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Do you love art? Are you an athlete? Are you interested in engineering or anthropology or languages? The first step in the college application process is to think about what you really like. What are your needs and interests? Where do you see yourself in a few years? How do you like to learn—in discussion, in lectures, or through hands-on work? How much contact do you like to have with your teachers? What kind of people do you like to be around?

The right university will provide you with personal growth, educational and vocational opportunities, and of course, a lifetime of memorable experiences.

Have a look at the resources below to get a better understanding of the universities and colleges that may have what you are seeking.

IC college counseling You Tube Channel

Useful videos for the college process

Online Applications

AUB- American University of Beirut - online and paper applications are accepted

LAU- Lebanese American University- online and paper applications are accepted

The Common Application - Over 680 colleges and universities accept the Common Application

UCAS - Universities and College Admissions Service is the on-line service for processing applications for most colleges and universities in the UK.  In addition, this site can be used for researching colleges and identifying requirements for programs.

OUAC - Ontario University Application Center - central application for processing admission for universities in Ontario.


University of California - One application that can be submitted to as many of the 10 UC colleges.

Admission Testing


The majority of IC students take the SAT as this exam is required by both AUB and LAU.  Students generally take the exam more than once.  Students who are applying to the US, consider taking both the SAT and ACT.  Many students applying to colleges abroad will either take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

College Board - Online registration for the SAT l and SAT ll exams.  In addition, the site provides valuable information about preparing for the exams, selecting colleges, careers, financial aid and more.

ACT - Register for the exam and get sample questions and test taking tips.

Fair Test - The National Center for Fair and Open Testing provides a list of over 850 colleges/universities that are SAT/ACT optional.

If you are an international student seeking admission to an English language university program, it is likely that you will be required to take an English proficiency exam.  In addition, students who carry passports for Europe, the US and Canada will also be required to take these exams.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Registration is online.  TOEFL is accepted in the US and Canada.

IELTS - International English Language System.  Exam is accepted in the UK, US and Canada.  Many IC students take the exam at the British Council.

British Council - Students can register online with the British Council to take the IELTS exam.  Students should register for the UKVI version of the exam if they need to eventually apply for a visa to study in the UK.

Test Preparation:

Khan Academy -  Free standardized test prep and more!