USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program

University Scholarship Program

Requirements to Join USP VIII-Cohort 4

  1. Know that any attempt to seek a “wasta” or interference regarding the selection process (admission, financial aid, exams) or any other intervention from any person or side will automatically lead to immediate disqualification.
  2. Be a Lebanese citizen.
  3. Have attended a public or private high school in Lebanon for at least the last three years of your secondary education and expected to complete your baccalaureate during summer. An exception is made for students who spent two years out of the three in a public and private school and one secondary year in a US Government education exchange program (such as YES). Documents proving participation in such programs need to be presented along with the application. Students who spent less than their last three years of schooling in Lebanon are not eligible unless their transfer to Lebanon was substantiated by death of the breadwinner, or official bankruptcy.
  4. Have a cumulative average of 13.5/20 (Grades 10 and 11) if you are applying from a public school.
  5. Have a cumulative average of 16/20 (Grades 10 and 11) if you are applying from a private school.
  6. Obtain a minimum of 13.5/20 on your official Lebanese Baccalaureate exam.
  7. Obtain the minimum required scores on the tests and exams set by the university you are applying to.
  8. Demonstrate past and present performance of service and community activities.
  9. Not be registered at any university or have completed studies at any university.
  10. Register at one of the universities, AUB or LAU, as a full-time student at all times.
  11. Not have siblings who have benefited or are benefiting from any USP or US funded undergraduate scholarship unless they dropped during the first year of enrollment in order to ensure that as many families as possible benefit from the program.
  12. Parents must not be receiving an educational university subsidy of $5000 or more.

Financial Aid Guidelines

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate for the USPVIII scholarship program, you need to demonstrate financial need. Make sure to submit hard copies  of all the financial aid required documents starting January 31 and prior to March 15, 2022.


If a student spent at least one of the three secondary years in a private school, the student and his/her parent must contribute (pay) towards the tuition fees of the University they enroll in. Student and parent should pay a proportional amount to the average school tuition in grades 10, 11 and 12 even if the applicant is benefiting from any form of financial assistance. In other words, if the parent/student was paying $3000 per year in grade 10, $2000 per year in grade 11 and $130 per year in grade 12, then the required parents’ contribution to the tuition of the University under USP will be ($3000 +$2000 + $130) / 3 = 1,710 per year.

This contribution should be paid yearly for all academic programs including the preparatory year and is applicable to all selected students who spent at least one year in a private high school.

Benefits of USP VIII-Cohort 4 

If accepted, USP VIII - Cohort IV will cover the following:

  1. Up to full tuition fees, for the duration of the program
  2. Medical Insurance
  3. Book allowance
  4. Student housing and transportation allowance
    Please note that all those who shall be entitled to dorms are explicitly bound to clear rules and regulations. Dorms are segregated (dorms for girls - dorms for boys).
  5. A monthly stipend for nine to eleven months per year depending on the major
  6. Laptop
  7. Counseling services and psychosocial support as needed
  8. Support services shall be offered to women coming to live on campus, if and when needed.

Programs You May Apply For 

Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing

School of Arts and Sciences

Adnan Kassar School of Business

School of Engineering

Career Guidance for each of the above-listed Majors

Major Career Opportunities
Business Administrator, Financial Analyst, Treasurer, Chief Cost Accountant, Financial Aid Director, Management/Financial Consultant, Accountant, General Manager, Research Specialist, Economic Analyst, Internal Audit, Digital Marketing, Human Resources, Sales
Chemistry Agricultural Scientist, Geochemist, Quality Control Manager, Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry Teacher, Research Assistant, Medical Representative
Civil Engineering Airport Engineer, Landscape Architect, Oceanographer, Production Engineer, Meteorologist, Print Editor, Newscaster, Proofreader, TV News Producer, Reporter, Property Management, Quantity Surveyor, Geotechnical Engineer, Sales Engineer, Pavement Engineer
Computer  Engineering IT project coordinator, Technical Consultant, Computer Hardware Engineer, Database Manager, Integrated Systems Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Communications Engineer, Business, Development Manager, IT Systems Administrator, Backend Developer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Pre-sales Engineer - Test & Measurement, Mobile App Developer, Operations Manager, Energy Efficiency and Solar Project Development Consultant
Computer Science Computer system Analyst, Computer Network Architect, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Audiovisual Production Specialist, Lighting Technician, Social Media Communications Specialist, Sound Editor, Android Developer, Quality Assurance Officer, Backend Developer, IT officer, Business Development Manager, Coding Tutor, Specialist, IT Development, Numerical Sciences/Computer Science Teacher, Technical Consultant, IT Quality Assurance Manager
Economics Entrepreneur, Healthcare Administrator, Property Manager, Market Research Analyst, Information Scientist, Customer Service Representative, Stock watcher/presenter, Junior Broker, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance Analyst, Research, Economic Analyst, Advisory Manager, Office Manager, Financial Analyst/Manager, Data Analyst
Education/Elementary Teacher, School Administrator, Educational Officer in NGOs, Private educational Officer, Academic Advisor, School Administrator, Consultant, Curriculum Coordinator, Teacher/Professor, Researcher, Principle, Director, Coordinator
Electrical Engineering Integrated Systems Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Communications Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Electrical Draftsman
Industrial Engineering Packaging Engineer, Logistics Engineer, Quality Control Manager, Operations Analyst, Projects Manager, ICT Project Coordinator
Mathematics External Auditor, Teacher/Professor, Financial Manager, Controller, Budget Analyst, Junior Product Manager
Mechanical Engineering External Auditor, Teacher/Professor, Financial Manager, Controller, Budget Analyst, Junior Product Manager
Nursing Care Nurse, School Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Nurse Administrator, Head Nurse, Carer
Psychology Addiction Counselor, Human Resource Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Social worker, Professor/ Teacher, Addiction Counselor, Human Resource Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Social worker, Professor/Teacher

Application and Supporting Documents 

After uploading all your supporting documents, you need to send the documents that are required as “original copy” via Liban Post or by hand to LAU Admissions Office to the Beirut or Byblos Campus.

Required Exams and Next Steps

If you are shortlisted, you need to submit a proof of English proficiency by sending one of the below:

If you are shortlisted, the LAU admissions team will contact you and give you the details regarding the English Entrance Exam (EEE) and the sophomore exam. 

If you pass the English exam and you are shortlisted again, the Admission office at LAU will contact you directly to inform you about the interview.


Selection Process Phases

December 2021 - March 2022
Recruitment phase and completion of application

March 15, 2022
Deadline to receive complete applications

April 9, 2022
Deadline to receive additional documents requested by the university (if need be)

April 2022 - May 2022
Review of applications and shortlisting students for exams.
Ifedit el milkieh for both mother and father/caregiver will be requested from shortlisted applicants for the interviews.
Selection criteria: application completeness, high school grades

May 2022 - July 2022
Interview period for students and parents
Selection criteria: high school grades, entrance exam results and official Lebanese baccalaureate or official technical Lebanese baccalaureate score and validation of financial need, including ifedit milkieh

July 2022- August 2022
Final selection
Selection criteria: high school grades, entrance exam results, interview results, official Lebanese baccalaureate score and financial aid assessment

First of August 2022
Start of Academic Year 2022-2023

Final Selection Percentage Distribution

Academic Performance (includes: Averages in grades 10 and 11, entrance exams and official baccalaureate results)  45%
Financial Need    30%
Leadership Assessment  25%