They don't care about international students February 07, 2023

By (Epidemiology, American University of Beirut) - abroad from 08/24/2022 to 02/02/2023 with

American University of Beirut: Beirut - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved it despite anything and would love to continue but they dismissed me at the beginning of second semester already without any prior notic

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My academic advisor was unhelpful at all. I felt ignored and discriminated. PhD Programme coordinator was not helpful either. Always busy and bever on campus

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Academic advisor isn't helpful at all, PhD Programme coordinator is never available, scholarship came at the end of semester but not in the beginning when it was needed most.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Scholarship came at the end of October and first two months I had to study without stipend making my ends meet

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spend wisely


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced course in English
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Scholarship
  • Facilities
  • Campus
* What could be improved?
  • Availability of academic advisors
  • Respect towards international students
  • Office of Admissions works irresponsibly
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That they are selfish and disrespectful. Otherwise I wouldn't have chosen American University of Beirut

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Faculty of Health Sciences, department of Public Health
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Teacher was fake and double - minded. Assesment was not clear, teacher didn't let us see our final assignment, teacher was rude, harsh and not ready to communicate with the students. I was only international student at the course and I was only one who was forced to leave it. They made it look as if it was my wish, while actually I wanted to stay. Teacher didn't want to see my in her class
Credit Transfer Issues: No