Jordan: The Friendly Side of the Middle East Past Review

By (Political Science And International Studies, University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/28/2012 to 12/09/2012 with

SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

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

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

The support staff in Jordan were amazing, they were always there to provide help with whatever I needed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

My homestay mother made homecooked meals every night.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have to take advantage of the health care in Jordan, but the program had a doctor talk to us during orientation and told us what options were available.

* Safety:

As long as we avoided protests and listened to the US Embassy's safety alerts and the SIT administration everything was as safe as possible.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50


* 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? Beginner
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? Arabic 111
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? Use it as much as possible with as many people as possible. Even with classmates, speaking English won't help you learn a language any faster.

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 Teachers/Classes
  • Drop Off Activites
* What could be improved?
  • More accurate calender
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had remembered to bring bug spray, since it is pretty expensive and the bugs can get bad. Also, not to bring shaving equipment since it takes up quite a bit of room. The barbershops in Jordan will give you a shave with a straight razor for a good price.

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!