International

Study at USEK

Guide for Incoming Students

Getting Started

Are you wondering how to proceed? It is simple. Below is the practical information you need about the application procedures. Be assured that the International Affairs Office supports you throughout your file processing, admission, registration, and your whole stay… It provides you with assistance concerning your accommodation, visa, and life in Lebanon…. It helps to answer all your questions concerning your stay at USEK. We encourage you to be in close contact with us in order to make your stay as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

International Affairs Office (IAO)
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
P.O. Box 446, Jounieh, Lebanon

Regular office hours
Monday to Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: +96109600321 Fax: +96109600301
E-mail: iao@usek.edu.lb

Academic Year
Fall Semester: Early September - Late December
Spring Semester: Late January - Late May

Application dates and procedures
Deadlines for applications:
For the Fall Semester: June 15
For the Spring Semester: November 15

The international affairs office of your home university should send your official nomination to the IAO at USEK before the above mentioned deadlines. Then, you will be able to prepare your admission file according to the check list below.

Your checklist
Important: You may send your admission documents by email to iao@usek.edu.lb. However, please keep the original documents because you will need to submit them upon your arrival at USEK.

After processing your file, the IAO informs you whether you are accepted or not. If you are accepted, you will receive an official letter of acceptance along with the course offering so you may choose your courses. It is highly recommended that you check our academic calendar to pencil in important dates, such as the registration deadline and semester start, for example.

In terms of course selection, the course offering is available on the USEK website; please note that courses offered in the Fall Semester are different from those offered in the Spring Semester. Your course selection must be approved by your home university prior to your stay here.

Remark:
- Submitting the admission file does not guarantee official registration. Course registration should be completed online according to USEK registration guidelines
- If your home university does not have an agreement with USEK, you may apply as a visiting student. Please note that the same procedure as for exchange students applies; however, a visiting student is responsible for paying his/her tuition fees at USEK.

Before you Get Here

Visa procedures
Incoming exchange students must acquire a student visa in order to study at USEK.
- If you are planning to study at USEK for one semester (less than six months), you may apply for a 6-month visa at the Lebanese Embassy or Consulate of your home country. In order to do so, use your acceptance letter from USEK as proof of the reason for your stay in Lebanon.
-If you are planning to study at USEK for more than one semester, you will need to acquire a one-year student residence permit. To this end, you may first:
- Apply for a 3-month visa at the Lebanese Consulate of your home country;
Or
- Enter Lebanon on a one-month tourist visa that is given to you upon your arrival at the airport (please check the list of countries to which this would apply). This free of charge visa is valid for one month and can be renewable for three additional months.
After this, you will have to apply for a student residence permit at the Lebanese General Security with the following documents:
- An application form (available at the General Security)
- A passport valid for at least three years, as well as two photocopies;
- Three recent 3.5 x 4.5 photos;
- A certificate of registration at USEK certified by the Ministry of Education in Lebanon;
- A proof that all charges regarding the student’s stay in Lebanon will be covered (e.g. bank statement, credit cards);
- An attestation pledging that you will not work during your stay in Lebanon (to be done at a Public Notary Office - this pledge would cost around 40,000 LBP);
- A visa fee of 300,000 LBP

N.B: Entry to Lebanon will be denied for passport holders showing a visa stamp from Israel.

Housing
USEK has an on-campus university residence reserved for females only.
However, the IAO will provide you with a list of apartments and dorms in the area to help you find suitable accommodation.

Cost of Living
The cost of living is estimated to be about 700 USD per month. Below is an idea of the monthly costs that you need to take into consideration when planning your stay:
- Accommodation: between 350 – 450 USD
- Food : 150 USD
- Public transport: 100 USD
- Miscellaneous: 100 USD

Registration and Credit System
USEK follows the North-American system of credits. Undergraduate students can take between 12 and 18 credits per semester while graduate students (Master) can take between 3 and 9 credits. Registration is completed online according to the USEK academic calendar . The IAO will provide you with the details of your account and will put you in contact with your concerned head of department in order to complete your registration in due time.

0nce You are Here

Welcome sessions
Every semester, the IAO organizes a welcome session for all international students. It is compulsory for exchange students to attend this session because it provides important and relevant details for their stay. You will be informed of the date of this session ahead of time, so you can plan your arrival at USEK accordingly.

