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February 29, 2008

McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Georgetown University - McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies - Alanya, Turkey
Fall Semester in Turkey 2008

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2008 http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu
The McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies of Georgetown University is pleased to announce its Fall Semester in Turkey 2008 academic program. Housed in a magnificent Ottoman-era villa overlooking the Mediterranean, the program runs from August 30 – December 15, 2008 and offers in-depth exposure to the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean, the landscape of contemporary Turkey, and the political, economic, and cultural forces shaping this region today.

Students at the McGhee Center receive an unparalleled introduction to Turkey in all its modern and historical dimensions – from the halls of Parliament to the footsteps of Alexander the Great, from the streets of Istanbul to the villages of central Anatolia, from Crusader castles and Mediterranean beaches to modern Turkey’s vibrant and rapidly changing cities.

Courses offered in Fall 2008 include:
• Cultural Geography of Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean (INAF-377)
• Gender and Islam in Modern Turkey
• Turkey and the European Union: Issues in International Migration
• History of the Crusades (HIST-106)
• History of Architecture: Monuments of Southern Turkey (AMTH-008)
• Turkish Language (All Levels)

The program travels extensively in Turkey, including a two-week Orientation in Istanbul and Ankara, with additional excursions to Edirne, Bursa, Konya, Antalya, and other sites of cultural and historical importance. A ten-day mid-semester excursion to Syria and southeastern Turkey provides a comparative perspective on the region.
Located in the city of Alanya, the McGhee Center is ideally situated for the study of Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean as a crossroads of civilizations. Students take their classes and meals at the villa, which also houses a library, study facilities, and gardens with views of the Mediterranean. Students are housed nearby in fully furnished apartments.

The McGhee Center is open to both Georgetown and non-Georgetown students and accepts applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds and majors, including European, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian Studies; International Affairs; Classical Studies; History; Geography; Art History; Cultural Studies; and more.

A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2008. All admitted students will receive automatic consideration.
Application forms, scholarship information, and course descriptions are available on our NEW website: http://mcgheecenter.georgetown.edu
For more information please contact: Ms. Polly Robey, Office of International Programs
Georgetown University, (202) 687-5867, pss26@georgetown.edu

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Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Easter Studies is happy to announce the following developments and information on the College in Sana'a. For current news anytime, please visit the YCMES homepage at www.ycmes.org and click on "News."

Important Note: The deadline for the YCMES Study Abroad Program, 2008-2009, is quickly approaching. March 1st is the preferred application deadline.

Safety & Security in Yemen
The YCMES understands that international students, parents, professors, and administrators are concerned with safety and security when deciding to choose a study abroad program. For this reason and to maintain the well-being of all its students, the college takes great strides to assure the safety and security of students and guests. Please visit the YCMES webpage for Safety & Security at http://www.ycmes.org/safety&security.htm, for up-to-date information, statements, and documents compiled by the College on the situation in Yemen.

YCMES Research Center
With accreditation from the Yemeni Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the College is now capable of hosting international scholars for academic research in Yemen. The YCMES can facilitate research sponsorship and other logistical support of incoming researchers. For more information, please email research@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/research.htm.

Service Learning & Internships
The YCMES has started service learning and internship programs, and our administration is ready to supervise students interning in local organizations. Service learning in Yemen remains a novel experience, with very few organizations utilizing international staff members. Students apply their academic studies with hands-on practice in the fields of human rights, democracy building, journalism, health, women's rights, and many more. These programs are designed to integrate the student farther into Yemeni society, affording them the opportunity to use their Arabic language in a work environment few foreigners see. For more information, please email internships@ycmes.org or visit http://www.ycmes.org/internships.htm.

Partnership with the Yemen-America Language Institute (YALI)
The YCMES and YALI are pleased to announce their plans to develop an institutional partnership. Co-operational programs strive to form friendships among international students of the YCMES and Yemeni students of YALI. Projects include language buddies, conversational hours, shared cultural activities and trips, Arabic students teaching English, and other programs to foster cross-cultural understandings. This new partnership will connect the two oldest, largest, and most respected language institutes of Yemen in the Arabic and English languages.

YALI was founded 1975 by the United States Embassy in Sana’a and backed by the international non-profit organization, AMIDEAST. YALI is part of the mission to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Some 2,000 - 3,000 students study English at YALI each term. YALI's web site is www.yali.org.ye.

For a list of all YCMES Partnerships, please visit http://www.ycmes.org/affiliations.htm.

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February 20, 2008

Summer Study Abroad Program-TUNISIA

Interested in studying in the Arab World? Loyola University Chicago's summer study trip offers a unique experiential learning program in Tunisia. The course is entitled 'The Arab World, Islam, and US Foreign Policy.' Students earn credit while spending three weeks travelling throughout the country and gaining a first-hand perspective of politics, culture, and religion in Northern Africa.

Lectures by renowned Tunisian scholars on politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of US foreign policy, Tunisia's role in the global war on terror, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in Northern Africa.
Joint lectures and discussions with English-speaking Tunisian students
Visits to important political, religious, and historical sites such as The Great Mosque in Kairouan, the American Embassy in Tunis, the Roman Coliseum of El Jem and the Roman ruins of Dougga, and much more.
Overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert complete with desert camel trek.

Detailed information on the program and a complete course syllabus are available at:


Please feel free to contact the group leader Professor Peter Schraeder at pschrae@luc.edu with any questions you may have.

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Arabesk Studies in Damascus

We are Arabesk Studies in Damascus, a private team of professionals, located in the heart of Damascus , very specialized and perfectly experienced in Arabic language teaching for foreign students. Arabesk Studies is exclusively devoted to Arabic teaching.

We invite you to visit our website: www.arabeskstudiesindamascus.com/english/index1.htm

We believe that by specializing we are better able to understand and respond to the needs of international students. Our team of highly qualified teachers is of high calibre and provides the best teaching available. With our teachers, packages of studies and services and a perfect location, we believe that the combination between Arabesk Studies and Damascus is really the best to study Arabic.

Arabesk has facilitated study abroad for hundreds of individuals, students and specialists from top American and European universities and colleges in Middle East or Arabic Studies, or many other fields. Undergraduates and graduate students, professors from places like Princeton, Georgetown , Berkeley , Duke, Swarthmore and Middlebury, SOAS London, Cambridge , London School of Economics LSE, and other European university students have reported positive experiences of their time in Damascus through Arabesk.

From pre-departure until the end of your stay in Syria (even though we wish that you stay with us!!!), Arabesk provides a comprehensive facilitation of your time abroad with his package of studies and services. We offer Studies, all services related to studies and settlement in Damascus , accommodation in nice flats with Arab speakers or Damascene families, fieldtrips around Syria ....

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February 04, 2008


For more information about the Summer Language Program through University of Chicago please visit:

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Study Abroad Program in Yemen

The Study Abroad program at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies is coming together to provide students a new, unique opportunity to study the contemporary Middle East and intensive Arabic language.
The YCMES is now accepting applications for its inaugural year, starting September 2008. Refer to the admissions page at www.ycmes.org/admissions.htm for more information on enrollment.

Why should students choose the study abroad program at the YCMES?

1) Location: Yemen, The Arabia Felix
The College is centrally located in Sana’a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen, in a residential neighborhood near the main square of the city and within walking distance of the historical Old City. Yemen is an ideal location for such a college. It is perhaps the only country left in the Middle East where foreigners can practice their Arabic with local people and not be forced to use English or other languages. In addition to the superb language environment, Yemenis have retained their customs and traditions with very little Western influence, offering an international student the opportunity to live among one of the most traditional Arab societies. Not only among the most hospitable on earth, as well as the kindest, Yemenis are also proud of their traditional poetry, dress, dance, and crafts. Language learners will find curious Yemenis willing and even eager to speak Arabic with them, not always the case among the urban educated people in other Arabic-speaking countries. To learn more about Yemen, please visit www.ycmes.org/aboutyemen.htm.

2) Arabic Language Programs: The Yemen Language Center
The College will draw its Arabic language program from the Yemen Language Center. With almost twenty years of experience, the YLC has developed an excellent curriculum of Arabic courses. Classroom instruction is designed to develop the student’s speaking and listening skills, as reading and writing can be covered both in non-Arabic environments and from homework drills. The YLC is equipped with the latest in language learning technologies and privileged with a qualified and experienced instructors, from five to 23 years of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The YLC offers Arabic language instruction from survival lessons to post-advanced independent study. Though many supplementary materials are utilized, the primary textbook for the YLC program is Al-Kitaab fi Tacallum al-cArabiyya from Georgetown Press. The YCMES is also proud to host outside Arabists (such as Dr. Peter Abboud, Dr. Aman Attieh, and scheduled in May, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal and Dr. Kristen Brustad) for review and evaluation of the program and to give developmental workshops for instructors. Through all of its endeavors, the Arabic language program of the YLC continues to get excellent reviews from its students, who comment on the quality of instruction and the infusion of language and culture. To learn more about the Arabic language programs, please visit www.ycmes.org/ylc.htm.

3) Academic Quality: The Program in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies
The PCMES, designed by Honorary Dean Steven C. Caton of Harvard University, offers a wide range of university-level courses on contemporary Middle East Studies. Each semester, a select number of courses are offered as a cross-discipline reflection of the current faculty. The faculty is comprised of the world’s most distinguished regional specialists, both Yemeni and non-Yemeni, and most of whom hold professorial appointments at leading universities. Classes will be kept small in size, seminar-style with 12-15 students, with a keen interest in maintaining high academic quality. Students will also be afforded opportunities to work with faculty in independent research, experience fieldwork, perform academic internships, and volunteer work.

Visiting Faculty for 2008-2009 Academic Year
Dr. Abdul Karim Alaug, Anthropology, Associate Dean YCMES/Sana'a University
Dr. Ahmed Abdulkareem Saif, Political Scientist, Sana'a University/Saba' Center for Studies & Research
Dr. Bruce Lawrence, Islamic Studies, Duke University
Dr. Jon Mandaville, Modern Middle East History, Portland State University
Dr. Miriam Cooke, Arabic Literature and Women's Studies, Duke University
Dr. Nancy Um, Islamic Art and Architectural History, Binghamton University SUNY

The full class schedule and course offerings will be announced as time goes on. Scheduled courses currently include: Comparative Politics of the Middle East; Constitutional, Legislative, and Democratic Developments of the Arab Gulf; History of Modern Arabia; History of Modern Iraq; Islamic Feminisms; Autobiography of the Middle East; The Modern Muslim World; Religious Minorities: Muslim & non-Muslim, Islamic Architecture and Urbanism in Yemen; Cultural Anthropology of Yemen & the Middle East, etc.

To learn more about the PCMES, please visit www.ycmes.org/pcmes.htm.

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