Middle East Studies Program
Come spend a semester in Jordan 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, Israel/Palestine, Tunisia, or Morocco. Through daily life in the Middle East, witness different world views that will challenge and strengthen your own beliefs.
Experiential Learning Initiative - ELI
All Messiah approved semester-long, off-campus programs are approved and designed to meet the requirements for the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI). To learn more about the process, please explore the ELI Off-Campus Study Information Page.
- Students will complete all of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) requirements that are a part of this program.
- Junior, Senior status. Will accept some second semester sophomores
- 2.75 GPA
Since studying off-campus for a semester is a privilege, please note the following implications of being place on probation at Messiah College:
Chapel Probation: A student currently on chapel probation for the first time (or with an impending chapel probation for the upcoming semester) will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus. If a student has been placed on chapel probation more than once during their time at Messiah, they will not be eligible to study off-campus for a semester.
Academic Probation or Low GPA: A student on academic probation or whose GPA drops below 2.75 will be not be eligible to study off-campus.
Disciplinary Probation: A student who has been placed on disciplinary probation at any time during the off-campus study application / acceptance process will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus.
The Registrar’s Office has determined that the following courses taken at the Middle East Studies Program will fulfill General Education requirements:
|Course|| General Education
|CAI 301 Introduction to Colloquial Arabic (4)||First Level Language
People and Cultures of the Middle East
Conflict and Change in the Middle East
Participation in the program
- 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.
Messiah tuition, room, board, and student services fee plus $1,265 off-campus study fee*.
- tuition, housing, meals
- educational excursions
- pre-departure, and re-entry orientation
- international travel insurance
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
*Note: Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring – April 1
Middle East Studies Program Deadline
- Fall - June 1
- Spring - December 1
Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early