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 regard to sharing knowledge and understanding of the Middle East. Please support our Center's Outreach Program with a donation. Every dollar directly funds curriculum and its accessibility to the general public, through the creation of easy-to-digest materials, such as our e-book, and our personal delivery of content to schools and teachers in Columbus and 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, library resources and opportunities for students at OSU.
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 support students, faculty and staff.