Admissions

ADMISSION POLICY

The University is committed to quality and equal educational opportunities for men and women and does not discriminate among applicants on the basis of gender, age, national origin, race, or religion. The Admissions Committee follows a policy of selective admission based on the applicant's qualifications, former scholastic achievement, character recommendations, entrance examination results, and the probability of success in an academic setting, as well as the student's potential to contribute to society. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to reject as it sees fit.

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the administration of the admission policy. Admission to the University is valid for one academic year. If an applicant fails to register during this period, he/she will have to reapply to be considered for admission.

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Application forms are available at the Office of Admissions or online at www.meu.edu/admissions. The application form can also be downloaded from the University's website. Inquiries should be addressed to:

Director of Admissions/Registrar
Middle East University
P. O. Box 90-481
Jdeidet El Metn, Metn 1202 2040
Lebanon

Phone: +961-1-685800 / Fax: +961-1-684800
E-mail: admissions@meu.edu.lb
Website: www.meu.edu.lb

Applications will not be considered until all required documents have been submitted. To ensure full consideration and a smooth start to the student's university life, the documents should be presented no later than one month prior to the intended start date.

The following items are required of all students:

For admission to the Freshman Class, a student must also provide

For admission to the Sophomore Year, a student must also provide

Transfer applicants from an accredited institution of higher education must provide:

It is possible that during the admissions process, the committee may request further documentation in order to process an application.

Applicants should note that the selection of a major may be limited based on the emphasis taken in secondary school (e.g. Literature and Humanities, Sociology and Economics, General Sciences, or Life Sciences) and/or by government exams. Applicants with a Technical Baccalaureate, for example, are eligible for admission to the program of study that corresponds to their technical program.

The Registrar's office has the current information regarding the requirements and processes for the permission to enter the Freshman Program, as well as the Baccalaureate Equivalency regulations, as currently published by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Students should note that these processes cannot be done by MEU, but must be done personally.

DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS

Transcripts of grades and other application documents become the property of the University and may not be reclaimed or forwarded. Certified photocopies are acceptable. The application documents of those who are denied admission, or have been accepted but did not register, are routinely destroyed after one academic year.

The University reserves the right to disclose routine information as required by law (e.g., a student's name, program of study, degree(s) received) without prior written consent from the student. Information may also be disclosed to parents of a minor student and to officials of MEU as needed. The student's consent in writing will be required for disclosure of any other personally identifiable information from academic records.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants who have completed their secondary education outside of Lebanon are reminded that application procedures may take time, and those needing a visa to enter Lebanon must allow for ample processing time. International applicants must pay an advance deposit and are required to present a satisfactory budget for financing their studies and living costs at MEU. Under no circumstances should international applicants come to MEU before receiving an official letter of acceptance from the University.

MEU will provide advice on how to plan your stay at MEU. Please arrange with MEU for pick-up upon arrival. Upon arrival in Lebanon, international applicants must come directly to MEU.

Applicants should note that the Lebanese government has specific requirements for authentication of foreign documents, and requires an official translation of all documents not in English, French or Arabic. While MEU degrees are internationally recognized, some international students may desire to equalize their degree upon completion.ternation. Please contact the Registrar's office for further information at registrar@meu.edu.lb.

International applicants may be required to supply certain medical records as requested by the University. They should have passports that are valid for a period not less than one year from the date of joining the University. It is their responsibility to secure an entry visa to Lebanon from the Lebanese consulate in their country (if they are not eligible for a visa on arrival), and to maintain their student visa status at all times. The University will assist registered international students in acquiring residence permits from the local authorities. International students are required to carry a full course of study as defined in this catalog in order to maintain their international student status.

For assistance with any needed information, including entry requirements into Lebanon from your respective country, please contact the International Students Office at international.students@meu.edu.lb.

NAMES AND NATIONALITIES OF STUDENTS

The name used for all official documents at MEU must be the same as that found on a government-issued photo ID (passport, national ID, etc.) issued to the student. This name will appear on the diploma and transcripts. Moreover, students with dual-nationality, who were admitted to the University as non-Lebanese, will not be permitted to change their nationality to Lebanese on the University's records unless they fulfill the admission requirements for Lebanese students.

UNDERGRADUATE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

All applicants will be advised which (if any) of the following entrance examinations they will be required to take. The University reserves the right to require certain applicants to take additional entrance examinations, if necessary.

