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Student Guide

  1. Program of Study:
    1. Number of credits required
    2. Credits not counted towards graduation
    3. Choosing courses
    4. Sophomore, Junior, Senior students
    5. SEED Courses
  2. Registration:
    1. Credit Load
    2. Prerequisites and Co-requisites
    3. Advisor
    4. Drop/Add period
  3. Academic records evaluation:
    1. Passing Grades
    2. Repeating courses
    3. Averages
    4. Probations and Removal of probations
    5. Faculty Warning
    6. Dean’s Honor List
  4. Facilities
    1. University facilities
    2. FOBM Computer Lab
    3. FOBM Vending Machine
    4. Shuttle Bus
  5. Student Activities, Student Committees
  6. Rights and Responsibilities
    1. Quick Reference
    2. Absence from Class
    3. Withdrawal from Courses
    4. Incomplete Grades and Make-up Examinations
    5. Financial Support
    6. Teaching and Research Assistantships
  7. Academic Integrity
    1. Plagiarism
    2. Cheating
    3. Course work
    4. Computer Lab
  8. Advice
    1. Books
    2. Study Habits
    3. Time Management
    4. Office hours



  1. Program of Study:

a. Number of credits required
You must complete 93 credits in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

b. Credits not counted towards graduation:

  • English language remedial courses.
  • Arabic language remedial courses.
  • Mathematics remedial courses.
The grades you earn on these courses are counted in your average

c. Advice for choosing courses

There are certain courses that you should do your best to take during the first year of enrollment and certain courses that you should do your best to complete during the second year of enrollment while leaving certain courses till the last year of enrollment. Here is a table to help you decide:

FIRST year

MGMT 291


ACCT220  FINE220  MGMT220  MRKT220  ISYS220  BUSN210  BUSN220  BUSN221

THIRD year

FINE230  BUSN230  BUSN290
CVSQ203  CVSQ204
Major Electives
General Electives (6 credits maximum)

Sophomore Students

You are considered to be a sophomore student if you had earned 27 credits or less.

Junior Students

You are considered to be a junior if you have earned between 27 and 56 credits.

Senior Students

You are considered to be a senior if you had earned 56 credits or more.

The University of Balamand has a SEED office located in Room 109 of Fares building. SEED stands for Service Experience: Education through Doing. The SEED office offers courses every semester. Each course is worth 1 credit and is for FREE! When you enroll in a SEED course, the SEED office will organize 40 hours of work for you with a non-profit organization. This gives you work experience and something to show on your CV.

The Faculty of Business & Management lists SEED courses with the SEED office. To learn more about the SEED program, visit the SEED office or check out its web site on the following address:  ​


  1. Registration:

a. Credit Load
If you are a sophomore student you may register up to 17 credits in a semester, but you may not register less than 12 credits.
If you are a junior or senior you may register up to 18 credits in a semester if:

  • You passed ENGL204 and,
  • Your Cumulative General Average is 75 or more.

b. Prerequisites and Co-requisites
"Prerequisite" means the preparation or previous course work considered necessary for success in the course. Prerequisites are required only for courses where specific academic background is necessary in order to assure students a reasonable chance of success in the course. Where applicable, you will not be able to register a course if you do not meet its prerequisites.

"Co-requisites" for a course are those courses which must be taken concurrently with the course.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites can be found under the course description in the University Catalogue.

c. Advisor
Every new student of the Faculty of Business & Management will be assigned an advisor.
The advisor is usually a full-time professor in the Faculty committed to helping you with registration and providing you with career guidance.
 You should see your advisor:

  • To register courses during the pre-registration period. Your academic advisor will help you in choosing courses making sure your distribution requirements and departmental prerequisites are covered.
  • For questions you may have in relation to your program of study.
  • For academic problems you may be facing.

d. Drop/Add period
The first one week of classes you may freely attend, add, or drop any class. This is an opportunity for you to test your placement in foreign language classes, try multiple electives, or to make sure that you have an appropriate course load.

