Students in MEIS have a variety of opportunities to enhance their coursework through internships, study abroad and more.

Our proximity to Washington, D.C., provides a wealth of internship opportunities involving the Middle East/Islamic world. The Center for Career Development is an excellent on-campus resource for internships, externships and other experiences, as well as career research and development.

Students are also invited to explore Off-Campus Studies, award opportunities and additional research links provided throughout this section.

Study Abroad

At least one year in advance of study abroad, students should make an appointment with a professional in the Off-Campus Studies Office to discuss their individual needs. Gettysburg College participates in a full range of programs through which a student may deepen or complement his or her chosen field of study.

Affiliated Middle East Study Abroad Programs at Gettysburg College

American University In Cairo (AUC) - Direct enrollment program open to all majors. Students can study Modern Standard Arabic as well as Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. They also take courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the arts taught in English with AUC degree-seeking students.

AUC Arabic Language Institute (ALI) - Intensive Arabic program open to all students with a serious interest in studying Arabic. There are two tracks - one for the intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic, the other for students interested in studying both MSA as well as Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. The entire course load for this program is Arabic language.

IFSA-Butler at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Only affiliated program in Israel beginning to be offered in Fall of 2013. This program is especially good for students interested in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and other humanities and social sciences. All students study intensive Hebrew for one month then can take classes in English at the University. All students will live in resident halls with other Hebrew University students.

Jordan: Modernization and Social Change - School for International Training (SIT) Program based in Amman. Students take a Seminar as noted in the program title as well as carry out an independent study project of their choice. All students study Arabic at the Beginning, Intermediate or Intermediate High/Advanced level. The focus is on MSA but they also do some Colloquial Arabic as well. The syllabi can be found on the website with information about text books.

Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media - SIT Program based in Rabat. Students take a seminar as noted in the program title as well as carry out an independent study project of their choice. All students study Arabic and French. The syllabi can be found on the website with information about text books.

Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity - SIT Program based in Rabat. Students take a seminar as noted in the program title as well as carry out an independent study project of their choice. All students study Arabic. The syllabi can be found on the website with information about text books.

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights - SIT Program based in Rabat. Students take a seminar as noted in the program title as well as carry out an independent study project of their choice. All students study Arabic. The syllabi can be found on the website with information about text books.

Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa - SIT Program based in Tunis. Students take a seminar as noted in the program title as well as carry out an independent study project of their choice. Students study Arabic or French. The syllabi can be found on the website with information about text books.