Students accepted to participate in the program are required to participate in the orientation sessions prior to departure. Orientation is designed to prepare the student for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, films, lectures and discussions, and information on a wide variety of issues including health and safety. Students will receive 1 semester hour (ID24) for successful completion of the orientation.
Participants will earn 18 semester hours for successful completion of the program. Courses are taught by Jordanian faculty, that have been recognized in their respective fields, and the Resident Director. Courses include:
- Arabic Language (Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial dialect) (4 hours)
- Politics of Jordan and the Middle East (4 hours)
- Environmental Challenges and Policies (4 hours)
- Community Engagement Practicum (5 hours)
- Diwan, a forum for students to discuss, process and reflect upon their diverse experiences in the Middle East (1 hour)
The program fee will be the equivalent to one semester at Earlham; tuition, fees, room and board. The program covers academic and educational costs including cultural events and group excursions, as well as room and board costs during the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 which is part of the total cost of the program is required after acceptance into the program. Students covered by financial aid may carry their aid on one Earlham or GLCA-recognized off-campus study program during their college career.
Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover the trans-Atlantic travel, passport and visa fees, personal expenses such as books, and costs for the independent travel period.
Students will be responsible for making their own travel plans both to and from the program.
Students must have completed one semester of Arabic or the equivalent before the start of the program. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection is conducted by a student and faculty committee.