Most private universities in Lebanon offer study abroad programs with the aim of enriching students’ college experience. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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More Lebanese university students than ever before are enrolling in exchange programs to travel the world and take advantage of educational opportunities abroad. The American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University and Universite Saint-Joseph all offer study abroad programs with the aim of enriching students' college experience, according to LAU's Dina Abdul Rahman study abroad coordinator. Yves Daher, a USJ student, said studying abroad in France was a life-changing experience. In 2010, LAU began to offer exchange programs as part of its new mission to make its students future leaders. According to Abdul Rahman, studying abroad allows students to benefit both on a personal and academic level and develop leadership skills. For students unable to afford to go abroad, the ERASMUS program offers scholarships. Available for students studying at USJ, LAU and the AUB, the grants provide a monthly allowance of around $1,300, health insurance and a round-trip plane ticket.
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