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The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education.

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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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American University of Beirut Reviews

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

The CAMES summer Arabic program - strongly recommended

The CAMES program is an excellent way to rapidly improve your Arabic, and overall, an experience I would strongly recommend. Three elements of the program are most significant:

Firstly, the quality of teaching exceptional. Not only is Program Director (Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal) a world authority on teaching Arabic as a second language, but each of the teachers and tutors has extensive experience in teaching the language and are consistently supportive. Shout-out to Yomna, Safaa, and Khodr. I came into the program with an intermediate level of spoken Lebanese Arabic and no FusHa, and in two months my level of both Lebanese Arabic and FusHa had increased significantly.

Secondly, the cultural program. I had visited Lebanon numerous times before undertaking this course, and nonetheless I was constantly learning new things about the country and its history. There is a weekly lecture in Arabic on a political, historical, or cultural topic, as well as a weekly film screening. These events are a fantastic opportunity for students to substantially expand their vocabulary and their cultural knowledge of not just Lebanon but also the Arab world more generally. It's one thing reading a textbook about US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and another thing entirely to immerse yourself in Arab culture and history as Arabs understand it, and for that reason I found this aspect of the program extremely rewarding. In addition, most weeks there is a group excursion, which allows you to see the most important touristic and cultural sites in Lebanon, in a comfortable and safe fashion. On these trips you travel all together in a big bus, stopping for food and big lunches etc. Yes, these days are touristy, but they are a stress-free way to see Lebanon. If that isn't your style - no problem - you can organise a separate trip for yourself either alone or in a small group, which many students did.

Finally, the AUB is a wonderful university with all the facilities you could want, including a new gym, running track, pool, and the Jafet library which is a perfect spot to study after class. There's also a cafeteria on campus serving lunch for approximately 10,000L.L. ($8 US), and countless restaurants and cafes in the surrounding area of Ras Beirut/Hamra. Overall, the campus experience is fantastic if a little intense (such is the nature of Beirut!). In terms of safety, the campus is a closed one with guards at all entrances and patrols 24/7 so you'll feel (and be) very safe. Dorms are separated male/female, and escorts are available from the gates to dorms at night so there's never a need to walk to your dorm alone.

A few recommendations:

First, be aware that the course is very intensive. In my experience, most students didn't notice how hard the course was until about the fourth week, so keep this in mind, and pace yourself. That said, the communal nature of the course and the cultural / leisure elements mean that despite its intensity the course is still a whole lot of fun.

Second, the more your practice before your Arabic arriving in Lebanon, the more you will get out of the program! (Not obligatory, however. You can turn up with any level, as long as you're ready for the workload).

Third, make the most of your time in Lebanon - go on the trips, discover the area surrounding the university, and if possible, try and travel around in your spare time. The University can give you recommended taxi companies, and sometimes these companies will drive you around Lebanon for a whole Sunday at a reasonable cost. Don't wait until late in the program to discover Lebanon.

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    4

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

AUB

Lebanon is a great place to study abroad to gain insight. That being said, don't expect to improve your Arabic outside of the classroom, as everyone speaks English. Moreover, the academics (at the grad level) are not on par with American universities.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    9

Semester abroad at AUB

I studied abroad at AUB during the spring semester of 2017, and I must say it was one of the best experiences of my life. AUB has a very vibrant campus and student life, and it is very easy to meet people and immerse yourself in the local culture and adopt the Lebanese lifestyle. The classes were for the most part very interesting, and I left with a brand new take on the region's culture and societies. I highly recommend taking classes in their anthropology and sociology department. The campus is very well located, and it is very easy to explore the city. The office of international programs was really great at helping us make the transition to AUB as smooth as possible. They organize great events and trips around the country, and I really advise you to take advantage of that.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

Amazing experience and fantastic instruction

The AUB Summer Program was amazing. The instructors are excellent teachers, they focus on each student's needs and accomodate instruction in a way that benefits everyone. You have a crazy amount of homework but your Arabic skills skyrocket. You also have full freedom to enjoy Lebanon, Beirut is a very fun city and the country has a lot to offer. The program may seem a little expensive but the weekend excursions it covers and the length of the program makes it worth it. This is also the only program I could find that offered full instruction in colloquial Arabic, plus you still learn colloquial Arabic in the formal Arabic classes.

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

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