University of Oregon

SIT: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action in Amman

Program Overview

Explore first-hand the major challenges and impacts of refugees in the context of Jordan and Switzerland with the Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action program. You will engage in rigorous academic coursework and research with a focus on refugee assistance and humanitarian action, and examine key principles and laws related to refugee status and treatment. 

This program includes the following: a 12-week homestay in Amman, Jordan; intensive Arabic language study; thematic seminars; independent research project (last month of program); and field visits to Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps, healthcare facilities, and international relief organizations. You will also travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to learn from experts at health and humanitarian agencies including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Health Organization, and International Red Cross. 

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/fall-2017/joh/ 

Housing Description

You will live with a family in Amman, Jordan, for the majority of your stay. Homestay families may include first- or second-generation Palestinian refugees, and you will be integrated into their life and culture. Most homestay families are middle class and maintain the customs of a typical Arab home, and you will also be able to improve your speaking abilities in Arabic. 

Other forms of housing during the program while on excursion include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels. 

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: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Refugees, Health and Humanitarian Action 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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/20179/3/201712/16/2017
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Early FebruaryMid-May

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.