Duke Middle East in Europe

A 6-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM IN Politics and Culture

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The Duke Middle East in Europe program is suspended for summer 2021. Please review GEO’s COVID-19 response page for more details: https://globaled.duke.edu/covid-19-response

An Examination of Middle Eastern Communities in Europe

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Taught in English

On this six-week, two-credit program, students learn to critically analyze the political debates about Muslims and Islam in Europe and about refugees and immigrants from the Middle East. We will study the impact of Turkish inhabitants and culture in Germany in order to examine the shifting political landscape of Turkish-German identities and between Europe and the Middle East. The Arab experience in Europe will also be explored from the vantage point of North African communities as well as more recent arrivals from Syria and the Middle East.


Location: Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey

Term: Summer

Dates: June 28 to August 8, 2020

Application Deadline: February 1st

Academic Theme(s): The Middle East in Europe, Politics and Culture, Public Policy, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: No prerequisites. Knowledge of German is not required. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

·       Housing: Apartments

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood

  • Group at Bundestag

  • Berlin, Germany

  • Middle East in Europe 2018 students

  • Kiron students


All participants enroll in two courses, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 

AMES 379SA / GSF 269SA
Gender and Immigration Between Europe and the Middle East
(ALP, CCI) 1.0 credit
Instructor: Didem Z Havlioglu

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to understand the gendered experience of migration and its implications on language and cultural productions. It tackles with the issues of linguistic dispossession and acculturation to the new home and their impact on gender roles within the family, school or workplace. Through a multidisciplinary lens, the course will investigate strategies of survival and the ways in which a language is found for self-expression in cultural products such as poetry, music, culinary arts and visual arts. While the first part of the course will analyze literature on gender and migration from a global perspective, the second part will focus on the forced migration of the Turkish Greek case.

Culture and Politics Between Europe and the Middle East
(CZ, CCI) 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Erdag Göknar

Prerequisite: None

This seminar introduces students to politics and culture between Europe and the Middle East by contrasting three historical periods. The first is the late Ottoman era, and German/Ottoman relations through WWI, which put an end to the Ottoman state and led to the establishment of the modern Middle East. The second is the context of Turkish migrants in Germany as a microcosm of relations between the European Union and Turkey. The third is the contemporary cultural politics of Islam and Muslim “integration” in Europe. Ongoing issues of Islamophobia and intersectionality will inform our discussions of refugees, minorities and Muslims in Berlin and Istanbul.

Together, these seminars address the politics, culture and precarious situations of Turkish and Muslim communities in Germany and Europe. The program will furthermore draw on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and community research institutions in Berlin and Istanbul.


The program includes weekly activities in the city, as well as excursions to other German and European cities such as Hamburg, Leipzig, and Amsterdam. Other activities will include visits with immigration NGOs and organizations as well as guest speakers.


You’ll share apartments with kitchen facilities with other program participants in groups of 2-4 students per apartment. Apartments are located in central Berlin. You will cook your own meals in the apartments, and eat local food at nearby restaurants and cafés. Some group meals will also be part of the program.


Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2020

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $7,158 $7,158
Program Fee $2,300 $2,300
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $14,283 $14,323

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.


Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: June 28, 2020
  • Departure: August 8, 2020


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.



No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.


All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. 


Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Erdag Göknar

Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director

Didem Havlioglu

Lecturing Fellow of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Deadline: February 1st

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.


Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)


Sarah on Duke Middle East in Europe: Scholarly Passion Secured

“This program confirmed my interest in working on the human rights side of migration. Advocating for and finding solutions to protect economic, social, and cultural rights is what I plan to pursue in my long-term career."

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