Study Abroad Jordan: Highly recommended Past Review

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SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

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

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The in-country director was kind and patient but had some difficulties coordinating with the American office.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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?

We stayed with host families, who helped us practice our Arabic. We also used it for everyday interaction.

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? I think people who have a specific interest in the Middle East would benefit from this program. Jordan is a fascinating place to study and a great place to learn Arabic.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Arabic Language - MSA

Course Department:
Instructor: Kittaneh
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: Lovely. Khulood is a wonderful teacher and she was still with the program until 2009.
Credit Transfer Issues: No, I had no trouble.
Course Name/Rating:

Field Study Seminar

Course Department:
Instructor: Fauss
Instruction Language: English
Comments: A good introduction to research methodology.
Credit Transfer Issues: