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Study Abroad

Undergraduate Study Abroad

Undergraduate students who study abroad on a GW approved program are able to transfer up to 17 credits per semester.  Approved undergraduate exchange programs in the Middle East include:

American University in Cairo (AUC); Cairo, Egypt

IDC Herzliya; Herzliya, Israel

Al Akhawayn University (AUI); Ifrane, Morocco

American University of Kuwait (AUK); Salmiya, Kuwait

American University of Sharjah (AUS); Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Students may also participate in a number of provider programs located in the Middle East.  For more information, visit the Office for Study Abroad Website.


Graduate Study Abroad

We are excited to offer students several opportunities for study abroad, including a partnership with Ecole du Governance et Economie in Rabat, Morocco. Under a special agreement, students may transfer up to ten credits from Birzeit University in Palestine, University of Jordan and Doha Institute in Qatar. Ask Patrick Murphy for a list of other institutions available for graduate study abroad.

Short Term Study Abroad: State and society in modern Egypt
A co-taught course offered to students at George Washington University and the American University in Cairo.
Nathan J. Brown, GWU
Nesrine Badawi, AUC

This course will focus on state institutions in Egypt and their engagement with Egyptian society. There will be a special focus on religious and legal institutions since those are fairly accessible but often less understood; they also fall within the expertise of the instructors. In looking at Egyptian legal institutions, the course examines the role played by those institutions in shaping and reiterating existing social structures. At the same time, the course’s examination of religious institutions in Egypt, offers an insight into the relationship between those institutions and legal institutions and at the same time presents a general overview of the development of Islamic law from its classical formulations to the present structure.

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and MA-level students, will involve approximately 3 joint sessions held by video-conference before. These 90-minute sessions will involve short lectures by each instructor and class discussion. They will be designed to introduce students to the basic matter of the course and give back (an introduction to Islamic law; Islamic law today; Egyptian political history; the Egyptian legal system).

While the course will be co-taught, each institution will separately offer credit to its own students.  The GW instructor will grade GW students; the AUC instructor will grade AUC students. Because of this structure, there may be some difference in the readings and assignments between the two groups of students. On the GW side, writing requirements will differ slightly for graduate and undergraduate students.

On the GW side, the program will be open to MA and PhD students in relevant degree programs (such as Middle East Studies, International Affairs, and political science).  Undergraduate students may also take the course if they have sufficient academic background as determined by the instructor.  The last day of classes for GW students will be January 12th , 2020. (The last Day of Classes for AUC students will be January 16th , 2020. )

Through the Institute for Middle East Studies Summer Language Grant, I traveled to Jordan for Arabic language courses. There, I lived with a Palestinian family. This experience provided me with invaluable language skills and brought me closer to Jordanian and Palestinian culture. 

Middle East Studies Program, Class of 2018

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