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Offer: Call for Applications: Mideastwire Ninth Beirut Exchange June 10-24, 2012

The Exchange is an effort by and its partners to promote engagement and understanding through a variety of city-focused, student conferences in and around the Middle East.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 220 students from 44 different countries have participated, with many going on to work as diplomats in their home countries, for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The next Exchange will be held in Beirut June 10-24, 2012.


To view previous programs on The Exchange website as well as recent media, visit



June 10-24/Application deadline April 10, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

In an effort to further its commitment to promoting dialogue and understanding, is pleased to announce the ninth Beirut Exchange program. The two-week program June 10-24, 2012 will engage students from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing the region.


The Beirut Exchange program rests on three tracks:

Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals. Topics will include: The Arab Uprisings; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: the July 2006 Lebanon war; Human Rights in the Middle East and other topics.

Language - Participants will have the option of attending approximately 20 hours of Arabic language instruction at the Saifi Arabic Institute for Arabic Language in Beirut. Modules for different levels of Arabic will be available.

Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage social, political and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Lebanon - with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on exposure to leading Islamist and opposition currents.


Tuition - $2,000; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation - Recommended accommodation is at our facility, Saifi Urban Gardens. Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $300-$700 for the duration of the program. Alternative accommodation is available upon request.

Airfare - $800, approximate from the European Union.

Please note that all academic programming will take place at Saifi Urban Gardens, Gemmayze, Beirut.

Tuition is 50% refundable up to one week before the program commences should the situation in Lebanon warrant a cancellation by (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)


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