Jordan

Intensive Arabic in Amman

This 8-week summer program is for students who have a strong interest in learning Modern Standard Arabic through an intensive language program in the Middle East. You will attend Arabic classes at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. Students of all levels of Arabic, from novice to advanced, can be accommodated and no prior experience in Arabic language is required. In addition to daily classes, you will attend a lecture series organized by the UO faculty director, David Hollenberg. Students in the GEO program will meet with journalists and professionals working with refugees, as well as...

SIT: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East

Learn about the Middle East’s politics, shifting power configurations, and efforts to promote peace and global security from Jordan, a peace broker in the region. Over the last two decades, the Middle East experienced major events—from the 1994 Oslo Peace Treaty to the Arab Spring revolutions to the civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen—that continue to reshape the geopolitical map of the region. As a peace broker in the region, Jordan provides an excellent site from which to study territorial conflict and state sovereignty, international intervention, and how geography’s effects on politics...

CIEE: Middle East Studies in Amman

On this program, you will have the opportunity to study and learn the intricacies of the region’s modern history and Jordan’s role in regional politics as well as build your linguistic capabilities of the Arabic language; both Modern Standard and Colloquial. The CIEE program in Amman is dedicated to educate and expand your knowledge of the local language, history and culture. In addition to the academic curriculum, opportunities to practice Arabic and experience the local culture are an essential component of the program. You will have many opportunities to immerse yourself in Jordanian...

CIEE: Advanced Arabic Language in Amman

The Arabic Language program is designed to give you the opportunity to take a full load of courses taught in Arabic by combining intensive language study with area studies courses. By doing so, you will develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. This program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment on the part of students. Classes are small, often taught tutorial style, and require discipline and sustained effort both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors are...

SIT: Summer Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments in Amman

On this program, you will learn about human-centered design and gain firsthand knowledge about technologies for sustainable water use and treated waste water reuse, renewable energy, and organic farming in Jordan. Students will assess the needs of a local community or business to identify an engineering problem, and develop a design project that brings an innovative and practical response to a local need. You will also gain insights to water, farming, and energy challenges in arid environments through site visits to the Valley of Jordan, the Dead Sea, water treatment plants, sustainable...

SIT: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action in Amman

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...
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