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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
King Hussein Mosque and Sunset

This program offers students a first-hand regional experience in the Middle East through an exploration of multiple sites in Jordan. Throughout the program, students will gain knowledge about the multi-ethnic and pluralistic components that comprise Jordanian society. In turn, participation in the course will develop students' cultural competence, and thus contribute to their ability to become thoughtful global citizens. Taught in English, the course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the history, politics, economics, demography and the culture of Jordan. As an added extra-curricular value, students with proficiency in Arabic will have the opportunity to practice the language with native speakers. Finally, and given its combination of site visits, cultural activities, and classroom instruction, this program will provide students with a diverse learning experience that brings together the critical and the experiential.

Announcements IconAnnouncement

This program will not operate in 2021. Information about future terms will be posted when available.


Location IconLocation

Based in Amman, the capital of Jordan, the program is also expected to include visits to Petra and Wadi Rum, Madaba, the Roman city of Jerash, and the Dead Sea.

Petra FacadeCamels in Jordanian Desert

Courses IconCourses

Cultural Authenticity in a Modern Middle Eastern Society
(MEST 3225; 3 credits)

Course Objectives
This course will enable students to:

  • Develop cultural competence
  • Increase knowledge of the diverse Arab cultures, dialects and history, while broadening understanding of the history of  Jordan
  • Discover ancient sites and traditional food that very few people get to see and try in an authentic milieu
  • Realize how the modern Middle East evolved politically, socially, and economically into a region burdened by webs of power and influence
  • Understand a number of contemporary issues in Jordan, especially issues related to women, gender, and inequality


Course Information
This course is intended for students with a variety of interests and majors, particularly - but not limited to - Middle Eastern Studies, Global Studies, and Foreign Affairs or Politics. As an English language-taught course, this program is a good opportunity for students who have an interest in the region but who don't necessarily have proficiency in Arabic (though traveling to Jordan is an excellent chance to practice the language for those who do!). The course is an approved elective for several Global Studies tracks: Global Development Studies, Global Security & Justice, and Global Studies – Middle East & South Asia.

Faculty IconFaculty

Bilal Humeidan |
Program Director

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in shared apartments in Amman, with a small kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Classes will be held in living spaces in the accommodation and at the the Qasid Institute, located a 10-minute walk awy. Some meals are included; students will be shown where to purchase those that aren't.

The program includes an overnight camping excursion at a Bedouin site in the mountainous desert of Wadi Rum.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Jordanian Desert

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. Students with limited mobility or specific medical needs should be aware that the program includes an overnight camping in the desert. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will provide instructions for purchasing a visa on arrival in Jordan. International students should consult the Jordanian Embassy for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Mohammad Halaibeh

This program is currently not accepting applications.