Jordan: Arabic Language & The Middle East

Language Training

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

Language

Certificate

Rugged Travel

Outdoor Activity

Campground

Program Description

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.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Program Availability:

Program Suspended

Prerequisite:

None

College Credits:

3

Sample Itinerary

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    Days 1-3

    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)

    • Learn about Jordan’s history and culture from experts
    • Get to know other members of your group during online activities
    • Start learning and practicing Arabic
    • During the orientation period, you will stay in a centrally located hotel.
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    Days 3-25

    Urban Stay in Amman and Cultural Activities (Thematic Focus)

    • Become immersed in the daily life your host community in Amman
    • Attend 40 hours Arabic language classes
    • Learn about Jordanian history and culture from guest speakers
    • Learn about issue facing refugee and migrant communities in the Middle East
    • Attend Seminars on women’s issues, the media in Jordan.
    • Learn about Humanitarian assistance projects within Jordan and meet with the Red Crescent NGO, an organization similar to the Red Cross
    • Attend cooking classes and sample traditional Jordanian cuisine
    • Visit ancient the Amman Citadel, Souk el Sulta, an open-air market.
    • Attend a prayer service at the famous Al Houssien Mosque on Hussaim mountain.
    • Take a dance class to learn traditional Jordanian dances
    • Visit the Jordanian river
    • Participate in a community service project
    • Explore the city of Amman
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    Days 26-28

    Southern Excursion

    • Visit Petra, one of the ancient wonders of the world, to view the ancient buildings carved out of mountain sides.
    • Hike to sacred sights of Mount Nebo and then hike down to swim in the Dead sea
    • Trek up the rocky mountains of Wadi Rum on campel back, explore the beautiful red sand dessert
    • Explore more ancient history in the cities of Gerasa and Gadara, two cities that were part of a Greco-Roman federation of cities.

    During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels and a camp.

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    Day 29

    Wrap-up and Reflection in Amman

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
    • Go water hiking in Wadi Al Mujed
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    Day 30

    Departure

    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

     

Itinerary is subject to change.