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American University of Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

Program sponsor: American University of Beirut

Established in 1866, AUB is one of the Middle East’s most well established universities with a long history of academic achievement. It has a reputation for excellence throughout the Middle East, with partnerships and collaborations worldwide, and is ranked first​ in the region and among the top 250 universities worldwide according to QS World University Rankings.​​​ AUB offers over 100 degree programs and a dynamic and engaging classroom experience which combines the latest research with advanced approaches to learning in a small group setting. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Life in Beirut offers a unique and unforgettable experience. With its mountains, ​Mediterranean coastline,  world-famous cuisine, temperate climate and rich culture and historical sites – Lebanon has something for everyone.

Important Note
This program is located in country with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel and operates with special permission under the university's travel policy.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to adhere to additional security measures and sign a release acknowledging the Travel Advisory.

This program is subject to suspension or modification at any time. These matters will be discussed in more detail during advising appointments and pre-departure orientation.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0


None; however, students are required to take an Arabic language course during the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


AUB offers its students the opportunity to live in the AUB Student Housing facilities and share a rich community life on campus. Residence halls include a lounge area with a TV,  a computer lab, WiFi, air conditioning, and a laundry room.  There are no meal plans available in the residence halls; however, there is one main cafeteria in the upper campus (Ada Dodge Hall) and a variety of restaurants & diners on the bustling Bliss Street right next to the university.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $21,625

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $1,538
  • Meals: $2,000
  • Airfare: $980
  • Books & supplies: $750
  • Personal expenses: $2,000
  • Visa: $400
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $7,860

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Why AUB?

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