Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Blog

By Jennine Vari

Spring 2013 Intern, an internet-based news service that gathers important stories from and about the Middle East, is now accepting applications for its annual exchange program offered in Tunis, Tunisia. This year, the program is partnering with Université Paris-Dauphine I Tunis, Tunisia Live, and the Bosphore Academy in Tunis.

The program is designed to provide students, professionals, and post-professionals with the opportunity for engagement and understanding through conferences and coursework. For four weeks, participants will be immersed in the culture and politics of the MENA region, allowing them to gain a more complete understanding that a classroom cannot always provide. Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with political, media, and advocacy leaders in Tunisia, and learn first-hand about developments in the country and the regional as a whole.

The program runs from June 14, 2013 to July 12, 2013 and offers five possible program modules, which include full-and half-course options. On June 15th and 16th, the program will commence with a 2-day conference led by MENA experts from the International Crisis Group and cover a broad range of topics which have yet to be announced. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic or Colloquial Tunisian Arabic and attend afternoon and weekend politics seminars. launched the exchange program in Beirut in 2008. Five years later, over 270 students from 44 countries have participated in 16 different programs through the region. Additional information on the program, including past programs, photo galleries, and this summer’s program details, can be found on The Exchange website. The admission deadline is April 20, 2013, but students are accepted on a rolling basis and encouraged to apply early.  To request an application or receive more information about the program, email .

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