International Exchanges – American University of Beirut

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with American University of Beirut

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

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International Student Website:

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have 3.0 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.

At least one area studies course: history, politics, literature, or international relations is strongly recommended. Additional recommended preparation: Language, Culture and Society; Intercultural Communications; Introduction to International/Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the American College in Beirut application.

Program Dates
Fall Semester: September – December
Spring Semester: January – May
Full Year: September – May

Required Courses
Students are required to take an Arabic language class, at least one course that include content on Lebanese history, politics, literature or culture. In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
Students must take an Arabic language course. Arabic language courses are available at all levels.

Course Options
Students may take courses across the curriculum, click here to search the catalog. Strengths include architecture, Middle East studies,  Islamic philosophy, food sciences, and STEM fields including computer science.

Credit Possible
Students must take a course load of 15 to 16 semester credits to earn the equivalent of 4.0 course credits at Pitzer.  A typical course load is 5 classes x 3 credits each. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students live in shared university dorms either on or off campus.  Students will receive a stipend from Pitzer for self-catered meals.