Lebanon

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RECOMMENDATION

On the 1-100 scale, expect an average of 80.  Expect averages of 12-13 on the French grading system (1-20).  Class rank is helpful in determining severity of grading.  Beirut Arab University: Applicants with "Excellent" or "Very Good" general averages may be considered admissible.   

GRADING SYSTEM

Institutions following the French system (1-20 scale):

16-20

Très Bien

A+

14-15.9

Bien

A

12-13.9

Assez Bien

B

10-11.9

Passable

C

8-9.9

Ajourné

F

American University of Beirut (1-100 scale):

90-100

A / Excellent

4.0

80-89

B / Good

3.0

70-79

C / Fair

2.0

60-69

D / Weak or Fail

1.0

Below 60

F / Fail

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SUGGESTED DEGREE EQUIVALENCE

Equivalent to US Bachelor’s:

  • Diplôme d’ (Diploma of) - comparable to a bachelor's degree in an equivalent field in the United States.  Awarded after four years of education beyond the Lebanese Baccalaureate specializing in agronomy, theater and audio visual studies or five years if studies are in the life sciences (vet med, pharmacy, dentistry).
  • Licence - comparable to a bachelor's degree in the United States.

Note:  2-3-year diplomas are not comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.  Examples include diplome d’agronomie appliquee (applied agronomy), d’Etat Francais d’infirmiers (nursing), d’etudes techniques d’assurance (insurance studies), d’etudes superieur de banque (higher banking).

Equivalent to US Master's:

  • Magistere - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Maîtrise - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Diplôme - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Diplôme ďétudes supérieures (DES) - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Diplôme ďingénieur - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Diplôme ďétudes approfondies (DEA) - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.
  • Certificat ďaptitude professional ďeducation supérieur (CAPES) - comparable to a Masters degree in the United States.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diplôme en médecine générale / Diplôme de docteur en médecine - comparable to a first professional degree in (field) in the United States.
  • Docteur de pharmacie - comparable to a first professional degree in (field) in the United States.
  • Docteur de médecine dentaire - comparable to a first professional degree in (field) in the United States.