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Middle East Politics and World Affairs


Summer course in Middle East Politics & World Affairs (June 11-22, 2012)

The Lebanese American University offers an intensive two-week 3 credit hour summer course in Middle East Politics and World Affairs (POL421/INA814) at its Beirut Campus.

The course provides an ideal opportunity to examine relevant topics in the politics of the contemporary MENA region with particular reference to the following core thematic areas:

  • Introduction to the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • The Expansion of Civil Society and Media Roles in Contemporary Transitions
  • The revisited paradigms of political transitions in the Region against the backdrop of the uprisings
  • Political Pragmatism of Islamists and liberals
  • Transformation of Political Economy
  • Comparative MENA country survey and analysis
  • International Relations of the Middle East

With a strong policy-oriented component, the course offers graduate and undergraduate international students the opportunity to:

  • Interact with prominent guest speakers, politicians, and diplomats from the Region
  • Visit local organizations, media and research centers
  • Participate in focus group meetings with local activists in various extracurricular activities.


Who can take the course?

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Researchers on Middle East politics or international affairs

Class Time: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am -12:40 pm (June 11 – 22)
Cost: undergraduate course fees $1,569; graduate course fees $1,743
Student housing cost for the 2 weeks: $600 for single room; $450 for double room
Health insurance fees: to be announced
Students interested in acquiring or advancing their Arabic language skills may choose to continue their study on campus with the SINARC program throughout the following six weeks.

Eligibility requirements

  • Non-LAU students
  • Undergraduate student: at least at the junior level (2nd year), in good academic standing with introductory background in Political Science/International Affairs
  • Graduate student: in Political Science/International Affairs or related fields

Application process:

  • Applicants will apply online
  • When applying select the “Two weeks Summer program”
  • Deadline for applications is April 20, 2012
  • Application fees $50
  • Copies of supporting documents (see below) should be uploaded or e-mailed to the following address: admissions.beirut@lau.edu.lb

Original copies should be submitted at arrival, which is a requirement for issuing a transcript at the completion of the course.
Supporting documents:

  • A transcript from the home University.
  • Applicants coming from a university where English is not the language of instruction, are required to sit for the International TOEFL IBT and get a minimum score of 80.
  • A clear photocopy of the identity card or passport.
  • One passport size photo (digital)

Once you are accepted into the course, a non-refundable registration fee will be required by: May 6, 2012.

For further information you can contact:
Academic advisors:
Dr. Imad Salamey
Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury
Study Abroad Coordinator:
Dina Abdul Rahman

We look forward to hosting you this summer at the
Lebanese American University, Beirut!

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