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Sophomore

Spring 2020-2021

  • Submission of applications: Starting Monday, November 16th, 2020
  • Deadline: Friday, February 5th , 2021

Fall 2021-2022

1. First Admission Exam (for all majors)

  • Test date: Starting Saturday, March 13th, 2021
  • Submission of applications: Starting Monday, December 7th, 2020
  • Deadline: Wednesday, March 10th , 2021

2. Second Admission Exam (except Medicine & Dentistry)

  • Test date: Starting Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
  • Submission of applications: Starting Monday, May 3rd, 2021
  • Deadline: Friday, July 30th, 2021
  • A Photocopy of the Lebanese Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent (if received) or a certificate of registration in Grade 12.
  • Official high school transcripts of Grades 10 and 11 (transcripts should be submitted in a sealed and stamped envelope).
  • SAT I scores (if applicable).
  • A Photocopy of the Single Civil Status Record (for Lebanese applicants only).
  • A Photocopy of the identity card or passport (for non-Lebanese applicants only).
  • Two recent passport-size photos endorsed by the relevant authorities.
  • Non-refundable application fee of L.L. 100,000.

All submitted documents will become the property of BAU.

  • Applicants must hold the official Lebanese Secondary School Certificate or an official equivalent.
  • Applicants should sit the admission exam relevant for each program at BAU as shown in the table below.
  • No admission exam is required for the Faculty of Law and Political Science and for some programs at the Faculty of Human Sciences (Arabic Language & Literature and Psychology).
  • Applicants must prove their English Language proficiency by sitting for a placement test conducted by the University or by obtaining a minimum score on any of the equivalent tests.
  • Applicants holding the official Lebanese Secondary School Certificate (General Sciences, Life Sciences and Sociology-Economics) may apply to all majors in the sophomore class.
  • The holders of Sociology and Economics certificate are asked to take additional courses if accepted in the faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.
  • The holders of Literature and Humanities certificate may apply to the faculties of Human Sciences, Law & Political Science, Business Administration, Health Sciences and Design Programs at the faculty of Architecture – Design and Built Environment. They are asked to take additional courses if accepted in the faculties of Health Sciences and Business Administration.
  • Applicants holding a non-Lebanese Secondary School Certificate (French Baccalaureate, Official Government Secondary School leaving Certificate from Arab countries, full IB diploma, IGCSE/GCE,…) should obtain an equivalence of the Lebanese Secondary School Certificate from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education & Higher Education.

Programs

Admission Exam Subjects

Architecture

English – Aptitude Test (Thinking Skills, Technical & Architectural Skills) - Interview

Design Programs:

- Interior Design

- Graphic Design

- Fashion Design

English – Oral Exam (Thinking Skills, Technical & Design Skills)

Engineering

English – Aptitude Test (Thinking Skills, Scientific Knowledge: Math, Physics, Chemistry)

Pharmacy

English – Aptitude Test (Thinking Skills, Scientific Knowledge: Chemistry, Biology, Physics) – Interview.

Medicine & Health Sciences

English – Aptitude Test (Thinking Skills, Scientific Knowledge: Biology, Chemistry, Physics) – Interview.

Dentistry

English – Aptitude Test (Thinking Skills, Scientific Knowledge: Biology, Chemistry, Physics) – Practical Exam - Interview.

Science

English

Business Administration

English

English Language & Literature

Reading Comprehension - Writing - Grammar

Mass Communication

General Knowledge – Arabic, English/French Languages – Interview

  • The admission exams will be held On-Campus. Social distancing rules will be maintained and all applicants should wear masks.
  • The number of accepted students depends on the capacity of each program.
  • Accepted students will be asked to make a commitment to enroll with a non-refundable deposit.
  • Acceptance is valid for one academic year only.

All programs at the University are delivered in English Language except the programs of Law, Arabic Language & Literature, and Mass Communication that are delivered in Arabic Language. Thus, undergraduate applicants should show a level of proficiency in the English language by obtaining a minimum score on one of the following approved English language exams:

Exams

Minimum required score

TOEFL (paper and pencil)

520

TOEFL (internet-based)

68

TOEFL (computer-based)

180

New SAT I (reading & writing section)

480

IELTS

5.5

LCCI (for Business applicants only)

Pass Level 6

University of Cambridge English Exams

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Pass

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)

Pass

FCE (First Certificate in English)

Pass

BAU English Language Admission Exam

60%

The BAU English Language Admission Exam is one of the tests approved by BAU when assessing candidates for admission.

