Foundation Programs

Freshman Program is designed for all students, Lebanese or Non-Lebanese, who hold a high school certificate following a NonLebanese Baccalaureate Program based on 12 years of schooling starting with Grade One.

Freshman Program

The Freshman Year Program is designed for students who hold a high school certificate following a Non-Lebanese Baccalaureate Program based on 12 years of schooling starting with Grade One. Lebanese applicants must submit an official permission from the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education before joining the freshman program. High school diplomas or certificates that are based on less than twelve years of schooling starting with Grade One are not recognized.

Upon successful completion of the Freshman Class, students are required to meet the requirements of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education and of Beirut Arab University to qualify for registration in the academic major of their choice and start in one of our bachelor degree programs.

Students should sit for SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) during their freshman year. Required Subjects of SAT II are:

  • For Freshman Arts: Mathematics I (obligatory) and any other two subjects.
  • For Freshman Sciences: Mathematics II (obligatory) and two other subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
  • New SAT I and SAT II combined score should be at least 2150 for Freshman Arts and 2300 for Freshman Sciences.
  • Freshman students who have completed 30 credits, the SAT I & SAT II have to submit the relevant certificates to the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education & Higher Education to attain  the equivalence of the Lebanese Secondary School Certificate otherwise they will not be able to join the sophomore class.

Applicants should enter BAU code 7373 when registering for the SAT, and ask the Educational Testing Service to send the scores directly to the Office of Admissions.

Program Specifications

The Freshman Program consists of 30 Credits and is offered as either Freshman Arts or Freshman Sciences. Students are required to confer with their advisors to ensure that the number of credits and the types of subjects taken during their freshman year are in compliance with the requirements of the “Equivalence Committee” of the Lebanese Ministry of Education. These requirements are as follows:

Category Freshman Arts (credits) Freshman Sciences (credits)
Humanities 12 9
Mathematics 3 6
Natural Sciences 6 9
Social Sciences 3 3
Electives 6 3
Total 30 30