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Scholarships for international students

New scholarships for international students are suspended until further notice.

Dear international students,

It is with great regret that I am announcing that Saint-Joseph University of Beirut is suspending new scholarships under the “Scholarships for International Students” program.

Launched in 1998, this program has allowed outstanding, young students coming mostly from Arab countries, Africa and Europe to integrate our master programs, aspiring to combine academic excellence with the rich complexity of our beloved Lebanon. They have contributed to boost our international openness while benefiting from select conditions to undertake their studies.

Unfortunately, the crisis in Lebanon that has prevailed for years and years has gained significant momentum since Autumn 2019 and has further escalated by the Covid-19 pandemic. USJ finds itself obliged to make hard choices in order to ensure the continuity of its mission for the benefit and the service of Lebanon, which needs it now more than ever.

Until better days dawn, international students wishing to integrate USJ will always be welcome in the framework of international student mobility, international dual PhD degrees or research stays and visits in our centers.

May hope always be our guide to continue moving forward with determination and serenity.

Prof. Salim DACCACHE, s.j.
Rector of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut

In order to promote its international recognition, USJ has created a fund to finance the studies of international students and to promote international mobility. Depending on budget availability, this fund can also be used to help non-Lebanese PhD candidates in need of financial support.


Candidates for these scholarships should not have the Lebanese nationality. They must have:

  • Strong command of the French language
  • Finished their first cycle studies (bachelor’s degree): only master’s students are eligible.

The scholarship does not cover:

  • Any costs related to a placement test, interview or exam prior to admission
  • Visa fees
  • Flight to Lebanon
  • Residency permit

International exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship to cover their living expenses during their stay.


The scholarship covers:

  • Enrollment costs and university fees
  • A monthly stipend – for a maximum duration of 10 months – intended to cover living expenses
  • Civil accident liability, accident insurance and repatriation

Scholarships and extensions

Candidates are granted a scholarship based on their personal file, within the limit set by USJ, according to the criteria of priority within regions and academic excellence.
The scholarship is awarded for one academic year (two semesters) and is renewable based on academic results. The duration of the scholarship may not exceed the normal period of study of a master’s degree.


Students who are granted the scholarship must be registered full time and attend all the required courses. If they choose to attend courses that are not part of their chosen major, they will have to pay the subsequent fees.