“Stay for coffee, stay for coffee,” your neighbors say, hoping you'll sit and talk for just a few more minutes. It might make you late for lunch with friends, but how could you refuse a cup of rich, black Arabic coffee offered with such hospitality?
As a student on the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) you will most certainly be served local coffee and sweet, black tea in this manner. Immerse yourself in 6,000 years of history in Jordan. Journey by camel across legendary ground to ancient sites like Petra and Jerash. Dive into the Dead Sea, swim in the Sea of Galilee, and fall asleep in the moonlight of the valley Wadi Rum. Barter in Arabic with vendors in the market and share stories with schoolchildren in the Old City of Jerusalem. Then watch this Holy Land take human shape as you serve like Christ in the regions he walked.
Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) immerses students in the daily life, language, food, culture, religion and politics of one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. 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. Although grounded in Christian liberal arts, MESP engages the religious culture and politics of the Middle East without bias. You’ll examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from every perspective, live with a local family during a week-long homestay, 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 matched to your gifts, hopes, and calling.
And you won't be alone on this adventure: you'll have an experienced staff and your fellow MESP students from universities across the U.S. and Canada.