Incredible, immersive experience February 02, 2022

By (International Studies, University of Denver) - abroad from 09/04/2021 to 12/17/2021 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?
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I would encourage students wanting an immersive experience and who are interested in international relations to consider this program.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were generally engaging. I enjoyed hearing from multiple lecturers during the main geopolitics course. Having a basic background knowledge on history of the Middle East is useful for participating in class, though not essential if you read the assigned readings.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program staff was amazing. They were available to help with any issue and answer all questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Overall I loved my host family and living with them was a highlight of the program. Although difficult at times, it definitely helped me gain insight into the culture and become more immersed.

* Food:

Food was amazing. There's also many options for lunch within walking distance of the program center.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with a host family allowed me to become immersed in the culture very quickly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in the country. Women should expect some comments from locals, but for me it was more annoying than anything.

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

Beautiful country and amazing friends. Wouldn't hesitate to go back


* 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)

Cafe culture is huge in Amman, so most free time was spent trying different coffee shops and cafes. They are generally very affordable, but prices add up after a while. Walking long distances is not realistic in Amman due to busy roads and hills so expect to spend some money on Uber and taxis, although rides are generally only $2-4 and the program stipend helps cover this.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The program provides a stipend for transportation to and from class and lunches during the week.


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If you're serious about learning the language, you need a good amount of self motivation and willingness to speak Arabic with your host family and practice outside of class.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Exciting excursions
  • Immersive experience
  • Amazing program staff
* What could be improved?
  • Arabic classes
  • Help securing internship
  • Research class
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Winter months get chillier than expected. Bring a jacket and some warm sweaters.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.