- Amman, Jordan; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Study the Middle East’s complex history from Jordan’s capital, Amman.
Over the last two decades, the Middle East experienced major events—from the 1994 Oslo Peace Treaty to the Arab Spring revolutions to the civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen—that continue to reshape the geopolitical map of the region. As a peace broker in the region, Jordan provides an excellent site from which to study territorial conflict and state sovereignty, international intervention, and how geography’s effects on politics and international relations. You’ll learn about the dominant international relations paradigms in the Middle East and discuss reconciliation models with political scientists, diplomats, and policymakers. You’ll also consider the rise of ISIS and the role of Russia and the US in peacemaking in the Middle East.
- Setting Description:
- Being in the heart of the Middle East, students are able to examine Jordanian government and society as they negotiate the underpinnings of the Arab Spring and ensuing political change in neighboring countries. Students examine development projects on-location and discuss needs and operations with local experts and policy makers. Two homestays — an extended urban stay in Amman and a shorter rural stay with a Bedouin family — allow students to practice their Arabic language skills and offer the dramatic contrast necessary to contextualize modernization and social change in urban and rural Jordan.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Please see our website for more information.
Based on 6 Reviews
- The best semester02/03/22
I had the most incredible time studying in Jordan. This program provides an immersive experience and I learned a lot about international relations in the region. I loved living with a host family, despite occasional challenges. Program staff were always
available to help an answer any questions. My favorite part of this program were the frequent excursions to different regions of the country. I would recommend this program to students who are interested in geopolitics and especially want to live with a hist family.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A life-changing semester in Jordan01/28/22
I believe that my semester in Jordan will remain one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and the highlight of my time in college. Living with a host family allowed me to truly immerse myself in every aspect of Jordanian culture, learn Arabic quickly,
and I cannot wait to go back and visit them! In the main thematic seminar course, we learned about Middle Eastern politics first-hand from qualified academics and former government employees who served in very high-ranking positions. We had excursions to every part of the country, which had important academic components but were also extremely fun. Highlights of this program include snorkeling in the coral reefs of Aqaba, meeting leaders of local NGOs, interning in a Syrian refugee camp, jeep tours through the historic Wadi Rum desert, and much more. Above all, I made some great friends and learned a lot about myself! I cannot recommend this program enough.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Perfect Gateway to Understanding the Middle East07/31/20
The SIT Geopolitics program changed my life. I knew nothing about Middle Eastern culture except for the stereotypes Americans have towards Islamic culture. I wanted to change that. I want to dispel those stereotypes and gain a true understanding of the
Middle East, and the best way to do so is by going there. My time in the SIT Geopolitics program was the perfect gateway to be exposed to such a beautiful region in the world. Unfortunately, our program was cut short from COVID-19, but I left Jordan with basic Arabic and an understanding of Jordanian culture. I know I will be back one day to continue learning and exploring such a wonderful country. I'm so thankful and highly recommend this program. (The excursion to UAE is quite fun as well).read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Loved Every Minute07/10/20
My time in Jordan, while cut short, was everything I hoped it would be. Thanks to an incredibly supportive staff and such hospitable locals, I did not feel homesick or out of place at all. My classes were interesting and taught by reputable individuals
which allowed us to get in contact with some of Jordan's most prized intellectuals. Arabic instruction was so fun and I loved speaking with locals because they did not make me feel embarrassed for my lack of linguistic capability. In exploring the beautiful city, I became friends with locals that I still call friends even after leaving. I truly feel Amman became a second home and I can't wait to go back and visit.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Semester in Jordan: Best experience ever09/08/19
When I started my undergraduate studies back in 2017, I had few things clear in my mind, but one of them was that I wanted to study abroad. Due to my interest in the Middle East and international relations, I chose to go to Jordan in Spring 2019 on the
SIT program "Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East". Having gone through the experience and now being back in the United States, I can say one thing: I made the right choice. This SIT program in Jordan has every single quality I believe is key to any effective study abroad program: knowledgeable and approachable on-site staff, relevant academics, experiential learning, field-based components, language component, and homestay. All these elements combined to create an experience that will be with me forever. From the expert-led lectures, to countless opportunities to learn and practice Arabic, to excursions inside and outside of the country that enhanced our skills and tied back to the program's central theme and purpose, to unparalleled attention from the on-site program staff, it was an incredible program. Add to that the great friendships I was able to forge during my time in Jordan, and it's simply a perfect experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Life-Changing Experience in Jordan09/04/19
My time abroad was one of the most life changing experiences of my life. When I told my family and friends that I was travelling to Jordan, many of them were afraid with the same comments - aren't you afraid to live in the Middle East. Going into my abroad
experience with an open heart heart and mind, I did know exactly what I was getting into. But, going to Jordan was probably the best choice for me looking back. I made so many lifelong friends and connections, the academics were amazing, I loved my homestay and on and on.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend