The Islamic University of Lebanon (IUL)

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The Islamic University of Lebanon, the subject of this issue’s section on higher education institutions, is affiliated to the Supreme Islamic Shia’a Council.


The Islamic University of Lebanon (IUL) was established by Imam Moussa Sadr, founder and chairman of the Supreme Islamic Shia’a Council. Law no. 67/72 dated December 19th 1967 (on the regulation of the affairs of the Shia’a Islamic Confession and the establishment of the Supreme Islamic Shia’a Council) states in article 3 that “[the council] has the right to establish a religious university and the right to establish a higher education university subject to what does not legally prevent it from practicing this right”.

The IUL opened on October 10th 1995. It obtained its license in the following year pursuant to decree no. 8600 dated June 12th 1996 which provides for the establishment of different faculties and institutes. Today, the IUL has 5 faculties and 3 institutes: the Faculty of Jurisprudence and Islamic studies, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Diplomatic Sciences, the Faculty of Tourism, the University Institute of Practical Technology, the Higher Institute of Management and the Higher Institute of Languages and Translation.

The IUL and the Educational System

The headquarters of the IUL is located in Khaldeh, South of Beirut and in 1995 occupied an area of 4,700 m2. In 2006, the campus extended over an area of 12,000 m2. The IUL includes fifteen laboratories, 113 classrooms, three teaching amphitheaters, one seminar hall, one conference room and one ceremony room in addition to a library equipped with an electronic search engine connecting it to the cooperation program with the French Cultural Center. It is also a member of the Arab Union of Libraries and the Association of Libraries in Lebanon. The IUL opened recently a branch in Tyr (Sour), in Southern Lebanon. The university’s administrators seek to establish two more branches, one in the Beqaa and another one in the North of Lebanon.

In terms of the academic system, the IUL follows a system where all the faculties and institutes of the university apply the annual system divided into two semesters. The University Institute of Practical Technologies is an exception whereby it applies the system of educational credits. The IUL uses Arabic, French and English as basic languages for teaching and communication.

Details of the certificates delivered by the IUL by specialization

Faculty or institute



Number of years required

Instruction language

Faculty of Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies

Islamic studies


4 years

Arabic and English

Faculty of Engineering

Biomedical engineering, computer and communication engineering, surveying engineering


5 years

French and English

Faculty of Law



4 years

Arabic, English and French

Faculty of Political, Administrative

& Diplomatic Sciences

Political sciences, administrative sciences, international and diplomatic relations


4 years

Arabic, English and French

Faculty of Tourism

Tourism and nutrition care, hotel management, flight and aviation service, tourist guidance and orientation


4 years

Arabic, English, French and Spanish

University Institute for Practical Technology

Nursing sciences, computer science, graphic design


3 years

Arabic, English and French

Higher Institute of Management

Management, accounting, marketing, administrative information, economics, banking and finance, industrial management, financial management, hospital management, auditing, educational management


3 years

Arabic, English and French

Higher Institute of Languages

& Translation

Translation, Arabic language and literature, French language and literature, English language and literature


3 years

Arabic, English and French

Sources : Administration of the Islamic University of Lebanon, The Monthly, Information International SAL.

The IUL currently seeks to get a license to establish four new faculties: the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health.

Education of students and graduates

Tuition fees

The Islamic University of Lebanon is a non-profit organization and it applies low educational fees. The Faculty of Engineering fees are LBP4.2 million per academic year. For the other specializations, the annual fees do not exceed LBP3 million. In the University Institute of Practical Technology, the cost of one educational credit does not exceed a maximum of LBP100,000.

After thorough individual assessment, the IUL also grants financial aid to orphans and students with challenging socio-economic backgrounds.

Characteristics of the IUL

The Islamic University of Lebanon has some specializations that distinguish it from other higher education institutions in Lebanon, including:

- This institution was the first to provide certain university specializations such as Biomedical Engineering in 1995, the Surveying Engineering in 1999.

- Graduate projects of the IUL have been granted the first awards in the exhibition of industrial researches organized by the Association of Lebanese Industrialists with the annual participation of some Lebanese universities and other research institutions. The IUL also received in 2004 the prize of the best distinguished university institution in the exhibition of “Lebanese Industrial Research Achievements” (LIRA).

- The IUL is a member of the International Union of Universities, the Francophone University Agency (AUF), the Union of Arab Universities, the Union of Islamic Universities and the Association of Islamic Universities.

- The IUL concluded cooperation agreements with Arab, Islamic and Global universities including: Al-Azhar University (Egypt), the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAIK) in (Russia), the National Geographic Institution (IGN) in (France), the German Oriental Research Institute, University of Normandie (France), Paris III University (France) and the Lebanese University.

- The university successfully concluded an agreement with the representatives of Microsoft in Lebanon to include the IUL to the list of the first ten universities which have the right to participate and benefit from the modern capabilities of the said company in academic studies.

Student voice

“The Monthly” met with some students of the IUL who gave their opinions and suggestions with regard to their university:

Several students mentioned that their reason for choosing this university is that it is close to their area of residence. The reduced fees with recognized certificates are also a reason. Some students mentioned that they joined the IUL because it is affiliated to the Supreme Islamic Shia’a Council.

The students praised the high educational level of their professors and expressed their satisfaction as to the laboratory equipments and devices. However, they complained of the shortage in the number of the members of the administrative authority, which results in delays in administrative formalities.

Last year, the IUL celebrated its 10th anniversary. Although, it is affiliated to a specific religious reference (the Supreme Islamic Shia’a Council), the university confirms that it adopts high educational standards, which has led to an increase in the number of its students.