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Middle East Studies Program

VISION

The Middle East Studies Program seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether that's in the Middle East, North America, or other parts of the world. Based in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East.

The interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to explore the diverse religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples. Through travel (typically Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim, Eastern and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner.

QUALIFICATIONS

MESP is interdisciplinary and encourages students of various majors to apply. To be eligible you must:

  • Have at least Sophomore standing at time of application
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity

CREDITS

A total of 16 credit hours are possible. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Arabic Language (4)
  • Islamic Thought and Practice (4)
  • Conflict and Change in the Middle East (4)
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (4)

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply. 

COSTS

The cost is generally equal to a 16 credit semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition (16 hours of credit) & Fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • All necessary expenses during program-related travel

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Passport (required)
  • Flights
  • Visa (purchased upon arrival in Jordan airport)
  • Books
  • Local transportation not related to class
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 1.You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).

SPRING SEMESTER:
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled).

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