Study Abroad in the Middle East: Morocco, Jordan, etc...
I was interested if anyone had any experience or opinions about studying abroad in the Middle East. I'm a Middle Eastern Studies major and take Arabic, so I would like to be able to study there, experience the culture, and learn Arabic, especially some colloquial. However, given the current security situation (travel warnings in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Israel; travel alerts in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain) I and my parents are concerned.
I've been looking through study abroad reviews and program websites online for a while but a lot of the time, reviews don't capture the current situation given the recent uprisings and revolutions. I want to go abroad spring 2012 and right now I'm mostly looking at Morocco and Jordan though CET Syria had been my number one choice before the violence there started.
Has anyone traveled recently or heard about any especially good programs?