American Univesity of Beirut

Freshman Program

​​​​​​​​​​​The Freshman Program housed at AUB’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is a year-long program that requires the completion of 30 credits. Students in this program take a variety of courses in humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and specific requirements ahead of moving to the sophomore year. Based on the liberal arts tradition, the Freshman Program offers a multitude of rich courses, from biology to philosophy, psychology to music, all of which give students an explorative and wholesome experience on the beautiful AUB campus.

Freshman  Academic Advisers

Advisers are the link to the University's academic units. They help prepare course schedules, monitor and advise students on all academic matters. They also help students select a major and act as a career guide to learn more about the roles of academic advisers visit the Academic Adviser Page

​Freshman Mentorship Program

Established in 2017, the Freshman Mentorship Program supports the academic advising process. Our mentors are AUB students who welcome you to the big FAS family! They are here to make your transition to AUB, as well as to Beirut, smooth and enjoyable. They will introduce you to campus life and to different clubs and societies. More importantly, they host fun events throughout the year where you can make new friends and get to know the FAS community, much like our famous Pizza Party.

​​Freshman Guide

Download the Guide to the Freshman Year​ to learn more about the Freshman program, course load and requirements, course offerings, transfer to major processes and other important information​

​​The Freshman Year Experience (FYEx)

The Freshman Year Experience (FYEx@AUB) is an integrated co-curricular program offered to all incoming freshman students to ensure their success in the Freshman Program at AUB. More information on FYEx is found here​.

Freshman Equivalence

The Freshman Equivalence equates your freshman year to the Lebanese Baccalaureate and is an external requirement, meaning the requirement was put in place by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE). To meet the requirements for the equivalence, students are required to:

  • Complete 30 freshman credits, 9 of which must be in the humanities and social sciences (with at least 3 credits in each) and 6 credits in the natural sciences and mathematics (with at least 3 credits in each). More information may be found in the Freshman Year Guide​
  • Aside from the requirements in the Freshman Program, there are certain other required documents, such as the SAT I exam. More information can be found on the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s website.
  • All students should equate their freshman year or else they would not be promoted to the sophomore level. For more info, click here.​

Requirement Ch

Below find the requirement checklist to guide students transferring into majors. This checklist helps the student complete the correct courses for transfer at the end of the freshman year.​

Students should go to their advisors once at the end of each semester to fill out the Requirement checklist. Upon completing the 30 Freshman credits and major requirements, the requirement checklist must be filled out with the help of your Academic Advisor and sent to the registrar’s office (​) in order to be promoted to the Sophomore year.

Applied Mathematics
Graphic Design
Health Communication ​​
Landscape Architecture
Media Studies
Chemical Engine​​​​ering
Medical Audiology Sciences
Medical Imaging Sciences
Computer Science
Medical Laboratory Technology
Nutrition and Dietetics
Petroleum Studies
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Health
Political Studies
Fine Arts and Art History
Food Sciences and Management
Public Administration



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