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.

Admissions Examinations:
SAT is required for all undergraduate applicants holding the Leb​anese 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 & Sciences / Non Scientific Disciplines.
  • - 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 a 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 any two tests 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 


Freshman Sciences


Freshman Arts


Sophomore Applicants
Students can apply for admission to the sophomore class at UOB if they hold a Lebanese Baccalaureate or its equivalence, i.e., 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).
Starting academic year 2021-2022, holders of General Certificate of Education (GCE) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) who completed at least 6 subjects Ordinary level (6 O-Level courses) and 3 A-Level subjects (or equivalent; whereby 1 A-Level = 2 AS Level courses), may also apply for admission to the sophomore class at UOB.

For specific GCE requirements for certain majors, please check: 

For specific IB 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. The Admissions Committee must approve all transfer courses.

Readmission for Undergraduates
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.

Language Proficiency Requirement
English Language Examination:
Prior to registration, admitted students shall demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the demands of a program taught in English as follows:


Minimum Score Required 
for Undergraduate Studies

Minimum Score Required 
for Graduate Studies

* TOEFL (Paper and Pencil)







(Writing and Language Test)


 > = 28







               * Institutional Paper and pencil TOEFL can be taken at UOB on published entrance exam dates at the cost of 110 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.

Available Exam dates at Al – Kurah Campus: 

Languages and Scientific Subjects

December 14, 2019 
July 11, 2020
August 8, 2020

ALBA, Al – Kurah Campus exams (drawing, space perception, interview)
December 7, 2019
March 21, 2020
July 4, 2020
August 1, 2020


Deadlines for Applications
For all majors (except ALBA Dekouaneh):
  • - For Regular Admission to the Spring Semester 2019-2020, the deadline is December 9, 2019.
  • - For Regular Admission to the Fall Semester 2020-2021, the deadline is August 21, 2020.

For all majors at ALBA Dekouaneh
  • Submission of Applications:
    • - Submission of applications: from October 21 to November 29, 2019. Exams on December 5 till 9, 2019; Interviews will be scheduled on the following week.
    • - Submission of applications: from February 17 to March 13, 2020. Exams on March 21, 2020; Interviews will be scheduled on the following week.
    • - Submission of applications for residents abroad: June 3, 2020. Exams on July 14, 2020; Interviews will be held on the same day.

Early Admission

To qualify for early admission, the following conditions shall be met:
  • - Submission of the application by December 20, 2019.
  • - Rank in the top 40% in each of the last two years of schooling prior to applying
  • - SAT scores (the last session is during December) as follows
    • - 1,130 for Freshman
    • - 1,190 for Sophomore Arts
    • - 1,250 for Sophomore Sciences
Decisions will be announced by end 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.