Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

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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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My experience with the Middlebury school was exceptional and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning Arabic. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
March 23, 2020 A Walk About
Can't say I learned anything new, but it definitely reaffirmed components of my life such as my drive to explore and walk around new places, my level of comfort in navigating and getting to know cities, and the recognition that I don't like to live in cities long-term. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Was not worthwhile over all. My language skills did improve but at the expense of my mental health - Brown University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of connections with individuals and I grew a lot, became more independent. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Language skills and cultural immersion - Duke University View Entire Review
November 16, 2019 Great But Hard
I gained a better understanding of Arabic and myself and what I want post graduation - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 27, 2019 Immense
I learned so much about living in a different culture, and learning to adjust my lifestyle and expectations while remaining happy and comfortable. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 16, 2019 Rigorous And Rewarding
Studying abroad is a worthwhile experience, especially if your aim is to learn a language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and my values. My Arabic got incredible. I do not regret the experience at all, but I would not do it again. I am having trouble sorting between which of my issues are due to Middlebury and its awful administration and which are actually to due the country, Jordan. I have a hunch its more of the form... - Brown University View Entire Review
My Arabic improved significantly but I find it impossible to say it was worthwhile being that my time dealing with the administration and the general society severely affected my sense of humanity and mental health. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I really did improve my Arabic, and I got to know Jordanian culture pretty well I would say. But there were some trying times that were program specific and they did not make life under the pledge easier. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
My Arabic greatly improved, as did my understanding of Jordan and the region as a whole. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 23, 2019 Great Program
Language, cultural, self knowledge - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I found that this program improved my communication skills in any language. Additionally, after this experience I am more independant and comfortable living in new situations than I was before I left. Due to the influence of my experience in strengthening these skills and clarifying my values I would consider my time abroad wort... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
March 19, 2020 Awakening
I learned alot about myself, and felt like this abroad experience should've been left for the summer, personally for me. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
As bad as it went for me, I can at least say that I can learn from my mistakes and hopefully be better prepared mentally for this program. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more about local politics, language, and culture. It was very worthwhile - George Washington University View Entire Review
Middlebury was a great language boot camp especially for poli sci/IR minded people. I also learned how to navigate relationships with my local host family and friends, as well as the city, independently - the program focuses on “guided independence” as a philosophy which I think is great. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
November 13, 2019 The Best Time Of My Life
It was so so so worthwhile. I am really confident now in my Arabic ability and overall I simply had the most amazing time. Jordan is a beautiful country with beautiful people and I had the best time over those 5 months getting to know its people. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 23, 2019 Middlebury In Jordan!
I learned a lot about cultural sensitivity and how to navigate another country in another language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got a lot better at Arabic. I learned a lot about Middle Eastern politics. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I think academically/Arabic-wise it was a good choice for me. I learned a lot from my elective courses - about new forms of research, about honest perspectives on the Middle East and its current issues, about Jordanian society. Abeer, the Gender Issues professor, alone made this program worth it!! I gained a sense of resilience ... - Harvard University View Entire Review
I gained language skills and it was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
April 24, 2019 Hard But Rewarding!
worthwhile!!! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes! I have gained immense self-confidence, cultural understanding, and heightened language skills. - Middlebury College 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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