Middle East

Jerusalem

WESTMONT IN JERUSALEM Spring 2019

Make Jerusalem home for the semester. Wander the labyrinth of the Old City. Banter in markets where shopkeepers know your name. Prep for class in your favorite café. Learn the rhythms of the Holy City, where Jews welcome Sabbath at the Western Wall, where Muslims stream to Al Aqsa for noon prayers, where Franciscans retrace Jesus’ journey to the cross. Ancient peoples jostle for space in the streets. As you travel, begin to understand the pain of two traumatized peoples. Learn from local experts, and see for yourself during field trips and site visits. Hike with local guides, pour over the documents that shaped history, feel the weight of big ideas, and find your voice.

Westmont in Jerusalem is both disciple’s journey and student’s quest. It is challenge and reward. It is adventure and exhaustion. Don’t take the Holy Land speed tour. Stay for a while. VISIT Westmont in Jerusalem 2019 for more detailed information.

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WESTMONT IN CAIRO: Spring 2018

MAKE YOUR WORLD BIGGER. You can debate with your roommate whether Islam poses a global threat - or you can go to the heart of the Islamic world and find out. You can wonder whether people in the Middle East want to live in a democracy - or you can ask them. You can pray for peace in Israel and Palestine - or you can also find out how to work for peace.

CairoDuring this semester you will live in Cairo, a developing world megalopolis, pulsating with energy, people and life. Heart of the Arab World, Cairo is, in the words of the medieval traveler Ibn Battuta, um al dunya, mother of the world.

You will be encouraged to experience another culture from the inside, studying Arabic, navigating your way around the city and interacting with Egyptians on a daily basis. You will develop relationships with your neighbors and Egyptian university students. You will for a season become an urban person, and learn to be comfortable negotiating a foreign metropolitan landscape.

You will also experience what it means to live in community in a new way. Removed from familiar social, relational and religious support systems, all the while being confronted with some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, you will need to rely on each other. Destionations include Cairo, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine. Formore details and information, visit Westmont In Cairo homepage


WESTMONT IN ISTANBUL: Spring Semester 2016 (2020 tentative)

EAST MEETS WESTMONT. You can debate with your roommate whether Islam poses a global threat - or you can go to the heart of the Islamic world and find out.  You can wonder whether people in the Middle East want to live in a democracy - or you can ask them.  You can pray for peace in Israel and Palestine - or you can find out how to work for peace.  You can walk to chapel - or you can walk the Via Dolorosa. 

Hagia sophiaDuring this semester you will live in Istanbul, aka Constantinople, a city that is of the past and of the future, of grace and grit, of culture and politics, of faith and skepticism.  It is Eastern and Western, a modern megalopolis of 15 million people and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It is both cultural capital of a developing Asian country and Europe’s “city of culture” in 2010.  Istanbul’s skyline is punctuated by medieval mosques and minarets while swish modern cafes and bars dominate its street life. 

You will be encouraged to experience another culture from the inside, learning enough Turkish to navigate your way around the city and interact with Turks on a daily basis.  You will develop relationships with your neighbors and Turkish university students.   You will for a season become an urban person, and learn to be comfortable negotiating a foreign metropolitan landscape. 

You will also experience what it means to live in community in a new way.  Removed from familiar social, relational and religious support systems, all the while being confronted with some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, you will need to rely on each other.You will travel extensively inside Turkey and take trips to Israel/Palestine and Cairo, Egypt. Westmont in Istanbul Homepage

Middle East Studies Program, Jordan (CCCU)

Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) will immerse you in 6,000 years of history. You’ll study the region’s diverse religious, social, cultural and political landscape while engaging with the people, values and traditions of the Middle East. In addition to studies, home stays, service projects, site activities, and cultural experiences are included. This program iis an affiliate prgram and requires that you first sumbit an application to the office of Off Campus Programs. For full information and answers to common questons, please visit the program website at www.bestsemester.com/locations-and-programs/middle-east.