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Middle East Studies Program

Come spend a semester in Israel where you will learn Arabic language, take classes in Middle Eastern history and culture, and live with a Middle Eastern family. Travel to such places as Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, or Morocco.  Through daily life in the Middle East, witness different world views that will challenge and strengthen your own beliefs. 


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  • Junior, senior status. Will accept some second semester sophomores
  • 2.75 GPA


  • Courses earned may meet some general education or some major requirements.
  • Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • 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.


Costs: 2014-2015

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.


Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Middle East Studies Program Deadline

Spring 2015 - December 1, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early



Course Equivalencies
The Registrar’s Office has determined that the following courses taken at the Middle East Studies Program will fulfill General Education requirements:

General Education
Requirement Met
MESP 305
People and Cultures of the Middle East
MESP 309
Conflict and Change in the Middle East
World Views
Participation in the program
Cross-Cultural Waiver


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“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.”

--Courtney Zimmerman


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