The core of the Middle East Studies Program is the relationships you build with your peers and the people of the region. Although grounded in a Christian liberal arts context, MESP engages the contemporary religion, culture and politics of the Middle East without the distortions of cultural bias. You’ll examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a non-partisan perspective, live with a local family as part of your weeklong homestay, and connect with a range of speakers on the topics most precious to the region. This is experiential learning at its best.



Introduction to Arabic Language 4
Islamic Thought and Practice 4
Conflict & Change in the Middle East 4
Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East 4


As part of the Culture component of the program, students are placed with a local family, typically in a Muslim household. Each family has an English-speaking contact person of the same gender as the student. This allows students to communicate their needs, ideas, and feelings. The homestay is a positive and essential step in learning to appreciate the true nature of life in Israel.


MESP students travel throughout the Middle East. Previous semesters have included Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, as well as various Israeli sites outside of Jerusalem. However, please note that all travel is subject to change based upon safety considerations; in recent semesters, students have traveled to Morocco, Turkey and Jordan.