What to Know Before You Travel to Beirut

October 18, 2019

ALPS Arabic Beirut – Hamra Branch

Conveniently located within walking distance from the American University of Beirut, ALPS Arabic Beirut has been serving students from all over the world, diplomats and non-profit workers since 2004. Our Hamra Branch offers a friendly atmosphere with free WiFi, free coffee and tea and periodic free conversation classes to encourage […]
April 15, 2019

The best way to get to and from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

Like most cities, there are a few things you need to know when you land at the airport in Beirut. If you don’t have a friend or relative who can help you, here are your other options… Getting from the Airport Here are your options: The Official White Airport Taxis […]
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 […]
November 11, 2015

The Lebanese Lira and the US Dollar

You don’t need to bring too much cash with you when you come to Lebanon. If you have an ATM card that works internationally you can get cash here when you arrive. Bigger stores accept credit and debit cards, but for many transactions it’s easier to use cash – including […]
October 6, 2015

Advice from Students Before You Study Arabic Abroad

I studied abroad in Jordan the summer after my sophomore year at OU. It was great and I feel like I learned a ton but there were definitely parts that could have been improved. We had a class on MSA and a class on spoken Arabic. The majority of the […]
August 26, 2015

Three tips to successfully use airbnb to rent a room or apartment when traveling to Beirut, Lebanon

Note: this post is by Andrew and is based off of his experience with airbnb. ALPS Beirut cannot endorse or guarantee airbnb listings. Have you tried airbnb yet? This can be a great option if you are looking for short term lodging and are staying in Beirut for a month […]
March 26, 2014

What is the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic?

Arabic is the official language of 22 countries, stretching from the Arabian peninsula up to Syria, and across North Africa, and is spoken by over 200 million people. These peoples and countries use Modern Standard Arabic in news broadcasts, legal documents, official speeches, books and newspapers. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) […]
October 14, 2013

Is Beirut, Lebanon a good place to study Arabic?

The answer is…it depends. Yes if you are a lady There is a consensus among our female students that it is more comfortable to live in Beirut and study Arabic compared to countries like Egypt or Jordan. In general, the men will take less notice of you here and there […]