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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
Middle East Studies Program will:

  • give students an increased understanding of Middle Eastern culture, Islam, and the Arab world
  • broaden horizons as global citizens
  • provide contact with a civilization that is over 4,000 years old


Students must have completed two full years of college and have a 2.75 GPA or higher to qualify for the program. Will accept some second semester sophomores. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The 16 credits earned in Egypt may meet some general education or some major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.


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.


Courses include:

  • MESP 305
    Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • MESP 307
    Islamic Thought and Practice
  • MESP 309
    Conflict and Change in the Middle East


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 Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015- December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!



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


For more information about the Middle East Studies Program or Egypt, check out:

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities: Middle East Studies Program
Student Handbook: Egypt
World Fact Book: Egypt


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