* CAV Cumulative Average
The Term Average [TAV] is calculated by multiplying the grade for each course by the number of credits for the course, then dividing the sum of the results by the total number of credits. The highest grade in a repeated course is used in calculating the Cumulative Average [CAV]. Earned credits [Ecrs] exclude courses with repeat indicators [A and E]. However, all course grades remain part of the student’s permanent record.
2. Dean's Honor List
To be placed on the Dean's Honor List at the end of a given Fall or Spring term, a student must:
3. Graduation With Distinction
Students who complete the last two years of study with a general average of 85.00 or above in all courses, including repeated courses, and who are recommended by their faculties, are awarded their degree with distinction. Students who complete the last two years of study with a general average of 90.00 or above in all courses, including repeated courses, and who are recommended by their faculties, are awarded their degree with high distinction.
4. Term Average Distribution
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Degrees Granted by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Graphic Design (BGD), and the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BE), with majors in civil engineering, computer and communications engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The curriculum of the BArch degree extends over 14 terms (ten 16-week semesters and four eight-week summer terms), totaling 192 weeks. Although the program is completed in five calendar years, it is equivalent to a program of six academic years that does not include summers. The curriculum of the BE degree and that of the BGD degree is each divided into 11 terms (eight 16-week semesters and three eight-week summer terms), totaling 152 weeks. This duration is equivalent to five academic years, without summers, but the program is completed in four calendar years. All engineering majors have the first two terms in common. There is a short break after each term and a one-month vacation between summer and fall terms. Applicants who completed the freshman year, or hold the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II secondary school degree, or its equivalent (thirteen years of pre-university education), such as the French Baccalaureate , the German Abitur, the GCE Advanced Level, or the International Baccalaureate qualify for admission to First year Engineering, Graphic Design or Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
The Lebanese Ministry of Education recognizes all the degrees awarded by the American University of Beirut provided students are admitted on the basis of the Lebanese Baccalaureate or its equivalent as determined by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education also recognizes degrees in medicine, engineering and architecture and agriculture as equivalent to the corresponding degrees awarded or recognized by the Lebanese University.
It is the responsibility of the students themselves to ensure that the degrees they receive from AUB are duly evaluated by their respective governments.
Lebanese equivalence of the Freshman Class
Students holding the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II are eligible for consideration for admission to the Sophomore class of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or the corresponding first year in the Faculties of Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Second Year in the School of Nursing. Non-Lebanese students who successfully complete the Freshman class are entitled for promotion to the Sophomore class in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and for consideration for admission to the corresponding year in the professional schools at the University. Lebanese students who have obtained permission from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese ministry of education to continue their education on the basis of a program leading to a high school diploma or certificate, are entitled, upon successful completion of the Freshman class, for promotion to the Sophomore class in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and for consideration for admission to the corresponding year in the professional schools at the University.
Below is the number of credits and the types of subjects that Lebanese student should take during their Freshman year in order to obtain the equivalence of Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese ministry of education.
Minimum Number of Credits per Subject
Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS)
Please refer to the following link for Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS)
Language of Instruction
Courses at the American University of Beirut are conferred in English. English is the official language of instruction. Therefore, students enrolled at the University must demonstrate a level of proficiency in English that is consistent with the demands of the academic programs.
Assignment of Credit Hours