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Arrival and welcome meeting:

It is recommended for foreign students to arrive to Lebanon at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the academic year, in order for them to familiarize themselves with the campuses, register and find accommodation, etc.

The welcome meeting for international students usually takes place 1 week before the start of the academic year.

Visa and residency permit:

You can apply for a visa at the closest Lebanese Consulate.
Some international passport holders – notably Europeans – can get a tourist visa at the airport but procedures may vary from one country to another so always refer to the Lebanese Consulate at your country and the Lebanese General Security’s website for accurate procedures. 

Requirements to get a tourist visa at the airport:

  • A passport valid for at least 12 months from the date of arrival to Lebanon
  • USJ admission certificate

Once in Lebanon, if the visa does not cover the entire duration of the stay, it is possible to apply for visa extension or student residence at the General Security

Requirements for a residency permit:

  • A passport that is valid for at least one year
  • Two photocopies of the passport (pages including the photo, passport number, expiry date, visa, and entrance stamp)
  • Three photos (4x4)
  • A Certificate of enrollment at USJ (in Arabic) indicating the period of stay and the tuition fee waiver.  This certificate is delivered by the International relations office. It must then be stamped by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (UNESCO, Abou Chahla road, 6th floor. Tel.: 01-789907)
  • A housing certificate (with an indication of the exact address, owner’s name and contact)
  • A certificate from the student’s embassy in Lebanon certifying the status of “student”
  • A bank statement
  • A certificate from a notary stating that no paid employment will be undertaken during the stay
  • 250 000 LL or 300 000 LL (depending on the visa type)


  • Keep copies of all documents handed to the General Security
  • Be careful not to lose the receipt that will be issued at the time of submission of the application.
  • For queries or complaints related to the Lebanese General Security dial: 1717 or 01-389116


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In order to guarantee your hospitalization or health coverage in case of need or emergency during their stay, international students coming to USJ in the framework of a one semester/year academic exchange, for research or for an internships, will henceforth have to take out their medical insurance through the insurance office of USJ.

Registration at the host faculty will only be possible upon presentation of a copy of the insurance contract.

Indicative rates for academic year 2018/2019 are as follows:

  • - 1 month: 90 USD (around 76 euros)
  • - 3 months: 130 USD (around 110 euros)
  • - 5 months (1 semester): 180 USD (around 152 euros)
  • - 10 months (2 semesters): 220 USD (around 185 euros)
  • - 12 months: 270 USD (around 228 euros)

For any questions regarding insurance, please contact Mrs. Rana Mehawej: rana.mehawej@usj.edu.lb


Student Residence

Saint-Joseph University offers student housing located on Damascus Street next to the Rectorate.
Availability is very limited, therefore it is necessary to book as soon as possible. Click here Residence USJ for more details
You can also check https://etudiant.usj.edu.lb/docs/RepertoireResidences.pdf for a list of student dorms near our campuses.

Student housing and Hotels

These hotels are located near USJ campuses and can be a temporary option to consider before finding a permanent housing.

Hôtel De Ville, rue de Damas
Tel: + 961 1 637 777 

Hôtel Alexandre, Ashrafieh
Tel: + 961 1 325 736 

Smallville Hotel, Badaro
Tel: + 961 1 619 999 

Hostel Beirut, Geitawi 
Tel: + 961 78 908 966 

Also check: http://www.destinationlebanon.gov.lb/french/index.asp 

Furnished apartments

Shared apartments are international students’ favorite option. Offers can be found through newspaper ads, on campuses, on the streets, in blogs, by word of mouth, but also in our Facebook group "Nouveaux étudiants en mobilité à l'USJ."

Daily life in Beirut


Lebanon is a rather expensive country especially in terms of accommodation. An average student will need approximately 1.5 million LL (1000 dollars) per month to cover accommodation, food, and other daily expenses. However, the budget depends a lot on where you live and how you spend it.


Student cafeterias, bakeries, small restaurants and snacks offer man’ousheh, salads, sandwiches and meals at affordable prices. It is common in Lebanon to leave a tip when you are satisfied with the service (around 10% of the bill).

Transport (bus / Service / taxi)

  • The city bus ride costs between 500 and 1000 LL.
  • A long distance bus ride costs a maximum of 4000 LL.
  • A shared taxi (commonly called "Service") costs between 2000 and 4000 LL maximum for long distance transport and is very common within the area of Beirut. The fixed price is 2000 LL per person.
  • Only taxis with red license plates are allowed to circulate.

Phone line and Internet

One can make international calls from post offices and special stores. There are also phone cards to call overseas.
As per mobile phones, you can get a number from one of the two local operators Alfa and Touch; 3G and 4G services are also available.
For example, you can buy a phone line for 30,000 LL from a phone store and refill your line each month for 15,000 LL or more; depending on your need.

  1. Alfa website
  2. Touch website

Wifi is available in most restaurants and coffee shops.

Open a Bank account

There are several banks around Saint Joseph University in Beirut that have branches all over Lebanon and correspondents abroad.

To open a bank account, you will need:

  1. Your passport
  2. Your residential address in Lebanon
  3. A letter of recommendation from the International Relations Office of the Saint Joseph University.


Useful contacts and links

Lebenese Goverment:
Bureau central de l’administration
Parlement Libanais
Ministère de l’environnement
Ministère des finances
Ministère de l’intérieur
Ministère de la justice
Ministère de la poste et des télécommunications
Ministère de la santé publique
Ministère du tourisme

Other Services :

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