Open to currently enrolled undergraduates, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is the only one of its kind in the entire Gulf region. Through an intentional approach to study the Arab world, our students in this program are challenged to think outside of disciplinary boundaries that limit a true understanding of the region. The MESP is offered over the Fall, Spring and Summer program.  

Described below are each of the program's components:  

Arabic Language (9 credits)

The study of Arabic language grounds your understanding of the Arab world, and forms a big part of your study in Oman.  You are placed into one of nine levels in Arabic and will in four different classes: conversation, reading/writing, media Arabic (Beginner High level and above) and grammar. MESP students will have 240 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of conversation practice for the first 12 weeks of their program. The remaining three weeks will be dedicated to research for the political science courses (details further below). 

For more information on the Arabic program,  please see the Intensive Arabic Program

MES 360: The Contemporary Arab Middle East (3 credits) 

Students will begin with a historical overview of the contemporary Middle East, exploring the complexities of the region. The course continues to analyze the dynamic issues and forces in the region and their interactions like Islam and sectarian diversity, Arabism and ethnic diversity,  the West and the Arab World, the Arab-Israeli conflict and finally, the Arab Uprisings also known as the Arab Spring.  

MES 370: Independent Study (3 credits) 

This course is designed to enable the student to integrate the various components of MES 360. Each student, in consultation with the instructor, decides on an area of substantive focus for his or her research. It is required that the topic focuses on the Arab World. Throughout the semester, each student will meet regularly with the instructor for consultations as he or she conceives and develops the overall research project.

Summer MESP

Duration: 8 weeks (May 14-July 12, 2017 and May 20-June 18, 2018)

  • 8 weeks of Arabic (6 credits)

  • MESP 370 (3 credits)


The cost for the semester long (Fall and Spring) MESP is $15,700 (price includes Arabic language courses and three mandatory overnight excursions around Oman).

Summer MESP 2017: $11,693 (all inclusive)