Q&A on Higher Education
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Q1: Can I enroll or resume my education in universities in Lebanon?
Yes. All refugees in Lebanon, who have completed the official high school in Lebanon (Thanawieh Aamah Lubnanieh) or its equivalence in their country of origin, can access public or private certified universities in Lebanon.
Q2: What documents do I need to access universities in Lebanon?
When approaching a university in Lebanon, you should bring all the following documents:
Official high school transcript validated by the ministry of education in Lebanon, or equivalence certificate, delivered by the equivalence committee in the ministry of education and higher education in Lebanon.
Language proficiency score (for some universities) or entrance exams for some specialties
Q3: When can I enroll/ register in universities in Lebanon?
The enrollment date varies for each university. You could contact the university you wish to apply for to learn more about the enrollment date and registration procedure.
Q4: What is the equivalence process?
Any student who holds a general certificate of secondary education issued by a governmental entity from an Arab or foreign country and wants to pursue their studies in Lebanon should submit a request to the Equivalence Committee in education of the Ministry of Education to obtain his/her grade equivalence before registering into the institutions of higher learning/universities.
Submitting requests can be done through the mail (Libanpost via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1577) or through the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the equivalence department. For more information on the equivalence process, http://www.mehe.gov.lb/equiv/arabic/page/committee...
Q5: What are the documents that must be submitted to the Equivalency Committee?
For general certificate of secondary education students:
o Brevet certificate
o General Certificate of Secondary Education with a clear mention of success
If documents were not issued in Lebanon, the original ones and official copies should be validated and stamped by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which studies were completed, and then by the relevant embassy in Lebanon so that they can by stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon.
Valid Passport or Residency card issued by the General Security
UNHCR registration certificate if available
Administrative fees (Official Lebanese stamps for a total value of 36,000 Lebanese Pounds)
Note: All required documents should be presented jointly with their certified copies. Foreign curriculum demands should be presented before the end of January.
Q6: What do I do if I do not have one or more of the documents required? Who to contact?
These documents are mandatory to enroll in a certified university in Lebanon. We encourage you to gather all authentic documents as soon as possible. If you do not have any of these documents, you could contact the university you wish to apply for to see if they have alternative options.
Q7: Do I need a residency permit to go to university in Lebanon?
Yes, according to the Lebanese law, you might be requested to show a valid residency permit to enroll in university. In case you do not have your residency permit, contact your scholarship provider or UNHCR for assistance.
Q8: Are foreign languages essential to access university education in Lebanon?
Not necessary. The minimum proficiency requirements differ from one university to another, as well as from faculty of studies to another. Nevertheless, even to study Arabic literature, universities in Lebanon require mandatory foreigner language courses (English or French) to be completed.
Many institutions offer foreign language classes across Lebanon. For more information, you could contact:
1) American Lebanese Language Center: http://allcs.edu.lb/
2) AMIDEAST: http://www.amideast.org/lebanon
3) British Council: https://www.britishcouncil.org.lb/en
4) Cervantes: http://beirut.cervantes.es/fr/default.shtm
5) Goethe Institute: https://www.goethe.de/ins/lb/en/index.html
6) Institut Français (French Institut for French language) http://www.institutfrancais-liban.com/
7) Italian Institute: http://www.iicbeirut.esteri.it/iic_beirut/it/
8) ULYP: http://www.unitelebanonyouth.org/
9) Universite Libanaise, Bureau des Langues email@example.com
Q9: Do I have to pay to enroll in a University in Lebanon? If yes, what are the costs?
Even public education in Lebanon is not free of charge. To access a public university faculty, foreign students have to pay around 700 for a BA per academic year and up to 1.200 USD for MA per academic year. Private universities cost range between 2,500 USD and 18,000 USD per academic year.
Q10: What are the different University scholarships available in Lebanon and abroad?
Below are some of the university scholarships in Lebanon available to refugee youth between 18-30 years’ old who have completed their secondary education. Each scholarship provider offers different support packages. To learn more about the type of support offered, contact the scholarship provider directly or visit their webpage.
undergraduate/graduate level. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alghurairfoundation.org/en/content/stem-schola...
Q11: Do I have to pay some fees to apply for a scholarship in Lebanon?
No. Humanitarian agencies provide services FREE of charge.
Q12: Does the scholarship money have to be repaid like a loan?
Scholarships are grants that do not need to be paid back. Some scholarship providers do however require volunteering work to be done as a condition. Check with your scholarship provider for more information.
Q13: Can I apply to a scholarship again in case I was previously not selected?
Yes. You can re-apply to a scholarship every year or at every call for applications as the selection criteria might differ from a year to another, or additional slots can be added.
Q14: Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. You can apply for different scholarships. However, applicants accepted in more than one scholarship will need to check the rules and regulations of each scholarship provider as policies may vary. In some cases, applicants might need to withdraw from one of the scholarship awards.
Q15: Can I receiving assistance from more than one scholarship?
Since the spaces for scholarships are limited, most scholarship providers do not allow recipients to receive assistance from more than one source. However, it is best to check the rules and regulations of each scholarship provider as policies may vary.
Q16: Who selects the recipients of a scholarship?
The scholarship providers, usually through a panel or committee, in accordance with their own rules and regulations, select scholarship recipients.
Q17: Where can I find information on available scholarships? Is there any website?
Many scholarships have their own outreach channels. Here are some of the websites that compile scholarships:
Q18: What are the other education opportunities available if I cannot enroll or afford enrolling in universities in Lebanon?
You can access formal technical pathways at the Directorate General of Technical and Vocational Education, such as Superior Technician (TS) available in over 120 vocational public centers. The academic year at TS level cost around 310 USD.
Some humanitarian entities are supporting refugee enrolment in technical and vocational pathways. You can contact UNHCR partners (SCI, CLMC, IRC and TDH IT) or SPARK.
American University of Beirut in partnership with Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA) provide a College Readiness Program for 8 months (20 hours/week) to 50 beneficiaries per year (Lebanese and Syrian students) in the Bekaa Region for free. The AUB PADILEIA Foundation Certificate College Readiness Program also provides psychological, academic and peer support along with strengthening students’ English skills and aid them in applying to university scholarships. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.padileia.org/
Erasmus+ provides also International Credit Mobility scholarships for students enrolled in Lebanese universities. To see which institutions have such ICM projects, consult http://erasmusplus-lebanon.org/content/840. To find out about the scholarships available, the student should consult the student services office or the international relations office in the respective institution. More than 1000 mobility scholarships are available to Lebanese higher education institutions.
Kiron provides free online and offline courses that are validated on a case-by-case basis by MEHE in Lebanon as university equivalent courses to refugees, IDPs and disadvantaged Lebanese. When you are ready to enroll at university, Kiron will help you to recognize the courses credits you took online and then transfer to the university. Kiron also works through the Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access Program to provide the same services specifically to Lebanese and Syrians. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kiron.ngo/mena
Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP) provides SAT preparatory courses through the BRIDGE Program to Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian students. ULYP also provides psychological, academic and peer support along with career guidance and civic engagement. ULYP offers students with university preparatory courses during high school years to facilitate their transition to tertiary education with partner universities American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanese American University (LAU) and American University of Science and Technology (AUST).