English Language Proficiency

Since the medium of instruction at MEU is English, the English language entrance examination is required of all applicants whose native tongue is not English. Students who have spent a minimum of 3 years at an institution where English is both the language of instruction and the principal language spoken on campus are also exempted. The English language entrance examination tests the applicant's abilities in the areas of listening, reading, grammar, and vocabulary.

Just before each semester begins, the University administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) on the announced test date(s). It is the responsibility of each applicant to personally register for and take the required test on the test date(s) published by the University.

If an applicant wishes to make personal arrangements to take the English examination at a testing center on a different date than the one provided by the university, he/she may do so. English language proficiency for undergraduate students is established by any of the following:

An English examination score more than two years old is not recognized by MEU. Applicants who fail to obtain a passing score are encouraged to enroll in the University's English Language Institute to reach to the required level of English, and then to continue with their degree.

Applicants who score less than 325 on the TOEFL PBT (50 on the CBT, 15 on the iBT, or 2.0 on the IELTS) may be admitted, but should expect to do additional work in English before entering Basic English.

Placement Tests

Applicants who pass the English language entrance examination may be asked to sit for an English Placement Test (EPT) that further identifies the students' knowledge of the English language and determines the English language course that they may enroll in. The EPT requires the writing of an essay of 200-300 words on an assigned topic, to be completed in one hour. It is evaluated for content, organization, style, and mechanics. Depending on the level of achievement, applicants may be required to take Introduction to Academic English, or may advance directly to English Composition I.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program must pass the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT), which identifies their acquired knowledge of Calculus I and II and determines their ability to enroll in Calculus III and other subsequent mathematics courses. Depending on the level of achievement, applicants may be required to take Calculus I and II as remedial courses.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems must pass the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT), which identifies their acquired knowledge of mathematics and determines their ability to enroll in courses that require prior mathematical knowledge. Based on the result of the MPT, the applicant may be required to take Calculus I as a remedial course.

Applicants for the BA in Education who wish to take a course other than Calculus I will be required to take the MPT to demonstrate their knowledge in mathematics.

SAT exams

Applicants to the Freshman Class are required to take the SAT exam at a recognized examination center before they can begin their Freshman Class courses. If the applicant has taken the SAT tests more than once, then the highest score for each of the areas will be adopted. The SAT scores are valid for two academic years and must be sent directly from the recognized testing center to the Office of Admissions/Registrar.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS
Admission Classifications

Applicants may be admitted to either the Freshman Class or to the Sophomore Class based on their qualifications.

Freshman Class

Applicants to the Freshman Class should hold a secondary school certificate from an institution accredited outside of Lebanon based on twelve years of regular successive schooling (starting with Grade One) and recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The University recognizes high school certificates that are based on twelve years of schooling or a twelfth year (Grade 12) that was completed successfully. Applicants to the Freshman Class must obtain permission from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education allowing them to pursue higher education on the basis of a foreign program. They must produce evidence of having lived (legal residence) and studied (official grades) outside Lebanon for not less than two years of secondary education (three years for elementary education). This process should begin prior to the applicant's first registration.

All applicants to the Freshman Class who have applied for permission to pursue higher education on the basis of a foreign program are also required by the Lebanese Ministry of Education to sit for and pass the SAT exams with satisfactory scores (currently 2150 combined for the Arts track and 2350 for the Science track). In Lebanon, applicants may contact AMIDEAST (www.amideast.org/lebanon) to arrange for taking the tests. For updated information on the SAT, please contact the admissions office (admissions@meu.edu.lb)

Sophomore Class

To be admitted to the Sophomore Class, applicants must provide documentation of having received the Lebanese Baccalaureate or its official equivalent as recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Holders of certificates other than the Lebanese Baccalaureate (GCE or International Baccalaureate) that are equivalent to it may be considered for admission; however, the class to which they will be admitted (Freshman or Sophomore) depends on the certificate and the terms of equivalence specified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

Applicants with a Lebanese Baccalaureate in Literature and Humanities, Sociology and Economics, General Sciences, or Life Sciences are eligible for admission to certain faculties. Applicants with a Technical Baccalaureate are eligible for admission to the program of study that corresponds to their technical program. Holders of government secondary certificates, other than the Lebanese Baccalaureate, may apply to the Freshman or Sophomore Classes. While certain secondary certificates may require evaluation on an individual basis, others may not be recognized for admission.

Applicants admitted directly to the Sophomore Class will be granted a transfer of 30 credits from the baccalaureate and will be exempt from the Freshman Class course requirements (30 credits), provided they pass the English language entrance examination and the placement test(s).