The English Language Admission Exam is prepared and conducted at BAU. It is considered as a placement test that gauges the applicants’ language proficiency and classifies them along the intensive English courses at BAU. The questions are equally divided among four sections: reading, vocabulary, language focus and writing. Each section contains items that are graduated to cover all levels: Elementary (A2), Pre-Intermediate (B1), and Intermediate (B1+), Upper-Intermediate (B2) and Advanced (C1), based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Applicants who do not successfully pass the BAU English Language Admission Exam, are required to take intensive English courses offered at the University.

Applicants to the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry are required to pass the BAU English Language Admission Exam with ONE Intensive English Language course only otherwise, they won’t be considered for admission.

Applicants who successfully completed the IGCSE/GCE program are exempted from BAU English Language Admission Exam.

Applicants should enter BAU code 7373 when registering for the SAT, and B516 when registering for the TOEFL IBT; the Educational Testing Service should be requested to send the scores directly to the Admissions Office.

Architecture - Design and Built Environment

Architecture Program

Design Programs (Graphic Design, Interior Design , Fashion Design)

Engineering

Medical Faculties (Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences)

English

Department of English Language and Literature

The admission exam aims to gain appreciation of you as a future student of the Department. To gain some insight into your personality, potentials, intellect and creativity, the exam will focus on the following highlights:

  1. Personal information
  2. Your motivations and intellectual foundations
  3. Language proficiency and skills
  4. Critical thinking; creative outlook
  5. Vision, goals and professional/career orientations

Department of Mass Communication

The admission exam aims to gain appreciation of you as a future student of the Department qualifying in a career in the media. To gain some insight into your personality, potentials, intellect and creativity, the exam will focus on the following highlights:

  1. Personal information
  2. Your motivations and intellectual foundations
  3. Acquired and language skills
  4. Critical thinking; creative outlook
  5. Understanding of the role of traditional vs. new media in the society
  6. Vision and professional/career orientations

No admission exam is required for the Faculty of Law and Political Science

Acceptance to the Faculty of Business Administration requires only sitting the English Proficiency Test or submitting its equivalent with the required score.

Admission Requirements for Architecture

ARCHITECT’S PROSPECT

An architect is someone who is trained to design buildings. This requires imagination, inventiveness, and aesthetic sensitivity informed by historical precedent. It also demands an understanding of social needs, economic factors, production and procurement systems, natural and environmental sciences, technology, and information handling techniques – an almost unlimited range of factors act upon the architect, requiring an appropriate broad repertoire of skills and techniques. But central to this activity is the design process itself, a blend of logical thinking, creativity judgment, acquired through practice and experience.

EVALUATION CRITERIA OF CANDIDATE STUDENTS

The careful selection of students is central to the educational mission of the Faculty of Architecture – Design and Built Environment and to the continued quality of program in architecture. Students are selected based on the highest grades scored for their good design and drawing skills; strong imagination and the ability to think and create in three dimensions; sound analytical skills, accuracy, and attention to detail; and a keen interest in buildings and the built environment.

REQUIRED ADMISSION EXAMS

A. English Exam

Undergraduate applicants should show a level of proficiency in the English language by obtaining a minimum score on one of the approved English language exams.

B. Multiple Choice Questions (Grade Proportion 40%)

The aim of the multiple choice questions is to assess students for their:

  1. General, Art and Architectural knowledge (i.e. historic civilizations, socio-cultural concerns, art, environmental issues, Building types and Architectural styles, Methods and materials of Construction, architecture and art movements, etc.).
  2. Ability of Spatial Reasoning and Projection skills.
  3. Ability of inductive reasoning through observation, perception, and critical thinking.

The written and drafting exam is dived in 3 different parts graded as shown below:

Part (I) General Knowledge: 10

Multiple Choice Questions: 40

  • Part (II) Spatial Reasoning: 15
  • Part (III) Inductive Reasoning: 15

Accordingly, the list of tools required for the Multiple Choice Questions exam is as follows:

  • Pen
  • Pencils (HB/F/B)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener

C. Portfolio (Grade Proportion 40%)

The aim of the multiple choice questions is to assess students for their:

  1. Freehand drawing skills to draw sketches of natural or man-made object / element using pencil.
  2. Creativity skills and ability to translate innovative ideas into drawings.
  3. Interests related to the field.

