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General Registration Instructions
  1. New students must report to the university health services for medical clearance before starting to register.
  2. New students are urged to secure a post office box immediately after payment of fees.
  3. Bursary students should go in person to the Office of Student Affairs to collect their statements of fees and finalize their registration.
  4. Fees are paid, in certified checks only; checks should be issued to the order of the bank concerned according to the following format: "Pay to the order of (name of the bank) account AUB". The value of the check should be the exact amount shown on the statement of fees.
  5. Once a student has completed his/her registration including payment of fees, no further changes in his/her schedule will be allowed until the add and drop period.
  6. Students wishing to add courses during the add and drop period should report to the students' accounts section, Comptroller’s Office, College Hall, as soon as their courses are registered to pay for any additional fees that they may owe the University as a result of the adjustments that they introduced to their schedules. Failure to pay the additional fees within a period of fourteen days beginning with the last day of the add and drop period will result in the student being dropped from the added course(s). The student will still be under obligation to pay the due fees including the tuition for the added credits.
  7. . Contracts of graduate assistants should be finalized with the offices of the deans of faculties and sent to the Comptroller's Office before the completion of registration and the issuing of statements of fees.

Cross Registration: Students Enrolled at AUB Taking Courses at Other Universities

A student studying at the American University of Beirut may be allowed to cross-register for a course at other institutions (such as the Balamand, Haigazian, LAU, NDU, or NEST) if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The course is required by AUB.
  • The course is not offered at AUB during the semester at the end of which the student expects to graduate.
  • The course in which the student intends to cross-register is equivalent to a course that AUB offers. (The number and title of each of the two equivalent courses should be clearly indicated.)
  • The chairperson of the department in which the student is majoring sends to the registrar a written statement confirming that all of the conditions listed above have been met.
  • The registrar authorizes the student to cross-register; the student submits authorization to the concerned institution.


Students who wish to audit courses must secure the approval of the professor who is teaching the course that they wish to audit and should pay fees due to the Comptroller’s Office. Auditors are not issued student identity numbers and the University does not provide them with university identity cards.

Withdrawal from Courses

A student can withdraw from only one required course per semester. Students who wish to withdraw from more than one required course in any given semester must petition the appropriate faculty committee for permission to do so.

A student may withdraw from elective courses, down to a minimum of 12 credits, not later than 10 weeks (five weeks in the summer term) from the start of the semester. A student will receive a grade of “W” for the course.


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