Middle East Studies Program
Come spend a semester in Israel! During their 15 weeks in the Middle East, students also travel to Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, or Morocco. Through daily life in the Middle East, students witness different worldviews that challenge and strengthen their own beliefs. The program provides an encouraging environment in which students discuss and grapple with the cultural pluralism they experience. Students learn Arabic language, take classes in Middle Eastern history and culture, and live with a Middle Eastern family for a week in order to fully understand this culture.
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Goals and Objectives
Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.
Messiah tuition, room, board, plus $1,200 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.
Fall 2014 – January 15, 2014
Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014
Begin the application process here!
“My experience in Egypt challenged my faith as the majority of the population was Muslim and the call to prayer was a daily reminder of the religion practiced everywhere around me. However, I also learned of the rich Coptic Christian tradition that has been there for two thousand years. The trip ultimately stretched and strengthened my faith. I feel that my faith can be more applicable now to more people, a more global faith or at least a better understanding.”
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