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Undergraduate ​Admissions

The criteria for acceptance are the entrance examinations assigned by the University (SAT or other Exams), the secondary school grades, and the class rank. Click for Preparatory Course details.

Admissions Examinations:
SAT is required for all undergraduate applicants holding the Lebanese Baccalaureate or its equivalence (IB, IGCSE, French
Baccalaureate) Except for:
  • Transfer students from other universities (who completed successfully one year or have 20 transferable credits).
  •  Applicants to majors in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. 
  •  Applicants to majors in the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts - ALBA.
  • ​Applicants to majors taught in French. 
Applicants to Freshman class:
Applicants should fulfill the following conditions:
  1. Hold a secondary school certificate based on 12 years of schooling, starting with Grade One. This certificate must be awarded by government or private schools and recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and by the University.
  2. Obtain “permission” from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education allowing them to pursue their higher education on the basis of a foreign program.
  3. Take, prior to their admission, the SAT.​
  4. Take, either prior to their admission or during their Freshman year, SAT Subject Tests as follows:
    Students who choose the sciences track should take: 
    • Mathematics II (obligatory)
    • plus two tests chosen from Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

    Students who choose the arts track should take
    • Mathematics I (obligatory)
    • plus any two tests

    To be eligible for promotion to Sophomore Class, the applicant should obtain a minimum cumulative total score i.e. (SAT + SAT Subject Tests) of: 

    Total (SAT/ SAT Subject Tests) Score Up to January 2016 (old SAT) As of May 2016 (new SAT)
    Freshman Sciences 2,750 2,300
    Freshman Arts 2,600 2,150

    Students completing 12 years of schooling with one of these credentials: Lebanese Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Syrian Baccalaureate, Jordanian Tawjihi, German Abitur, Official Government Secondary School leaving Certificate, full IB Diploma or IGCSE/GCE (2 A levels or 4 AS levels and 5 O levels) can apply directly to the sophomore level at UOB.

    For specific IB or GCE requirements for certain majors, please check:


    For specific AP program , please check:


    Transfer from other Universities
    Candidates transferring from recognized higher education institutions are eligible for consideration for admission subject to the following conditions:

    • They hold the Lebanese Baccalaureate or its official equivalent from the Lebanese Ministry of Education.
    • They had met the requirements for admission to the University of Balamand prior to their admission to the institution from which they are transferring:
    • They have submitted their scores for the SAT when required, school and university grades, if they are qualified to the sophomore year.

    Transfer applicants to the Junior or Senior year do not need to submit SAT scores.
    Transfer candidates may be given credit for courses satisfactorily completed in their previous institutions if these courses are comparable to UOB courses pending review by the relevant departments and faculties at UOB. Credits alone are transferred, not the grades. All transfer courses must be approved by the Admissions Committee.

    Readmission for Undergraduate
    Students in good standing who withdraw from the University voluntarily and who subsequently seek to return will be granted automatic readmission to their former program provided that they return no later than four regular semesters from the end of the session in which they withdrew.

  5. Language Proficiency Requirement
    English Language Examination:
    Prior to registration at the University, students admitted to UOB must demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the demands of a program carried on almost exclusively in English language. This may be done in any one of the following ways:

    Test Minimum Score Required
    for Undergraduate Studies
    Minimum Score Required
    for Graduate Studies
    TOEFL (Paper and Pencil), 527 600
    TOEFL (iBT), 71 100
    Up to January 2016 (old SAT) (English writing section), 380 490
    As of May 2016 (new SAT)
    (Writing and Language Test)
    22--2​5​​  > = 28
    IELTS 5.5 7.5

    Institutional Paper and pencil TOEFL can be taken at UOB on published entrance exam dates at a cost of 145,000 L.L.
    (97 USD).

    French Language Requirement (French majors or majors taught in French):
    Candidates must demonstrate a level of French language proficiency consistent with the requirements of their program of study. To ascertain this proficiency, the candidate must pass the French Entrance Exam (Test de Positionnement).

    The Undergraduate and graduate students who hold a DELF/DALF with a degree level B2 or C1 will be admitted as FREN 201. Applicants who hold a DELF/DALF with a degree level B1 will be admitted as FREN102, they must complete successfully FREN102 within the first semester of enrollment at the University.

    For more information about DELF/DALF, please contact l'Institut Français Du Liban or visit their website:


    The French Language Requirement (Test de Positionnement) can be taken at UOB on published entrance exam dates.

    Deadlines for Applications

    For all majors (except ALBA-Sin El Fil):
    • For Regular Admission to the Spring 2017-2018, the deadline is December 11, 2017.
    • For Regular Admission to the Fall 2018-2019, the deadline is May 31, 2018.

    For all majors at ALBA-Sin El Fil
    • Submission of Applications: 
      • Submission of applications: from February 12 to March 9, 2018. Exams on March 17, 2018; Interviews on the following week.
      • Submission of applications for residents abroad: June 29, 2018. Exams on July 5, 2018.

    Early Admission

    To qualify for the early admission, students must fulfill the following:
    • Submission of the application by December 22, 2017.
    • Rank in the top 40% in each of the last two years of study prior to application
    • SAT scores (last session is that of December) as follows​
      • 1,130 for Freshman
      • 1,190 for Sophomore Arts
      • 1,250 for Sophomore Sciences

    Decisions will be announced by mid January. Admission is conditional upon receiving the student’s leaving certificate or high school diploma. Students cannot register until all conditions are met. Applicants who are not granted early admission will be considered along with regular admission applicants.​
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