Middle East Studies Program

Study the Middle East in Cairo, Egypt

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The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) allows you to spend a semester in Cairo, Egypt. You'll also travel to Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Students explore Middle Eastern cultures, religions and conflicts from within this diverse and strategic region of the world. Learn to relate to the Muslim world in an informed and constructive manner. For more information, check out Bestsemester: Middle East.

Student Life

During their time in Israel students reside in apartments near the program facility at Tantur Ecumenical Institute. These apartments are conveniently located, with easy access to public transportation. Israeli Gilo and Palestinian Bethlehem are minutes away walking, and Jerusalem's Old City minutes away by bus. As part of the Culture component of the program, students are placed with a local family, typically in a Muslim household. Each family has an English-speaking contact person of the same gender as the student. The homestay is a positive and essential step in learning to appreciate the true nature of life in Israel.

MESP students travel throughout the Middle East. Previous semesters have included Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, as well as various Israeli sites outside of Jerusalem. However, please note: all travel is subject to change based upon safety considerations.


Introduction to Arabic Language 4
Islamic Thought and Practice 4
Conflict & Change in the Middle East 4
Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East 4


How to Apply:

1. Read the JBU International Travel Policy, which lists the forms and documentation needed to study abroad and provides a general overview of payment methods.
2. Select your program and complete the application found on this page of the CCCU BestSemester website. Please note the deadlines.
3. Notify the International Office of your intent to participate by contacting Mindi Stevenson at mstevens@jbu.edu by October 1st (spring semester deadline) or February 1st (fall semester deadline).

For More Information, contact:
Melissa Dea Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University