CCCU’s Middle East Studies Program to Relocate

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.

Exploring Every Opportunity, One Unknown Step at a Time

MESP Program Assistant, Sari Heidenreich, describes how her experience as a student at the Washington Journalism Center and the Middle East Studies Program shaped her future.

BestSemester Student First Female to Finish Palestine Half Marathon

A Northwest University student studying abroad in Jerusalem was the first female to finish the Palestine Half Marathon last week.

CCCU Names Magnuson New BestSemester MESP Director

The CCCU is delighted to confirm the appointment of Douglas Magnuson to serve as the new Director of the CCCU BestSemester Middle East Studies Program (MESP) beginning this fall.

Letters from abroad: A plea from a fellow child of empire

Fall 2012 Middle East Studies Program student, Tesica Starkey, recently wrote an article for her campus newspaper at Southern Nazarene University, "The Echo." 

Letters from abroad: A plea from a fellow child of empire
By Tesica Starkey
Posted on September 28, 2012
The Echo, Southern Nazarene University

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of New MESP Center in Jerusalem

While walking along the southern rim of Tantur Ecumenical Institute last year, BestSemester’s Middle East Studies Program Director Dr. David Holt stumbled upon a run-down building on Tantur’s property that had been abandoned since 1997. This Jerusalem diamond-in-the-rough overlooked the historically-Christian communities of Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala.