Why spend a semester abroad?
- Gain a competitive edge in the job market
- Understand your major in a new way
- Meet new people and build your international network
- Gain tolerance to cultural differences
- Become independent and mature
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Discover a new cuisine
- Learn a new language
- Create a bond with another country
- Gain a new appreciation for your home country!
How to plan for a semester abroad?
Anyone can venture into a study abroad experience. But here are some guidelines that can make it easier and more fun:
- Since submitting a CV is among the requirements for an application, you have to think of building up a good impressive CV ahead of time to guarantee acceptance into the exchange program you dream of. Volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, internships, etc. will look great on any CV!
- Do not plan to take mandatory major requirements during your study abroad semester. Make sure when considering study abroad to plan your courses in a way that you still have several elective requirements that you can take abroad. Keeping your options open will guarantee a stress free registration and a smooth transfer of credits process
- If you are planning to study abroad, pay attention to your Cumulative GPA (CGPA). It is an important element that can deprive you from many opportunities!
Each program has its requirements but generally, the below is the accepted guideline for outgoing students:
- You are in your 3rd or 4th semester (junior year or beginning sophomore year)
- Your last 30 credits should be completed at LAU (not applicable to exchange students under MOUs, check with the office first)
- You have a minimum of 2.7 CGPA
- Completed ENG102 with a good grade
- You are outgoing, and eager to learn about other culture.
Students should be advised that only passing credits may be transferred; a passing grade abroad for undergraduates is C and above. A passing for graduates is B and above.
For exchange students: grades are transferred on a P/NP basis.
F0r study abroad students: grades are transferred as T.
For questions, you can contact Dina Abdul Rahman
LAU exchange & study abroad programs
Step 1: Choose the right program:
- Exchange Programs
- Erasmus+Scholarships Exchange Programs
- Study Abroad Programs
List of programs is available above. You can apply up to 2 universities per semester.
Schedule an appointment with OIS in order to identify potential compatible options.
Step 2: Check the courses available and complete the Course Transfer Form
How to complete the Student Advising/ Course Transfer Form ?
- Prepare a degree evaluation for yourself using Banner.
- On scratch paper, write out a list of the courses you still need at LAU.
- Go to the course offering link for the school you are applying to.
- Try to identify courses that match your list
- Fill out the Course Transfer Form accordingly
- Seek the approval and signature from the concerned chairperson. Make sure to take with you the course descriptions to facilitate input from the departments
Who can help you?
School Exchange Advisors
- School of Arts & Sciences: May Hamdan
- School of Architecture & Design: Marwan Zouein
- Adnan Kassar School of Business: Jordan Srour
- School of Engineering: Barbar Akle
- Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine: Carmel Bouclaous
- School of Pharmacy: Anthony Capomacchia
- School of Nursing: Anahid Butrus Kulwicki
Step 3: Complete the online application form and submit the supporting documents below
Complete the following Application form
Pass by the Office of International Services on your campus to submit the below supporting documents in person:
- For Fall semester: February 15
- For Spring semester: September 22
- For Summer Term: January 30
What Happens next?
- Short listed candidates will be called for an interview;
Short listed candidates will be required to submit additional documents;
- You will receive the final selection result by email;
- Once you confirm your participation, we will nominate you to your host university;
- Pay the exchange deposit fee as instructed by OIS;
- Start your application at host university;
- A pre-departure orientation will be held by OIS for info about your visa, housing, etc.
Recommended summer programs
- ABS Summer Semester
- AIPES International Summer Programs
- Sciences Po Summer programs (France)
- LSE Summer School (London)
- UOttawa Summer Program
- RSSU International Summer Camp
- European Journalism Institute (Prague)
- University of Oxford Summer School- Enterprise & Environment
- Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education
Joseph Audi Study Abroad Program at LAU inactive
LAU NY Academic Center
LAU’s New York Academic Center is an off-campus site serving as a platform for global educational outreach and cross-cultural dialogue. Adhering to a vision of building bridges between East and West, the center offers the following:
- Professional and Continuing Education Courses
- Study Abroad Courses
- Public Events such as Lectures, Workshops, Conferences, Exhibitions, Film Screenings, and Performances
Our courses and events are tailored to the needs and interests of a broad cross-section of the public, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, academics, bankers, diplomats, journalists, and policymakers.
Credit-based and certificate-based courses present a unique opportunity for students interested in an accelerated study of Arabic language, marketing, finance, business management, architecture, and urban design, among other topics. We offer our students an exciting New York experience, including guest speakers and site visits to places such as the United Nations, Wall Street, the Guggenheim Museum, and Ellis Island. All courses draw on LAU’s strengths in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Design, and Business, as well as the following institutes: Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic and Culture (SINARC), Institute for Women’s Studies in Arab World (IWSAW), and Institute for Migration Studies (IMS).
Our center regularly hosts public events with artists and leading experts on political, cultural, social, and economic issues.
The Office conducts mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions every semester that will cover the following issues:
- Forms to submit before you leave
- Health Insurance/Medical Report
Study Abroad Checklist
- Steps to consider at least 6 month ahead of time
- Discuss your plans with instructors, family, and friends
- Contact the International office on your campus
- Talk to your advisor in your school/department
- Choose the program of your interest
- Check the cost entailed for such an adventure
- Try to get in touch with students who already had a study abroad experience
- Check Eligibility requirements of the program you are interested in
- Things to do before traveling
- Schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss final concerns about your courses
- Submit the Course transfer form to the International office before you travel!!
- Apply for a worldwide credit card
- Dig into the culture of the country you are heading to and read about “culture shock”
- Search for hobbies you like that you can find in the host country
- Go through a general checkup and get a medical report if needed
- Prepare an emergency medical kit that can be useful in case of emergency while you are there
- Make sure you have a medical insurance for your stay there if it is not included in the program fees
- Make multiple copies of all important documents
- Make sure you have all the contact information of people you might need while you are away
- Exchange currency for local cash
- Start packing based on climate conditions in the host country. Things that you may want to consider: power adapter (if needed)/voltage converter, hair dryer, electric razor, etc
- Confirm your flight
- Make sure you have the address you will be staying in
- Pack your carry-on bag: passport, airline ticket, emergency contact info, address and numbers of destination contacts, 1 change of clothes if needed, toothpaste and brush if needed, your wallet, local cash, credit cards, and documents. Do not carry any liquids or sharp utensils
- When you arrive to your destination country
- Call your parents to say you have arrived safely and the International office at LAU!
- Attend orientation and any other events organized by the host university
- Check in with the international office at the host university
- 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!
- Try not to make insulting comments as you get to know the new culture, it won’t make things easy for you with locals
- Embrace the difference because this is why you are there
- Preparing for your return back home
- Check for your transcript and transfer of credits process
- Bid farewell to the people you got to know there and make sure to have their contact info. It is important to stay in touch with the people you meet there
- Check the registration dates for your next semester back at LAU and prepare for the transition of going back home
- When you return
- Share your experience with others. It is now your turn to offer valuable real life advice!
- Contact the international office at LAU and provide information about your experience and maybe tools to make it even better
- Volunteer for the International Students’ Mentor program in the international office at LAU to help others in their study abroad experiences
Embassies and Visa Information
Study in Canada
Finnish Embassy in Ankara
Campus France Liban
US Visa Types
Need more info?
For questions you can contact Dina Abdul Rahman