Absolutely Brilliant Past Review

By (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) - abroad from 01/20/2019 to 05/04/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a more nuanced understanding of the region's politics, people and language. You do not simply learn, you experience it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The program gave me a great chance to learn about the politics of the region in a very experiential manner. We learned from academics, politicians, business leaders, and a variety of important people. We also had the chance to learn Arabic and study Jordanian culture in a way not possible in the U.S.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? The program gave us a weekly stipend. I never spent more than the stipend.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat out in the local areas instead of the more Western-style areas like Abdoun and buy lunch outside the area as well. You should have more than enough money if you spend responsibly.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced one
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with your host-families in Arabic as much as possible and use it when you walk around the city. Simply interact with Jordanians.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Arabic
  • Discussions with leaders in their fields
  • My host-family
* What could be improved?
  • The Research Class
  • Improve the internship search
  • Improve the internship paper
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This is simple, but I wish that I would have known about the lack of water in the country. It is rationed and it was a bit of an adjustment.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!