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An Overview of the University

The University of Balamand is a non-profit and independent institution of hig​​​​her ​education. It was founded in 1988 by Patriarch Ignatius IV, P​atriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Recognizing the noble values of tolerance, co-existence and mutual respect, Balamand welcomes students and faculty from all over the world.​We prepare our students to think creatively and to interact constructively so as to be able to lead by example.
Our ​commitment to Lebanon and the region is to provide Service Education: Education through Doing (SEED). This program teaches students the importance of team work, the necessity of having effective communication skills, various conflict resolution techniques and the principle of citizenship. The SEED program serves the University's mission by preparing members of the local and regional communities to meet tomorrow's challenges.

More than 5,000 students currently attend the University of Balamand. While the majority are from Lebanon, the student body is quite cosmopolitan, with 36 nationalities represented throughout the various campuses. ​The faculty to student ratio is 11:1.

Saint John of Damascus Institute of Theology (Arabic​, English and Spanish)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Arabic, English and French)
 Centers & Institutes

Undergraduate Degree Programs:
​The University of Balamand offers over 70 academic undergraduate programs

Graduate Programs:
The graduate school offers master's degrees in 55 disciplines.

The main campus is located in Al-Kurah, north of Lebanon,
overlooking the Mediterranean and the city of Tripoli.

The University of Balamand occupies 454,000 square meters of a beautiful hillside
covered with olive and oak trees. The plateau is dominated by the historic
12th century monastery of Balamand.

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) was founded in 1995 with the aim of contributing
to the development of the health sector in Lebanon and the region. It was established in
Achrafieh, Beirut, facing Saint George Hospital.

The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts is located in Sin El-Fil, Beirut.and courses there
are taught in French, in contrast to other programs where English is the language of instruction.

The University of Balamand and the Issam fares Foundation laid the cornerstone on 12/20/2008 of the Issam Fares Institute of Technology in Beino, Akkar.​

New Branches under Construction: 
  • The Souk El-Gharb Campus is a picturesque mountaintop location, nestled among the peaks of Mount Lebanon. The beautiful surroundings offer the perfect atmosphere for learning. It is just 20 minutes away from Beirut.It is easily accessed from Zahle, Aley, Bhamdoun and Saida.​The University of Balamand Souk El-Gharb leading programs are Arts and Social Sciences,Business and Management, Engineering, Health Sciences and Scienses.
  • ​​​The seven-story Balamand hospital will cover an area of 24,000-square meters.The hospital will be situated at the top of the Balamand hill in Al-Kurah.​

University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon +961.6.930.250​ ​​
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The Faculty of Health Sciences organizes a yearly
Health Fair on the main campus in Al-Kurah where students and the community at  large have the opportunity to receive medical attention and some very good advice from health professionals for free.
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University of Balamand,
Balamand Al Kurah,

Tel:  +961-6-930250
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