Jordan (Fall Semester)

The fall ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan’s experience during the Arab Spring, and much more.  The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member.  All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required).  ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the visiting ACM faculty member. The program takes place in an environment which allows students to explore the vibrant Jordanian culture in a way that is not easily accessed by foreign visitors. All students live with local Jordanian host families, a vital window into the local culture and its people. They engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals, and frequenting local cafes with Jordanian friends. While students spend their semester living in Amman, they have opportunities to engage in service learning and cross-cultural learning and connect with local organizations in this expansive, lively capital city. In addition, organized excursions to locations such as Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea let students explore all that Jordan has to offer.