STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION MEETING


Students interested in the Middle East have a number of alluring study abroad programs to choose from here at Syracuse University, including the Muslim Cultures program offered at SU London, as well as exchange programs at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Other col- laborating schools in the region include An Najah University located in Nablus, West Bank; and Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel. On October 29, Middle East study abroad veterans, faculty and the Syracuse University Abroad staff all gathered together to present information to students on these valuable opportunities.

Professor Tazim Kassan, Director of the Muslim Cultures program, introduced the innovative seven-week package in London that will launch in summer 2008. The program will accept 25 students, both graduate and undergraduate, to participate in a series of courses in London, a richly multicultural city and home to Muslims from all over the world. The courses cover: Muslim Cultures and Civilization; Gender, Globalization, and Is- lamic Identities; and Media, Politics and Contemporary Muslims. Students will engage in a field project during the summer, and the package also includes excursions to Grenada and Istanbul. Chancellor Scholarships will be provided to all participants and the application deadline is March 1st for the summer semester but early applications are recommended. For more information, please contact: Professor Kassam at tkassam@syr.edu or Suzanne Shane at sshane@syr.edu, 315-443-1925.

Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi illustrated the exchange program in Istanbul in vivid photographic detail. Laud- ed as the “Harvard of Turkey,” Bogazici University presents an amazing opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to experience a spring semester in a thriving city of architectural splendor where the east meets the west in culturally inspiring ways. For students more interested in social interactions and crowded streets, the American University in Cairo is also an attractive option. According to Joshua Stacher, Post-doc- toral Fellow at the Moynihan Institute, Cairo offers an assault to the senses as well as access to professors from the foremost Arabic language program in the world. Application deadlines are October 10 for the spring semester and March 10 for the fall semester. For more information on these exchange programs please con- tact: Ginny Pellam-Montalbano at gapellam@syr.edu, 315-443-9417, or Deb Goddard at dsgoddar@syr.edu, 315-443-2528.