SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East

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  • Location(s): Amman, Jordan
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Study the complex history and politics of the Middle East and learn about efforts to promote peace and global security in Jordan’s capital, Amman.The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long played a pivotal role in the geopolitics and international r... read more

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Totally worthwhile; I learnt alot of the language, more about how to navigate a new country, make friends in a short amount of time, be comfortable with change and constant travel, integrate into a new family and environment, learn about ME politics from firsthand experiences. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
August 08, 2023 Home Away From Home
I found a newfound respect for people who live differently from me and a drive to learn more about the regional history and current political situation, which affect the people that I met on a daily basis. I also believe that my internship was not only educational, but the most impactful experience that I have (or may ever have)... - Southern Methodist University View Entire Review
I learned so much about Jordan and the region at large on this program, and made so many connections that I will value for the rest of my life. I am a more well-rounded and open-minded person after my experience in Jordan, and I even learned a bit of a completely new language to me including a whole new alphabet! I wholeheartedl... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Not only did I learn so much about Jordan and the program theme, but I made incredible friends through this experience! Study abroad was absolutely worthwhile and I would go back to Jordan in a heartbeat. - Rice University View Entire Review
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I would encourage students wanting an immersive experience and who are interested in international relations to consider this program. - University of Denver View Entire Review
In terms of academics, I learned a great deal about Jordan and the MENA region in terms of political, social, and cultural dynamics. I gained insights from some of Jordan's top thinkers and policymakers, and learned how to negotiate some of these issues with my own skills. My Arabic improved, especially functional/survival use t... - Kenyon College View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worth it because as a Middle Eastern Studies major, my time abroad definitely brought me closer to my studies and allowed me to see a lot of the phenomena I had studied as well as talk to actual Jordanians about a lot of issues. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
Language, independence, confidence etc. All worth it! - Occidental College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East
I gained a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle in Amman as well as multiple archaeology contacts for when I return - University of Denver View Entire Review
January 17, 2024 Live Laugh Love Jordan
This is truly once in a lifetime. What you learn about the world around you and yourself will help you through the rest of your life. - University of South Florida View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East
I think the main thing that I gained from my experience was confidence. It is scary to go somewhere new, with a language you don't fully understand, a new culture, and live with a host family that you know nothing about before arriving. BUT after doing all those things and having a good time it makes me a lot more confident in w... - Colorado State University View Entire Review
I learned that humans are all much more similar than we think no matter how different a culture, religion, government, food, environment, music, or even history is compared with another. On a human level, we are all connected and can find empathy in that reality once we really experience and understand it. In an ever-changing... - Denison University View Entire Review
June 04, 2022 Ahlan Amman!
I gained experience of doing research, which is a good set up for people like my who seek to pursue a career in research and academia. - Harvard University View Entire Review
June 12, 2021 College Highlight
I had never spent so much time out of the country in one place, so I had never been able to engage with another culture on that same level. Every day I was pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, learning, and enjoying a country that has grown very dear to my heart. It was challenging in many regards, but I needed that push, ... - Emory University View Entire Review
I knew nothing about Middle Eastern culture except for the stereotypes Americans have towards Islamic culture. I wanted to change that. I want to dispel those stereotypes and gain a true understanding of the Middle East, and the best way to do so is by going there. My time in the SIT Geopolitics program was the perfect gateway t... - University of Oregon View Entire Review
I really cannot summarize what I gained and learned while in Jordan in just a paragraph. What I can say, though, is that I left the country being a different person. The insight I earned on countless topics, the invaluable cultural interactions, the experience of being immersed in such a particular country... It was definitely w... - Rollins College View Entire Review
I gained a more nuanced understanding of the region's politics, people and language. You do not simply learn, you experience it. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review

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Study the complex history and politics of the Middle East and learn about efforts to promote peace and global security in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long played a pivotal role in the geopolitics and international relations of the Middle East. Today, it is a moderate Arab state confronting modernization and the effects of regional conflicts, such as the latest refugee crisis. From the modern capital, Amman, become acquainted with the traditional values of a country with history dating back to ancient times while delving into regional politics and social change. In addition to Petra, Wadi Rum, and Mount Nebo, you’ll visit Istanbul, Turkey, and learn the extent to which Turkey is influencing the future political arena of the Middle East. Throughout the semester, you’ll improve your Arabic language skills through customized lessons in a field-based setting and participation in highly interactive conversations about the sites and communities you visit.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Political Science and Government
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Students who are Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars will receive a $2,000 award for SIT Study Abroad semester or summer programs.

$2,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

To recognize and support alumni of EIL summer high school programs who also participate in SIT Study Abroad programs. $1,000 for semester programs and $500 for summer. A $400 scholarship is also available to students who indicate that they have an immediate family member who has participated in an EIL or its College Semester Abroad program.

$400 - $1,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

For students enrolled at Hispanic-serving institutions, including member institutions of HACU who demonstrate financial need, SIT will award a $3,000 scholarship for participation in a semester program and $2,000 for a summer program.

$2,000 - $3,000

Deadlines:
Deadlines April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

For students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and who demonstrate financial need, SIT will award a $2,000 scholarship for participation in a semester program or $1,500 for a summer program.

$1,500 - $2,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

To recognize students participating in this community service program. Upon receipt of confirmation from a student’s Bonner mentor, SIT will award $2,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs.

$1,000 - $2,500

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

To recognize students participating in the National Security Education Program (NSEP) funded award, which focuses on study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Upon receipt of the student’s Boren confirmation letter, SIT will award a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

For students enrolled at Big 10 Academic Alliance universities. Eligible students demonstrating financial need will receive a $1,500 scholarship for semester programs and a $750 scholarship for summer programs.

$750 - $1,500

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

This is an automatic scholarship to recognize and support students who participate in two or more SIT Study Abroad programs, including alumni of short-term summer programs. The scholarship will be applied to a student’s second full term of study with SIT. The scholarship is $1,000 for a fall or spring semester program or $500 for a full-term, international summer program.

$500 - $1,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

An average of $4,500 (amount varies) is awarded to one female student, 22 years of age or younger, who demonstrates international awareness and a desire to create a more peaceful world through international exchange. This scholarship is available for summer programs only.

$4,500

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

This $10,000 scholarship opportunity is for one student per year. The student must demonstrate extreme financial need, attend an HBCU (or other minority-serving institution), be a first-generation college student, and have never previously traveled abroad.

$10,000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

SIT matches Federal Pell Grant funding up to $2,500 for semester students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SIT program. Students utilizing their Federal Pell Grant for SIT Study Abroad summer terms receive up to a $1000 match.

$1,000 - $2,500

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

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