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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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Summer 2020 Advising Hours

We are here to help advise our MES students during Summer 2020 via Zoom. We will be available every Tuesday from 11am-1pm. Please email Dr. Zeina Schlenoff (zschlenoff@fsu.edu) or Dr. Zafer Lababidi (zlababidi@fsu.edu) to arrange for the meeting and obtain a zoom ID.  

MEC Open House FSView: MEC Open House

Mon. Nov. 18, the Middle East Center at the Kellogg Research Building (KRB) opened their doors to the FSU community over sweets and mint tea. Students and faculty gathered in lively conversations to discuss Middle Eastern appreciation and culture. The open house also gave students a chance to learn about the Arabic Program at FSU and the only full B.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies offered in Florida.

Maddy MES Student Awarded Boren Scholarship

Ms. Madelyn Johnson (International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies) has been awarded the Boren Scholarship to study Arabic this coming spring and summer in Amman, Jordan. Boren is a prestigious and competitive scholarship which funds study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. 

Mabrook (congrats), Maddy! 

Courtney Reed MES Alumni Speak for the Voiceless in the Middle East

Florida State University senior Courtney Reed was in Amman, Jordan, for two months last summer interning with a nongovernmental organization when she unexpectedly ran into FSU alumnus Adam Coogle, who was working just a floor above her office. Click here to read more.