Studying abroad in the middle east

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    Dec 23, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Does anyone who lives in the middle east or have travelled there have any insights for a student who wants to study abroad? I really want to try this immersion thing before I graduate because I feel like it will never happen once I'm trying to settle down and make a living. My parents are so against me going to middle east, but I don't understand why a program would allow students to go to dangerous areas in the first place. I'm currently taking Hebrew, so I would be going to Jerusalem, Israel. I'm not asking how the LGBT scene is there, but how should one prepare for a semester stay there? Thanks! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    You'd be fine in Jerusalem.

    Not so much in Tehran, Riyadh, or Aleppo.. etc.
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    Dec 23, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    daehyunj saidDoes anyone who lives in the middle east or have travelled there have any insights for a student who wants to study abroad? I really want to try this immersion thing before I graduate because I feel like it will never happen once I'm trying to settle down and make a living. My parents are so against me going to middle east, but I don't understand why a program would allow students to go to dangerous areas in the first place. I'm currently taking Hebrew, so I would be going to Jerusalem, Israel. I'm not asking how the LGBT scene is there, but how should one prepare for a semester stay there? Thanks! icon_smile.gif

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    Dec 23, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    I studied abroad in Turkey and really recommend it. If you want to cheat then do Istanbul or Ankara since Turkey is so heavily influenced with western culture (Istanbul is also gay friendly). Israel is fun too. Don't do Jerusalem it's too religious unless if that's what you're looking for. I would do Tel Aviv or Haifa. Israel is the most gay friendly place in the middle east so you should be fine!
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    Wow. Really quick responses! Thanks everyone! Here is the locations for the study abroad program:


    Botswana - Gaborone

    Egypt – Cairo

    Israel – Jerusalem

    Jordan - Amman

    Kenya/Tanzania - near Kimana & Arusha

    South Africa – Cape Town

    South Africa - Durban

    As you can see, Africa and Middle East are grouped together for the regions. I wish Tel Aviv was on here, as I heard it's one of the more metro areas of the country, but Jerusalem sounds like such a culturally and historically significant place as well. I'm doing this for my middle east studies minor, btw. But anyway, thanks for all the responses!
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    daehyunj saidWow. Really quick responses! Thanks everyone! Here is the locations for the study abroad program:


    Botswana - Gaborone

    Egypt – Cairo

    Israel – Jerusalem

    Jordan - Amman

    Kenya/Tanzania - near Kimana & Arusha

    South Africa – Cape Town

    South Africa - Durban

    As you can see, Africa and Middle East are grouped together for the regions. I wish Tel Aviv was on here, as I heard it's one of the more metro areas of the country, but Jerusalem sounds like such a culturally and historically significant place as well. I'm doing this for my middle east studies minor, btw. But anyway, thanks for all the responses!

    Yeah part of Middle east closer to Europe is quite liberal as compared to rest of Middle East. Hence places like Tel Aviv are very gay friendly. As someone else said Israel is very gay friendly which is true. I used to chat with an Israelian guy.
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    daehyunj saidWow. Really quick responses! Thanks everyone! Here is the locations for the study abroad program:


    Botswana - Gaborone

    Egypt – Cairo

    Israel – Jerusalem

    Jordan - Amman

    Kenya/Tanzania - near Kimana & Arusha

    South Africa – Cape Town

    South Africa - Durban

    As you can see, Africa and Middle East are grouped together for the regions. I wish Tel Aviv was on here, as I heard it's one of the more metro areas of the country, but Jerusalem sounds like such a culturally and historically significant place as well. I'm doing this for my middle east studies minor, btw. But anyway, thanks for all the responses!


    You aren't just limited by USC's options. If you want to follow your university's programs then do Jersualem. Cairo might be too conservative if you are looking for LBGT liberation (same with Amman). However, I do fully believe that location matters and that 1 hour bus ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is just too long. You should check out other universities' semester programs and just do it through another university. For example, Harvard has a Tel Aviv program: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~oip/approved_programs/middle_east.html

    Good luck!
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    Dec 23, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
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    daehyunj saidWow. Really quick responses! Thanks everyone! Here is the locations for the study abroad program:


    Botswana - Gaborone

    Egypt – Cairo

    Israel – Jerusalem

    Jordan - Amman

    Kenya/Tanzania - near Kimana & Arusha

    South Africa – Cape Town

    South Africa - Durban

    As you can see, Africa and Middle East are grouped together for the regions. I wish Tel Aviv was on here, as I heard it's one of the more metro areas of the country, but Jerusalem sounds like such a culturally and historically significant place as well. I'm doing this for my middle east studies minor, btw. But anyway, thanks for all the responses!


    You aren't just limited by USC's options. If you want to follow your university's programs then do Jersualem. Cairo might be too conservative if you are looking for LBGT liberation (same with Amman). However, I do fully believe that location matters and that 1 hour bus ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is just too long. You should check out other universities' semester programs and just do it through another university. For example, Harvard has a Tel Aviv program: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~oip/approved_programs/middle_east.html

    Good luck!


    You make a really good point. I'll look into that. Thank you!!!
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    Dec 23, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    daehyunj saidWow. Really quick responses! Thanks everyone! Here is the locations for the study abroad program:


    Botswana - Gaborone

    Egypt – Cairo

    Israel – Jerusalem

    Jordan - Amman

    Kenya/Tanzania - near Kimana & Arusha

    South Africa – Cape Town

    South Africa - Durban

    As you can see, Africa and Middle East are grouped together for the regions. I wish Tel Aviv was on here, as I heard it's one of the more metro areas of the country, but Jerusalem sounds like such a culturally and historically significant place as well. I'm doing this for my middle east studies minor, btw. But anyway, thanks for all the responses!


    I had a friend who studied abroad in Amman and loved it but I wouldn't go there expecting a loving welcome to your sexuality.

    South Africa is very open to gays as is Israel like I and other have mentioned. A lot of study exchange programs are being canceled right now in Egypt because of the instability involving their new leader. Botswana will not be gay but amazing and Kenya the same.