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Study in Lebanon

Officially the Lebanese Republic, Lebanon is a small Middle Eastern country with a rich history and a diverse cultural identity. Although it has experienced a fair share of conflict and unrest, Lebanon has been enjoying increased prosperity of late. The country’s capital, Beirut, has become increasingly popular with foreign visitors, who are attracted by its fascinating culture and great nightlife.

However, there are also many prestigious universities in Lebanon appealing to international students from around the world. If you’d like to study in Lebanon, read on to find out more…

Fast Facts

  • Population of around 6.1 million people (2015 estimate)
  • Gained independence from France in 1943
  • Government is a Unitary parliamentary multi-confessionalist republic. The prime minister is currently Tammam Salam.
  • The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than seven thousand years.
  • Official language is Arabic, but both French and English are widely spoken.
  • Currency is the Lebanese pound (LBP).
  • Lebanon is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East. 54% of the population is Muslim, while 40.4% are Christian and 5.6% are Druze.
  • Lebanese people celebrate both Christian and Muslim holy days.
  • Lebanon’s small size is comparable to the US state of Connecticut.
  • Lebanon’s name originates from the Semitic word for white (probably referring to the snow caps of Mount Lebanon) and has remained unchanged for over four thousand years.
  • The city of Byblos in Lebanon has been suggested as the oldest continually inhabited city in the world.
  • The tourist industry makes up 10% of the country’s GDP.
  • Bordered by Syria to the east and Israel to the south.
  • The cedars of Lebanon are depicted on the national flag. The cedar is a symbol of hope, freedom and memory for the Lebanese.