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  1. Academic records evaluation:

a. Passing Grades

The passing grade for most courses is 60 over 100; however there are four courses that require a passing grade of 70 over 100 and they are ACCT210, ACCT211, ECON211, ECON212.

b. Repeating courses

  • A student may repeat a course only once to achieve its required grade; a W or a WF on a transcript is counted, for this purpose, as a grade.
  • A student may not repeat a course in which he/she has already achieved a grade of 70 or higher unless the department rules require a higher score.
  • A student wishing to repeat a course more than once must seek the approval of the Faculty Academic Committee.

c. Averages 

The University calculates four averages for a student and they are:

  • SMA: this is the Semester Major Average. It is the average of the courses in your major that you took during the semester.
  • SGA: this is the Semester General Average. It is the average of all the courses that you took during the semester.
  • CMA: this is the Cumulative Major Average. It is the average of all courses in your major that you took so far.
  • CGA: this is the Cumulative General Average. It is the average of all the courses that you took so far.

d. Probations and Removal of probations
You will be placed on probation if any one of these two happens:

  • Your CGA drops below 67.
  • Your CMA drops below 70.

There are different types of probations. Look at the table, below to see what will happen when you receive a particular probation:


You can only register for 12 new credits now, and 9 of them should be major courses. Also you should repeat any courses you failed as soon as they are offered. Read the caution below.

Continued Probations

You can only register for 12 new credits now, and you should repeat any courses you failed as soon as they are offered.

Strict Probation

You should now register 12 credits in courses where your grade was less than 70. Read the caution below.

Caution: you will be placed “out” of the Department of Business when you receive any of the following:

Removing a Strict Probation

If you are placed under strict probation you must do three things so that the strict probation is removed:

  • Do not fail any course.
  • Get a SMA of 70 or more.
  • Get a CMA of 70 or more.

e. Faculty Warning

You will receive a faculty Warning, if you fail to achieve a cumulative general average of 67 or above.

Strict Probation

A student who receives two successive faculty warnings has one semester to achieve a cumulative general average of 67 or above. If the student fails to do so, he/she is placed on strict probation.

Dropping from the Faculty

A student placed on strict probation due to his/her Cumulative General Average has one semester to remove it under the following conditions:

  1. Register for a maximum of 12 credits.
  2. Register only for courses in which he/she had scored less than 70.
  3. Does not fail any course.
  4. Obtains the required cumulative general average.

If the student fails to meet the requirements mentioned above, he/she is dropped from the Faculty.

f. Dean’s Honor List

To be placed on the Dean's Honor List at the end of a given Fall or Spring Semester, a student must:

  • Be a regular full-time student registered for at least 12 credits
  • Have a Semester General Average of at least 80.
  • Rank in the top 10% of his/her class
  • Have no failing, withdrawals, or incomplete grades.
  • Have no disciplinary action against him/her.
  • Be deemed worthy by the Dean to be placed on the Honor List.

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  1. Facilities

a. University facilities

The University of Balamand has numerous facilities. These include:

  • On-campus bookshop.
  • Gymnasium: it includes an indoors basketball court, an indoors weight-lifting room and an indoors swimming pool with changing rooms, shower rooms and lockers.
  • Cafeteria: it serves hot meals as well as snacks, drinks and deserts.
  • Snack shop: serves sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
  • Oval.
  • Tennis courts.
  • Multi-level car park.
  • Shops below the multi-level car park: they include bookshops, computer shops, internet café, snack shops and many others.

b. FOBM Computer Lab

c. FOBM Vending Machine

You can locate a vending machine in front of the computer lab.

The vending machine contains snacks and drinks. Prices are between 500LL and 1000LL.

The vending machine only accepts 1000LL notes.

e. Shuttle Bus

A silver Mercedes shuttle bus continuously drives around the UOB campus.   It departs from across the main gate and makes stops all around campus. Use it if you do not feel like walking!

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  1. Student Activities, Student Committees

Clubs & Societies

There are many clubs and societies that represent a wide variety of interests in which students experience growth outside the classroom setting. Clubs and societies offer students the opportunity to participate in planning and implementing a variety of programs for the University while developing valuable skills in public relations, finance, and program planning. Professional staff members and advisors are available to assist individuals forming a club or society, and to advise registered groups.

Business Student Society

The Business Student Society is your way to express your thoughts and ideas. In this society you can do activities and events whether it is academic or social. BSS members try to be creative in the preparing different types of academic or social events like parties, joining spring festival, picnics, field trip, and dinners with professors. Also BSS can invite important Business people to make conferences and lectures, and many other activities that can strengthen the relation between the business students, the faculty members, and the university students.

The business student society also prepares you to the real business world where you can start to apply marketing, accounting, and management. All of this can be done through arranging the BSS activities and events.

Every member in the BSS is very important to the success and to the continuity of the social life in the Business program. You are all invited to join BSS to make memorable university events that are life lasting.


