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SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Excellent. Nothing negative to say at all. It was an incredible experience with well-planned course structure.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I have never encountered a better staff. They were truly outstanding and addressed my every need.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family addressed my needs perfectly and were very understanding. Location was fine - we were within a fifteen-minute car ride from our school building. Getting around the city was always rather straightforward.

* Food:

Food was great. I wish there was more awareness/accessibility for healthier foods, but that was no one's fault.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everything. I could write an essay. We explored to city in all aspects. Traveled to Jerash, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Umm Qais, Petra, Ajloun, etc.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Nothing to complain about. It was important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. No extra vaccinations; staff had a number of doctors who were happy to check us out when we had any illness.

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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

An immersion environment is the best. Living with a host family that spoke Arabic helped me pick up on a lot of words and adjust to hearing the language. This, in turn, improved my pronunciation.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Staff
  • Overall experience
  • Timeline
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing needs to be changed!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go in with an open mind and make the most of it!