Applicants should submit electronically a portfolio in pdf format of approximately 10 pages which includes the following:

  1. Written Expression of interest.
  2. Drawings previously set by the Faculty : 2 pages.
  3. Examples of Visual Creative Work: 3 pages.

Note: The portfolio should be submitted as one document in pdf format of approximately 10 pages which and sent prior to the interview.

D. Oral Exam (Grade Proportion 20%)

The aim of the oral exam or interview is to testify student’s communication skills, and the ability to liaise and negotiate effectively with a range of professionals. Students are expected to answer questions in general knowledge and related topics to architectural or art studies.

Portfolio Guidelines

The Portfolio for both Architecture and Design Programs should include the following:

1- Written Expression of Interest:

Applicants are required to submit an essay of 200 words which describes interest, knowledge and reasons for applying to Architecture or Design Program (Interior Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion Design).

2- Drawing:

Color still life study demonstrating your use of color and composition: We suggest grouping everyday objects (such as books, fruit, small appliances, pottery, etc.), made of different materials (for example, plastic, wood, stone, glass, drapery, etc.) and arrange them together into an interesting composition.

Submitted Materials

  • Three photos of your Composition taken from three different points of view. i.e., front, side and above
  • Sketch of your composition using a 2B pencil
  • Sketch of your composition using color such as color pencils or chalk pastel

Both drawings should be on white paper.

It is essential that these drawings be created from looking at actual objects, not from your imagination and preferably not from a photograph. They must be hand drawn, not computer generated. Submissions are reviewed specifically to assess your ability to draw employing realistic and accurate depth, perspective and proportions. We also assess your representation of texture and shade and shadow.

3- Examples of Visual Creative Work:

Examples of works that reflect skills and abilities such as photography, painting, drawing, and graphic design, among others.

Admission Requirements for Fashion Design-Interior Design-Graphic Design

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

All applicants are required to attend an Interview / Oral Exam and submit a portfolio along with the required university application materials to the admission office/ Interview Committee.

The portfolio must consist of three parts including:

PART 1: WRITTEN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

You are required to submit an essay of 200 words, which describes your interest, knowledge and reasons for applying to a graduate program (Fashion, Interior, Landscape, Graphic Design). We strongly recommend you research and refer to current issues in the design profession and include any particular projects, periods or styles, .etc. Influences, designers or artists whom you feel have influenced either your artistic endeavors or your decision to pursue a career in the design discipline.

PART 2: DRAWING

Color still life study demonstrating your use of color and composition

We suggest grouping everyday objects (such as books, fruit, small appliances, pottery …etc.), made of different materials (for example, plastic, wood, stone, glass, drapery, etc.) and arrange them together into an interesting composition.

Submitted Materials:

  • Three photos of your Composition taken from three different points of view. i.e., front, side and above
  • Sketch of your composition using a 2B pencil
  • Sketch of your composition using color such as color pencils or chalk pastel

Both drawings should be on white paper measuring A3 size (29.7 cm x 42.0 cm).

It is essential that these drawings be created from looking at actual objects, not from your imagination and preferably not from a photograph. They must be hand drawn, not computer generated. Submissions are reviewed specifically to assess your ability to draw employing realistic and accurate depth, perspective and proportions. We also assess your representation of texture and shade and shadow.

PART 3: EXAMPLES OF YOUR VISUAL CREATIVE WORK

The Third part is a work of your choice that represents your current skills (Formatted in an A3 size). You might include a photograph of a three-dimensional object you have designed or created drawings, Fashion illustration, painting, a story, an article, poetry, projects of any kind, or a combination of all of these. Which reflects an awareness of formal visual organizational principles and experience with a variety of tools, media, styles and approaches.

ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION

Candidates suspected of including work done by others will be barred from admittance into BAU programs.

All submitted materials should clearly bear the applicant's name and the name of the program to which he or she is applying.

All materials submitted for Admission become the property of BAU.

