FAQS scholar applicants

 

Can I apply for the Bridge Scholarship Program?

In order to be eligible to apply for ULYP’s Bridge Program and become a candidate for a scholarship, one needs to:

  • Be currently studying / finishing Grade 12 of High School
  • Show clear desire to continue education
  • Research career paths that are of interest to you
  • Be willing and able to fulfill additional testing requirements such as SAT 1 & SAT 2 (if applicable)
  • Show acceptable English language proficiency
  • Have proof of Palestinian identity (at least one parent with Palestinian nationality) – one must possess an UNRWA Registration Card and Blue ID card (if applicable), and/or proof of Syrian refugee status, and/or proof of financial need.
  • Prove his/her financial need. Financial situation will be individually assessed and some students might not receive full scholarships, families might be asked to contribute. 
  • Starting academic year 18-19 only students who were registered at an UNRWA school for their past three Academic years (Secondary/High School years) will be eligible.

For those students applying to Bridge Program late – which is any time after May – you will need to provide at least one acceptance letter at AUB and/or LAU (Lebanon) and/or abroad.


 

SAT

 

Why should I do the SAT test?

If you are a student applying for universities that follow the American System you will need to submit an SAT score; universities base their final decision partly on the SAT score, so it is important that you do your very best and perform well on the test.

You may need to take the SAT test more than once to raise your scores to the required minimum; tip: only the highest scores among all your results will count, so think strategically when taking future tests – for example, if you already have a good English score, then try focusing on math in your next test.


 

When should I do the SAT test?

The earlier you do the SAT exam the better, as it might be necessary to retake the SAT in case you want to apply for a major that requires a high(er) SAT score.

Those students who are a part of ULYP’s UPC program will be taking their first SAT in the Spring Semester of Grade 11. This is done so as to ensure the student has enough time to re-take the exam, as first trials are rarely satisfactory.

You need to make sure of all the deadlines! Most universities require you to register for SAT before the official application deadline; SAT exams that are done after the university admission deadline might not be considered by the university, so always check with the admission office on the deadlines.


 

How to register for SAT?

You can register for SAT through 2 methods:

1.      Register with Amideast (you can find their contact information here: http://www.amideast.org/lebanon/contact-us 

2.      Create an account on collegeboard and register online for the desired SAT test date and location by visiting the link below:

http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

Please note that it will take approximately 5 weeks to receive an answer from Amideast, whereas when registering through collegeboard, you can check your own score 2 to 3 weeks after the SAT exam.

You will need a valid credit card if you want to register online for an SAT.


 

How do I send the SAT scores to my chosen universities?

Send by mail or deliver it to the university yourself. There are several ways of sending your SAT score reports to the universities you are applying to, but the most common method is to send an online score report.

Each university has a specific code which must be used when sending your SAT Score report. These codes can be found on https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-international-code-list-2015-16.pdf

Procedure:

1.      Send an online score report by logging in on your collegeboard account (see the part about registration) and go to the page “send my SAT score report”.

2.      Put the university code in the search option and click “search”. It will then show you the university that matches with the code. Please double check that you have chosen the right one before sending the report to the university.

3.      You can get up to 4 free online score reports, if you choose the universities you want to send the scores to right after you register for the test.

Online score reports requested after the results of SAT are sent out are not free; each score report costs 11.25 $ USD (and has to be paid by credit card).

Another method of sending SAT score reports to universities is by getting a paper copy of the score report from Amideast, and mailing it to the respective universities.

We recommend using online services, as they take less time (2 weeks instead of 5), allow for more universities to be informed for free, and are easier to keep track of.


 

TOEFL / IELTS

 

Why should I do English Proficiency Exam?

Any student wishing to continue their studies in English, and whose native language (first language / mother tongue) is not English, will need to provide proof of a certain level of English proficiency (i.e., level of your language skills) required by the university. Each university has the freedom to set their own standards of satisfactory levels – so you always need to check with the particular University and/or Faculty/Department/Major.

There are many ways you can provide such proof. Most universities have their local English Placement tests, but if you would like to apply to many universities it is more logical to take an internationally recognized test that you can use for more than one university. There are two most widely recognized international English tests: TOEFL & IELTS.

Usually, TOEFL is accepted by American organizations and IELTS by British organizations, however nowadays most universities are beginning to accept both. Be careful! Most universities do – but not all of them! So you always have to double check!

