campus. AUB provides quality housing facilities and services to ensure a wholesome living environment that enables students to thrive personally and academically.

Library services

AUB offers its students the opportunity to live in its residence halls and share a rich community life on its beautiful campus. AUB provides quality housing facilities and services to ensure a wholesome living environment that enables students to thrive personally and academically.

ICT services

Our mission is to provide and sustain excellent Information Technology services that are:

  • Efficient, reliable, secure, innovative and cost effective
  • Strategically aligned with the academic, healthcare and administrative goals
  • Targeted towards improving the quality of patient experience and student campus life

Medical services

AUBMC is an academic medical center dedicated to the passionate pursuit of improving the health of the community in Lebanon and the region through the delivery of exceptional and comprehensive quality care to our patients, excellence in education and training, and leadership in innovative research.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Located in Ras Beirut, AUB's main campus has a total of 64 buildings. The 60.9 acre (246,459 square meter) campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea includes athletic fields, private beach, bird sanctuary, and a repository of native and non-native trees and shrubs.
  • It also comprises seven dormitories, the AUB Medical Center, the Charles W. Hostler Student Center, five libraries, computer labs, Archaeological Museum, Natural History Museum, and one of Lebanon's few geological collections.


The American University of Beirut (AUB) operates under a charter granted by the Education Department of the State of New York in 1863, which registers the Universitys degree programs. AUB degrees are also recognized by the Lebanese government through the equivalence committees of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Student Reviews

Yaaaasss's review
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

one of the greatest experiences in my life. self-growth and development are very prominent features of this university experience. the involvement in the student life (clubs and varsities) helped me grow as i have met diverse people from different backgrounds who each taught me new values and beliefs.

A second home
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The American University of Beirut offered me a great and elite education in the MENA region. I have gained all my skills and experiences through the hard work I put in the university and what it demanded. The university took care of its students through different aspects from education to mental health and financial aid. It is my second home.

Goldmine of Opportunities (for those who work)
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university has alot of rigor when it comes to theory. We could use more hands on experience and lab work by the third year, as many of us venture into internships lacking some basics. While the courses have projects, and there are several labs that accompany the courses, there are lots of loopholes that students take to score high while avoiding any grasp on the...

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