TLU Program Overview and Benefits
This program provides four-year university scholarships and internship opportunities at LAU to high school students who have the potential to become leaders. It aims to transform participants into well-rounded individuals, endowed with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the marketplace and to take on the challenges facing their home countries.
In addition to their studies, recipients are expected to engage in community service activities and internships. Limited English-language training is provided for some participants. Undergraduate students who maintain a 3.0 GPA may have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the United States.
In addition to pursuing rigorous academic studies on campus and a semester-long study abroad program in the United States, the LAU MEPI-TL students organize and participate in a number of supplemental activities designed to develop them into well-rounded professionals and leaders.
- Seminars/Roundtable discussions/Workshops: Academics, representatives of local and international NGOs, government officials, and business leaders lead students in a variety of programs.
- Site visits: Visits to businesses and public organizations, in addition to non-governmental and community associations give students a broad perspective on leadership and management as well as insight into the career paths available to them.
- Mentoring: The LAU MEPI-TL staff provides both academic and psychological support to students as they transition to life in Lebanon and the university. Selected faculty members also serve as mentors, trainers and supervisors to students throughout the duration of the program. In addition, new participants are paired with senior TL students who serve as mentors, helping newcomers quickly integrate into both the LAU community and the TL program.
Study Abroad in the United States
TL students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad program and spend a semester in a US-affiliated partner university during their Junior year at LAU. Students are selected based on LAU’s study abroad rules and procedures. During their time in the States, students are expected to continue to pursue coursework toward their major requirements.
This experience is designed to broaden each student’s global perspective through cross-cultural and academic exchanges.
In addition to their coursework, students are expected to participate in a number of supplemental activities aimed at developing their interpersonal, leadership and professional skills:
- Seminars/Roundtable discussions
- Summer internships
- Community service
- Networking activities
- Leadership skill-building
- Mentoring experiences
- TL Capstone Project
All LAU MEPI-TL students are encouraged to take a leadership role at LAU, so that they may affect their rights and lives at LAU. To this end, the students elect their representatives every October. The representatives liaise on the students’ behalf with the LAU MEPI-TL administrative team, and with the LAU student body and councils.
In addition to their academic studies and supplemental activities, LAU MEPI-TL students benefit from leadership skills development programs and internships, which prepare them for leadership roles in the region’s public or private sector upon graduation.
Leadership skills sessions
Regularly conducted workshops and retreats help students build their leadership capabilities throughout the program. These sessions help students develop the soft skills key to being both a contributing team member and effective team leader.
Summer internships/Community service
The internships and community service programs have an international and reform focus. Students participate in summer internships following their freshman and sophomore years, as well as a six-month civic service project at the conclusion of the program. At the end of their internship/volunteer experiences, students prepare a public presentation.
The LAU-MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Program provides exceptional opportunities and services for students, including:
- Full coverage of enrollment, tuition and related institutional fees.
- Medical insurance coverage
- A monthly living allowance
- An allowance for books
- A laptop
- Full housing coverage at LAU’s dormitories.(Double Room Occupancy)
- Leadership training including: team building, goal setting, time management, work ethics, public relations, networking, and other related skills.
- Exposure to and engagement in community development projects throughout Lebanon in order to learn about different forms of intervention and ways of interacting and interfacing with community-related issues and causes.
- Academic advising and mentoring services.