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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Open to Visiting Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Admissions GPA Requirement:: 2.5
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

This program, first offered in 2012, examines the problem of the "democratic deficit" in the Muslim world, and analyzes the causes and consequences of the recent wave of revolutions against authoritarian rule in the Arab World. In addition, the course will look at the commitment of the United States to the promotion of democratic institutions and values in the Middle East. Case studies include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The 2019 seminar, taking place in Dubai, will be led by a senior professor of political science at Syracuse University, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, and will include a host of activities such as field trips in Dubai and Sharjah, an overnight excursion, and guest speakers.

Skirting the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is a true melting post of cultures. It is a hub for trade, business, and cultural exchange. The UAE is the perfect place to learn about the Arab world. Students will witness the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities.

Included in the program fee are tours of Dubai, day trips to Abu Dabi (the Grand Mosque and Sadyaat Island), Sharjah (American University of Sharjah and Sharjah Islamic Civilization Museum), and a boat trip in the Omani waters. In addition, students will have an overnight excursion to a safari!

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Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.

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Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip air transportation to Dubai. Transportation for program-related field trips is arranged by Syracuse Abroad and included in the program fee. Students will be housed in shared hotels/hostels or student housing. Breakfast will be included each day.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date


Revolutions, War and the Prospect for Democracy in the Middle East
PSC/IRP/MES 400/600, 3 or 6 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.



 Mehrzad Boroujerdi is professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He served as the founding director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program from 2003 to 2014, and chair of the Political Science  department from 2014 to 2017.

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 Program begins:  June  2, 2019
 Program ends:  June 16, 2019 
 Application deadline:  February 20* 

* Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.



   UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,744 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee   $2,200-$2,450 ( estimated rate) 
 Total  $6,194 ( estimated rate)
        GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,677 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,200-$2,450 ( estimated rate)
 Total  $7,127(estimated rate)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $700 - $1,200
Books & Supplies: $100
Personal: $500
Meals: $650

Note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required. 

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

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For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.