In the Middle East, the Office of International Programs has approved Study Abroad programs in Israel.
In March 2010 Barnard hosted its second annual Global Symposium in the United Arab Emirates, Women in the Arab World.
Recently, a Barnard faculty member took students on a short term research trip to Jordan.
As a result of an international fellowship or scholarship, Barnard students have researched in Iran, Israel, Jordan and Syria.
Additionally, our global Alumnae Network includes graduates in Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.
"In 2006, the women of the Emirates obtained full rights to vote and stand as candidates in our country's first parliamentary elections. This historic event set a regional precedent by declaring Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi the first female member of the UAE National Council. There are now nine women who form 22% of the Council's membership, the highest representation in the region and surpassing that of many other parts of the world... However, there are still many challenges that we as Arab women have to address and overcome. Many parts of the Middle East, family, cultural, business and political structure still limit the full development of women's potential. We need forums such as these to erase the popular stereotype of women as the weaker sex with limited social roles. We need to encourage young Arab girls to believe more in themselves and have confidence in their ability to achieve and excel."
– Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, in her keynote address at Barnard's Global Symposium, Women in the Arab World