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Rafik Hariri University

P.O. Box:10 - Damour, Chouf 2010-Lebanon Mechref,
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COVID-19 Information: Please check the Admissions tab

Rafik Hariri University (RHU) is situated atop a seaside mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Mechref; a short drive from Beirut, Sidon, and Mount Lebanon in the heart of a prestigious gated community.

RHU’s main strength lies in:

  • Low faculty to student ratio: The RHU low student to faculty ratio was 15 to 1 in  Fall 2019
  • Hub for Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Accreditation: 2019 was a banner year for the College of Engineering where RHU Engineering and Computer Science programs received ABET accreditation for six years . In addition,  RHU  College of Business Administration is the first in Lebanon to received international accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the next ten years.

RHU is best known for:

  • Affordable education for all
  • RHU is a university of firsts: RHU is the first in Lebanon to offer an engineering degree in mechatronics; the first in the region to offer an MBA in oil and gas management; the first to offer a bachelor of science in engineering technology; and the first to offer a degree in health care information systems.
  • RHU is an award-winning university

All programs at RHU are taught in English.

To find out more about the university, you can visit its social media platforms via Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Sound cloud, and Instagram.

RHU has one campus in Mechref with nine buildings – seven are educational, one is for administration, and one is for student residences.

The Student Affairs Office (SAO) provides services related to financial assistance, athletic facilities, student clubs, student housing, student recreation centers, student council, student counseling, student health and wellness, prayer area, and all sorts of facilities including:

  • Dormitories
  •  Transportation
  • Athletics and recreation
  • Health care
  • English language support center
  • Learning Support Center (LSC)
  • Counseling and coaching
  • Information Technology Solutions
  • RHU Library
  • Disabled facilities

International students at RHU constitute 9.48 percent of the student body, representing eight different nationalities.  

The SAO organizes several events and activities throughout the year in collaboration with student clubs, including blood drives, fundraising events, entertainment events, annual open house and welcome party.

The Athletic teams also organize and participate in national and international challenges and tournaments. The office also provides volunteering and community service activities.

Students can live in Mechref both on and off campus. Students living on campus have access to all student facilities and services, in addition to bus shuttles around the clock to the nearest city area.

COVID-19 Information: 

•             What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours?
All on campus activities are cancelled for the time being with no alternatives.

•             How can applicants contact the university about their application?
Prospects and applicants can either email the admissions office at [email protected] or contact us through any of our social media platforms.

•             How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
We shall follow practices that other universities adopt and stay in compliance with the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

•             What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?
The university has it is own English entrance exam and applicants can sit for it once we are back to normal.

•             How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
Everything related to visa issuance is freezed for now. Later, the university will support the applicants with all necessary documents needed for their visas.

•             Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
Admissions office is still accepting applications of all kind with no restrictions at all.

•             How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
Applications to RHU Accommodation are handled via email to Admissions Office and Student Affairs Office.

•             Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
So far there are no changes however this can be changed as deemed necessary in due time.

To gain admission onto a program, students require the following:

  • High school records from the last three year
  • A certified copy of the official certificate or diploma
  • Certified copy of Official Lebanese High School equivalence of all non-Lebanese degrees
  • Official university transcript attested by the Ministry of Higher Education along with the university catalog (for transfer students only).
  • English proficiency: Official TOEFL scores/In-house TOEFL; Official IELTS scores; Official score of SAT I writing section
  • A non-refundable application fee of LL 100,000 (US$65.91) accompanying your application (no additional fees apply to international students)

There are a number of scholarships available from the likes of Merit Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships; Work-Study program.

For those in need of financial assistance, students can complete and submit a financial aid application. Follow this link for more info.

Visit the admissions office page here.

Graduates from RHU are successful in job placements following completion of their degrees:

College of Business Administration
Employability rate 83 percent in addition to 1 percent pursuing a degree

College of Engineering

Employability rate 74 percent in addition to 6 percent pursuing a degree

College of Arts and Sciences  
Employability rate 91 percent in addition to 3 percent pursuing a degree

RHU boasts a large, thriving community not just because of the education, faculty, and students – but also from the alumni network.

With more than 2,500 alumni across the globe in Lebanon, North America, Europe, GCC, Africa, and Australia, the future is bright for graduates.

There are a number of career services available at the university, including:

Cooperative Training Program

  • The Co-op training program is designed allow students to test and apply knowledge, skills and competences acquired in the classrooms and labs. Students will develop a clear purpose and become more engaged during their last year of study

Career Services

  • The Communication and Alumni Relations Office relays information on available job vacancies to RHU alumni to assist them in the employment process, career change and transitions, and networking opportunities.

Visit the university’s career services here.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 716


International students - 67


Total faculty staff - 48


Total students - 716


International students - 67


Total faculty staff - 48

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