Any student registered at USJ and wishing to access its campuses and attend courses must be vaccinated and have a vaccination certificate. For vaccination appointments at Hôtel-Dieu de France hospital, please contact email@example.com once in Lebanon, mentioning that you are an international exchange student.
International students coming to USJ must subscribe to the USJ insurance covering sudden illness, hospitalization and repatriation. The terms and conditions of this insurance will be sent to you separately.
You will not be able to register at your affiliate faculty if you do not provide a proof of subscription to USJ’s insurance. In order to do that, you must:
It is highly recommended to apply, before the mobility, for a multiple entry visa covering your stay in Lebanonat the nearest Lebanese embassy or consulate.
To get a visa, you need to make sure that:
Finding housing is your responsibility. Many options are available:
Upon arrival, you can take a taxi directly from the airport. However, airport taxis are generally very expensive and can sometimes be abusive towards foreigners, so we advise you to book a private taxi, Uber or Bolt eby connecting to the airport's Wi-Fi upon arrival.
For private taxi companies, we recommend Sioufi taxi (contact: +961 3 480 254) or Geryes taxi (contact: +961 3 777 880). They are trustworthy; they have English-speaking drivers and are reachable by WhatsApp. It is always better to contact them and book a cab 24 hours before your arrival.
In order to circulate within Beirut, you can use the collective taxi called "SERVICE". To go outside Beirut, you can use the bus (check the Bus Map Project and www.zawarib.net) Please note that the cost of transportation change continually based on the gas price.
nternational students must strictly comply with the official academic calendar of USJ and refer to their host faculty for any further details regarding teaching and exams modality (online, hybrid or onsite), exams dates, make-up sessions etc.
IMPORTANT NOTE : students registered at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (FDSP) or wishing to follow one or more courses in it must know that it has its own academic calendar that is different from USJ’s. Please refer directly to the secretariat of the faculty for more information and details on this subject:firstname.lastname@example.org
The final learning agreement cannot be finalized until onsite registration after being approved by the academic coordinators based on courses availability, schedules and within the limits of places available for each course.
Official registration is made at the host faculty and not at the international relations office. To do so, you need to:
Your student credentials (username and password) will be sent to you automatically upon registration via SMS on an active mobile number. They will allow you to access USJ’s Wi-Fi network on all campuses as well as the online student website(site de l’étudiant)where you can have access to your grades, moodle etc.
The official transcript of records will be sent in scanned copies to you and the international relations office of your home institution by email within 4 weeks after the end of the exam period.
Grading system: In accordance with European accreditation criteria and quality standards in teaching and research, USJ has adopted since 2003 the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
If you buy a Lebanese SIM card from ALFA or TOUCHplease share it with your host faculty and the international relations office.
To benefit from the student plan*, you should be under 25 years old, have an active Lebanese sim card with a minimum of 15 USD. In order to activate the student plan to recharge your line:
• Access your profile on the site de l'étudiant using the username and password that you previously received via SMS.
• Click on MON USJ → Bouquet Alfa et Touch → ACTIVER l'option
P.S: an SMS will be automatically sent to Alfa or Touch and you will receive – a few days later – an SMS including the instructions to follow in order to activate the option. In case of any technical problems, do not hesitate to contact – for free – Alfa or Touch by dialing 111 or to pass by the IT office of any USJ campus or simply send an email to(email@example.com). *terms and conditions are subject to change by the Mobile Operators.
The Sports Center is located at the Innovation and Sport Campus (CIS), Damascus road, Block A, 4th floor. To register, you must have your letter of acceptance or student card. This registration will give you access to the gym, squash room and indoor pool.
The Student package :
• 20 USD pour 1 mois
• 90 USD pour 6 mois
*payable in cash USD and subject to change
• Monday to Friday: from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday: from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
• Sunday : closed
If you would like to join one of USJ sports teams, contact Mr. Maroun Khoury M. Maroun Khoury (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Department of Student Life’s mission is to mobilize student life within the University through helping student bodies organize projects and through supporting various student structures such as USJ Clubs (music, law, scouts, cinéclub, mediation, discovery, etc.), Amicales USJ (student groups), the University Pastoral etc. For more info: email@example.com
Volunteering via “USJ on mission”:
USJ has always insisted on the civic engagement of its students and has tirelessly sought to promote justice in a society that lacks of it. Volunteering and civic engagement are in fact one of the missions of our University.
Following the serious economic crisis that has hit Lebanon and Lebanese citizens since 2019, all student structures were taking actions to try to relieve, help and be present with families in need. This is how the “USJ on mission” project was born. “USJ on Mission” brings together several structures of Saint Joseph University of Beirut: the pastoral, Day 7 Operation, and the Department of Student Life. This project was officially launched in April 2020 to collect food and money to help families in need affected by the economic situation in Lebanon. Initiations and actions were launched with more than 3,000 families in need. And, in June, it was decided to maintain this project for the long term. Thus, the project now engages with 250 families by sending a box of food every month.
Following the explosion that shook Beirut on August 4, 2020, actions were carried out at different levels and several services have been provided: medical, legal, psychosocial, clearing – renovation – catering, meeting food and material needs.
Considering the financial collapse, the devaluation of the national currency, as well as the constant fluctuation of the rate of the $ compared to the Lebanese pound, many rules and conditions can be imposed regarding the withdrawal of money in international currencies ($ or €). Therefore, we suggest you come to Lebanon with a sufficient amount of cash money (Dollars or Euros) that you can.
Gradually exchange against Lebanese pounds in a Money exchange office or with reliable persons according to your needs and based on the daily market rate.
Place it in a "Fresh Money Account" that you can open in a bank (we would recommend Bank Audi - Sofil branch, Achrafieh which is USJ main bank). However, please note that it might be a complicated procedure and that you may face restrictions and fees for each withdrawal, transfer, deposit, etc. For example:
Our office is located at Rectorat USJ, Damascus road, facing the French Embassy.
For questions or enquiries related to your mobility, you can contact Nayla Hocheimy Hajj through
phone : +961 81 115 706
Onsite meeting (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 am till 1.00 pm). Please ask for an appointment by sending an email at least one day in advance.
You can have your mail delivered to you at the below address. We will contact you by email upon receipt.
ATTENTION : Please note that in case of extra fees, USJ will cover them provided you reimburse them upon pick-up.
For any practical information, you can check: USJ Campuses, The international Student's Guide et suivre nos comptes sur les réseaux sociaux USJ Facebook Page | Twitter USJ | Instagram USJ | SRI Facebook Page (international relations) | Groupe Facebook in/out mobility: Mobilité internationale USJ | Instagram SRI (relations internationales - #sriusj)
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