Getting Around Beirut and Lebanon

September 7, 2017

Taking Bus 4 in Beirut – to and from ALPS Beirut

For many students coming to classes at ALPS Beirut, taking Bus 4 is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Hamra. Bus Fours are usually 12 person mini vans with a “4” in the window. Like this: And no matter where you get on or off on the cost is the same 1000 Lebanese Lira […]
June 9, 2017

Uber in Beirut? If and when you might want to take an Uber instead of a service or taxi in Lebanon

Can Uber work in Lebanon? Before we begin, you should know that this post is based on personal experience and is not endorsed by ALPS or sponsored by Uber. Also Uber in Lebanon may have changed after the date of this post.  In Beirut, Uber is a bit different. First […]
March 8, 2016

Is Beirut safe?

Is it safe to study abroad in the Middle East? Chances are if you are studying Arabic this is a question you (or your parents) are asking.  We have helped thousands of students study abroad in Lebanon and their experience with safety has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s a few examples about […]
September 11, 2015

How to take a bus in Beirut, Lebanon with Important Arabic Phrases

Getting around Beirut, or Lebanon, by bus is pretty easy and cheap. Busses in Beirut usually cost 1,000 LL ($ 0.66 US). There are just a few things you need to know. Busses have a fixed route – check out the map for details. However, there are no bus stops. […]
June 24, 2015

Best Internet Options in Lebanon

About a year and a half ago we posted about the slow internet in Lebanon. Since then the average download speed has gone up from 2.66 mbps to 3.9 mbps. That’s some progress!  You can learn more about the speed of the Internet in Lebanon here and test out your […]
November 18, 2013

Internet Speed in Lebanon and Best Internet Options

How slow is the Internet in Lebanon? At the time of this post Lebanon was the 166th slowest nation at 2.66 mbps. How does this compare to your home country? Find out here. Despite the recent improvements, be advised that the Internet speed is still slower than most of the […]
June 5, 2013

How to get to Hamra in Beirut (by Bus, Service or Taxi)

There are a few ways to get to Hamra where ALPS Beirut is located. LL1000 Take Bus #4 This is a good option if you are coming from near Beirut Mall or Sodeco. It can be crowded (Bus 4 is more of a van than a bus), but the price […]
November 4, 2011

Furnished Apartment for Rent

shi2a2 mafruusheh lil iijar (furnished apartment for rent) is an important phrase to know when coming to Lebanon.  Furnished apartments are a great option to save money and stay comfortably while you are in Beirut.  You can also join this facebook group for furnished apartments in various areas within Beirut.  These apartments are […]
October 10, 2011

Tips from Our Students

What advice would you give to new students coming to Beirut to study Arabic?   Coming to a new country and learning a new language can be intimidating, but the paitence, support, and cultural education you recieve from the Lebanese, makes the experience more fabulous than you could ever imagine. In terms of advice […]