General Information

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LAU is one of the top institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). On the basis of student performance, LAU provides letter grades, which can be transferred to the student’s home institution for credit evaluation.

Once successfully completed, the SINARC credits will be transferrable to most institutions of higher education across the globe as per the following:

Term University Credits
Fall 14
Winter break 4
Spring 14
Summer 8

Travel, visa and transportation 


Students are advised to arrive in Lebanon two or three days prior to the beginning of the program.


Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided free of charge to SINARC students residing in LAU dorms.


  • Non-Lebanese citizens are required to obtain a three-month tourist visa.
  • US citizens and most European citizens can obtain visas at the Beirut International Airport for $35 or LBP 50,000 (cash only).
  • Visas can also be obtained in advance through the Lebanese consulates in the countries of origin. Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should check with their embassies for information concerning visas to Lebanon.


The program takes place on the LAU Beirut campus. Students who request accommodation are housed in air-conditioned, double-occupancy rooms. Single occupancy is available for an extra fee and is dependent on availability. One set of linens, including two towels and a set of sheets are provided. Students needing additional sheets and/or those who prefer a more frequent laundering schedule should plan to pack extras and make use of the laundry facilities located in the dormitories. Students need to pack a beach towel. Prices for lodging differ depending on the semester. 

Campus Facilities 

SINARC students are issued student ID cards during the first week of classes. This allows them full access to all campus facilities, including the library, computer labs, language lab and recreational facilities (indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor basketball court, tennis courts and gym). SINARC students are assigned email accounts and have access to free WIFI throughout the program. All dorm rooms are equipped with WIFI, and student lounges have computer stations available, free of charge for dorm residents. Also, limited kitchen facilities are located in the dorms.


Tarif Bazzi  is a well-known professor of the Arabic language at LAU. He earned a doctorate in Arabic literature from the American University of Beirut (AUB), and he has extensive experience teaching Arabic for foreigners both at AUB and LAU. His attentiveness to students’ needs and sensitivity to their language acquisition process are frequent compliments made by his former students. At SINARC, he is involved in teaching Elementary Arabic, Arabic Language Writing Skills, and Principles of Translation.

Wafa Abdel-Nour is a faculty member teaching Arabic language and literature at LAU. She earned her PhD in Arabic Literature from Saint Joseph University in Beirut (USJ) and has been teaching at LAU since 1994. She has also taught at both USJ and Collège Protestant Français (CPF)  , where she handled Arabic coordination at all levels. She continues to serve on various selection and evaluation committees in her field. At SINARC, she teaches the advanced Arabic levels, as well as the Arabic Language Writing Skills.

Maha Dimachkieh received her bachelor’s  and master’s in Education from LAU. She is an Arabic language teacher at the Collège Protestant Français  (CPF) in Beirut. She is well- known at SINARC for her creativity in teaching at the Intermediate Level.

Laure Obeid received her Bachelor of Arts from LAU in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. In addition to her position as being an Arabic language teacher at the International College (IC) in Beirut, she continues to teach Arabic (both classical and colloquial) for foreigners at SINARC .

Additional highly qualified and experienced faculty and assistants trained in total-immersion oral-proficiency methodology are recruited from within Lebanon and from the best Arabic programs around the world.


SINARC organizes four mandatory excursions to historical and tourist sites in Lebanon, such as the Jeita Grotto; the Arab and Roman ruins in Baalbek, Byblos, Anjar, Tyre, Sidon and Tripoli;the Cedars of Lebanon; the historical palaces in Beiteddine and Deir al-Qamar ;as well as a tour of South Lebanon.

During Winter Break, two trips are normally organized.

Excursion fees include transportation, entrance fees, and one overnight stay at a mountain resort (venue to be determined). Cultural trips to Syria are now on hold due to the political situation.