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Amman, founded in 7000 B.C., the capital and largest city in Jordan, is situated in a rolling area of northwest Jordan, just twenty-five miles from the Dead Sea.Seven surrounding hills, known as jabals, helped shaped the city.  Amman is one of the... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.3
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Learned the language, learned the culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a much deeper insight into the politics, people, and culture of Jordan and the Middle East. It was my first time diving this deeply into a new culture and it was very rewarding! - Tufts University View Entire Review
Learning amiyya is essential to learning arabic, and there's no good way to do it except to go abroad. - Tufts University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile but definitely not due to the program. It was eye-opening in certain ways, but at times it was eye-opening because these were situations the program should not have put me in. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned how to thrive in a difficult environment. This was the best thing I have ever done. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I think this was hard semester for both Middlebury and me. They were struggling to start up a new program on the fly, and this was my one semester to be Rebekah at large in the Middle East. Sometimes these goals conflicted. Nevertheless, I gained a lot of self-dependency, confidence, and real-life experience. If I hadn't taken t... - Tufts University View Entire Review
Yes, it definitely was, because I came back confident in my language skills, in my Arabic, and in my studies. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Yes, it was. It solidified a lot of my opinions, changed others, and in general answered a lot of big questions that were looming in the back of my mind. Although we ran into a lot of hiccups, the program was new last semester and we were the guinea pigs. Also it was my third choice of a program, I wanted to go to Aleppo in S... - Tufts University View Entire Review
September 01, 2016 Improved My Arabic A Lot
Language skills- definitely worth it as I could not have done the same at my home institution. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned the limitations of my interests in the Arabic language itself. My love of the culture and history took a backseat to the language pledge, which I knew going into the program, but had not fully thought through. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a very different culture, had many interesting experiences, and learned some Jordanian dialect. Yes, it was worthwhile, but it also could have been much better. - Tufts University View Entire Review
People will say that Amman is boring, that it's hard to be a girl, that they didn't have enough opportunities to get involved with local cultures, etc etc. This has everything to do with attitude. Amman is not Paris, and you shouldn't expect it to be. But Amman is beautiful in its own way... it's a city built largely due to the ... - Tufts University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile and I don't regret going. My language skills improved significantly and I made the best of a difficult situation - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Immersion!
Not only did my language skills improve dramatically, I also learned tons about culture and religion! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes! I think everyone should try to live abroad if given the chance. I loved getting to travel around the region, improve my Arabic, and get to know a quirky country like Jordan. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Amman, Jordan
I certainly got a huge amount out of the academic portion of the program thanks to the amazing teachers that we had. - Tufts University View Entire Review

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Amman, founded in 7000 B.C., the capital and largest city in Jordan, is situated in a rolling area of northwest Jordan, just twenty-five miles from the Dead Sea.

Seven surrounding hills, known as jabals, helped shaped the city.  Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world having been home to a multitude of civilizations over the years - the Ammonites, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Nabateans and Romans, Byzantines and Umayyad Arabs.

Today Amman is a prospering modern metropolis filled with ancient ruins, art galleries, and museums.  It serves as a hub within the Middle East for commerce and trade.  With a tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants from nearby countries, Amman is a multi-cultural and multi denominational city and one of the most liberal and westernized cities in the region.   

The School in the Middle East-Jordan is based at the University of Jordan, Jordan’s oldest public 4-year institution of higher education, established in 1962. With a strong emphasis on research, and a rich background in liberal arts, the University of Jordan is an excellent host for students of all academic backgrounds.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
Language Requirement(s):
  • Arabic
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • History
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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