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.
Under the guidance of a staff with over 30 years of experience living in the region, students live together in a close-knit community and explore the diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars.
Students also earn up to six credits of advanced Arabic language and serve at local organizations with the opportunity to earn intercultural internship/practicum credit throughout the semester. During the program’s substantial travel components (recently including Israel/Palestine, Islamic Spain, Morocco and Turkey), students participate in homestays and discover the diversity and dynamism of Middle Eastern cultures by experiencing their foods, customs, schools, neighborhoods and places of worship. At a time of change in the Middle East, MESP empowers and equips students to relate to Muslim, Eastern Christian and Jewish peoples in a guided and Christ-centered approach.