Middle East Semester in Jordan

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This innovative program introduces undergraduates to the diversity, commonalities and trends that shape the modern Middle East.  Through a focus on civil society,  politics, language, and the environment, participants will encounter the complexities of this crucial region.

The program is based in the vibrant city of Amman, a city that has a unique bled of historic and modern elements. The city serves as the political, cultural and commercial center of Jordan and plays a significant role in the region.

This program introduces students to the area through homestays, community engagement projects, educational excursions, dialogue, guest lectures, individualized research and traditional course-work.  Jordan provides the environment within which to study how various communities interact with the forces of globalization to construct an evolving identity.

Students will reside together in a hotel for the on-site orientation period. During the remainder of their stay, students will reside with Jordanian families in private homes, giving them an opportunity to practice their Arabic and to learn about family life in Jordan.

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Students accepted to participate in the program are required to participate in the orientation sessions prior to departure. Orientation is designed to prepare the student for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, films, lectures and discussions, and information on a wide variety of issues including health and safety. Students will receive 1 semester hour (ID24) for successful completion of the orientation.

Participants will earn 18 semester hours for successful completion of the program. Courses are taught by Jordanian faculty, that have been recognized in their respective fields, and the Resident Director. Courses include:

  • Arabic Language (Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial dialect) (4 hours)
  • Politics of Jordan and the Middle East (4 hours)
  • Environmental Challenges and Policies (4 hours)
  • Community Engagement Practicum (5 hours)
  • Diwan, a forum for students to discuss, process and reflect upon their diverse experiences in the Middle East (1 hour)

Academic Programs

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The program fee will be the equivalent to one semester at Earlham; tuition, fees, room and board. The program covers academic and educational costs including cultural events and group excursions, as well as room and board costs during the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 which is part of the total cost of the program is required after acceptance into the program. Students covered by financial aid may carry their aid on one Earlham or GLCA-recognized off-campus study program during their college career.

Additional Cost

Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover the trans-Atlantic travel, passport and visa fees, personal expenses such as books, and costs for the independent travel period.

Travel

Students will be responsible for making their own travel plans both to and from the program.

Eligibility

Students must have completed one semester of Arabic or the equivalent before the start of the program. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection is conducted by a student and faculty committee.

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