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 Jerusalem, Israel, 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, Jordan, 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.
MESP is interdisciplinary and encourages students of various majors to apply. To be eligible you must:
A total of 16 credit hours are possible. Courses include:
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.
The cost is generally equal to a 16 credit semester at Gordon and includes:
Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BEST SEMESTER program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15.You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal Spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled).
If you wish to apply early admission, then the deadlines are:
Fall Semester: Seat Applications & Interview due by: January 15.
Spring Semester: Seat Applications & Interview due by: April 15.
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibiity for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.