ULYP has a data base of practice material, which will be available to you upon request.


 

When should I do English Proficiency Exam?

Time frames vary depending on admissions deadlines. Each university sets their own deadlines with regards to applications and supporting documents. This means that some of the universities will not even let you submit the application without it, and some will require it along with supporting documents on a later deadline. Always check!

Keep in mind, test results will take minimum one week to come out – so you need to time your test dates perfectly with respect to the university deadlines.


 

What is the difference between the English Proficiency Exams?

There is no significant difference between the two tests – both are equally challenging, however, do not be afraid – this is not SAT English! TOEFL and IELTS test CONVERSATIONAL skills – therefore, all you need to prepare and do well – is practice your English everywhere every time you can!


 

How can I register for TOEFL? And how can I send the scores?

There are 2 common methods to register for TOEFL:

1.      Register through Amideast. You can find their contact information here: http://www.amideast.org/lebanon/testing/toefl

2.      Register online by creating an account on the following website:

https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/centers_dates

The registration fee for the TOEFL test is $195 (2016 price).

Sending the TOEFL online score reports will only be free if you choose the receiving universities during the registration process. Any online score reports for universities ordered after the registration process is complete will not be free (therefore, it is highly encouraged to do the research in advance to be able to benefit from free reports).

Note that you need to send your TOEFL score report alongside the application, SAT scores and other required documents within the deadline of the university.

The TOEFL test dates are often very quickly fully booked. Therefore it is strongly recommended to register for TOEFL at least 2 months ahead of your desired date.

Make sure the date of your exam is before the deadline for Admissions at a University you are applying to: scores can arrive late, but you must take the test before the deadline. Scores for tests taken after the deadline will not be accepted.


 

How can I register for IELTS? And how can I send the scores?

IELTS is another English proficiency test that some universities accept in case the student could not register for TOEFL in time.

You can register for IELTS by visiting the British Council or registering online on following page:

https://www.britishcouncil.org.lb/en/exam/ielts

IELTS offers 5 free test score orders; students have to pre-select up to 5 organizations to send scores to. The scores will be sent electronically, if a student needs a hard copy to be sent to an institution there is an additional charge (please, check at the British Council).

The registration fee for the IELTS is 200 USD


 

Applying to universities – General information

 

If I want to apply to universities through ULYP - how does it work?

If you are already a ULYP UPC student, you received counselling on the procedure and requirements during the UPC module (if you forgot – you can always contact us at the office for clarifications/explanations).

If you were / are not a part of Bridge’s UPC program – if you are a “walk-in” – please, do the following:

  1. Fill out ULYP’s Bridge Program Application Form (make sure you have submitted all the necessary documents listed in the form)
  2. Take the SAT!
  3. Decide whether or not you would like to apply to Universities abroad or just in Lebanon (if you choose to apply abroad you will need to sign a Travel Pledge)
  4. Once you have an acceptance - you will become a candidate for a scholarship.

 

What do I need to know before I start applying?

The first step to apply to a university is to do your RESEARCH on what interests you.

Think about your passions and what you enjoyed studying at school, think about what would you like to become when you grow up. You may use Internet Browsers to search for information about the majors of your interest by using keywords. The keywords you may use will depend on your interests and aspirations (for example, if you are interested in studying dolphins, your keywords for research would be: undergraduate program, dolphins, sea, biology)

Choosing the right major is of utmost importance – as it will be the beginning of your future career path. So you need to keep in mind 3 things when choosing your major:

1) think backwards: careers are not always “black-and-white” in a sense that you may not always find a particular major for a particular career, so you need to do research and see which credentials one must have in order to work in a certain field (for example, there is no major called “neurology” – it is a Medical Degree with a particular specialization; or, there is no major in “diplomacy” – you need to start broad with International Relations or Political Science and narrow it down when you get to Masters Level);

2) there is usually more than one way to get to your end-goal career: keep your options open, especially as early on as selecting your Bachelor Degree; big multinational companies and/or Master’s programs would be more likely to take you in if you have an interesting career/education path (for example, there are thousands of students applying to Medical Schools with a degree in Biology and pre-medicine, however, there are only few applying with a degree in Psychology/Business/Sociology and pre-medicine, so your chances are much higher with a more “interesting”/diverse Bachelor Degree);

3) your career/job will be a daily activity for you in the future – so take your time to decide, do not simply “follow the crowd”, make sure the majors you choose to apply to are ONLY those you are truly interested in, as the only thing you can truly succeed in – is the thing you are passionate about.

