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!
Step 1: 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:
- Volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, internships, and so on your CV will increase your acceptance chances into the exchange program you want.
- Plan to take a mix of elective and major courses rather than major courses only . 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.
Step 3: Choose the right program
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.
1- 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 of the concerned chairperson. Make sure to take with you the course descriptions to facilitate input from the departments
Important notes to keep in mind while completing the Course Transfer Form.
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) conversion Formula:
- 4 ECTS =3 LAU credits
- 4.5 ECTS =3 LAU credits
- 5 ECTS= 3 LAU Credits
- 5 ECTS is not transferred as 4 US credits
- 6 ECTS= 3 LAU credits
- 10 ECTS= 6 LAU credits (2 courses)
- Only passing credits may be transferred; a passing grade abroad is the equivalent to C and above for undergraduates and the equivalent to B and above for graduates.This rule excludes engineering courses, education courses, nutrition courses, and graduate level courses, whereby higher grades are required. Courses with grades Pass or Satisfactory are not transferable.
- Courses taken at LAU may not be repeated at another institution and transferred back to LAU.
- Architecture students are required to submit their portfolio by hand to the department before the deadline.
- Engineering students are required to submit 2 separate Course Transfer Form. Please contact OIS for instructions.
Who can help you?
School Exchange Advisors
- School of Arts & Sciences: Robin Taleb and Jad Melki
- School of Architecture & Design: Marwan Zouein and Maroun El-Daccache
- Adnan Kassar School of Business: Jordan Srour
- School of Engineering: Barbar Akle and Joe Tekli
- Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine: Carmel Bouclaous
- School of Pharmacy: Lamis Karaoui
- School of Nursing: Anahid Butrus Kulwicki
2 - Complete the online application form and submit the supporting documents below
Complete the following Application form
Upload the below-required documents to your online application:
- Summer: January 30
- Fall: February 15
- Spring: September 30
What Happens Next?
Shortlisted 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 $500 study abroad deposit as instructed by OIS;
- Start your application at the host university;
- A pre-departure orientation will be held by OIS for info about your visa, housing, etc.
Step 5: Attend the pre-departure orientation
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, advisor, family, and friends
- Contact the International office on your campus
- Choose the program of your interest
- Check Eligibility requirements of the program you are interested in
- Check the cost entailed for such an adventure
- Try to get in touch with students who already had a study abroad experience
- 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.
- 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, toothbrush 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
- Email us at the Office of International Services at LAU to confirm your arrival
- Attend orientation and any other event 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
- Preparing for your return back home
- Check for your transcript and transfer of credits process
- Save the contact information of the people you met there. It is important to stay in touch
- 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 Office of International Services at LAU and provide information about your experience and tools to make it 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
- Czech Republic
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Finnish Embassy in Ankara
Campus France Liban
Embassy of Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Lebanon
US Visa Types