For those with very weak English or those who scored very low on SAT 1 and TOEFL, the university offers the UPP program (University Preparatory Program).
The University Preparatory Program (UPP) is intended for students who have completed high school with strong academic records but who have had little formal training in English, have not taken SAT I, and have achieved less than 490 on the paper-based TOEFL (equivalent to 163 on the computer based TOEFL or 57 on IBT) or 340 on the SAT I writing or less than 375 on the EEE.
UPP is a demanding, two-semester program. Students can begin the program in the fall semester or the spring semester. Students are allowed to spend up to two semesters in UPP before admission to AUB. UPP is a 20-hour per week program. Its curriculum follows an integrated approach to the teaching of language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
Furthermore, the curriculum incorporates study skills, pronunciation training, and conversational English, depending on individual needs. The development of computer literacy and preparation for the SAT I critical reading and writing tests is emphasized as well. Five additional hours of electives are available as needed.
All UPP students, regardless of their citizenship or place of residence, are required to live on campus in one of AUB’s all-men or all-women residence halls, and to participate in a full or partial on-campus meal plan. There is one residential counselor/adviser for every ten students. Residence is required as a means to foster an immersion approach to language learning, giving students the opportunity to practice their English skills outside the classroom, in the dormitories, at meal times, and in extracurricular activities shared with enrolled AUB students.
Applicants should have completed at least twelve years of schooling, or equivalent, before beginning the program, and must submit a transcript from the two most recent years of school, a school recommendation, a UPP application form, and an application fee of $80.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are notified of acceptance or non acceptance to UPP within four weeks of submitting the application.
Applicants wishing to apply to AUB for the UPP program, must do the following:
1- Download the application form (Application for UPP).
2- Fill the application.
3- Include the following documents in the application:
Photocopy of ID or passport
Passport size photo
High School Grades (grade 10-11)
4-Applications can be sent to the following address:
American University of Beirut
Office of Admissions
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Tel: (961)1 374374, ext 2585,90,96
Fax: (961)1 750775
5- Application fees (80$) can be paid in one of the following ways:
Cash: at the cashier’s office in AUB (PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN MAIL)
Check: you can place a check along with the application and the documents and mail them to us at the admissions office (please note that only checks drawn to US or Lebanese Banks are acceptable).
Wire transfer the applications fees to the following account:
Lebanon Bank Address
Head office – St Georges
PO Box 11-1380, Mina El Hosn, St Georges Bay
Lebanon bank account details
Account # 003 – 013687 – 104 [$US currency]
Account # 003 – 013687 – 003 [LBP currency]
Swift Code: BBMELBBX
Deadline to apply for the UPP program for Fall 2013-2014 is August 15, 2013.
Deadline to apply for the UPP program for Spring 2013-2014 is December 28, 2013.
For more info concerning the UPP program, please check:
To download the UPP application form for academic year 2013-2014, please go to:
For international students services, please check:
For further inquiries and clarifications, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at AUB on the following numbers:
Tel: 00961 1 374374 – 00961 1 374444
Extensions: 2585 - 2590 – 2593 – 2596 - 3505