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Balamand University Summer Connect 2003




UOB Announces 3rd Annual Academic and Cultural Summer Program for Youth -CONNECT 2003

CONNECT 2003 is an academic and cultural program for youth aged 17-25 at the University of Balamand from July 6 to August 3, 2003.  This special program promotes understanding of Middle Eastern culture and heritage in a learning environment of diversity and tolerance.

CONNECT 2003 is based at the main campus of the University of Balamand in northern Lebanon.  Learning excursions take participants to beautiful historical sites in Lebanon and Syria. For four weeks, members of the Connect program engage in academic workshops and tutorials, participate in cultural & sports activities and work in community-based projects.

Participants in CONNECT 2003 also receive three undergraduate credit hours as a result of the academic exposure offered in this month-long learning experience.

The CONNECT program has proven to be a memorable experience establishing links for the participants with the Middle East, teaching them about Lebanon, Syria, and the region and taking them to beautiful historical sites like the Cedars, Baalback, Beirut, Byblos, Palmyra and Kark, to name just a few.   During the past two years, participants learned a lot, earned three college credits and had loads of fun!  Here's what some of them had to say:

· The opportunity to visit Lebanon was incredible, but the opportunity to visit two countries in the Middle East in the same month was awesome. The facilities are awesome.  The University is beautiful and offers so much.  Next year will be even better with the new field and the student center. The whole team did a great job.  You made us feel completely at home and welcome.  This experience turned out to be so much more than I could have ever expected.  Thanks for changing my life. (2001)

· (Arabic) Instructor was fantastic… (History of the region instructor)  Instructor's professionalism and subject matter expertise were incredible.  (2002)

· Thank you so much for your hard work to make our trip a memorable experience.  (2002)

· The things that I have learned and the friends I have made throughout this trip will be life long.  I had a great time visiting the exceptionally unique places in Lebanon, it is truly a beautiful country and I fully enjoyed my time here.  Connect is a wonderful program and I am sure it will flourish in the future.  The staff has been truly superb leaders and also great friends.  (2001)

Applications are still being accepted.  Limited Space.  For more information, visit our website,  or e-mail:, or call the US Office of the University of Balamand at 201-945-1131.

The University of Balamand is a private non-profit higher education institution founded in 1988.  The University consists of nine faculties offering undergraduate and graduate programs within an academic framework similar to that of universities in North America.  The University campus stretches over 300 acres located on a hill by the Mediterranean Sea, south of the city of Tripoli, 15 kilometers from the Cedars of Lebanon, and 60 kilometers north of Beirut.  Founded by the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, His Beatitude Ignatius IV, and presided over by H.E. Dr. Elie A. Salem, former deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Lebanon, author and professor, the University takes pride in its Antiochian heritage and scholarly academic environment where students from all faiths, cultures and social classes interact in pursuit of knowledge, excellence and well-being.


Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna
Director of Development -North America
University of Balamand --US Office
518 Oregon Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ  07010
Tel: 201-945-1131
Fax: 201-945-8875