Guide for Incoming Students
- Complete the following Enrollment Health Record and have it signed by your GP.
- You can substitute the immunization reports with a photocopy of your vaccination record booklet.
Submit the above-mentioned documents to the LAU Health Clinics on your campus upon arrival.
- You must have a health insurance policy that covers your stay at LAU. If you have one, please pass by the Office of the Dean of Students at LAU on arrival and provide proof of your insurance plan in order to get LAU insurance fees waived.
- As for the Social Security, only Lebanese, French, Belgium, and German students are required to bring a copy of their Social Security card to have NSSF fee waived. Students with other nationalities will not be charged this fee.
- For further information regarding medical coverage charges, please refer to student insurance plan.
- Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required if one arrives from an infected area
- Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are recommended if one intends to travel to rural areas
- Hepatitis A and Meningococcal Vaccines as well as a tuberculin skin test are mandatory for all those who wish to stay in LAU Residence Halls.
- Modern medical facilities are widely available in Lebanon, though some of the hospitals can be expensive, so one must take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
- Students who have chronic medical conditions are advised to bring their medications with them for their entire stay since medication costs can be somewhat high in Lebanon, and are not covered by LAU student insurance.
- Please visit the following website for the latest updates regarding arrivals to Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport.
For more assistance, contact our Health Clinics:
- Beirut: Ms. Joceline Karkour, Ext. 1040
- Byblos: Ms. Maria Sargi El Ghoul, Ext. 2040
- Please check housing on campus.
- For assistance on housing around our campuses you can contact Dina Abdul Rahman.
Rafiq Hariri International Airport is the only international airport in Lebanon.
- Entry Visa is granted based on the student’s nationality. You can find the list of countries that have a right to an Entry VISA on the following General Security link.
- You can negotiate a taxi upon arrival at the airport or you can reserve a taxi online for your pick up.
For assistance, please check the recommended companies below:
- Charlie Taxi: 01-285710
- Allo Taxi: 01-517030
- Byblos Taxi: 06-545453
To get your residency papers sorted you will need:
- A valid passport with an expiration date of at least one year.
- Three copies of your passport.
- Three (3.5 cmx4.3 cm) new color personal photos with a white background.
- An enrollment letter issued by the Office of International Services at LAU for exchange students only. Other students should, after collection of statement of fees period, request an enrollment letter:
- This enrollment letter must be certified by the Ministry of Higher Education (located in Beirut, in Palace Habib Abi Chahla next to UNESCO Palace-Ministry, Tel: 01-789611).
- This enrollment letter should also be certified by your respective embassy.
- Students living outside Beirut can send the letter for certification by Libanpost.
- Proof of your tuition payment (Scholarship Contract or Statement of Fees).
- Commitment not to work in Lebanon from a Notary Public:
- Recommended Notary around Beirut campus: Hamra, Leon Street next to Lebanon and Gulf Bank: Jihan Saab; Phone Number: 01-752450.
- Recommended Notary in Byblos, near Banque Libano-Francaise: Vera Daoud; Phone Number: 09-945471.
- Document showing the source of your living expenses.
- Housing attestation from “Mokhtar” (Mayor).
- After preparing all these documents, pass by the General Security and apply for your Residency Permit. Please note that you will need to submit a detailed address, so make sure you know your address and have it with you when you go:
- If residing in central Beirut: General Security office facing Sodeco ; phone number: 01-429060/1
- If residing in Byblos: General Security, Byblos branch, Saraya, facing Bank Byblos main street; phone number: 09-945868
For any inquiries about Residency issues please contact the General Security Hotline 1717 or check their website.
Please note that whether you are planning to stay in Lebanon for four months, six months or even a year, you must apply for a one-year residency and the cost is LL 929,000 (includes the cost of residency, notary papers, stamps, and an express fee for an expedited delivery - up to 14 days), which must be paid in Lebanese Currency at the General Security.
Living in Lebanon
- Once you arrive to Lebanon, complete the Attestation Form and submit it to the Office of the International Services on your campus.
- Connect with your embassy to let them know you are here. View the Embassies directory
- LAU is committed to making its campuses safe and secure, providing students with an optimum environment for learning, pursuing interests, and socializing.
- Emergency numbers: Students can call the Protection Department on ext. 1100 (Beirut) and 2146 (Byblos) at any time.
- There is a high level of security in Lebanon due to various security stops and armed guards in most areas.
- In Beirut, as in other towns and villages, streets are particularly safe day and night; random violence is seldom experienced by both locals and visitors.
- Consult the Office of International Services if you intend to visit peripheral areas of Lebanon.
- It is preferable to move around in groups.
- Watch out for theft in busy touristic areas.
- It is recommended that you do not discuss your political views with strangers.
- When visiting any religious place, one must dress modestly.
University Emergency Numbers
- Medical Assistance Emergency during working hours: 1040 (Beirut) and 2040 (Byblos).
o Winter (September-May) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
o Summer (June-August) 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Medical Assistance Emergency outside working hours: 1500 (Beirut) and 2500 (Byblos).
- Facilities Emergency (to report fire, water flood or leakage, electricity problems, etc.): 1010 (Beirut) and 2020 (Byblos).
- Students can call the Protection department on ext. 1500 (Beirut) and 2500 (Byblos) at any time.
Lebanon Emergency Numbers
- Police: 112
- Fire: 175
- Red Cross: 140
Cost of Living (Subject to change)
As the capital of Lebanon, Beirut is the most expensive city in the country. Nevertheless, compared to Europe, living in Beirut is more or less affordable.
|Accommodation Within Beirut||$600–$1,000/month|
|Accommodation Outside Beirut||$400–$660/month|
- Beirut has frequent bus connections to other cities in Lebanon.
- The Lebanese Commuting Company is one of a handful brand of public transportations.
- The publicly owned buses are managed by the Railway and Public Transportation Authority.
- Buses for northern destinations leave from Charles Helou station.
- Buses are popular and inexpensive and can be stopped anywhere by hailing.
- Never take the bus without verifying the destination with the driver.
- There are public buses and private buses.
Taxis and Service (ser-vees)
- “Services” and taxis are the most popular means of transportation in Lebanon.
- A service is a lot cheaper than a taxi because it is shared with other passengers, but the price must be negotiated before setting off.
- Both taxis and service are recognizable by their red plate.
- You hail either one.
- Specify if you want it as a taxi or a service. A taxi ride does not take any other passengers in the car and is usually more expensive. A service ride usually takes in more than one passenger at the same time and that is why it is cheaper
Lebanon’s country code is +961. It is worth your while to buy a local SIM card since you are staying more than one month. The cost of a SIM card is around $30, which is charged monthly for about $26; Touch and Alfa are the only providers. (Fees are subject to change)
The Buddy Program
How about a buddy to smooth your transition to our campus and the Lebanese community? Lebanese students are here to help before your arrival and during your stay in Lebanon. Learn more / request a Buddy.
Before you travel
- Complete the LAU online application or the Common App application
- Make sure to submit all required documents as instructed by OIS or Admissions
- Complete the Enrollment Health Record and get it signed from your family physician
- Go through a general checkup and get a medical report in case you have any specific medical case
- Prepare an emergency medical kit that can be useful in case of emergency while you are here
- Make sure you have a medical insurance for your stay in Lebanon or else you will be charged the LAU Medical insurance fees. View LAU’s medical insurance fees and requirements.
- Bring with you 6 new colored personal photos (3.5 cm*4.3 cm) with a white background
- Send OIS your arrival and departure dates
- Complete your learning agreement and send it to OIS
When you arrive to your destination country
- Attend orientation and any other events organized by LAU
- Get to know your surroundings. Make sure to take safety measures, meaning, do not use large money notes at street kiosks but at the same time don’t get paranoid!
- Contact your embassy in Lebanon and provide them with your contact info
- Complete the Attestation Form and submit it to the Office of the International Services on your campus
- If there are any changes in your contact information in Lebanon during your stay at LAU, it is your responsibility to notify the OIS a.s.a.p.
- Submit the Enrollment Health Record to the Health Clinic on your campus
- Update your learning agreement and submit it to OIS before registration dates at LAU
- Embrace the difference because this is why you are here.
Before your leave Lebanon
- Confirm your departure date with OIS
- Meet with OIS staff to assess you experience at LAU
- Complete the online assessment form you will receive in order to guarantee smooth processing of all paper work
- Pass by the business office at LAU to make sure no outstanding fees are on your records. Any outstanding fees will result in a hold on your account and official transcripts cannot be issued.