- 2.5 GPA
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
SIT Study Abroad offers more than 60 accredited semester and summer study abroad programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. SIT also offers the International Honors Program, which is multi-locational.Note: This program is not available for the Summer 2021 session.
The SIT Experience
Develop and expand competencies in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian colloquial Arabic. You will be fully immersed in an Arabic-only environment. You’ll increase your conversational proficiency and improve your pronunciation. You’ll develop skills in counting, giving directions, and ordering in a restaurant, and you’ll cement new skills by writing and telling stories in Arabic. Ultimately, you’ll develop the tools necessary to increase language proficiency independently.
Learn in highly interactive classroom, homestay, and field-based settings. Classes are held at the SIT center from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday. The center offers a number of important amenities including a language and cultural library, a quiet study room, wireless internet, and satellite TV broadcasting live Arabic news channels. You’ll engage local community members in simple conversations until you can communicate comfortably with native speakers.
The program explores the interplay of small and large scale technologies, using the refugee population. Amman is a welcoming, relatively small city, and students frequently explore the city by foot. You will discover gleaming white houses, kebab stalls, and cafés with rich Arabian coffee. You’ll visit the imposing Roman Amphitheater, built under Emperor Antoninus Pius (138–161 AD). Your Arabic classes will take place at SIT’s center in the Abdoun neighborhood, an upscale community in West Amman. Abdoun Circle, a hub for restaurants and cafés, is nearby.
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Thematic seminars merge student experience with academic theory to examine critical issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn from SIT faculty as well as guest lecturers from local universities, research institutes, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and community and professional associations. Field-based activities and assignments complement readings, discussions, and research papers, allowing students to engage in a variety of study methods.
Programs typically offer language study at the intermediate and advanced levels and/or beginning instruction in a less commonly taught language spoken by the local community. Language courses incorporate formal classroom instruction, discussion, and field exercises designed to enhance student engagement while improving oral and written competence. Select programs are taught entirely or partly in the target language.
NORTHERN JORDAN AND SOUTHERN JORDAN: On a five-day excursion to north and south Jordan, you’ll receive customized Arabic lessons focusing on the communities you visit and participate in highly interactive conversations about the places you see. You’ll practice Arabic during the entire trip, including during travel. Highlights of this excursion include the following:.
JERASH: See the extraordinary ruins of ancient Jerash, one of the most impressive and best preserved Roman cities outside of Italy. Here, you may have the chance to attend the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts, an annual international cultural event featuring famous Arabic poets, singers, and writers. Past programs have included the Moscow Ballet’s Cinderella, a flamenco performance by Ara de Madrid, a contemporary dance play by Jollanar from Syria, and a Japanese poetry and music performance by Keiko Koma.
AJLOUN: Ajloun is home to the Castle of Ajloun or Qalaat Errabadh (Arabic for “Hilltop Castle”). The fortress was built by Muslims in 1184-85 to protect the region from invading Crusaders. Spend a night at the Ajloun Forest Lodge, which occupies a large clearing enclosed by oak, pistachio, and strawberry trees and offers beautiful views. Occasionally, one can see as far away as Jebel Sheikh in Lebanon.
THE DEAD SEA: The Dead Sea is the most spectacular natural landscape in Jordan. In addition to being one of the lowest points on Earth, the Dead Sea is the world’s richest source of natural salts.
WADI MUJIB: Explore Wadi Mujib, a spectacular gorge that enters the Dead Sea. The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib is the lowest nature reserve in the world. This is an optional excursion and will incur a small additional charge.
AQABA: Aqaba is an important port city dating back to 4000 BCE. Also known as Ayla, Aqaba was once ruled by the Mamluk Sultan from Egypt.
WADI RUM: Wadi Rum is among the most stunning desertscapes in the world. Experience the exceptional hospitality of the desert people and Bedouin tribes. You may share mint tea or cardamom coffee in Bedouins’ tents or join them by the fire under a starry desert sky.
PETRA: Petra is a treasure of the ancient world, a UNESCO World Heritage site dubbed one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. After hearing a lecture about Petra, “the Rose-Red City,” you will explore the city in small groups to see firsthand the topics of the lecture. The visit will conclude with a debriefing and conversation in Arabic.
DANA NATURE RESERVE: The dynamic topography of the Dana Nature Reserve extends from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. You will see its impressive mountains, the ancient ruins of Feinan, the cliffs of Wadi Dana, and Dana village. You’ll discuss and read about the reserve in Arabic.
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In the heart of the Middle East, Jordan exposes students to the frequent use of native Modern Standard Arabic, as well as Jordanian colloquial Arabic, and offers many avenues through which to learn the language and its dialects.