Be-a-Buddy Program
Arriving in a new country and a new university can be really exciting, but it can also bring some anxieties. To help you have a good start at USEK, the IAO has introduced the “be-a-buddy program”. You will be paired with a regular student at USEK who will provide you with practical information about USEK, give you an overview of student life and help you settle in.

Your buddy will:
  • Help you avoid potential culture shock;
  • Help you adapt to your new environment;
  • Introduce you to other Lebanese friends;
  • Help you with the administrative steps;
  • Show you around and familiarize you with the campus;
  • Help you in your accommodation search;
  • Accompany you on sightseeing trips.

During your Stay

Learn Arabic at USEK
Exchange students can learn Arabic at USEK during their stay. You can choose to learn dialectal Arabic (spoken) or classical Arabic (written). There are also different levels, from beginner upwards, to suit your existing language knowledge.

Visit USEK Main Library
USEK Library occupies a prominent position in the Middle East and is considered as one of the richest libraries in the region. Located in Building A at the USEK campus, the library is a place to study and do research. It provides students with access to a range of resources, including books, articles, and special document archives. Exchange students can benefit from the services offered by our Main Library using their ID card.

Enjoy Healthy Snacks at our University Restaurant
Located in the campus center, the University Restaurant provides students with daily full meals at affordable prices. The University Restaurant is open from Monday to Friday inclusive, and serves a wide range of food and drinks all day.

Benefit from our Digital Services
All students have the use of high standard computing and communication services. USEK is constantly developing its offering to provide the best in new technology. As standard, students will receive the following:
- A mailbox for students when registered;
- Self-service PCs with quality assistance;
- WIFI connections.

Attend our Cultural and Entertainment Events
USEK cultivates a strong feeling of belonging among its students, thanks to its welcoming student life and the multiple services it offers. Outside the formality of courses, student life at USEK takes several shapes and offers occasions to develop new skills and knowledge and build a network of contacts. It does this through a student magazine, social associations, pastoral work, cultural trips, student parties, and more.
USEK organizes gatherings and events on campus for all international students, as well as tours and visits to the most important tourist sites in the region. Activities and events are also organized in order to encourage international and USEK students to mingle together and share new experiences.

Stay in Shape at USEK
Since USEK is keen on emphasizing the culture of the body, as well as that of the mind, it offers students a broad range of sports activities, including basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, table tennis, oriental dance, yoga, and skiing.
Safety Tips for International Staff and Students
You have made an exciting decision to come to Lebanon as a student, faculty or staff, and as you begin to plan your stay, there are some very important safety tips that you will have to take into consideration in order to be safe. To this end, the USEK International Affairs Office (IAO) has brought together these recommendations, for you to be aware of any potential threats or risks, to enhance your safety experience and ensure you have a smooth stay in Lebanon.

Register at your embassy

When you arrive to Lebanon, make sure you register at the consulate of your country and acquire a short-stay visa. The IAO will provide you with an acceptance/invitation letter to USEK that will help you acquire a residence permit.

Keep your residence permit with you


Always carry your residence permit and/or other ID during your stay. You must always have an identification document with you.

Stay informed

Consult the media daily to stay updated on what’s going on around you. Avoid going to regions or cities where unpredictable situations might develop.

Stay alert

Whenever you feel you are in a strange situation, be careful and walk away. Avoid being alone in places you feel uncomfortable with. Always inform your roommate, friends or hosts of where you are going and of your schedule. Don't accept rides with strangers; book taxis from well-known companies.

Refer to the IAO

If you have any questions, doubts, or you need more information, please do seek help from the IAO. We are here to help you. Do not hesitate to ask any questions that come to mind. It is our pleasure to provide you with all the relevant information you need to have a pleasant stay at USEK.
List of Countries with a cost-free visa
A cost-free visa of one month, extendable to 3 months, is granted to travelers from the following countries:

Andorra – Antigua and Barbuda – Argentina – Armenia – Australia – Austria – Azerbaijan Bahamas – Barbados – Belarus – Belgium – Belize – Bhutan – Brazil – Bulgaria – Canada – Chile – China – Costa Rica – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Dominican Republic – Estonia – Finland – France – Georgia – Germany – United Kingdom – Greece – Holland – Hong Kong – Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Kazakhstan – Kirgizstan – Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macau – Macedonia – Malaysia – Malta Mexico – Moldova – Monaco – Montenegro – New Zealand – Norway – Panama – Peru – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Russia – Samoa – San Marino – Serbia – Singapore – Slovakia – Slovenia South Korea – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Ukraine – USA – Uzbekistan – Venezuela.
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