MESP Semester Costs, 2020-21
HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR MESP PARTICIPATION?
The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.
The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of MESP participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus' established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus program, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!)
Since each school determines their own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school's policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.
HOW MUCH DO I PAY & WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Typically the only expenses MESP participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50) and the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total fee at invoicing).
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each school. For the 2020-21 school year, that bill will feature the below MESP semester costs.
MESP Program Fees
Room & Board
TOTAL MESP FEES:
BALANCE OF MESP FEES:
Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus's policies.
Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.
Expenses covered by MESP fees:
- Recommended 16 hours of academic credit
- Full Board (A weekly stipend for personal groceries, plus some shared meals. All meals will also be provided during regional travel.)
- Washing machines are available at no cost (must provide own detergent, softener)
- All necessary expenses during required program-related travel (approx 2-3 weeks of regional travel, plus additional local excursions)
Additional anticipated expenses:
(Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly. You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.)
- Travel between home and Amman, Jordan
- ISIC ($25, if purchased through BestSemester) OR similar International Student Identification Card or supplemental insurance coverage (some campuses will provide this for students studying abroad). This is required for participation in BestSemester's international programs.
- Visa (approx. $56, purchased upon arrival in Jordan airport)
- Health insurance, valid in Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, and Israel for length of stay/duration of program
- Textbooks (approx. $150)
- Local transportation, if not class-related (approx $15 per week)
- Personal medical expenses, if incurred
- Personal discretionary expenditures, including personal travel
- Passport (required for program participation)
Middle East Studies Program participants are responsible to book their own travel between their homes and the program, which means that they will travel to and from Jordan on their own. Students must plan travel arrangements to allow for participation in all required program activities. Program housing is not available outside of program dates.
MESP staff will meet students at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman (within a given time frame) and transport them to MESP's orientation location. MESP students will receive all the information needed for travel, including specific arrival and departure timeframes, before departure for Amman.
WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?
You can expect to use all of your Federal and State financial aid to study off-campus through the BestSemester programs. Additionally, most (but not all) campuses allow students to transfer some or all of their institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants to BestSemester programs.
Contact your Off-Campus Study Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, or other applicable office on your campus for more information and to determine how much financial aid can be applied to your off-campus semester. As anticipated expenses for your off-campus semester most likely differ from an on-campus semester, be sure to bring this page so you can adjust your financial aid statement of need.
WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY MESP PARTICIPATION?
We hope this doesn't happen! Just in case...You need to know the BestSemester Withdrawal/Refund Policy.
WHAT IF I DON'T ATTEND A CCCU INSTITUTION?
(First of all, double-check. Click here to find out if you attend a CCCU school.)
Students must be enrolled full-time on a "home" campus in order to participate in MESP. If you do not attend a CCCU school, your campus may be willing to enter a one-term consortium agreement with the CCCU to allow your participation. If not, we will try to help you enroll as a guest student through a CCCU school. Please contact the Middle East Studies Program ([email protected]) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.