Middle East Studies Program
Come spend a semester in Cairo, Egypt! During these 15 weeks in the Middle East, students also take a two-week trip to Palestine and spend two weeks touring other countries like Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Students can explore ancient monuments and significant locations like the pyramids, the Sphynx, and the streets of Jerusalem. Through daily life in Egypt, 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 the 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.
Costs: 2013 - 2014 $19,355, plus $300 deposit
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, *round-trip airfare, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) local transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
For comparison, a typical semester in Grantham for 2013-2014 is $19,655.
Note: *Once flights are booked, students are responsible for the cost of the flight if they cannot participate for any reason, including visa issues. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the jumping off point in the United States.
A $50 application fee must accompany your application.
“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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