Peace, Conflict, & Human Rights

South Africa:

Cape Town - Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Why study in South Africa?

  • opportunity to live in a highly diverse African nation undergoing profound social and economic changes while studying in a city faced with extremes of wealth and poverty
  • field placement with NGO or local business
  • university classes with local students at the University of Cape Town

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Program in Cape Town, South Africa features courses with South African students at the University of Cape Town and field placements with NGOs. 

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Courses: Service-learning in NGO in environmental management, social and economic or health care and community development; two to four University of Cape Town courses.
  • Subject and themes: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Health, History, Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Natural and Applied Sciences, Political Science, Sociology     
  • Field trips: Excursions in the Western Cape; trip to Johannesburg and Kruger National Park.
  • Housing: Apartments shared with program students in local neighborhoods.
  • Prerequisites: All majors. GPA minimum-3.0. Strongly recommended: History 261 and/or other courses including study of South African history, politics, culture, and society.
  • Calendar: Fall (July – November) and Spring (late January – June)

Other university-based programs in developing countries you may wish to consider:

Advisor(s):
Richard Bright, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Economics
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Global Health
History
Literature
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural and Applied Sciences
Political Science
Sociology
Website: Program Website

After visiting the program website, please feel free to contact the program for more information: International Education of Students (IES) | 800-995-2300 | Fax: 312-944-1448 | Susan Hansen: shansen[at]iesabroad[dot]org

Czech Republic:

CET – Prague: Jewish Studies

Why study in Prague?

  • Opportunity to gain an historical and cultural perspective on the Central European region from the vantage point of an important political and cultural national capital
  • Academic excursions to different parts of Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany
  • Liberal arts curriculum taught by Czech scholars

Electives in Jewish Studies

CET in Prague: Central European Studies, Jewish Studies and Film Studies are three different programs located in an excellent central location from which students are able to explore the history, politics and culture of Central Europe

  • Location:  Prague, Czech Republic
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Academics: Political and Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century, Czech, and Traveling Seminar.  Courses on different programs include Central European Studies, Jewish Studies, and Film Studies provided by the Humanities Faculty of Charles University and FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Field trips:  Budapest, Slovakia, and Vienna  
  • Housing: Apartments 
  • Prerequisites: None.  European history and/or politics recommended 
  • Calendar: Fall or spring.

You may also wish to consider:

After visiting the program website, please feel free to contact the program for more information: CET Academic Programs | (800) 225-4262 | cet[at]academic-travel[dot]com

Advisor(s):
Professor Armstrong, (Russian) ARH 232D
Professor Vishevsky, (Russian) ARH 232B
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Central and East European Studies
History
Jewish Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Website: CET in Prague: Central European StudiesJewish Studies and Film Studies

Egypt:

Cairo – American University in Cairo
  • Founded in 1919, the AUC welcomes over 200 study-abroad students each semester, who are fully integrated into the academic and student life of the institution.
  • Teaching primarily in English, AUC is fully accredited in both Egypt and the United States and is recognized as one of the premier institutions of higher Education in The Middle East. Program participants study together with full-time students from Egypt and more than seventy other countries in classes offered by a highly international faculty in a wide range of disciplines, including Arabic as a foreign language, which is required.
  • The AUC Arabic Language Institute maintains the largest corps of full-time professional Arabic language teachers in the world and offers a variety of intensive programs in Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic at all levels: elementary, intermediate, and advanced.
  • A comprehensive university with a liberal arts core curriculum, AUC provides the possibility of coursework in virtually all subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations such as Arab Culture and History, Arab Society, Egyptology, Islamic Civilization, Islamic Art and Architecture, Politics of the Middle East, and Economic Development. Courses are also available in the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.
  • In addition to group travel opportunities provided by the university and student organizations, field trips to major historical sites and monuments are a regular part of many courses.
  • Housing is provided in university accommodation with Egyptian or international student roommates. 
  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA: 2.75. Admission is competitive. Arabic language and coursework related to the Middle East highly recommended.

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Professor Prevost, (History) Mears 306
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

American University in Cairo (AUC) Office of Student Affairs | 212-730-8800 | Fax: 212-730-1600 | aucegypt[at]aucnyo[dot]edu

Cairo – AMIDEAST: Area and Arabic Language Studies
  • The AMIDEAST program in Cairo, Egypt, located in Dokki, on the west bank of the Nile, offers the study of modern Egyptian culture, taught in English, together with Arabic language instruction.
  • Students in the Modern Middle East/North African (MENA) Studies Program carry 16 credit-hours per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, "Contemporary Issues in Egypt and the Arab World," and two electives from offerings in Modern MENA Studies in a variety of disciplines. Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Egyptian Arabic instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. For language instruction, AMIDEAST partners with the Arab Academy, one of the most successful Arabic Language immersion programs in the Middle East, serving individuals and institutions from the U.S., Europe, Af rica, and Asia.
  • It also hosts students from African countries sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank in Je ddah, Saudi Arabia. Elective courses include: The City of Cairo, Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Introduction to Ancient Egypt, International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Modern Arab Literature, Women and Gender in Islam. Special activities include contacts with local NGOS for non-credit service-learning projects and internships.
  • Excursions include: Pyramids, Upper Egypt, and Alexandria.
  • Housing is provided in shared apartments in neighboring districts of Cairo.
  • Eligibility: At least one semester of Arabic. Course relevant to the region recommended.

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Professor Prevost, (History) Mears 306
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Egypt | (202) 776-9614 | Fax: (202) 776-7014 | MoroccoStudy[at]amideast[dot]org

Israel:

Jerusalem – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • The Hebrew University, the most distinguished institution of higher learning in Israel, is located in the historic city of Jerusalem and offers a study-abroad program in English.
  • The Rothberg program offers a full range of courses, including Judaic, Israel and Middle East Studies in such fields as political science, international relations, history, religion, literature, philosophy, and archeology. Courses are available in gender studies, sociology and psychology, as well as there being a fully accredited pre-med specialization.
  • Opportunities are provided for students to engage in supervised independent studies and research internships in their major areas of study. Prior to the beginning of the semester, participants are required to take an four-week summer or winter "Ulpan", an intensive Hebrew course and general orientation, before the beginning of the semester.
  • Students are offered a full program of social and cultural activities, including tours around Jerusalem and Israel, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Housing is provided in dormitory accommodation.
  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA of 3.0. Middle Eastern Studies highly recommended.  

Advisor(s):
Professor Rietz, (Religious Studies) Steiner 103
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Jewish Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Religious Studies
Website: Program Website

Rothberg International School Office of Academic Affairs | 800-404-8622 | Fax: 212-809-4183 | hebrewu[at]hebrewu[dot]com

Jordan:

Amman – ACM: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies

The fall semester ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan's experience during the Arab Spring, and much more. The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member. All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required). ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the visiting ACM faculty member.

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

Associated Colleges of the Midwest | 312-263-5000 | Fax: 312-263-5879 | acm[at]acm[dot]edu

Amman – AMIDEAST: Area and Arabic Language Studies
  • The AMIDEAST program in Amman, Jordan features the study of Modern Standard as well as Jordanian Arabic, and students select three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines to complete a 16-credit semester.
  • Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level, and Jordanian Arabic instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their level.
  • For language instruction, AMIDEAST partners with the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, one of the leading programs in the Middle East. In addition to Arabic language, students may choose three courses from the following electives, depending on the semester: Environmental Issues in the Middle East, Contemporary Jordanian Culture, Modern Arabic Art, Contemporary Issues in the Arab World, Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East, Islamic Political Movements, Arab Society from Within, the Palestinian Issue in Middle East Politics, Contemporary Islamic Thought, Women and Society in the Arab World.
  • Special activities include contacts with local NGOS for non-credit service-learning projects and internships. Excursions include Petra, and sites in Biblical and Northern Jordan.
  • Students have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans, including living with a Jordanian family and a shared apartment.
  • Eligibility: At least one semester of Arabic. Course relevant to the region recommended.

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Jordan | (202) 776-9614 | Fax: (202) 776-7014 | MoroccoStudy[at]amideast[dot]org