University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sunset mosque

Welcome to UW–Madison's Middle East Studies Program

What we do

We foster knowledge of the Middle East, its past and current economic, social and political developments, and seek to facilitate teaching, learning, research and public awareness of the diverse array of Middle Eastern languages, cultures and peoples.

Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran

What we offer

We confer the Middle East Studies (MES) Certificate to undergraduates seeking in-depth study of the region. Together with IRIS, we offer a summer language immersion program that is open to students and professionals, whether beginner or advanced.

International Student Saudi Arabia

What to watch out for

We organize lectures, film screenings, performances and talks featuring world-renowned academics and personalities from a wide range of topics focusing on Middle East culture, politics, arts and sciences. See our upcoming events below.

Yasser Elhariry

Upcoming Events