Past Review

By (Near and Middle Eastern Studies., Wellesley College) for

SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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 work in that region after college.

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.

The workload wasn't very heavy and I felt grading was quite lenient. At the same time, I got to listen to lectures and focus on subjects I know I wouldn't be able to back at my college.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

he staff was really great, so friendly and supportive. We really were like a tribe!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I switched families because I wasn't satisfied with the first family or the conditions, the second family and location were amazing.

* Food:

Sometimes there wouldn't be breakfast and my host mother never cooked so we usually went out for dinner or to family's house.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everything, the trips, the Badia homestay...

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Amman is a pretty safe city and if you are a girl and take the proper percautions it is fine. I only got colds when I was in Jordan and would buy medicine when I did.

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
Language acquisition improvement?

I was able to practise what I was learning on a daily basis.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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 do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it! You won't regret it!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Aamiya

Course Department:
Instructor: Joumana Al Mahamid
Instruction Language: Arabic (Jordanian dialect)
Comments: This was really I great course, I got so much out of it and my professor was great!
Credit Transfer Issues: I only receive a pass or fail grade from this semester.