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The Middle East in Europe: Migration, Transnationalism, and Belonging

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Germany and Sweden, Sweden
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/09/19 to 05/29/19

Program Leader

Name Nathan Swanson

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

While we often think about regions of the world as distinct from one another, culturally as much as physically, everyday human experiences tend to blur geographic boundaries and challenge social and cultural categories. This is certainly true for migrants crossing borders, adapting to new places and societies, and facing struggles over belonging and inclusion. In this program, we study the experiences of Middle Eastern communities in Europe, some of which have been part of European societies for generations and some of which have arrived only recently, to consider how these communities both shape and are shaped by their new societies. In doing so, we study how they negotiate senses of "home" based in multiple locations and how they are affected by ongoing political debates about both Muslims and refugees in Europe. Our program begins in Berlin, Germany, where we focus on Turkish migration since World War II, and the program itself then migrates to Sweden (Malmö and Stockholm), where we focus on migration that is more recent and from other areas of the Middle East. Complementing our readings and discussions are visits to sites and institutions important to migrant communities, as well as meetings with officials, activists, and community organizers.


Featured Activities and Attractions: City Tours in Berlin, Malmo, and Stockholm / the Berlin Wall / Brandenburg Gate / Berlin's Museum Island / German History Museum and the Pergamon Museum / Cross the famous Øresund Bridge / Multicultural Food Tour in Malmo / Stockholm's Gamla Stan (Old Town) / Swedish History Museum / Visits to religious centers in Germany and Sweden / Day Trips / Meetings with local scholars / Free weekends to explore each of the program cities!


For more details about the activties that will be part of this program, please contact the program leader!

Academic Credit

Participants will earn 3.0 summer credits of HONR 299 for successfully completing this study abroad program. An optional 1.0 credit can also be earned in the Spring 2019 semester for completing a pre-depature independent study in cultural awareness (if enrolled by March 22, 2019).


All Purdue undergraduate students with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Program Cost

Total estimated program costs paid to Purdue: $3447.45

  • Includes: program fee; Study Abroad fee; hostel accommodations; daily breakfast; day trips, museum entrances, guest speakers, and other program activities; airport transfers; and rail tickets between Berlin, Malmö, and Stockholm
  • Not included: airfare to/from Europe; meals outside of breakfast; public transit in cities; personal spending money/incidentals

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The final cut-off for applications is Monday 15 April at 8.00am.

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