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Welcome to the Middle East Center (MEC) at Florida State University. Created in 2006, the MEC's main objective is to provide an academic environment for students from a multitude of disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the Middle East. The MEC also administers FSU's Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

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MEC Baker and Friedman Receive Scholarships to Study Arabic in Oman

Congratulations to Kelly Baker (Middle Eastern Studies) and Micah Friedman (Religion) both of whom were accepted to receive a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) to study in Oman under the SALAM 2017: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program. Micah and Kelly will be in Oman from June 30 until August 10, 2017. 

Jesse Marks MES Alumni Jesse Marks Wins Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Florida State University graduate Jesse Marks has been awarded the highly competitive Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which provides recent college and graduate school alumni with funding and the opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts.

Marks is one of three spring 2017 Scoville Fellows chosen from among 124 applicants from 81 universities. He will spend six to nine months working at the Stimson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution in Washington, D.C., devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a combination of analysis and outreach.

MEC MES Student Jayda Craig Receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Jayda Craig, a Middle East Studies major student is one of over 250 American undergraduate students from 154 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2017 Early Application cycle. Jayda will study abroad in Morocco.

2017 MEFF 2017 Middle East Film Festival

The Middle East Center and The Student Life Cinema at Florida State University are pleased to announce that they are bringing you the 2017 Middle East Film Festival which will be held between February 19th and February 22nd. The festival brings a wide range of award-winning movies spanning across different parts of the Middle East in order to celebrate the region’s cultures, diversity, and strengths.