Once you have completed your research and found a list of majors of interest, you will need to start looking into general requirements for your majors of choice. Most of them are general across all undergraduate programs, however, some majors have specific prerequisites, which you need to watch out for (for example, Art related degrees usually require an Art Portfolio).

Keep in mind, there are different system of education: for example, in American Educational System there are stages such as Bachelors, Masters, PhD; in European Educational System there is an option of combination of Bachelors and Masters.

For example, if one wants to study Medicine, in American System – first, student has to receive a Bachelor degree in any major with additional pre-Medicine courses and then proceed to apply for Medical School (Masters level), whereas, in European System – one can start Medicine right away. Please, consult with ULYP what is the best and easiest way to achieve your end career goals.


 

What are the requirements to apply to a university?

There is a number of general Admission requirements that are the same/similar across all Undergraduate Programs – these are the documents you can always expect to be requested:

  • Passport and/or National ID

It is of utmost importance that you will have a passport when you decide to apply to universities; if you are Lebanese – you may need to use your National ID number, so you need to make sure your papers are in order;

  • Official Transcripts

Admissions offices will need your official high school transcripts of Grades 10, 11 and 12 (if and when available);

Transcripts and all official documents have to be translated in English; all translations must be certified by a notary;

  • Official test results (if applicable)

SAT 1 and/or SAT 2;

  • English Proficiency Test results

You will be applying to an English-taught program at a University, but you are not considered Native English Speakers, therefore, the University’s Admissions office will require you to provide proof that you are proficient enough in English in order to be able to succeed in your studies;

  • Personal Essay

Admissions officers are people – do not forget that! Meaning, imagine yourself as the Admissions officer: if you have to spend your days reading hundreds of applications without having an opportunity to actually meet the prospective students, what would catch your attention? How can you get to know someone without meeting them? Grades and scores are a good start, but Personal Essay is the single most important opportunity a prospective student has to introduce himself well. Take your time writing your essay, make sure you read the specific requirements (if any), proof-read it, make sure the word count does not exceed a given maximum, be clear and direct in your writing, try using simple structures and words – the key is to convey the message.

You can always ask ULYP team for help! We can connect you with our volunteers to help you out with your essay, as well as the application in general.


 

What type of deadlines do I need to watch out for?

There are 3 types of Admissions deadlines: Early Decision / Early Action / Regular Decision

  • Early Decision

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college.

  • Early Action

Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the standard reply date of May 1.

Some colleges offer a nonbinding option called single-choice early action, under which applicants may not apply ED or EA to any other college.

  • Regular Decision

Refers to the Regular Application Deadline

If you choose to become a ULYP applicant, you will be advised regarding deadlines before you begin the process. For more information, please follow the link: https://professionals.collegeboard.org/guidance/applications/early


 

If I apply to ULYP, does that mean ULYP will apply to universities for me?

No, applying to ULYP means that you are on our list of students who want to get a scholarship in order to study at a certain university. Once that is determined by the Scholarship Committee, students receive an email with detailed information of when and how to apply. Yet, we will not apply on behalf of students. It is your own responsibility to adhere to the deadlines and requirements provided by the different universities.

If you are applying as ULYP student to the universities that the Scholarship Committee suggested to you – you will receive assistance from the Bridge Team in making sure your application is filled out correctly, and you have all the necessary documents, or if you need help with writing your personal essay, etc. But nonetheless you WILL be writing it yourself.



Does the major I choose affect the scholarship decision?

In general applicants can choose any major in AUB, LAU and the universities abroad (provided they are on ULYP’s list) given that is related to their grade 12 stream. Yet ULYP will always notify the students of scholarships to certain majors. Therefore it is strongly recommended to keep ULYP updated about the majors that you are interested in. Also, always inform us if you for some reason wish to change your major. In this way we are able to provide you with the best assistance possible.

Majors approved for each stream:

1. Life science: All majors

2. Sociology and Economics: All majors except for sciences and engineering

3. Humanities and Literature: All majors except for sciences and engineering


 

Can I change my mind and apply for spring semester and get a scholarship instead of fall semester?