Sports and recreational activities offer students the opportunity to enhance their physical well-being as well as their social lives. The Balamand campus has many professional instructors in leisure activities. Sports and recreational activities include Aikido, Karate, Kung-Fu, Badminton, Soccer, Rugby , Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Aerobics, Swimming, Squash and Judo.

The Athletic Department assists groups in reservations and ensures availability of recreational facilities. Facilities include an indoor gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room/activity room, basketball and volleyball as well as outdoors tennis courts, jogging trail and a green playing field, for soccer (football) and rugby.

Student Committees

The University of Balamand encourages students to participate in the governance of the University through various means, from serving as members on University Committees to conveying suggestions to staff members in either formal or informal manner. Student representatives hold seats on four major University Committees, which play important roles in the formulation of policies and management matters:

  • Curriculum Committee /Faculty
  • Campus Life Committee/University
  • Social & Cultural Committee/University
  • Planning Committee/University


The elections of student representatives are held once a year, on the second Wednesday of the month of November. Elected students hold office for one year starting on December 1st and ending on November 31st.


The By-Laws for student representation in University Committees are available in the Bookshop and in the Office of Student Affairs. For further information, you may contact Dr. Antoine N. Gergess:

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  1. Rights and Responsibilities

 a. Quick Reference

Students are encouraged to act on problems, complaints and grievances in a constructive manner. Matters dealing with classes, instructors, administrators, parking, policies, food service, facilities, and services in general should be discussed directly with the person involved or with the person in charge of that area.
Concerns of an academic nature should be discussed with the particular instructor. If necessary, the matter should also be discussed with the Dean. Any concern of a non-academic nature that is not resolved with the person directly in charge may be discussed with the Dean of Students Affairs.

The Faculty considers that any problem or concern that a student may have deserves attention and consideration

b. Absence from Classes

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory sessions.
  2. Absence, whether excused or not, from any class or laboratory session does not excuse the student from his/her responsibility for the work that needs to be done or for any announcements made during his/her absence.
  3. A student who misses more than one-sixth of the course sessions will be dropped from the course. In such case, a final grade of WF is given. A WF grade is counted as a 40 in computing the student’s averages.
 c. Withdrawal from courses
  1. Students are permitted to withdraw from courses not later than 10 weeks after the start of the semester (four weeks in the case of the summer session).
  2. Students withdrawing from a course will receive a grade of "W" for this course. A "W" grade and the corresponding course credits are not included in computing the semester or the cumulative average.
  3. The student's academic advisor must approve all withdrawals. Withdrawing from an entire semester requires the approval of the Faculty Council.
  4. If a student withdraws or is dropped (for any reason) from one course or more resulting in a credit load below 12 credits, his/her case will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. The Council will determine:
    • The eligibility of the student to continue the semester
    • The withdrawal of the student from that semester
    • The dismissal of the student from the Faculty

d. Incomplete Grades and Make-up Examinations

  1. Course work must be completed by the date on which the semester ends. In exceptional cases, and with the approval of the instructor, the chairman of the department, and the Dean, a student may be allowed to make up incomplete work within a period of one month after the beginning of the next regular semester.
  2. The time and date of make-up tests within the period specified in (1) above will be set by the instructor concerned with due consideration for the student's schedule.
  3. Failure to complete the requirements for incomplete courses within the periods specified above will result in a grade of zero for the missing work with the course grade computed accordingly. Failure to make-up a missing final examination will result in a final grade of 40 for the course.

e. Financial Support

Financial support consists of (1) Financial Aid, (2) Student Work (for undergraduate students) and (3) Assistantships (for Graduate Students).

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid applications should be submitted during the first month of each semester to the Office of Student Affairs. The application is valid for one academic year. Only students who are accepted for a degree program in the Spring semester may submit an application during the first week of the Spring term. The Office of Student Affairs provides information and application materials associated with the date of submittals and works closely with  a committee that is responsible for reviewing the applications. Eligibility for most financial aid programs requires that a student:

  • be accepted for enrollment in a degree program
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree
  • establish financial need

The majority of financial aid programs require that you demonstrate "financial need" in order to qualify. Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance (student budget) and the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward these costs. UOB uses a mandated need analysis formula to determine your family’s ability to contribute. This formula considers family size, number of family members in college and age of parents (dependent students), as well as income and assets in order to assess a family’s financial strength.

Student Work:

The University of Balamand provides assistance to students interested in obtaining on-campus employment to defray part of their educational expenses through a Student Work Program. The Office of Student Affairs coordinates plans of the Student Work Program with department heads and directors.

