Information for International Students
Bethlehem University is a Catholic Christian co-educational institution of higher learning founded in 1973 in the Lasallian tradition, open to students of all faith traditions. Bethlehem University, the first university established in the West Bank, can trace its roots to 1893 when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened schools in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Nazareth, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Beginning with 112 students during its first year, the enrolment of the University increased steadily, establishing a record high enrollment of 3,054 in the Fall 2009 semester. Bethlehem University is a member of the Association of Arab Universities, the Arab Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and other international higher education associations.
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Although at the present time, no degree programs are available for students who do not have some command of the Arabic language, Bethlehem University offers a number of courses every semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) that are taught in the English language. These courses are open to international students either for credit or on an audit basis. Local students sign up for these courses as part of their regular programs. There is usually a mixture of local and international students in these courses. Additionally, Arabic courses as well as courses on Palestinian history and culture are offered to non-Arabic speakers. The list of specific courses offered is made public according to the following schedule:
- Fall Semester (late August – late December) by April 30
- Spring Semester (late January – early June) by November 30
- Summer Session (mid June - mid August) by February 28
Bethlehem University follows what is commonly referred to as “the American academic credit system.” That is, most courses are assigned three credits each and consist of approximately 45 academic class hours. The grading system follows the letter grades (A represents 4.0; B+ 3.5; B 3.0; C+ 2.5; C 2.0; D+ 1.5; D 1.0; and F 0.0). Quizzes, exams, research projects, term papers, group work, presentations, and classroom participation make up the final grade. Most faculty members are Palestinian, while there are also a few expatriate teachers. Upon request, an official transcript is issued at the end of each semester.
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The Bethlehem University main campus is located on the highest hill in the historic town of Bethlehem, eight kilometers south of Jerusalem, in Palestine. The campus is within walking distance of markets, restaurants, and hotels as well as a number of historic places: the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto, King David's Well, Rachel's Tomb, Shepherd’s Field, and Solomon’s Pools. To the east of Bethlehem is the town of Beit Sahour, to the west is Beit Jala, and to the south is Hebron.
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Admission Requirements for International Students
To be admitted to take courses for academic credit at Bethlehem University, an international student:
- must be enrolled in (or a graduate of) an accredited academic institution and be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better on a scale of 4.0) at his/her home institution
- must have completed at least one academic year at home institution
- must not be under disciplinary probation, proof of which must be provided
- must complete an application form.
A completed application form must also include:
- an official transcript of all courses completed at home institution
- an official letter of enrollment in home institution
- an official letter of good conduct
- English language proficiency test scores for non-native English speakers
- An application fee of $20 or equivalent in Euro sent as a bank transfer to Bethlehem University’s bank account:
Arab Bank – Bethlehem Branch #853
Account Name: Bethlehem University
Account Number: 709444-510 (US Dollar Account)
709444-530 (Euro Account)
Swift Code: ARABPS22050
To begin the process, complete and submit the International Student Application Form.
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Comprehensive Tuition per credit hour (for academic credit): $205
- Comprehensive Tuition per credit hour (for audit): $190
- NB: Above tuition includes computer fee, registration fee, ID fee, Accident/Insurance fee.
Housing Accommodations and Food
Students must make their own arrangements for housing at a hotel, hostel, pension, or private home in the Jerusalem or Bethlehem area. Reservations should be made well in advance or students have to arrive in Bethlehem several days before classes begin to find housing accommodations. Bethlehem University does not arrange student housing but the office of the Palestinian Arabic Institute can assist in providing information.
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To apply kindly complete this form, then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.