Fairfield’s Fairfield campus was once a hotbed of Middle East studies.
Now, the school is offering students the opportunity to study in the region at a lower cost than in their home country.
The Fairfield Institute of International Studies and Education (FIIS) is now offering students an option to study abroad in Middle Eastern countries at a cost of $8,300.
It’s also offering students a year to live in the Middle Eastern country for $12,000.
“There are very few Middle Eastern students in the United States who can say they’ve lived in the Arab world, and there’s a lot of students who can’t do it,” said Mark Shaffner, the vice president of research at FIIS.
The university is partnering with Middle East Studies at the University of Maryland, where it’s offering the opportunity for students to study at an affordable cost.
Students will be allowed to live for six months in their host country, which will include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s going to be a very affordable option for people who have a little bit of money and are looking for something that’s more affordable, and is in the middle of the Middle and South East,” Shaffnner said.
This will allow students to travel to areas like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt for three months, which is the same amount of time students typically spend in the country during their summer break.
FIIS will also host a student seminar, which takes place in the summer of 2019.
As with the Middle American Studies program, students will be able to stay in the host country for a year and work as a lecturer, with a stipend for tuition.
This will allow them to travel with their degree and pursue their research.
The Fairfield Middle Eastern Studies program is open to anyone who wants to go.
The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.
Students who apply will be notified when the program is approved and receive a $500 stipend to cover the cost of living.
Students should also submit their application by May 16.
FIIS is planning to offer a similar program for undergraduate students at the university, which began in 2017.