Eligibility for work requires that a student:

  • have completed a minimum of 24 credits and be enrolled in a degree program
  • be enrolled with a minimum of 12 credits during the Fall and Spring semester and a minimum of 6 credits during the Summer semester.
  • has demonstrated exceptional potential in extra-curricular activities.

The maximum load of work is 12 hours per week. Application forms are available in the Office of Student Affairs and should be completed during the pre-registration period for each semester (refer to the UOB Calendar). Students are compensated in the form of tuition reduction at a rate of LBP 7,500 , per hour.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available and may be obtained through the Departments of each Faculty.

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  1. Academic Integrity

The University of Balamand is committed to a policy of honesty in academic affairs. Examples of conduct for which students may be subject to academic and/or disciplinary penalties including expulsion are:

a.    Cheating, whereby non-permissible written, visual, or oral assistance, including that obtained from another student, is utilized on examinations, course assignments, or projects. The unauthorized possession or use of examination or course-related material may also constitute cheating.

b.    Plagiarism, whereby another person's work is deliberately used or appropriated without any indication of the source, thereby attempting to convey the impression that such work is the student's own.

In case of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may take appropriate academic action ranging from loss of credit for a specific assignment, examination, or project to removal from the course with grade of 40. Additionally, the instructor may request disciplinary action through the Disciplinary Committee as outlined in the Student Life section.

Note: A student who has assisted another student in any of the aforementioned breaches of standards shall be considered equally culpable.

c.     Course Work: The academic conduct prohibits:

  1. Handing in the same assignment for more than one course without getting permission from the professors involved.
  2. Doing an assignment for another student or taking an exam for another student.
  3. Selling or publishing exams, essays, or other assignments for fraudulent purposes.

d.    Computer Lab: you have the responsibility to treat University facilities and equipment with respect.

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  1. Advice

a. Books

It is illegal to photocopy copyrighted materials. No photocopies of the text are allowed in the classroom. You must bring your own copy of the textbook to class every day, unless told otherwise.

b. Study Habits

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies.
Try to develop and appreciate the following habits:

  • Take responsibility for yourself
    Responsibility is recognition that in order to succeed
    you can make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources
  • Put first things first
    Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don't let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals. When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places
    Morning, afternoon, evening; study spaces where you can be the most focused and productive.  Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
  • Develop blocks of study time (about 50 minutes?)
    How long does it take you to become restless?
    More difficult material may require more frequent breaks
    Some learners need more frequent breaks
  • Consider yourself in a win-win situation
    You win by doing your best and contributing your best to a class, whether for yourself, your fellow students, and even for your teachers and instructors. If you are content with your performance, a grade becomes an external check on your performance, which may not coincide with your internally arrived at benefits
  • Look for better solutions to problems
    For example, if you don't understand the course material, don't just re-read the material. Try something else! Consult with the professor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or look up another source.
  • Review studies and readings just before class
  • Review lecture material immediately after class Rewrite your notes. (Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review)
  • Schedule time for critical course events
    Papers, presentations, tests, etc.
  • Look to continually challenge yourself

c. Time Management

You need to manage time effectively if you’re going to be successful. All other things being held constant, better time management skills can improve your grades, help you keep stress in check, and help you be competitive in the career you undertake following your university education.

  • "To Do" list
    Write down things you have to do, then decide what to do at the moment, what to schedule for later, what to get someone else to do, and what to put off for a later time period
  • Daily/weekly planner
    Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart. Always know what's ahead for the day, always go to sleep knowing you're prepared for tomorrow
  • Long term planner
    Use a monthly chart so that you can always plan ahead.
    Long term planners also serve to remind you to plan your free time constructively
  • Make Room for Entertainment and Relaxation University is more than studying. You need to have a social life, yet, you need to have a balance in your life.
  • Make Sure you Have Time to Sleep and Eat Properly Sleep is often an activity (or lack of activity) that students use as their time management "bank." When they need a few extra hours for studying or socializing, they withdraw a few hours of sleep. Doing this makes the time they spend studying less effective because they will need a couple hours of clock time to get an hour of productive time. This is not a good way to manage yourself in relation to time.

All faculty members have office hours. This is an excellent time to meet with your professor to ask questions regarding course work and class lectures and to receive help on papers and assignments. By taking advantage of office hours, you allow the professor a chance to get to know you. Office hours are posted on the door of each professor's office.

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