In general the answer is NO, as our scholarship goes to students who are starting their universities in the fall Semester in the year they finished high school. Thus, all students should apply for the fall semester (and will get a scholarship for fall semester), unless ULYP asks the student to defer his/her acceptance to spring semester due to specific reasons.


 

Which universities in Lebanon does ULYP work with and offer scholarships to?

AUB (American University of Beirut): for fall semester only. All majors.

LAU (Lebanese American University): for fall semester only. All majors.

Balamand University: for fall semester only, Koura Campus only, Nursing only.


 

I got a university acceptance and I’m asked to pay a deposit, but I did not receive scholarship decision yet, what should I do?

In general ULYP can help the students in delaying the deposits deadlines till after the scholarship decision. Sometimes we can get a fee waiver for the deposit, but just for universities ULYP has scholarships for. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us and explain your specific situation.


 

Does the scholarship cover all my university expenses?

Bridge’s goal is to meet 100% of the students’ need. However, funding is limited and the pool of applicants is large. Therefore, ULYP scholarships are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on:

Financial need

Financial aid awarded

External available resources (if applicable), such as Mahmoud Abbas Fund, grants, family contributions, etc.

Merit (grades, scores and other achievements play a role)

In general the scholarship doesn’t cover dorms or other living expenses, yet there are several options that can be offered to selected students if there is a need for additional assistance with regards to living expenses (most common form is a stipend).

All final decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee upon careful examination of student’s case.


 

How do I send the required documents to ULYP?

Most of the required documents required can be sent as a scanned copy (soft copy) via email. The email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can bring the documents in person to our office in Hamra, Beirut, during the open office days & hours:

Wednesday & Friday

Between 10.00 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 16.00

If ULYP requires an original paper copy – you will be informed.


 

How and when can I come to the office for a meeting?

If you would like to have a meeting with a specific person in the office or if you wish to discuss a very particular problem, it is always better to make an appointment before.

Otherwise, our open office days & hours:

Wednesday & Friday

Between 10.00 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 16.00

However, we prefer that you make an appointment by phone or e-mail, so that we are prepared to give you the best advice and counseling.

Students who want to submit an application or documents, or have questions concerning the application process, can call us during the office hours or email us any time during the week. We strive to answer e-mails as soon as possible but you should always be patient, since we are working with more than 200 students. 


 

Applying to universities abroad

 

 If I want to apply to universities abroad through ULYP - how does it work?

Students who want to apply for our scholarship program and are interested in travelling abroad should clearly mention this in the application. If you choose “Yes” – you must sign a Travel Pledge. Those who chose to apply to universities abroad will be called in for a counselling session, where the process will be explained in great detail.

The student should start the admission application of each university he/she was referred to by ULYP, and respect the universities deadlines and requirements, as ULYP will be following up with the student’s application.

Don’t forget that it is important to take a TOEFL exam, as it is required by many universities along with SAT exam (some universities might accept IELTS instead of TOEFL).

Please note: each student who is interested in studying abroad should have a valid passport!


 

Which universities are available for me abroad?

Each year ULYP updates its list of universities that we work with outside of Lebanon. Applicants will be informed about the universities that ULYP offers scholarship to after they submit their application to us.

Every student who wants to travel will need to inform ULYP of that. Travel candidates will be constantly assessed and re-assessed based on their qualifications as well as interests against the list of available universities. It is up to the student to consistently follow up with Bridge representatives and make sure we are up to date on your most recent test scores, grades, missing documents, etc.


 

How can I know which university abroad I can apply to?

Based on the information you put in ULYP Bridge application, as well as all the following updated scores, grades, etc. Bridge team will then assess and re-assess each applicant’s qualifications (scores, grades, other required documents, majors of interest, personality traits, family situation, etc.) and match students with universities from ULYP’s partnership list. Once the Scholarship Committee approves of you as candidate you will receive an email with crucial information needed to complete application process in a correct manner.


 

Can I apply to universities that are not on ULYP’s list?

Each student is free to apply to any university he or she wants, but keep in mind that ULYP can only give financial or educational assistance to students who apply to universities that ULYP has a scholarship for.

Nevertheless, ULYP advises you to apply to other universities as well so that you have a plan B in case you don’t receive a ULYP scholarship (and so you will not miss your first semester/year of university).

Moreover, if you are a ULYP student you will be asked to apply to a number of different grants and foundations that offer financial assistance of different calibre and are often not limited to a specific university that you can benefit from. So always stay tuned!


 

If I apply to ULYP, does that mean ULYP will apply for universities for me?

No, applying to ULYP means that you are on our list of students who want to get a scholarship in order to study at a certain university. Once that is determined by the Scholarship Committee, students receive an email with detailed information of when and how to apply. Yet, we will not apply on behalf of students. It is your own responsibility to adhere to the deadlines and requirements provided by the different universities.

If you are applying as ULYP student to the universities that the Scholarship Committee suggested, you will receive assistance from the Bridge Team in making sure your application is filled out correctly, and you have all the necessary documents, or if you need help with writing your personal essay, etc. But nonetheless you WILL be writing it yourself.


 

Is there medicine scholarship at ULYP?

If you choose to study in Lebanon:

It is our policy that we only cover the students who are studying pre-med majors. After graduation few will be eligible to go into medical school. Once the student is accepted – his/her case will be regarded by the Scholarship Committee and each student will be dealt with case by case. The number and the availability of the medicine scholarships is being updated each year so make sure to check it.

If you choose to study abroad:

If you choose to study in an American system (universities in the USA, and their campuses abroad, for example, Qatar or UAE) the  same policy will apply (see above: regarding studying Medicine in Lebanon); i.e. ULYP will only offer scholarships for undergraduates with pre-med, and any further costs of Medical School will be discussed case-by-case.

 


 

Does the scholarship cover all my university expenses?

Bridge’s goal is to meet 100% of the students’ need. However, funding is limited and the pool of applicants is large. Therefore, ULYP scholarships are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on:

Financial need

Financial aid awarded

Scholarship awarded (if applicable)

External available resources (if applicable), such as Embassy Funds, grants, family contributions, etc.

Merit (grades, scores and other achievements play a role)

In general the scholarship doesn’t cover dorms or other living expenses, yet there are several options that can be offered to selected students if there is a need for additional assistance with regards to living expenses (most common form is a stipend).

All final decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee upon careful examination of student’s case.


 

Do I need to have a passport?

A valid passport is crucial for students who are applying for universities abroad. It is not only important for traveling and the visa issues, but also many universities require a copy of the passport while filling the admission application. Therefore, students who are interested in studying abroad should get their passport ready before starting the application process.

It is important to know that there is a possibility of a “fast track” to receive travel permit / passport for an additional charge (this procedure takes on average 2 working days for the documents to be processed).


 

Scholarship decision

 

When will I know if I get a scholarship or not?

Our final scholarship decisions will not be released till after the official BACC 2 exam results are out, as the BACC 2 grades are an essential factor for us in making our scholarship decision, as well as any other external funds the students applied for, as ULYP will always try and opt to cover the remaining balance, once all the finances are determined.

Please note: candidates who applied to universities abroad get their scholarship decision before those who applied to universities in Lebanon.


 

 

If I have all the required documents, does that mean I will get a scholarship for sure?

Having all the required documents, including a high SAT score or a university acceptance letter, does unfortunately not guarantee a scholarship. There are other factors that we take into consideration before releasing our scholarship decision, such as BACC 2 grades, financial and social status, student commitment, etc.


 

 

 What is the minimum BACC II score I should get to be considered for a scholarship? 

Due to the high number of applicants who approach us yearly, our cut off line to offer scholarships will be at 75% official Bacc II exam score. Students with a BACC II score below 75% will not be considered for a scholarship, however, this does not mean that students with a BACC II score above 75% are guaranteed a scholarship.


 

 If I get above 80% on my BACC II - does it mean I am guaranteed a scholarship? 

Having high achievements will put you at an advantageous situation when the final decisions are being made, however, high grades are not a guarantee as there are many factors that play a role in scholarship decisions. 


 

If I get accepted to a university abroad - does it mean I will go for sure? 

Acceptance is a first step, and quiet a victory to be proud of! However, it does not guarantee you will be able to travel. Going to study abroad is tricky: you need to make sure you have the necessary financial aid, good enough English proficiency level, as well as able to obtain legal documents to pursue your studies (visas, for example). This is why we say that it requires more work and more commitment to apply to universities abroad than applying to Lebanon.



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