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Bethlehem University

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world rank  4020

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Founded in 1973, the Bethlehem University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Bethlehem (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), West Bank. This institution also has a branch campus in Al-Qubeiba. Officially recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the Palestinian Territory, Bethlehem University (BU) is a small-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational Palestinian 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's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 50-year-old Palestinian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 40-49% making this Palestinian higher education organization an averagely 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, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Bethlehem University's Control Typeprivate


Bethlehem University's Entity Typenon-profit


Bethlehem University' Size by Total Enrollmentsmall-sized


Bethlehem University's Selectivity by Acceptance Rateaveragely selective

University Identity

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

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University Location

Address 5 Rue De Freres
P1520468 West Bank
Palestinian Territory
Bethlehem University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Bethlehem University Phone Number +970 (2) 274 1241
Bethlehem University Fax Number +970 (2) 274 4440
Other locations Al-Qubeiba

Fields of Study / Degree Levels


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Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Bethlehem University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Bethlehem University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


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Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Bethlehem University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Bethlehem University.

Bethlehem University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,499 US$
(910-2,280 Euro)
2,500-4,999 US$
(2,280-4,555 Euro)
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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Bethlehem University's admission information.

Bethlehem University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Bethlehem University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Bethlehem University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Bethlehem University's acceptance rate range is 40-49% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.

Bethlehem University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Bethlehem University welcomes international students to join its diverse academic programs. These programs are offered in both Arabic and English, catering to a wide range of student preferences. Specifically, most Master's programs are conducted entirely in English, making them highly accessible and suitable for international students.

  • Programs available in Arabic
  • Programs available in English
  • Master's programs conducted in English

Bethlehem University's Admission Office Admission Office

5 Rue De Freres
Bethlehem P1520468
(2) 274 1241

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Bethlehem University.

Bethlehem University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Bethlehem University has an enrollment range of 3,000-3,999 students making it a small-sized institution.

Bethlehem University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 200-299 academic employees (Faculty).

Bethlehem University's Control Type Control Type

Bethlehem University is a private higher education institution.

Bethlehem University's Entity Type Entity Type

Bethlehem University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Bethlehem University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Bethlehem University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Bethlehem University is Christian-Catholic Religious Affiliation

Bethlehem University has a Christian-Catholic affiliation.

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Bethlehem University's main facilities:

Bethlehem University's Library University Library

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The Bethlehem University Library is dedicated to acquiring and providing easy access to a comprehensive collection of both print and electronic resources, catering to the diverse needs of academic programs, research, extracurricular activities, and community engagement.

With a clear mission in mind, the Bethlehem University Library serves as a valuable resource for the entire academic community, including students, administration, faculty, staff, graduates, visiting researchers, and the Palestinian community at large. It aims to fulfill their educational needs by offering a wide range of materials, resources, technological services, and facilities.

To achieve its mission, the Library actively acquires, organizes, and maintains essential information resources, as well as state-of-the-art equipment and materials. Emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning, the Library fosters an environment that encourages the pursuit and exchange of knowledge, supporting the educational mission of the University to develop well-rounded individuals.

In addition to its academic functions, the Bethlehem University Library takes pride in hosting the Turathuna Center a special resource center dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of Palestinian heritage and culture. This serves as an essential platform for preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Palestinian community.

Bethlehem University's Housing University Housing

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Bethlehem University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Sport activities and facilities at Bethlehem University have a rich history dating back to 1973 when a group of first-year students took the initiative to establish a basketball team. This pioneering team included Khalil Shouka, Anis Halabi, Issa Al-Naber, Rober Handal, Edward Hazboun, and Salim Al-Hodaly, with Mr. Khalil Shoukeh overseeing their efforts.

Discussions between these students and the university administration, represented by Brother Anthony and Brother Brendan (the founders of the University), highlighted the need for a dedicated coach for the team. They approached Mr. Amin Zait, who agreed to supervise the sports teams. The team commenced its training in October 1973, initially coached by student Khalil Shoukeh, and later, in May 1974, by Mr. Amin Zeit as a part-time coach. During this period, the team engaged in four games with Bethlehem district school teams and club teams.

In the academic year 1974/1975, Bethlehem University expanded its sports offerings to include basketball, handball, football, and volleyball for its students. Currently, the university has both men's and women's basketball teams, along with a women's volleyball team. The campus features two tennis courts and one basketball court.

Furthermore, the university is in the process of constructing a new building that will house a substantial gym facility, and the basketball court will be relocated to the roof of this new structure. This facility is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2023.

It's noteworthy that Bethlehem University does not confer degrees in sports; however, it does require all students to participate in mandatory sports classes as part of its curriculum.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Bethlehem University's main services:

Bethlehem University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

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Bethlehem University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Bethlehem University offers study abroad opportunities through various programs. The university actively participates in the Erasmus+ program. Additionally, there are arrangements with universities in Turkey and the Republic of Korea, allowing Bethlehem University students to study for at least one semester at these institutions. Conversely, some Korean students also come to Bethlehem University for a semester or two, depending on their study program.

Bethlehem University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

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Bethlehem University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Bethlehem University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


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Bethlehem University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Bethlehem University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the Palestinian Territory

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Bethlehem University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

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

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Bethlehem University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • 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)

Academic Structure


Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following...

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and fields of study a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

Academic Structure

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Free Online Courses

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