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, or have an ​English language proficiency level below the level required for admission to AUB's intensive English course.

UPP is a demanding, two-term program. Students can begin the program in the fall or spring term.. Students are allowed to spend up to two terms 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. An additional 6 hours of mathematics and/or science is given to ensure that students are prepared for university work.         

It is recommended that students live on campus in one of AUB's all-men or all-women residence halls and participate in a partial on-campus meal plan. Residence is a means of fostering an “immersion approach" to language learning, giving students the opportunity to practice their English language skills outside the classroom, in the dormitories, at meal times, and in extracurricular activities shared with enrolled AUB students.

Students enrolled in the UPP are accepted into the freshman class at AUB after taking an exit exam and fulfilling the requirements set by the program; students applying to the sophomore class need to take the SAT I and go through the normal admission procedure for regular 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.

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.​


2020-21​ UPP

Deadline to apply for the UPP program for fall 2020-21 is end of July 2020.
Deadline to apply for the UPP program for spring 2020-21 is end of October 2020.

2019​-​20 UPP

Deadline to apply for the UPP program for fall 2019-20 is end of July 2019.
Deadline to apply for the UPP program for spring 2019-20 is end of October​ 2019.


​Applicants wishing to apply to AUB for the UPP program, must do the following:

1- Access the ap​plication f​orm (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 g​rades (grade 10-11)

American University of Beirut
Office of Admissions
P.O.Box: 11-0236
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020

Telephone: 00961 1 374374 or 00961 1 374444
Extensions: 2590

Applicants living in North America may wish to send their applications to AUB's New York Office address:
American University of Beirut
3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2303, USA
Tel: 212-583-7678
Fax: 212-583-7650

​​Application fees ($80) ​

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that starting fall term 2019, the American University of Beirut will begin billing students in US dollars for tuition, housing, and other fees. Settlement of bills will continue to be possible in USD or Lebanese pounds at the market rate of exchange. The change is being made after AUB joined the Common Application for admissions to nearly 900 US and international institutions.

The non-refundable application fees can be paid in one of the following ways:

Cash: You can pay at the Cashier's Office in AUB (Please do not send cash in mail).

Check: You can place in your application package, a check drawn to US or Lebanese banks and payable to the American University of Beirut.

Wire Transfer: You can wire transfer the application fee to one of our bank accounts (listed below) and please make sure to include the Transfer Instruction referring to your applicant's full name: "Admissions application fee for applicant's full name."

Lebanon Bank Address
Citibank, N.A.
Reg. No. 69781 BDL 115
P.O. Box 11-1535
Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon bank account details
Swift Code:                  CITILBBE
Account Name:            American University of Beirut

USD Account #:           600224166   [USD currency]
USD IBAN:                   LB94011500000000000600224166




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