SIT places the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of all students. Through their 80-plus years of running international experiential education programs, they have developed sophisticated proactive and reactive risk management strategies. Their proactive risk management begins with in-country assessments of safety and continues through student orientation and emergency preparedness. Their reactive risk management strategies include 24/7 on-call availability, emergency/crisis response protocols, and comprehensive student insurance. Their structure also allows for rapid response and adjustment to changing situations.Jordan Travel Information
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Except while on excursion, you’ll live with a family in West Amman. This offers you an outstanding window into Jordanian urban culture. Most homestay families are middle class and enjoy high standards of living while maintaining the customs of a typical Arab home. You will partake in everyday activities such as sharing breakfast, participating in family outings, and shopping. In some cases, you will experience a Jordanian wedding or other traditional cultural activities.
You will experience a two- to four-day homestay in the Badia area, living with a nomadic or semi-nomadic Bedouin family. You’ll experience the daily life, culture, and traditions of a Bedouin community. You will travel on your own to visit a carefully selected family. The excursion takes place during the fourth week of the program.
You will travel on your own to visit a Bedouin family carefully selected for you. During this two-night minimum stay, you’ll experience the daily life, culture, and traditions of one of Jordan’s most distinct groups, the Bedu, or “desert dwellers,” who have learned to survive the unforgiving desert climate. It is difficult to know the exact size of the Bedouin community, but the majority of Jordan’s population is of Bedouin ancestry. Today, most of Jordan’s Bedouin population lives in the vast wasteland east of the Desert Highway. All over Jordan, Bedouin communities are marked by their use of the black goat-hair tent known as beit al-sha’ar, or “house of hair.”
On a five-day excursion to north and south Jordan, you’ll receive customized Arabic lessons focusing on the communities you visit and participate in highly interactive conversations about the places you see. You’ll practice Arabic during the entire trip, including during travel.
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students without a valid passport should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.
Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not US citizens should contact Ryan Ourada (email@example.com) for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
Students will work with their program provider to make travel arrangements to their program site. The cost of travel is not included in the course fee. UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from your program provider.
Within your host city and around the country, students will utilize public transportation such as buses and trains. Excursions and general travel require a lot of walking, so bring some comfortable shoes!
Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the end of the semester, too. If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester, your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.Note: This program is not available for the Summer 2021 session.
This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarship disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for SIT:
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
SIT automatically gives students from Big Ten institutions a $1,500 scholarship. There is no application necessary — the amount is automatically credited to your account. SIT offers additional awards that can be found on SIT's webpage.
Pell Grant Recipients will have their application fee waived by SIT, are eligible for additional SIT scholarships, and are competitive candidates for the Department of State's Gilman Scholarship. Please talk to your Study Abroad Advisor for more details.
SIT's withdrawal policy can be found here: Withdrawal and Cancellation. After applying and being accepted students will then be asked to confirm their participation in the program. After confirmation, students are responsible for the following:
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|After submitting the Confirmation of Participation||Study Abroad Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with SIT
|Less than 30 days before the program start date||Study Abroad Administrative fee: $400 or 50%, whichever is greater
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with SIT
|On or after the program start date||Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with SIT
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
The application for this program is due on March 4.
You can find the application for this program on our website here: UI Study Abroad Application. Applicants must meet with a Study Abroad advisor before their application will be processed. You can schedule a meeting by calling 319.335.0353.
Participants must also complete the SIT application and complete all the application components by SIT's deadline. The SIT application can be found here: SIT Application.
In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:Study Abroad Resources Health Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:UI Financial Aid Information
You can find more information about options for funding your study abroad experience including scholarships on Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad.
In addition, take a look at SIT Scholarship website for information about scholarships offered directly through your program provider.
U.S. passport holders should follow the Visa batch process instructions provided by SIT. Make sure to submit all required documents by the submission deadline. Otherwise you will have to apply for your student visa independently.
U.S. Citizens will need a student visa if they are going abroad for a semester, or academic year. Typically, they will not need a visa for the summer sessions.
UI Study Abroad will hold advising appointments and/or information sessions to provide details on the visa application process. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance on the Italian visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.
Prior to starting the visa application process check in with SIT for more information; they have a preferred timeline that students need to follow.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
SIT will provide you with a variety of pre-departure resources to prepare you for your study abroad experience. These will include a packing list, cultural information, housing instructions, etc. Ensure that you thoroughly review any information provided to you by SIT and refer back to it if you have any questions.
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure. Be sure to check your SIT Account often.