Middle East Studies

"Study Abroad is a life changing experience, and I encourage all of our students to consider it."  

-Majd Al-Mallah, Modern Languages & Literatures, Director

 

Middle Eastern Studies

Morocco

What better way to learn, participate, and explore the Middle East then to study abroad in Turkey, Oman, Morocco, and Jordan etc. Study Abroad provides opportunities of rich cultural enrichment, development of intercultural skills, and a deeper understanding of the heritage, problems, and perspectives of Middle Eastern cultures. All of this, while receiving course credits, traveling abroad, and discovering something great and new.

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or just looking to do an internship have some options as well. Customized internships are available through GVSU Internships, and other programs such as ISA and World Endeavors.

Academic Advice

  • Students should meet with their MES adviser at least three months prior to departing for their program.
  • The Middle East Studies director must approve any MES courses students wish to take to ensure that they will be counted toward their degree requirements.
  • The B.A. requires third semester proficiency in a foreign language. Consider working on this requirement while studying abroad.
  • A great advantage of studying abroad is living in the region you are studying. Learning about the history, language, and literature of your home-away-from-home enhances your experiences outside the classroom. Your daily interaction with the local culture also brings the subjects you are learning to life.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Middle East Studies students may fulfill credits abroad anytime during the four year curriculum.
  • No restrictions have been identified by the Middle East Studies program. 
  • Courses will be evaluated on a case to case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
 

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

Oman & U.A.E.

Language, Culture, and Business

Summer

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Isreal

George Washington University: Non-State Actors

Summer

Non-GVSU

Isreal

USAC: University of Haifa, Haifa

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Isreal

Tel-Aviv University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Jordan

ISA: Al-Ahliyya Amman University Anman

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Jordan

NU: Jordan & Syrian Crisis: Arabic Language & ME Politics

Summer

Non-GVSU

Jordan

SIT: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Jordan

SIT: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Morocco, France, Netherlands

NEU: Economic and Cultural Dynamics of Moroccan Immigration

Summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

ISA: Study Center Meknes

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity

Semester, academic year

 Non-GVSU

Morocco

SIT: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Morocco

SIT: Arabic Language and Community Service

Summer

Non-GVSU

Switzerland

SIT: Global Health and Development Policy

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Tunisia & Italy

SIT: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

Semester, academic year

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Jordan, Morocco

ISA: Service Learning

Semester, Summer, 

Non-GVSU

Nice or Paris, France

World Endeavors

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

World Endeavors

Semester, academic year, summer

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Coeli Fitzpatrick (Primary)

(616) 331-3748

fitzpaco@gvsu.edu

Steeve Buckridge

(616) 331-8110

buckrids@gvsu.edu



Page last modified November 15, 2017