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION STATUS

The Admissions Committee will review each applicant's application and issue a letter indicating acceptance, denial, or an outline of conditions to be fulfilled before regular standing can be granted. Accepted students will be classified under the category of Regular, Provisional, or Probationary status.

Regular Status

Each applicant who has met all the admission requirements is classified as a regular student. Regular students must carry a course load of not less than 12 credits per semester (six credits for the summer session) to maintain full-time student status. Regular full-time students who may need to reduce their study load to less than 12 credits must seek the approval of the chairperson of the department. A student who carries a course load less than 12 credits, but not less than six credits, will be classified as a part-time student. Part-time student status is given to students who will need less than 12 credits to complete their degree requirements and those who for personal reasons cannot take 12 credits or more.

Regular students may enroll in one of the following programs.

Applicants admitted to the undergraduate degree programs (BA, BBA, or BS) with a deficiency in the fields of study covered by their secondary education or with poor grades in an area of study may be required to take specific remedial courses to compensate for the deficiency. All remedial courses must, as far as possible, be taken during the first academic year of residence.

Provisional Status

The Admissions Committee may in certain circumstances admit applicants provisionally for a limited period. Students must meet the regular admission status requirements prior to the completion of the first 12 credits of their study program at the University

Probationary Status

Applicants whose prior academic performance is below average but who have demonstrated motivation and ability to handle university work are assigned a probationary status for one semester. A student on probation must normally take no more than 12 credits during a regular semester or 3 during the summer, and must obtain a minimum grade-point average of 2.00. At the end of the semester, the Academic Affairs Committee will review the student's status before he/she is allowed to continue.

OTHER ENROLLMENT STATUS OPTIONS

In addition to those students seeking to earn an MEU degree, MEU allows several other categories of students to enroll at MEU.

Cross-enrolled Students

Cross-enrolled students are those who have been admitted into a program at another accredited university, and who, with the agreement of that university, are seeking to take classes at MEU. This cross-enrollment may be done within the context of a partnership agreement such as exists with Andrews University, Montemorelos University or Adventist Colleges Abroad, or on a case-by-case basis. The student must present a letter of authorization from the institution where they are admitted, indicating that they are aware of and in agreement with the student's plans.

Permission to Take Classes (PTC)

An individual who is not pursuing a degree program at the University is permitted to take a load of up to the normal full load per semester. This student is classified as a Special Student with Permission to Take Classes (PTC). Usually, these individuals should have finished high school and passed the English language entrance examination. Exceptions, based on the applicant's intellectual maturity and work experience, are processed through the Academic Affairs Committee. This is a temporary enrollment status, not an admission category. PTC status is assigned to any of the following:

All students allowed to enroll under the PTC status will be assigned an academic advisor in their area of interest.

Students who receive regular admission to the University at a later date may petition up to 24 of the credits taken on a PTC basis and with an earned minimum grade of "C" to apply towards the proposed degree.

English Language Institute

Middle East University English Language Institute offers English classes for students who wish to improve their English. The English Language Institute offers three levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Students may attend the language institute whether or not they intend to pursue a degree at Middle East University. The English Language Institute courses are not applicable to MEU degrees; however, official grades are issued and recorded on the transcript of grades.

UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER STUDENTS

The following are the requirements for transfer applicants:

The final determination of acceptability of transfer courses is made by the Academic Affairs Committee upon the recommendation of the corresponding faculty dean or general education director.

UNDERGRADUATE RE-ADMISSION POLICY

Students who, without prior approval, have been away from the University for a period of more than one academic year must, on their return, apply for re-admission. If they have attended another accredited institution, they must submit an official transcript of grades. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 ("C") or better on their interim university-level work is required for re-admission. Upon re-enrollment, students must follow the academic program(s) as listed in the current Academic Catalog. A student who has been dismissed from the University will not be eligible for re-admission.

Students who have completed a degree program and graduated from MEU may be re-admitted for an additional degree program in a different area of study. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and approved by the Admissions Committee. The University does not award a second degree with the same nomenclature, but students will receive a letter indicating the completion of another major or concentration.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The undergraduate degree programs comprise the following elements:

  • General Education Courses. Courses designed to broaden the student's educational background.
  • Major Courses. Core and concentration courses that cover the basic areas of knowledge in a field of specialization.
  • Electives. Courses chosen by the students with the approval of their academic advisor that may or may not be related to the major.
  • Cognates. Courses that are offered to support the department courses. They are usually related to the major.
  • These are the minimum degree requirements. Some departments may set a higher standard and include additional requirements.

    Bachelor's Degree General Requirements

    To be eligible for a bachelor's degree (BA, BS, and BBA) from the University, a student must complete or achieve:

    Individual programs may have additional requirements, which are specified in the corresponding section of the catalog.

    GRADUATE ADMISSION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

    Application forms are available at the Office of Admissions. The application form can also be downloaded from the University's website. Inquiries should be addressed to:

    Director of Admissions/Registrar
    Middle East University
    P. O. Box 90-481
    Jdeidet El Metn, Metn 1202 2040
    Lebanon

    Phone: +961-1-685800 / Fax: +961-1-684800
    E-mail: admissions@meu.edu.lb
    Website: www.meu.edu.lb

    Admission is offered on a selective basis to academically qualified students. To be eligible for admission to graduate programs, all applicants must:

    All documents required for admission should be handed in at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester. All presented documentation will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. Admission is valid for one calendar year from the date of acceptance. Applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions all of the following before their application can be processed:

    GRADUATE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

    Graduate applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language and their ability to research and write in English at an adequate level. Therefore, applicants who did not study their undergraduate program in English must sit the English language entrance examination and achieve one of the following:

    The University administers the English language entrance examination on the announced test date(s) before the beginning of each semester. It is the responsibility of the applicant to register for and take the required test.

    Applicants who score between 500 - 549 on the EEE, 550 - 599 on the PBT TOEFL or an equivalent of 6.5 - 7 on IELTS, 213 - 247 on CBT TOEFL, and 80 - 99 on iBT TOEFL, will be required to take a remedial English language course and pass the course with a "B" grade or higher. Scores below the above mentioned ranges will require the applicant to register for the English Language Institute. The English language proficiency requirement must be completed before starting the graduate program.

    Departments that offer MA, MAT, and MS degrees may require their applicants to sit for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, while MBA degree applicants may be required to sit for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    International applicants are reminded that application procedures may take time, and those needing a visa to enter Lebanon must allow for ample processing time. It is advisable to submit the application form, application fee, recommendations and supporting documents to the University at least two months before the semester begins. International applicants must pay an advance deposit and are required to present a satisfactory budget for financing their studies and living costs at MEU. Under no circumstances should international applicants come to MEU before receiving an official letter of acceptance from the University. Upon arrival in Lebanon, international applicants must come directly to MEU.

    International applicants may be required to supply certain medical records as requested by the University and should have passports that are valid for a period not less than one year from the date of joining the University. It is their responsibility to secure an entry visa to Lebanon from the Lebanese consulate in their country and to maintain their student visa status at all times. The University will assist registered international students in acquiring residence permits from the local authorities. International graduate students are expected to carry a full course of study-a minimum of eight credits per semester and three credits in the summer session, in order to maintain their international student status.

    For assistance please contact the International Student Office (international.students@meu.edu.lb)

    GRADUATE ADMISSION STATUS

    Graduate applicants will be classified as detailed below.

    Regular Graduate Status

    Applicants qualify for this category if they hold an earned bachelor's degree from the University or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in the major area of study. The regular graduate status is maintained if the cumulative grade-point average in all graduate coursework is 3.00 or above.

    Regular full-time graduate students may register for 8-12 credits per semester. Those who register for seven credits or less will be considered regular part-time graduate students. The maximum load for summer sessions is six credits. Loads in excess of 12 credits per semester will require the approval of the chairperson of the department and the corresponding faculty dean. Graduate students may not take more than 15 credits per semester.

    International graduate students are expected to carry a full course of study-a minimum of 8 credits per semester and 3 credits in the summer session, in order to maintain their international student status.

    Probationary Graduate Status

    Applicants who show promise for success in graduate study may be considered for admission and categorized as graduate students on probation for two semesters if they hold an earned bachelor's degree from the University or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 in the major area of study. Graduates accepted on probation must complete the first four graduate courses without repeats and receive a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00. Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.50 in the major area of study will not be admitted to the degree program. Students under probationary graduate status may not register for the thesis.

    Provisional Graduate Status

    Applicants may qualify for this status if they hold an earned bachelor's degree from the University or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in a major area of study that is different from the intended graduate program major. The chairperson of the department will recommend foundation courses that the applicant must take before consideration for admission to the graduate program. These foundation courses must be completed within one or two consecutive semesters and are not counted toward the graduate degree. Upon successful completion of the foundation courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 and no grade lower than "C", the applicant will be admitted to the graduate program with regular graduate status.

    Graduate applicants who fail to meet one or more of the other requirements for regular graduate status may also be admitted on a provisional graduate status. At the time of provisional admission, the nature of the deficiency, the plan, and the deadline for its removal is specified. Failure to meet the conditions will result in dismissal from the program.

    OTHER ENROLLMENT STATUS OPTION
    Permission to Take Classes (PTC)

    Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree but do not wish to earn a graduate degree, or are guest students from another university, may be classified as special (non-degree) applicants with a Permission to Take Classes (PTC) status. PTC is a temporary enrollment designation and applicants may be permitted to enroll for no more than 12 credits. If the student later wishes to enroll in a graduate degree program, he/she will then have to submit an application form and go through the graduate admission process. Courses taken on a PTC basis generally do not count toward a graduate degree. However, a maximum of 12 credits with a "B" grade or higher may be applied by petition after the student has submitted an application form, and been accepted into a graduate degree program. Petitions are evaluated on an individual basis.

    PTC status may also be granted to students who have applied for admission to the graduate program, but for some reason, the application has not yet been completely processed. In such cases, PTC status is available for one semester only (a maximum of 12 credits).

    GRADUATE TRANSFER STUDENTS

    Applicants with graduate-level courses from a recognized institution of higher education may be granted the transfer of a maximum of 20% of the coursework for the degree taken within the last four years, in which the applicant has received a minimum of 3.00 grade-point average or a "B" grade (84/100) or its equivalent. The transferred courses must apply towards a similar degree at the university where they were originally earned and must meet similar requirements within the University's degree program. The grade for a transfer course is not included in the grade-point average computation. Requests for transfer of credits must be made at the time of application.

    A student may be granted permission to cross-register for courses at another accredited institution of higher education if a course needed is not offered at MEU. All courses taken through cross-registration are considered transfer credits.

    AUDITING GRADUATE COURSES

    Applicants who have satisfied the admission requirements may be granted the opportunity to audit graduate courses subject to the availability of space and the faculty member's consent. The audited courses will appear in the student's transcript of grades with an "AU" designation. A "U" designation is given to an audited course if the student has not met the obligations of the audit requirement.

    GRADUATE RE-ADMISSION POLICY

    Graduate students who have interrupted their graduate study at the University for more than one academic year must apply for re-admission. They will be required to meet the current program requirements. Students who plan to return after an absence of one year or less must notify the chairperson of the department of their intention to return.

    Students who have completed a graduate degree at the University may be re- admitted for a second degree program at the same level but in a different area of study. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and approved by the Admissions Committee. The University does not award a second degree to students who complete another concentration. A letter indicating the completion of another concentration will be issued.

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS

    While the regulations for graduate study in this section govern all graduate degree programs at the University, there may be additional specific departmental requirements that are described under each degree program. Graduate students are subject to the same rules and regulations concerning university records, registration, class attendance, grading system, test and examinations, add or drop courses, withdrawal from courses or from the University, petitions, tuition and fees, refund policy, etc., as undergraduate students. It is the responsibility of the graduate student to be aware of the regulations in the Academic Catalog.

    All requirements for a graduate degree at the University must be completed satisfactorily within six academic years from the beginning of the first semester of class work and ending with the thesis defense. If students fail to complete their degree program within the allotted time, they will have to retake certain courses or additional courses for appropriate updating; otherwise, they may be dismissed from the program.

    UPDATING GRADUATE COURSES

    In order to preserve the quality of a graduate degree that was not completed within the allotted period, certain courses may require updating. Only courses taken at the University may be considered for updating. Outdated work done elsewhere cannot be updated; students must then take and complete the course at MEU. Updating a course does not change the grade of the course that was used in computing the grade-point average. Only courses with a "B" grade and above may be updated. The requirements for updating are specified by the department on a course-by-course basis.

    GRADUATE SPECIALIZED DOCUMENTS

    Helpful documents are available to assist students into planning their graduate programs. These documents include: Middle East University's Standards for Written Work and Handbook for Graduate Students. These documents are available to all graduate students and provide detailed information regarding processes and procedures not mentioned in the Academic Catalog.

    DENIAL OF ADMISSION

    Applicants may be denied admission or their admission may be rescinded when: