Jordan

Arabic Language & The Middle East

Develop your Arabic language skills and earn academic credit while exploring Jordan’s social, political, and environmental landscapes. Explore the country’s ancient landmarks, such as Petra and the Dead Sea.

  • College Credit

  • Language

  • Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

WHY STUDY ARABIC IN JORDAN?

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 45 hours of formal Arabic classes and experience Jordanian history, culture, and day-to-day life.

Then deepen your immersion by becoming part of a local community for four weeks during home hospitality activities and service projects and take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities to practice Arabic beyond the classroom. Your language training may exceed 90 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.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.

LEARN BY DOING

The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Jordan, you will learn:

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Arabic language
  • College prep

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Time management
  • Intercultural communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Relationship-building

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Be prepared to be intellectually challenged by the course content and your learning community. Participants will be expected to complete required readings, assignments, exercises, and actively participate in course discussions.
  • Certain program activities will require a specific dress code based on site visits and cultural norms. More details will be available in the packing list.
  • Bring clothing that is modest and culturally appropriate yet will keep you cool.
  • Time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, which require a level of independence.
  • Some cities are becoming more vegetarian/vegan friendly. Vegetarians and vegans will find that Levantine food is rich in vegetable-only dishes (such as fuul, hummus, tabbouleh, and falafel). Kosher meats are not available in Jordan, though other foods that fit into Jewish dietary requirements are easily found.
  • Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary.
  • Jordan is a conservative country regarding LGBTQ+ issues. We encourage students to approach the program staff for support on gender and sexuality questions and concerns.
  • The diverse personal and social identities of participants may, in part, shape their experience abroad. In-country partners will discuss cultural norms and the local context during orientation. Please read our approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for further information. All students will have a safe space within the program spaces and with the local staff and group leaders.

AT A GLANCE

Program Availability

Filling

Program Date

Jul 1 - Jul 30

Prerequisite

None

Program Fee

TBD

Group Airfare Cost

TBD

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • College credit
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • All program activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Experienced group leaders
Though it was only one month compared to a lifetime, my Jordanian family will always be a part of me. I got to learn a new language, try new foods, dance to new music, sing new songs, and create more memories. So, to The Experiment, my group leaders, host family, and all of the friends that I’ve made on this trip, شكرا!

Sample Itinerary

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 below.

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Days 1-3

Orientation in Amman

  • 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.

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 issues facing refugee and migrant communities in the Middle East.
  • Attend seminars on women’s issues and 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.

Days 26-28

Southern Excursion

  • Visit Petra, one of the ancient wonders of the world, to view the ancient buildings carved out of mountainsides.
  • 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 camelback, explore the beautiful red sand desert.
  • 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.

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.

Day 30

Departure

 

Experienced Group Leaders

The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.

LEADER HIGHLIGHT

Megan Babb

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Education: University of Pittsburgh, Mount St. Mary’s University
Experience in: France, Jordan, Morocco

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For as long as she can remember, Megan has always been an avid lover of travel, languages, learning, and adventure. Hailing from Frederick, Maryland, Megan graduated from Urbana High School in 2008 and continued her higher education studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a certificate in Arabic Language and Linguistics and minors in French and Religious Studies in 2012. During her time at Pitt, Megan played the clarinet in the Varsity Marching Band and was an active member of the Tau Beta Sigma National Band Service Sorority. During the summer of her junior year, she studied in Morocco with SIT Study Abroad and fell in love with Africa. She has traveled extensively through North Africa, the Middle East, South Africa, and Europe. Megan received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 2015, and is currently teaching French at an international school in the United Arab Emirates. Megan has led Experiment groups to France, Morocco, and Jordan.

Program experts

College credit-bearing programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty approved by the School for International Training (SIT). Faculty of record typically live in the country of study and are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. They work in close consultation with SIT’s Dean of Faculty and Experiment staff team and group leaders to craft an engaging, college-level curriculum and design field and internship experiences that match student needs and interests.

Dr. Ashraf Alqudah

Dr. Ashraf Alqudah is the Academic Director and Coordinator for SIT’s study abroad programs in Jordan and a member of the faculty for The Experiment Jordan program. He holds a PhD in clinical and medical psychology from the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, and an MA in psychology from the University of Jordan. He specializes in clinical medical psychology and the psychology of chronic pain. His area of research interest includes psychopathology, psychological treatments and psychotherapies, and psycho-social support for refugees and displaced persons. Ashraf is also affiliated with the department of psychology at the University of Jordan in Amman and has worked on projects conducted by Doctors of the World Organization, the War Trauma Foundation, and the Antares Foundation, among others.