The Middle East Studies Center (MESC), an area studies center of the Office of International Affairs at the Ohio State University, was established in 1981. Since then, the Center has brought in over 13 million dollars to the university, forged lasting partnerships and strengthened OSU’s reach in the local community and beyond. This means the creation of easy-to-digest materials, such as our e-book, and our personal delivery of content to schools in Columbus, across the country, and online. We conduct extensive training for the military, provide ongoing media analysis, and continually work to strengthen Middle East studies at OSU by supporting courses, enrichment activities, library resources and experiential learning opportunities for students. Please support our Center's Outreach Program with a donation. Every dollar directly funds work to make university expertise and resources available and accessible to the general public.
MESC supports language learning, creates opportunities for authentic cross-cultural interaction, and serves as a clearing house of information regarding professional opportunities, funding and resources for learning to faculty, students and the general public. MESC leverages grant funds and seeds positions to provide continuity in curriculum focused on the Middle East at OSU, and regularly contributes to the library in order to ensure that research about the Middle East and in the languages of the Middle East can continue to be of the highest caliber. This helps attract the best faculty and students interested in the Middle East. MESC combines efforts with Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), the Undergraduate International Studies Program (UISP), and the Middle East Studies Library Collections (MESLC), to ensure students, faculty and staff have the support and material enrichment they need to conduct top notch studies, research and education.