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Who has the right to be exempted from the Lebanese curriculum?

Any student can pursue a foreign educational system legally recognized in Lebanon on condition that he was exempted from the Lebanese curriculum according to one of the following categories:

 N.B: Exemption means exemption from the Lebanese curriculum, not from Arabic or from the subjects taught in Arabic.

  

Is it possible for all the Lebanese living abroad to obtain an exemption?

No, the law 29/73 specifies the conditions as follows:

Administrative requirements:

Educational requirements:

What are the foreign programs that can be legally taught in Lebanon?

In addition to the Lebanese curriculum which is implemented in Lebanese public and private schools, only three foreign educational systems are allowed in private schools and regulated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in order to ensure quality: 

Can any school teach a non-Lebanese curriculum?

In order to teach the French system, the school has to have the following status:

In order to teach the International Baccalaureate system, the school has to have the following status:

In order to teach the American System (High School Degree (HSD) the school has to have the following status:

And in order to ensure the quality and level of education in this system (American System), the Ministry of Education and Higher Education issued laws that require the following conditions:

The student must have:

The Diploma and the number of years of study:

 

What are certificates granted by these programs?

  • The French System: French Baccalaureate (BF)
  • The high-school system: High school diploma (for equivalence click Freshman )
  • The International Baccalaureate System: International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • N.B: No school certificate can give the permission to pursue higher education outside conditions mentioned above.

     

    The list of schools licensed to teach foreign curriculum in Lebanon

     

    Needed documents