SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

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

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Examine critical issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state confronting political responsibilities, modernization, social change, and the effects of regional conflicts and an ensuing refugee crisis.On this program you will lo... read more

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This experience has opened so many doors for me, and helped me to gain confidence in my abilities as a researcher, a traveler, a linguist, and a global citizen. This experience showed me how to listen rather than speak, to leap when given the opportunity, and to advocate for a de-stigmatized story of an amazing place. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
Aside from the obvious academic component, I learned how several completely foreign cultures live and how they look at me as an American. This was possibly the most worthwhile trip of my life. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
It was incredible. I had a chance to do all sorts of things, including pursuing independent research, something that I've used for my honors thesis now and also presented at a conference. - Tulane University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience changed my comprehension of how the world works, taught me invaluable lessons about living abroad and myself, and helped me develop a greater context for my academic interests. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
cultural relativism for me is no longer a given. I grapple everyday with gender and my ferocity for equality and being in the middle east put that into a very distinct perspective. There are no hard and fast answers and I haven't found any but I'll continue having conversations about it and trying to figure things out for the re... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes it was extremely worthwhile, I would recommend people do a yearlong study abroad, of two programs and different places. Take advantage of study abroad while you are a student, because you won't be able to travel like this again. I plan on returning to Jordan after I graduate to perform research on Food Security and Water. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes. It has helped me define myself, who I am and where I want to go. - Hamline University View Entire Review
I learned more than I can summarize in all the conversations I've had since, let alone a single paragraph in an evaluation. It's made all the difference in my career trajectory; how people view my expertise in my area of focus (Middle Eastern Studies); and my perspective on me, my life, and the current events of the Middle East. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a lot. I'm a much stronger person than I realized. However, I wish SIT had let us travel during the program. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I cannot even begin to fully evaluate how my time in Jordan with SIT changed my life. But to try and summarize, I gained a new sense of perspective on the world and life in general. I was given the opportunity to experience a place that not many Americans often travel too. A new love was fostered for the people there and a new o... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Beyond language and culture, that there are some things that transcend language, and you can feel at home in places where you don't understand what's being said. It was definitely worthwhile. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I am significantly less innocent, but so much more informed, and so much more excited and energized to continue studying Arabic and Arab culture - Fordham University View Entire Review
I can't even begin to describe how much I grew as a person, and how my mind was broadened by this experience. - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained a lot more confidence in traveling, conducting field research, and speaking Arabic. I definitely want to live/work in the Middle East in the future. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I am now a graduate student in Near Eastern Studies spending the year in Jordan. Study abroad certainly played a significant role in helping me formulate professional and educational goals. View Entire Review
Loved it and it changed my life! I want to go back! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
- Tulane University View Entire Review
Past Review
It definitely was worth while. I learned so much about Jordanian culture and values, Arab culture and vaules, about my own beliefs and values. My academic interests haven't been detered at all considering I am a Middle Eastern Studies major, but this experience has shown me that I want to go back to the Middle East and ideally... - Wellesley College View Entire Review


Examine critical issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state confronting political responsibilities, modernization, social change, and the effects of regional conflicts and an ensuing refugee crisis.

On this program you will look at the enormous strides Jordan has made in literacy, urbanization, and economic and democratic reforms as well as the challenges it faces from economic and social issues, environmental concerns, and a lack of natural resources. You will also consider the impact of Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian immigrants and refugees, who now make up more than two thirds of the nation’s population. You will learn or greatly advance your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic.

Major topics of study include:

- The reach of social change and opinion leaders in Jordan
- The impact of modernization on Jordan’s culture and society
- The underpinnings of the Arab Spring on politics and society in Jordan and neighboring countries
- Internal, regional, and international arenas examined through an experiential learning model

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
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