Best Semester - Middle East Studies Program
“Stay for coffee, stay for coffee,” your neighbors say, hoping you'll sit and talk for just a few more minutes. It might make you late for lunch with friends, but how could you refuse a cup of rich, black Arabic coffee offered with such hospitality?
As a student on the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) you will most certainly be served local coffee and sweet, black tea in this manner. Immerse yourself in 6,000 years of history in Jordan. Journey by camel across legendary ground and explore ancient sites like Petra and Jerash. Snorkel in the coral reefs of the Red Sea, share tea with a bedouin sheikh, and fall asleep on a sand dune under the moon in the valley Wadi Rum. Barter in Arabic with vendors in the market and share stories with schoolchildren in the Old City of Jerusalem. Then watch this Holy Land take new shape as you encounter Christ in the regions he walked.
(reproduced from Best Semester website)
- 2.75 minimum GPA
- Sophomore, junior or senior students
MESP students learn first-hand from locals who live out the subject matter. You will live, work, eat, play, and travel among these people, becoming a member of their neighborhoods. By the end of the semester, your life will have become entangled with theirs—their cultures, languages, passions and joys. We are committed to this Christ-centered approach, aiming to serve, process, and evaluate your immersion as you grow in your understanding of what it means to be an incarnational follower of Jesus in a land that needs such followers now.
For details, and to see a list of available courses, visit the Best Semester website.
Though you’ll live in your own apartments for most of the semester, you will spend just over a week in homestays. Political climate permitting, we will take a trip to Israel-Palestine during the semester where you will spend time living with a Palestinian family and a Jewish-Israeli family as part of our Conflict and Change course. Your hosts will be excited and ready to feed you, hear about your family and share their lives with you.
Living with families is the key to understanding the daily life, religion and culture and the conflict in Israel-Palestine. During Palestinian homestays you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to practice your Arabic.
For more information about student life, visit the Best Semester website.