“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.
Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) immerses students in the daily life, language, food, culture, religion and politics of one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Learn firsthand from locals how to work, play, and serve in the Middle East as you become their neighbor—and soon, their family—while learning adventurously at MESP.
The heart of the Middle East Studies Program is the authentic community you’ll forge with these neighbors, families, and peers. Grounded in Christian liberal arts, MESP engages the religious culture and politics of the Middle East. You’ll examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from every perspective, live with a local family during a week-long homestay, and worship with your roommates in the morning. You'll sit at the feet of native experts to learn about topics most precious to the region and then serve that region through a long-term service project.
And you won't be alone on this adventure: you'll have an experienced staff and your fellow MESP students from universities across the U.S. and Canada.