Bethlehem University

country rank  4
world rank  4843

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University Overview

Founded in 1973, Bethlehem University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized town of Bethlehem (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), West Bank. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Palestinian Territory, Bethlehem University (BU) is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Bethlehem University (BU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 45 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this Palestinian higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. BU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

University Identity

Name جامعة بيت لحم
Acronym BU
Founded 1973
Motto Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve
Colours Navy blue, and golden yellow and white

University Location

Address 9 Ruye De Freres
Bethlehem (population range: 10,000-49,999)
West Bank
Palestinian Territory
T +970 (2) 274 1241
F +970 (2) 274 4440

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Local student 1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
Int'l student Not reported Not reported

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office 9 Ruye De Freres
+970 (2) 274 1241

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 3,000-3,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 200-299
Control Type Control Type Private
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Catholic Christian-Catholic

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to Bethlehem University's Library
Housing Not reported
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Palestinian Territory

Year of first Accreditation

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • Association of Arab Universities (AARU)
  • Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)


  • International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU)
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Palestinian Council for Higher Education (PCHE)
  • Association of Arab Universities (AArU)

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Site last updated: Sunday, 4 February 2018