Develop your Arabic language skills while exploring Jordan’s social, political, and environmental landscapes. Explore the country’s ancient landmarks, such as Petra and the Dead Sea.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
This program is canceled for Summer 2021, but we anticipate offering it again summer 2022. Questions? Contact us!
Your Experiment starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan, a modern city with ancient roots. This fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of traditional and contemporary—is where you will begin your 40 hours of formal Arabic classes and experience Jordanian history, culture, and day-to-day life. Due to COVID-19 requirements, this summer 2021 participants must quarantine in single hotel room stays the first 7 days of the program after arrival. Program orientation and Arabic language instruction will be held both virtually and in person with socially distanced activities at the hotel during this time to prepare Experimenters for their program post-quarantine.
Then deepen your immersion by becoming part of a local community for four weeks during home hospitality activities and service projectsand take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities to practice Arabic beyond the classroom. Your language training may exceed 80 hours with practice through formal classes, host community and peer interactions, and more.Expand your knowledge of present-day Jordan through discussions on politics, Islam, democracy, human rights, the role of refugees, and multiculturalism. You will also learn about the ongoing debates surrounding Jordan’s environmental and natural resource challenges.
Outside the capital, explore Jordan’s ancient history in Gerasa (Jerash) and Gadara (Um Qais), two cities of the Decapolis, a Greco-Roman federation of cities east of the Mediterranean. Float in the Dead Sea, the most spectacular natural landscape in Jordan; visit Petra, one of the new seven wonders of the world; and trek the rocky mountains of Wadi Rum on camelback.
At the conclusion of this program, students have the option to earn three (3) college credits.
Orientation in Amman (Due to COVID-19 requirements, in summer 2021 program orientation and Arabic language instruction will be held both virtually and in person with socially distanced activities at the hotel the first seven days of the program)
Urban Stay in Amman and Cultural Activities (Thematic Focus)
During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels and a camp.
Wrap-up and Reflection in Amman
Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above