Students majoring in the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies are encouraged to participate in the Washington University Overseas Studies program. Your studying in the countries where Arabic, Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Islamic Studies are living cultures makes for a wonderfully exciting and inspiring program of formal and informal study. Interacting with scholars and laypeople will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the experiences and challenges those cultures have faced and are facing. The university currently sponsors preapproved programs, but other study abroad options (which require approval on a case-by-case basis) also exist. A maximum of nine units of advanced course work (300 level and above) may be applied toward the JIMES, Arabic, or Hebrew majors from study abroad or courses taken at another university. Credit will only be awarded to those courses that have been approved by the JIMES Study Abroad Adviser.
As an Arabic major, you have several excellent study abroad opportunities to choose from. There are year-long or semester-long programs that focus on intensive language instruction combined with a selection of Arabic-related course work. Some of the programs feature home-stay with Arab families. You may also apply for summer language study in several Arab countries. These experiences are invaluable for refining one’s conversational skills and gaining a deeper understanding of Arabic society and culture.
WashU approved programs:
- CIEE Arabic Language Program in Amman, Jordan
- CIEE Middle East Studies Program in Amman, Jordan
- CIEE Summer Arabic Language Program in Amman, Jordan
- Middlebury School in the Middle East: Jordan (Amman)
- SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East
- SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Intensive Arabic Language Studies (Summer)