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Jordan: Amman 
SIT World Learning: Modernization & Social Change
2008-09: Download Info Sheet

Based in the capital city of Amman, the School for International Training (SIT) Jordan program examines crucial issues of modernization and social change in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state coming to terms with political responsibility, social change, and the effects of regional conflict. While Jordan has made enormous strides recently in health care, literacy, and democratic and economic reform, it remains challenged by a lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, economic and social issues, and the impact of Palestinian immigrants and refugees, who now make up more than half of the nation’s population. More recently, Iraqi refugees have been pouring into the country and changing the demographic and physical landscapes of the capital.

The capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman is a modern city built on ancient Roman foundations that date back 5000 years. Spanning out from its original settlements atop seven hills, or jabals, Amman now occupies 19 hills home to three million people. A municipal ordinance restricting building materials to white limestone creates a unified and modern cityscape just two hours from the ancient city of Petra and one hour from the Dead Sea.

Dates: Fall (September to December) or Spring (January to June) semester

Fields of Study: Arabic language, anthropology, history, international relations, field study, literature, religion, urban studies, environment, political science, women studies, and the media.

Eligibility: 2.5 CGPA; completion of two semesters of Arabic at Tulane with a B average or better. Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool. Students considering study in the Middle East must schedule an advising appointment with the study abroad advisor.

Academic Program: This cohort program consists of: Intensive Arabic (6 credit hours); Modernization & Social Change Seminar (4 credit hours); Field Study Seminar (2 credit hours); Independent Study Project (ISP), (4 credit hours). The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program director in Amman. Following orientation, students are placed in one of four elementary, intermediate or advanced Arabic groups based on a placement exam.

Afterwards students begin the thematic and methodology seminars. To afford direct knowledge of Jordanian rural life, students visit a rural setting. Village conditions are basic, frequently with no electricity or running water, and provide an invaluable opportunity to learn from rural Jordanians.

The program also includes excursions to points of interest within Jordan to explore its ancient heritage and contemporary culture. The final four weeks are spent conducting the ISP, which allows students to pursue a wide range of topics. The ISP is supervised and evaluated by SIT faculty. Students must submit a copy of their ISP to the CIS no later than four weeks following the completion of the semester in Amman. Transcripts will not be processed until the ISP is received.

There is no Pass/Fail (S/U) option for this program. Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.

Living arrangements: SIT strives to place students in home-stay accommodations in Amman; however, where cultural considerations and family structure make this impossible, SIT will secure comfortable and safe alternative lodging in apartments or dorm rooms. For Independent Study Projects undertaken in Amman, the home-stay/alternative accommodation is usually extended by four weeks. Other accommodations include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels.

Internet Link: http://www.worldlearning.org/ssa_jor.htm

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Jordan: Amman 
SIT World Learning: Modernization & Social Change
2008-09: Download Info Sheet

The CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan provides a challenging academic program combined with an in-country cultural experience and intensive language study. Students gain a greater understanding of the Middle East, with specific emphasis on the Jordanian perspective and experience. The CIEE program offers students a series of specially designed area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, media, politics, religion, and sociology. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. All students take both Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic taught by University of Jordan faculty.

Founded in 1962, the University of Jordan is the first and oldest public four-year institution of higher education in Jordan. The University has 13 academic faculties, which include 65 academic departments offering more than 3,500 courses a year. The University has a diverse student body of nearly 35,000, including 1,800 international students, and offers extracurricular activities such as 19 on-campus clubs including sports, music, the environment, public service, health, literature, art, volunteer work, seminars, and lectures. It was the first Arab university in the Middle East to use the U.S. model for academic credits.

The capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman is a modern city built on ancient Roman foundations dating back 5000 years. Spanning out from its original settlements atop seven hills, or jabals, Amman now occupies 19 hills home to three million people. A municipal ordinance restricting building materials to white limestone creates a unified and modern cityscape just two hours from the ancient city of Petra and one hour from the Dead Sea.

Dates: Fall (September to December) or Spring (January to June) semester; Academic Year (September to June)

Fields of Study: Arabic language, anthropology, history, international relation, economics, field study, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, women studies, and the media.

Eligibility: 2.75 CGPA; completion of two semesters of Arabic at Tulane with a B average or better. Preference will be given to students who have completed coursework with Middle Eastern content. Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool. Students considering study in the Middle East must schedule an advising appointment with the CIS study abroad advisor.

Academic Program: The program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation program conducted in Amman, which introduces students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in Jordan. In this hybrid program, students take two required language courses: one Arabic Language (8 credit hours) and one Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (2 credit hours) at the University of Jordan. In addition, students take two CIEE area studies courses taught in English (3 credit hours each). A full course load is considered 4 courses.

Classes are relatively small, and lectures tend to be the method of teaching, although most professors welcome discussion and questions. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have been exposed to Western methods of teaching and come from different backgrounds which are reflective of Jordanian society. Students attend language courses five days per week in the morning, while area studies courses are held in the afternoon. The academic year consists of two 15-week semesters. Classes are held Sunday through Thursday. The university observes all Islamic, Eastern and Western Christian holidays, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.

Living arrangements: Students have the option of living in an apartment with other CIEE program participants, or with a Jordanian family. Note that homestays for male participants cannot be guaranteed and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Apartment stays may have additional costs depending on the number of occupants in an apartment. All students receive a stipend to be used for transportation (taxi or bus service within Amman). Students residing in apartments receive an additional stipend to be used toward meals; students who stay with families have meals provided by the family.

Internet Link: www.ciee.org/study

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