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AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Study Arabic at the American University of Beirut! The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Middle Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut offers two separate...

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Study in Lebanon with American University of Beirut

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American University of Beirut Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Community

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    7

Unexpected

I had a number of very high expectations upon studying abroad at AUB, I thought I was going to learn Arabic quickly and easily for instance. However, while a lot of those expectations weren't met, they were instead replaced with a new and deeper understanding of what it means to live in an unfamiliar place where you don't know anyone for four months and the experience taught me a lot independence and resourcefulness. My advice would be to try to be extra social with other AUB students, as sometimes it can get kinda lonely just hanging out with other international kids.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Community

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    10

Study Abroad 2018 AUB Lebanon

Academics: Great facilities, great faculty (with some variation, of course), valuable education all around. Please note, this is not a typical study abroad program. You will be able to skip have your classes and travel around the continent (for many reasons). These are rigorous courses, so only come to AUB if you want to have at least a somewhat-serious semester. To be fair, I took 5 courses and 3 of them were graduate courses. I found the faculty to be easily accessible and I was able to meet with all of them throughout the semester for various reasons. Biggest issue is course selection because international students don't have first pick due to timing, but if you are persistent they will let you into whatever courses you have chosen.

Adjustment: Lebanon is the meeting point between Europe and the Arab World and as such the adjustment is much easier than it would be in other Arab countries (this I can vouch for personally). There is a mix of language, religion, and background, so foreigners are not as noticeable. Of course, Lebanon is not Europe, so you should be ready for regular minute-long blackouts, trash on the street, buying drinking water, etc. I will say that AUB is extremely modern and western, and so is its area of Beirut, so that will not be a big transition from Williams. I purposefully integrated myself into groups at the university and therefore into Lebanese society, but I had an American roommate and was not staying in a homestay, so there were limits to my integration.

Harassment: Very little harassment of women, people of color, or LGBTQ individuals. One interesting aspect is that most black people in Lebanon are African and on temporary contracts working as house help. There is a racist element that was hard for people on my program to ignore (and many actually studied it in their classes), but there was never any outright harassment of students because of their race. Remember that there are few rights for LGBTQ people in the region, but as long as you are street smart there should be no problems. I had multiple LGBTQ friends that were just fine.

Would I recommend: Absolutely! The main concerns people may have Lebanon are safety concerns, but Beirut was the safest city I've ever lived in. I felt totally safe at night to walk around by myself. To be fair, I lived near the university, but the main idea is that if you are smart then you will be fine. There were some minor clashes while I was there because of the election between supporters of different parties, but I felt safe the whole time and Lebanon is currently quite stable. Hezbollah is not considered a terrorist organization there and poses no real threat to students. Heads up, Lebanon is not cheap and the cost of living can fluctuate wildly along with you lifestyle choices, but is no more expensive than a generic European city.

Fun Facts: I joined a varsity sports team and volunteered throughout the semester with Syrian refugees. I also did my best to explore the country, going to different areas and checking out ancient ruins and hiking in the cedar forests. There are so many opportunities you can take advantage of!

Overall I chose this program over others because of the unique history of Lebanon, the exciting character of Beirut, and the excellent education at AUB. There is less of a need to speak Arabic here, which has its pros and cons. You will not be able to do a full language immersion here if that is what you are after. On the other hand, this is an incredible experience that involves less uncomfortable culture shock (from a western perspective) but still exposes you to new ways of life and thinking (and is FUN)!

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Community

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Academics

    10

Memories For Life in The Most Underrated Country On Earth

As I sat down to write this, I simply couldn't find a proper place to begin.
How do I fit everything I have seen and learned in 6 months into just one review?
Well, I couldn't. And it probably won't be interesting reading elaborated details from my everyday life. What I can tell you however, is that those 6 months that I recently spend abroad in Beirut, has been the most incredible time of my life.

Beirut basically has everything that one could ask for. It holds a long and rich history, it is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and mountains, it offers some of the best food in the world, and the inhabitants are welcoming and warm as few.
Yet, Beirut still struggles with the reputation in the Western world.
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, I have to admit that my knowledge Lebanon was rather limited until I decided to apply for AUB. Living in a Western country, one can easily be affected by the picture that is painted in the media. A picture that is based on the medias tendency to lump together all Arabic countries of the region. My best advice for those who think going - Don't let the media shape your understanding - Lebanon is a perfectly safe place to both live and visit.

Personally, I decided to arrive with an open mind-set, ready to learn and understand every possible aspect of this place. An approach that definitely made settling down much easier, but also made the process of socializing and building friendships much easier.
I even arrived 3 weeks prior to semester-start, since I imagined that settling down and getting used to new norms would take a while. After 2 days in Lebanon, I realized that I already felt pretty home. The people made it so easy to feel welcome, and I never felt unsafe. (It is worth mentioning, that I am a 6 ft 5 Danish male, therefore, I cannot talk on behalf of other genders or ethnical backgrounds).

Life is Beirut is easily accessible and it does not talk long, before you feel like an integrated part of it all. Also, Beirut might appear as a huge and confusing city upon arriving, but it quickly turns out to be fairly manageable and with most neighborhoods being in walking distance (If you like to walk for more than 5 minutes).

On an academic level, AUB offered a wide array of courses that matched my major (Media Production and Management). The level and workload was as you would expect from a well-respected school. I consider myself lucky, that I got to take courses that focused in the media-landscape, how they portray war and how we access information in general. This eventually turned into tools, that affected my way of understanding my own approach and understanding of what I experienced along the way.
This was an awesome way of applying information that I was taught in everyday life.

AUB also became my "intersection" of social relations and a lot of the friendships that I built along the way happened because of social events planned by either the school or the mentor-group.

I just realized, how this review turned into the exact rigmarole that I said wasn't possible 3 paragraphs ago, but hey, if you're still reading at this point I assume that I must have done something right. (Right?)

What I have been trying to say is, that Beirut is such an awesome place to be in, and that it, despite the reputation, holds so much value and gave so many life-changing experiences to a guy like me. I returned to Copenhagen 3 days ago, and I miss Beirut and the Lebanese way of life already. There is so much to see and so much to learn, and the memories and friendships that I take with me are worth everything.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Community

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

Spring '18 Visiting Student

My experience at AUB was enjoyable and exciting. I took 3 courses as a visiting student. The campus is the most beautiful campus I have ever laid eyes on. The students and faculty are diverse in origin and opinion which made for many interesting discussions. Everyone was helpful when ed and Lebanon is full of places to go and things to do. 100% recommend.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

MBA from AUB

Choosing a business school was a major decision, and my number one goal was to position myself for an international career. I chose to focus on the Middle East & North Africa region because of its rapidly-growing population and demand for skilled talent. The MBA program at AUB's Olayan School of Business was exactly what I hoped for. As a non-business undergrad, I benefited greatly from the classes and workshops. I also had the opportunity to represent AUB at 3 business case competitions in Canada, Hong Kong, and Germany. Most importantly, I can credibly work with companies and business leaders from across MENA. Today, I'm based in Dubai and working at one of the world's top consulting firms. Anyone considering studying in this part of the world should have AUB and OSB at the top of their list.

Program: American University of Beirut

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