At the outset of the 19th century, professors, poets, journalists, and historians convened in Lebanese cultural institutions to revive old Arab traditions and extol the value of modern culture. Lebanon's seven major universities and numerous specialized colleges were thus founded. For example, the American University in Beirut, founded in 1866, offers a liberal education that has trained many of the region's leaders, educators, and scientists. A Lebanese state university was founded in 1967 comprising faculties of law, medicine, arts, and science. Moreover, Lebanon's nation-wide network of elementary and secondary public and private schools lay a strong foundation for further university education and vocational training.

Because Lebanon is a country where three languages - Arabic, French, and English - are commonly spoken, there are schools that teach in Arabic, French, and English. Lebanon provides a wide variety of schools from which parents can choose, depending on which language of instruction they prefer.

Universities in Lebanon

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Private institution of higher learning, founded in 1866, which operates under a charter from the State of New York. It is administrated by a private, autonomous board of trustees. There are five faculties: Arts and Sciences, Medicine (which includes the School of Nursing), Engineering and Architecture, Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Health Sciences. It offers programs leading to both the Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Haigazian University

Bachelor & Masters Degrees in many areas of study (Arts & Sciences, Humanities, Business...) Founded in l955 by the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA).

Lebanese American University (LAU)

Formerly the Beirut University College (BUC). It has campuses in 3 cities in Lebanon: Beirut, Byblos, & Sidon. Offers degrees in Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy... Formerly the Beirut University College (BUC).

Notre Dame University (NDU)

Non-sectarian Catholic University which adopts the American system of education. Offers many undergraduate & graduate degrees. Three campuses: Louaize (between Beirut and Jounieh), North Lebanon, Chouf (south of Beirut). It includes different faculties, mainly Architecture, Art and Design; Business Administration and Economics; Engineering; Humanities; Nursing and Health Sciences; Natural and Applied Sciences; Political Science, Public Administration and Diplomacy;

La Sagesse University

Non sectarian Catholic University. Offers programs on Anglo-Saxon Law, Criminology, Financial & Economical Law, Juridical Philosophy, Political Sciences as well as Computer & Telecommunications. Founded in 1875, La Sagesse University in Beirut belongs to the archdiocese of Beirut.

University of Balamand

Non-Sectarian Greek Orthodox university. Offers curricula leading to degrees in 24 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate majors, and 2 post-graduate programs. Located in Deir El-Balamand, El-Koura, North Lebanon.

Universite Libanaise 

This is the only public university in Lebanon! It has branches in different locations on the Lebanese territories that include 17 departments and offer numerous areas of specialization. Language used is mostly Arabic, but many programs are in French, & some courses in English.

Universite Saint Esprit Kaslik

Non sectarian Catholic University. The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik. Close to the city of Jounieh. (Theologie, Business, Music, Computer, Medical Studies...)

Universite Saint Joseph

A French speaking university, established by the Jesuits in 1875. Offers diplomas in a very wide range of areas. (Theology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Humanities, Medical, Languages, Social Studies...)