University of Oregon

SIT: Summer Innovation Lab on Water in Amman

Program Overview

 In this program you will engage in a hands-on project, collaboratively with a community organization, to explore innovative responses to water needs, including domestic needs for health and hygiene, urban gardening, and education in water management. The project will encourage you to take a local and regional approach in considering a very serious environmental challenge with transnational dimensions. You will learn from and collaborate with ongoing projects and have the opportunity to develop a more rounded knowledge about local ingenuities regarding water catchment and greywater treatment as they share their own ideas and input regarding existing issues. Final projects are designed collaboratively by students, water engineers, and local communities.

Throughout the program you will take an interdisciplinary course that introduces the basic principles of water supply, delivery, and shortage in Jordan, with a focus on innovative responses at grassroots and regional levels. You will engage in a hands-on project with a community organization to explore innovative responses to water needs, which could include domestic needs for health and hygiene, urban gardening, or education in water management. 

For further information about this program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Innovation Lab on Water in Jordan (Summer)



Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Innovation Lab on Water program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Please Note: A U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is in effect for this program’s location. You may be required to complete additional steps within your study abroad application. Please schedule an appointment with your GEO advisor to discuss this. For more information on the Travel Warning, please visit:

Additional Requirements

  • Students with an interest in engineering, economics, development, and/or environmental studies are especially encouraged to apply.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20173/1/2017early Julylate July

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.