American University of Beirut, Beirut

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Explore the historic buildings and well-manicured tropical gardens of American University of Beirut, a picturesque campus perched on a promontory overlooking Zaitunay Bay. Set up by U.S. missionaries as Syrian Protestant College, the university initially focused on medical training; today, the secular institution ranks among the nation's top universities. Spanning 25 hectares (61 acres) of private land, the campus features a private beach, a bird sanctuary, a botanical garden, and a soccer field. Visit the archeological museum to see a substantial collection of artifacts and a stone chapel. Guarded by private security, the university offers campus tours, which you can arrange on the website. Plan to see American University of Beirut and other attractions that appeal to you using our Beirut trip builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    An international level American accredited programs university with US affiliation providing quality education to Lebanese students and arabs as well. AUB majors range from arts to sciences to enginee...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We see that the prices of the years of study in this University is at least well invested in the quality of life of the campus, which is very nice to visit for a ride.
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  • August 9, 2017
    If you visit Beirut, you have to stop by the beautiful American University of Beirut campus. The university celebrated its 150th anniversary last year (in 2016), and has managed to maintain its histor...  more »
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  • May 9, 2017
    Fantastic landscape. Worth taking a walk around
  • July 15, 2017
    Biggest green place in Beirut with fantastic trees, buildings and history...
  • August 5, 2016
    Not a college student yet but I'm definitely applying here. It's any Lebanese student's first choice university. For now I can enjoy the amazing campus and hope that I'll have the opportunity to study there in the future.
  • February 19, 2017
    Grateful for having such an Honorable University that is generating huge leaders and contributors to the world we live in
  • February 26, 2017
    Proud and grateful to experience its campus life. Best education in the region

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