Program Details

Learn about the Middle East’s politics, shifting power configurations, and efforts to promote peace and global security from Jordan, a peace broker in the region.
Amman, Jordan; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

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:
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Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 6 Reviews

  • The best semester

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A life-changing semester in Jordan

    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,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Perfect Gateway to Understanding the Middle East

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Loved Every Minute

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Semester in Jordan: Best experience ever

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Life-Changing Experience in Jordan

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend