Study at LAU

International Students

Guide for Incoming Students

Pre-Arrival Information



Submit the above-mentioned documents to the LAU Health Clinics on your campus upon arrival.

General Tips:

For more assistance, contact our Health Clinics:


Airport Arrival

Rafiq Hariri International Airport is the only international airport in Lebanon.

For assistance, please check the recommended companies below:

Residency Papers

To get your residency papers sorted you will need:

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


University Emergency Numbers

Lebanon Emergency Numbers

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
Food $300/month
Leisure $150/month



Taxis and Service (ser-vees)


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

When you arrive to your destination country

Before your leave Lebanon