Middle East Studies Summer Program

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Learn about our Program in Jordan

(This program is currently not accepting any applications)

Spend the summer in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, in cooperation with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, or the CCCU.

This program is continually reviewed in detail by our risk management team and presently is scheduled to run as planned.

Program Dates

May 5th, 2020 - June 4th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $2,280

Program Specific Costs:

  • Visa: $99.00

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines 

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form: due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements

4 unit minimum requirement, and students may take up to 5 units. Students can choose to take either INTS 492 or REL 301. Students cannot take both INTS 492 and REL 301. All students must take HUM 295. Students who choose to take INTS 492 may take HUM 295 for 0 units.

Course Offerings

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (0-1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

INTS 492 People & Cultures of the Middle East (4)

GE: World Civilizations

  • This course seeks to acquaint students with some of the diversity of peoples and cultures in Jordan and in the Middle East region as a whole. A significant emphasis is placed on understanding some of the key elements of the Arab-Muslim culture which creates the sociocultural context both for Jordan and the broader region. We will take advantage of the experiential learning which is possible through being "in context," with a significant emphasis placed on encounters with local people, site visits, local speakers, and cultural activities.

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith. 

Faculty in Residence

Dr. Paul Begin

Divisional Dean/Professor of Hispanic Studies, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College


Office Location: PLC 101A

Office Hours: Click here to schedule an interview; Office Hours are available by appointment. 

Paul Begin is a Professor of Hispanic Studies and the Divisional Dean of International Studies & Languages. He teaches classes on Spain – Spanish literature, culture and history, as well as advanced grammar, and, occasionally, Great Books. He has directed the summer Spanish intensive program in Madrid three times (2009, 2013, 2017). He studied at Pepperdine (BA) and the University of Virginia (MA, PhD). As an undergraduate student at Pepperdine he lived and studied in Spain, Portugal and Costa Rica. Leading students on IP programs is his favorite part of working at Pepperdine.


MESP Director Dr. Doug Magnuson is in charge of the program in Jordan. He has lived in the Middle East for more than 30 years and has a wealth of experience and stories. Many of your class sessions will be taught by local guest lecturers, and nearly every week, you'll get to meet and hear from at least one world-class expert who may also be a religious leader, embassy official, member of the Israel-Palestine negotiations team, or author.

Dr. Magnuson has a heart for teaching students to grow in how they relate to and live effectively among people from different cultures. His passion is to see students truly understand what it means to engage in another culture, not just live there as tourists. This is a huge part of the cultural immersion you will engage in while on the Jordan: MESP program.

In addition to the interactions you'll naturally have while living immersed in this culture, the Jordan program provides opportunities for you to make progress in these areas by facilitating service projects and multiple cultural exchanges.

"On MESP you won't be a tourist; you'll be a pilgrim. Students immerse themselves in Arab culture until they're on a first-name basis with members of the community. Of course, you'll get to see all the tourist sites too, with plenty of free time to explore—but you'll likely spend most of that free time discussing in coffee shops, playing soccer with the neighborhood children, or bargaining with the shopkeepers as you get to know them.

The weather is clear and dry, and from your neighborhood, you'll have easy access to all of the restaurants, gatherings, and attractions that Amman has to offer." - CCCU Webs


Students will visit incredibly significant historical and religious sites such as the Dead Sea, Petra, Jesus' baptism site, Aqaba, Jerash, Madaba, Wadi Rum, and Mt. Nebo.

Students may want to consider extending their travel on their own and travel to Israel which is short bus ride away. Flight change fees are paid for by the student. Pepperdine University does not sponsor travel to Israel.




Last Updated: 11.13.19