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

Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) immerses students in the daily life, language, food, culture, religion and politics of one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Learn firsthand from locals how to work, play, and serve in the Middle East as you become their neighbor—and soon, their family—while learning adventurously at MESP.

The heart of the Middle East Studies Program is the authentic community you’ll forge with these neighbors, families, and peers. Grounded in Christian liberal arts, MESP engages the religious culture and politics of the Middle East. You’ll examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from every perspective, live with a local family during a week-long homestay, and worship with your roommates in the morning. You'll sit at the feet of native experts to learn about topics most precious to the region and then serve that region through a long-term service project.

And you won't be alone on this adventure: you'll have an experienced staff and your fellow MESP students from universities across the U.S. and Canada.


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:
Mindi Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University

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