American University of Beirut

Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB), is a private, not-for-profit, coeducational, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning. The American University of Beirut is committed to the ideals of critical thinking, open debate, and diversity. The university’s faculty serves over 8,665 students in more than 130 PhD, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines and fields. Faculties include Arts and Sciences; Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture; Agricultural and Food Sciences; Health Sciences; Medicine which includes Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON); and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business. The university’s is spread over 60.9 acres overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It contains 64 buildings, including a Medical Center (420 beds), four libraries, three museums, the Charles W. Hostler Student Center (athletics), two art galleries, seven dormitories, athletic fields, and numerous gardens. AUB also has an Advancing Research Enabling Communities Center (AREC) located in the Beqa’a Valley which includes a research farm, an agricultural library, a clinic, several staff resident houses, a student cafeteria and dormitories, classrooms, laboratories, a weather station, a seed bank, cold storages, workshop, and recreation and sport facilities. The 100-hectare farm provides excellent opportunities for students to obtain practical experience in various sectors of agriculture.

AUB has more than 64,000 alumni residing in more than 120 countries worldwide. Additional information is available at

The University is governed by an autonomous Board of Trustees comprised of international leaders in business, education, diplomacy, engineering, philanthropy, science, and medicine. Since its founding, AUB has set standards in higher education worldwide. Academic programs are offered in undergraduate, graduate, medical, and professional education. AUB is a coeducational institution that is open to all qualified students without regards to race, religion, economic status, or political affiliation. The University places a high premium on developing a student’s appreciation of, and responsibility to, his/her respective society and culture. The primary region served by the American University of Beirut is the Arabic-speaking world, although a fair number of international students from Europe, the United States and Canada usually enroll at the University.