CCCU’s Middle East Studies Program to Relocate

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WASHINGTON - After prayerful thought and consideration, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) will relocate the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) from Israel to Jordan for the near future due to heightened security warnings in Israel.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, MESP will be located in Amman, Jordan. Program Director Douglas Magnuson has lived for over 30 years in the Middle East, including eight years in Amman, where he cultivated a diverse network of expat and Jordanian connections. 

“The process to transition the program has already begun, and we strongly believe that this location will be just as valuable and enriching for our students,” Magnuson said. “The predominantly Arabic and Islamic setting of Jordan gives students continual opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom.” 

“The future, long-term location of MESP is still being thoughtfully considered,” said Deborah Kim, interim vice president for student programs. “We expect to announce the exact location this spring after an in-depth review process and approval from the CCCU Board of Directors. As always, the safety of our students in the best learning environment remains our top priority.”

Now, more than ever, the CCCU affirms that MESP is an invaluable program for getting Christian students engaged in the Middle East, Magnuson said.

“Muslim-Christian relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are major global issues, and MESP students have a unique opportunity to learn about them in context on a daily basis,” he added.

MESP and the CCCU ask for continued prayer for peace in the Middle East and the growth of the students who are called to learn and serve in this region.




About BestSemester: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 12 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs. Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.), Contemporary Music Center (Nashville), Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles) and Washington Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.). Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are: Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, India Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Programmes in Oxford; and Uganda Studies Program. Visit ( for program details.

About the CCCU: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 176 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 120 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 56 affiliate campuses from 19 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit (