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Northeastern University offers short-term, faculty-led programs to various countries around the world. We call these programs the “Dialogue of Civilizations.” In the Middle East, we have programs in Morocco, Oman, Lebanon, Turkey, and Israel.

Please click here for more information on the Dialogue of Civilizations, or see below for the descriptions and links for the Summer Middle East and North Africa Dialogues.

 Jordan & Syrian Crisis: Arabic Language & Middle East Politics

ARAB xxxx: Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced Arabic

INTL 4944: Middle Eastern Regional Engagement

Amman, Jordan

The Jordan Dialogue provides students with an in-depth study of Middle East politics, history, and society, with a special focus on Jordan and through an immersion in Arabic (any level, from beginner to advanced). In addition to studying Arabic, students are assigned their own “language and culture partners”. Jordan is of critical and strategic importance to the United States, Europe, and numerous countries in the Middle East. Students engage with NU professors, guest lecturers, Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and others as they learn about Jordan and how the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis affect Jordanian politics, society, and economy. Students will have weekly excursions to explore historic sites, beautiful desert and mountainous landscape. Students receive a weekly stipend to cover travel and meal costs.

Economic and Cultural Dynamics of Moroccan Immigration

INTL 3565: History, Culture, and Economics of Moroccan Immigration to Europe

INTL 4944: Culture, Islam, and Gender in Morocco and among Moroccan Diaspora

Marrakesh, Morocco / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Paris, France

The Dialogue engages students with the culture, society, and people of Morocco: from the ancient capital of Marrakesh to the Amazigh villages of the High Atlas mountains to the Moroccan immigrants living and working in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and France (Paris). As part of the Arab Middle East linked to the French colonial past as well as the EU, Morocco offers a unique set of opportunities and experiences for students interested in contemporary Islam, post-colonial development in the Middle East, and the challenges of assimilation and integration facing Muslim immigrants in Western Europe. This Dialogue offers students an opportunity to better understand the origins of and contemporary challenges facing the Muslim communities of Western Europe. The Dialogue investigates the dynamics of North Africa economic development that relies heavily on migration and remittances; explores the vast changes over the last several years in the nature of immigration and assimilation throughout the Mediterranean.

Israel – Palestine: Multiple Narratives in a Contested Territory

INTL 2100: Modern Israel

ENGL/JWSS 2610: Israel in Literature and the Arts

Tel Aviv, Israel / Jerusalem, Israel

This program offers a unique insight into one of the most controversial issues and most intractable conflicts in the world—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beginning with the religious histories of Jerusalem, continuing into the villages of the West Bank, and ending on the shores of the Mediterranean, this program offers students the opportunity to meet local politicians, artists, journalists and activists, learn about contrasting national narratives, and explore future prospects for peace and reconciliation in the region. Discover how the conflict affects environmental concerns in the Dead Sea Valley, enjoy home-cooked cuisine with local families, and enjoy bustling and colorful bazaars. With time for discussion, reflection, and fun, join us for this unique program that both explores the complex issues facing Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and celebrates the hospitality and vibrant cultures of its local communities.