SIT: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action in Jordan

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Middle East, Jordan
GPA: 2.75
Program Overview

The University of Oregon is currently monitoring the crisis affecting the region. Please contact your program coordinator for the latest information on this program. 

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:

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2022 4/15/2022 Early September Mid-December
Spring Semester 2023 10/1/2022 Early February Late May

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

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.

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: The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory system has changed. Check the current travel advisory status for Jordan.