Pre-Departure Orientation and Post-Return
Students accepted to the program are required to participate in the Cross-Cultural Explorations I course (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations II (1 credit) after returning from the program. Pre-departure preparation is designed to prepare the students for a cross-cultural experience and includes readings, lectures and discussions with faculty and former participants of the program. Students and parents/guardians will receive a handbook of important program information prior to commencement of the program. The on-site orientation will include intercultural training, safety/security and emergency procedures, orienteering and observations exercises. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I and II is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.
Courses and Credits
Participants will earn 18 semester credits for successful completion of the program. Students' grades for program courses will be incorporated into the Earlham GPA. Courses are taught by the Resident Director as well as Jordanian faculty who have been recognized in their respective fields. Courses include:
- Arabic Language (5 hours)
- Politics of the Middle East (4 hours, fulfills Diversity International general education requirement)
- Sustainability in the Jordanian Context: Water and Environmental Challenge (4 hours)
- Practicum in Research and Community Engagement (4 hours)
- Reflections on Jordanian Culture and Society (1 hour)
The program cost will be the equivalent of one semester of Earlham College tuition, fees, room and board. The program covers academic and educational costs, including field excursions and other group activities as well as room and board while on the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 is required after acceptance to the program, which is part of the total cost. Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or Earlham-approved off-campus program during their college career.
Each student should plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, passport expenses, books, personal expenses, and costs for the independent travel period. A passport is required for travel to Jordan.
Students are responsible for arranging flights to and from Jordan. Information on travel options will be provided during orientation.
Undergraduate students of all academic backgrounds and majors in good standing with the college may apply. Students on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to apply or participate. Students must have completed one semester of Arabic or the equivalent before the start of the program. Majors from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Final selection of participants will be made by a student and faculty committee.