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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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
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


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):
  • 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:
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

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

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office ( or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.