The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is an interdisciplinary program with unique course offerings and contexts for students majoring in subjects such as politics, international relations, religion, peace and conflict studies, history, intercultural studies, or anthropology -- or any students with a general interest in the region.

We accept students in good academic standing (with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale) from every area of study. Students accepted into the program must be willing to participate in a communal, culturally-appropriate lifestyle and academic setting.

MESP is designed for qualified students in their second, third or fourth year in college. All full-time students earning credit toward their degree are eligible. When students from non-CCCU institutions are admitted, an additional $500 transcripting fee will be charged. (Not sure whether your school is part of the CCCU? Check out the list here.)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email your MESP Advisor at [email protected] for help.


How do I apply?

Simply complete an online application for the semester during which you plan to participate. Each campus makes its own policies regarding off-campus study, so you should consult your academic dean, off-campus study coordinator and/or advising faculty member at your school to ensure completion of all campus requirements.

Before your application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit all of the following materials:

  • a completed online application form
  • $50 application fee (payable by check or credit card)
  • 1 faculty references
  • 1 character reference
  • official transcript(s) of all college course work
  • Certification Form
  • Social/Behavioral Standing Verification Form

Completed applications will be reviewed per the following schedule:

Fall Semester:

Rolling Admissions:
Applications will be accepted until May 15, or until all spots are filled.

Spring Semester:

Rolling Admissions:
Applications will be accepted until November 15, or until all spots are filled.


Yay! My application was accepted! Now what?

Once admitted into the program, you will be required to confirm your intent to participate by submitting a non-refundable $300 confirmation fee which will be applied toward your program tuition.

You will also be required to complete additional confirmation and pre-departure materials including, but not limited to waiver and liability forms, a medical information form, housing form, as well as apply for a visa and secure an ISIC or iNext card (student ID and supplementary travel insurance). But don't worry! We will send you all of the details and instructions upon acceptance.