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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Amman, Jordan
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring
    • Application

      Applications are currently closed. Please fill out the Study Abroad Future Interest Form to be notified about program updates.

      How to Apply

      Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.


      BestSemester programs have been suspended by the program provider for the 2020-21 academic year.

      BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

      Based in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) offers students a unique opportunity to become immersed in the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East.


      Program Overview

      As a student on the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) immerse yourself in 6,000 years of history in Jordan. Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) immerses students in the daily life, language, food, culture, religion and politics of a city with ancient roots and modern significance. Learn firsthand from locals how to work, play, and serve in the Middle East as you become their neighbor—and soon, their family—while learning adventurously at MESP. The heart of the Middle East Studies Program is the authentic community you’ll forge with these neighbors, families, and peers. Grounded in Christian liberal arts, MESP engages the religious culture and politics of the Middle East. You’ll examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from every perspective, experience hospitality in local homes, and worship with your roommates in the morning. You'll sit at the feet of native experts to learn about topics most precious to the region and then serve that region through a long-term service project.

      Students who apply to attend the Latin American Studies Program must complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with the program provider, BestSemester. Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and the program provider in order to participate in the program.


      2020–21 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

      ItemCost
      2020–2021 Biola Semester Tuition$21,756
      Program Fees (e.g. Room Only, Educational Excursions)$3,900
      Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
      International Health Insurance (Estimate)$225
      Estimated Program Cost$26,381


      Airfare, passport, travel visa, textbooks, and local transportation are not included in the program cost. Students will live in shared apartments for the semester. Students accepted to participate in the program during the 2020-21 year will be billed the Program Cost as seen above. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.


      Course Equivalencies

      View the Middle East Studies Program Course Equivalencies.