EXAMPLES OF VISUAL CREATIVE WORK

Be sure to organize your work into a cohesive presentation, labelling each item. This may be achieved by mounting all work on either landscape or portrait format stiff cardboard (black, white or grey) and by organizing it by category (3d models, ink drawings, pencil drawings, etc.) You should also label your work and include a very brief description if you think appropriate.

Acceptance for all programs at the Faculty of Engineering is based on passing the admission exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Thinking Skills, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Acceptance to the Faculty of Science requires only sitting the English Proficiency Test or submitting its equivalent with the required score.

Acceptance in this major is based on passing the admission exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Thinking Skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A personal interview will also be conducted to determine the student's potential qualification for the pharmacy major. It will cover aspects such as personal attributes, motivation, general knowledge, career oriented goals, and behavior-based issues, in addition to general knowledge of the pharmacy profession.

Acceptance in this major is based on passing the admission exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Thinking Skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A personal interview will also be conducted to determine the student's potential qualification for the medicine major. It will cover aspects such as personal attributes, motivation, general knowledge, career oriented goals, and behavior-based issues, in addition to general knowledge of the medicine profession.

Acceptance in this major is based on passing the admission exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Thinking Skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A personal interview will also be conducted to determine the student's potential qualification for the dentistry major. It will cover aspects of personal attributes, motivation, general knowledge, career oriented goals, and behavior-based issues, in addition to general knowledge of the dentistry profession.

A practical test that aims to measure the motor-skills of the applicant.

The test consists of:

  • Drawing skills for tooth shape (picture supplied)
  • Wax carving for tooth form and geometrical shapes (picture supplied)

Every student must have pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler and lighter or heat source.

Acceptance in the four different majors at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Technology and Physical Therapy) is based on passing the admission exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Thinking Skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A personal interview will also be conducted to determine the student's potential qualification for these majors. It will cover aspects of personal attributes, motivation, general knowledge, career oriented goals, and behavior-based issues, in addition to general knowledge of the respective profession.

Freshman

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

To apply for freshman, applicants are asked to submit the following required documents:

  • High school diploma or Secondary School Certificate based on 12 years of school starting with Elementary 1 class.
  • Official school records of Grades 10 and 11.
  • Permission issued from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education & Higher Education allowing students to join the Freshman class.
  • SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) scores.
  • A photocopy of the Single Civil Status Record (for Lebanese applicants only).
  • A photocopy of the identity card or the passport (for non-Lebanese applicants only).
  • A recent passport-size photo.
  • Non-refundable application fee of L.L. 100,000.

Freshman at BAU consists of 30 credits (2 semesters) and students could apply for either Freshman Sciences or Freshman Arts. During the freshman year, they should sit for the SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) and pass the BAU Admissions Exams of their chosen major(s) in order to join the sophomore class.

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).

Important Notes:

  • The 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 attained the combined score of SAT I & SAT II and completed 30 credits with a minimum CGPA 2, have to submit the relevant certificates to the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education & Higher Education. This is required in order to get the equivalence of the Lebanese Secondary School Certificate; otherwise, they will not be able to join the sophomore class.

Freshman Sciences (30 credits)

1st Semester

Course No

Course Title

CR.

MATH 110

Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3

PHYS 120

Introduction to Physics II

3

CHEM 110

Introduction to Chemistry I

3

BIOL 120

Introduction to Biology

3

PHIL 110

Introduction to Philosophy

3

ENGL 110

Freshman English I

3

Total

 

18

2nd Semester

Course No

Course Title

CR.

MATH 111

Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

3

ARAB 110

Introduction to Arabic Literature

3

ECON110

Fundamentals Of Economics

3

HIST 110

History of Modern Lebanon

3

Total

 

12

     

Freshman Arts (30 credits)

1st Semester

Course No

Course Title

CR.

MATH 110

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3

PHYS 120

Introduction to Physics II

3

BIOL 120

Introduction to Biology

3

PHIL 110

Introduction to Philosophy

3

ENGL 110

Freshman English I

3

Total

 

15

2nd Semester

ARAB 110

Introduction to Arabic Literature

3

 

Freshman English II or Elective

3

HIST 110

History of Modern Lebanon

3

PSYC 110

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Elective

3

Total

 

15


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