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Feb 23, 2023

Thousands of Refugee Students Cut off from Classes in Lebanon

Thousands of Syrian refugee students in Lebanon are being cut off from classes, all, according to officials, in the name of “equality.”

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Aug 18, 2022

Qatar to support Lebanon’s collapsing education sector

Qatar has reportedly promised Lebanon to help support its collapsing education sector amid ongoing economic issues.

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Apr 29, 2022

Students in the region continue to face testing times

According to UNESCO, the education of more than 1.5 billion students in 165 countries was interrupted as a result of university and school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Oct 12, 2021

Results Of Lebanon Baccalaureate Exams Issued

The Baccalaureate exams, which had been a source of anxiety for students across Lebanon for the past few months, were concluded on July 31. The exams went relatively well, in part thanks to the fact that the committees that determine exam materials were exceptionally lenient with the questions due to the difficult circumstances in Lebanon.

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Oct 12, 2021

Lebanon Brevet Is Officially Cancelled For Lebanese Students

Lebanon will not hold official Brevet exams/Grade 9 exams this year, revealing a proposal to “cancel it permanently for the coming years so that students do not remain hostage to political and economic fluctuations.” The decision to cancel the Brevet exams takes into consideration the national certificate’s state on one hand, and Lebanon’s public health situation on the other.

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Oct 4, 2021

In-Person Classes In Lebanon Will Start This Fall

In-person classes will resume in Lebanon. The announcement comes amid concerns among the population about the unfavorable situation in Lebanon, which is facing a myriad of crises, including the pandemic and severe fuel shortages.

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Mar 30, 2021

Middle East loses year of education

Rich, poor; young, old(er); Arab, Jew: Students of all stripes across the Middle East have experienced a school year like no other. For almost a year, their learning has been disrupted by the novel coronavirus with on-again, off-again in-person classes and lessons on Zoom.

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Aug 26, 2020

UNESCO commits to rehabilitate damaged schools and support the education sector in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion

The Beirut Port explosion that occurred on August 4, 2020 caused partial or complete destruction of about 70 public schools and 50 private schools in Beirut and neighboring areas. Such devastation threatens to disrupt the new academic year and deprive about 55,000 Lebanese and non-Lebanese students enrolled in these schools of their right to education.

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Lebanon is located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria. The capital city is Beirut. The official language is Arabic, with French, English and Armenian also used.


Lebanon’s educational system has been influenced by external factors that mean one student may receive teaching in a French educational system while another may be taught in an American system. For the past 150 years Lebanon’s educational system has been shaped by other countries and religions and this fact may have helped stabilize education amidst the turmoil Lebanon has experienced even in present day. Primary and secondary education is categorized into cycles similar to the French pattern.

Primary Education

The main influence on primary education is the French pattern of education. Primary education is mandatory beginning at age 6 and lasts for six years. The Intermediate level of education is three years in length beginning at age 12 and ending at age 15. Much like the French system, students must pass the Brevet exam to advance to the secondary level.

Secondary Education

The Secondary level of education lasts 3 years, beginning at age 15 and ending at age 18. The first year of secondary education students take general courses. The last two years students are streamed into a specialized area. Students pick streams that match academic strengths. Upon completion of the three-year cycle, students sit for the official Lebanese Baccalaureate exams in their respective tracks (four in all). Successful students obtain the Shahaadat Al-Bakaalouriya al Lubnaaniya l’il-ta ’liim al-Thaanawi or the Al-Bakaalouriya al-Fanniya.

Post-Secondary Education

Higher education in Lebanon is provided by Technical and Vocational Institutes, University Colleges, University Institutes and Universities. Only one of them is a Public Institution: the Lebanese University. Both the private and public sectors are administrated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Technical and Vocational Institutes under the Directorate General of Technical and Vocational Education. University Colleges, University Institutes and Universities are under the responsibility of the Directorate General of Higher Education. Admission to higher education Institutions is based on the Baccalauréat libanais.

First Cycle, Academic

Some Institutions offer short courses (two to three years) leading to professional qualifications. Where longer studies are involved, the first stage leads, after three to five years study, to the Licence, Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma, depending on the Institution attended.

First Cycle, Vocational/Technical

Technical Education in Lebanon follows the French pattern mainly and begins at the secondary level of education. A student following a technical education stream earns the Baccalauréat technique. A student would then follow an appropriate stream based on specialization at the tertiary level. A student may receive the following diplomas through technical or vocational education:

  • Primary Education:
    • Certificat d’aptitude Professionelle (2 years beyond elementary cycle)
    • Brevet Professionnel (three years beyond elementary cycle)
  • Secondary Level:
    • Baccalauréat technique (culmination of primary and secondary education)
  • Post-Secondary Level:
    • Formation Professionelle de Maîtrise (3 years beyond intermediate cycle)
    • Technicien Supérieur (3 years beyond secondary cycle)
    • Licence Technique (4 years beyond secondary cycle)

Technical Education students receive training in a number of specialized areas including banking, restaurant management, industrial chemistry, mechanics and welding.

Second Cycle

The second stage involves more specialized work and leads, after one or two years of study beyond the first Degree, to the Maîtrise in Scientific subjects, the Master’s Degree at the American University, the Magistère, the Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures, and the Diplôme d’Etudes approfondies. In Medicine, the Medical Doctorate (MD) is awarded after seven years of study. It is a professional qualification.

Third Cycle

The third stage involves the writing of a thesis and leads to the award of a Doctorate. In French-speaking universities, a Doctorate is awarded after three years of study beyond the Diplôme d’Etudes approfondies.

U.S.-Patterned Institutions

There are also several universities in Lebanon that award degrees based on the U.S. educational system including the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU), and Notre Dame University (NDU). These schools are "chartered" and have legal permission to operate as higher education institutions in Lebanon. These schools use the U.S. (not Lebanese) system of credits, grades and degrees. The degrees are called bachelor’s, master’s, and PhDs based on an accumulation of semester credit hours and are conducted only in English (except for foreign language courses that may be included in the curriculum). The 4-year bachelor's degrees will often appear to be only 3 years in length on the transcript. This is because the Lebanese Government mandates a year of credit (30 semester hours) for the Lebanese Baccalauréat. They are, nevertheless, four year degrees.

Teacher Training

Elementary school teachers are trained at the Faculties of Education in public and private universities. The Baccalauréat is required for admission. After three years of study, students are awarded a Bachelor Degree in elementary and primary education. For secondary school teachers, The Faculty of Education of the Lebanese University offers 5-year courses leading to the Certificat d’Aptitude pédagogique de l'Enseignement secondaire. A Teaching Diploma (TD) in various fields (literature, physics, maths, etc) is awarded by Colleges and Universities.



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