Study Abroad

"FIU in the Middle East" Study Abroad Opportunity

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"FIU in the Middle East" Study Abroad Program

The "FIU in the Middle East" study abroad program to Jordan, Israel and Palestine is an intensive 2-week program designed to foster an understanding of Middle East politics and society through the experience of traveling and studying in the region. Open to undergraduate students of all majors, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region. By the end of the program, students will be able to identify critical junctures that have shaped the politics and societies of Jordan, Israel and Palestine, and the challenges they face. Students will also develop a more comprehensive understanding of the regions historical, cultural, socio-political, economic and geographical linkages. The course will also discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict and prospects for a lasting peace between sides. The program will include visits to organizations promoting interfaith relations, co-existence and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. It will also introduce students to the local languages and amazing cuisine by encouraging them to interact with the local population. By the end of the program, students will have a stronger grasp of the languages and a deeper appreciation of Middle Eastern culture.

Program Dates:

Summer B 2022

On-campus: June 20th-July 12th, 2022

Abroad: July 13th, 2022- July 27th, 2022

Program costs:

The program cost is $2,750 and covers double occupancy accommodations throughout the trip, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), airport transfers and visa fees (if traveling with group), professionally licensed English-speaking tour guide throughout the program, all transportation between cities in deluxe motor coach, entrance fees to all tourism sites included in the itinerary, and a Shabbat dinner. Additionally, the visit in Petra includes horse ride and Bedouin jeep ride in Wadi Rum. A camel ride in Wadi Rum will also be available at a minimal extra cost.

The program cost does not include airfare (students should budget approximately $1,000 for the cost of airfare), FIU course instructional fees/tuition (Undergraduate $205.57/credit), $195 Study Abroad non-refundable fee, beverages and drinks, and personal expenses.

Courses and credits:

  • CPO 3403: Politics of the Middle East (3 credits)
  • CPO 4401: Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 credits)
  • INR 4931: Topics in International Relations (3 credits)

Students can take up to two courses for a maximum of 6 credits.

How to apply

For more information and to apply for the program, please visit the Office of Study Abroad online application by clicking here.

Additional information:

For more information on the program, please contact the faculty director and professor of the program, Mohamed K. Ghumrawi at mghumraw@fiu.edu.

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