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Middle East Studies Program


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.


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


A total of 15-18 credit hours are possible. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Arabic Language (4-6)
  • Islamic Thought and Practice (4)
  • Conflict and Change in the Middle East (4)
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (4)


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 


All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying to your program. Click here for current deadlines.

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. Fall applications are accepted until June 1.