Despite its small size, Jordan offers a large amount of interesting and unique things to do and see as a study abroad destination. Located at the center of Egypt and Mesopotamia, this country served as a crossroads, and has maintained cultural influences from both great civilizations.

Students who study abroad in Jordan will have the opportunity to see religion and modernity collide: ride a camel, float in the Dead Sea, visit ancient ruins in the city of Petra. Despite the number of historical and Biblical sights, students who thrive on energy won’t be bored - Jordan is home to a few modern cities, chock full of fun by day or night. Nestled between Israel, the Dead Sea, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, students in Jordan should take advantage of traveling around the region on their free weekends.

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Amman: Amman is a great destination for students who wish to study abroad in Jordan because it is a modern city surrounded by history. One can observe ancient Roman ruins by day, and take a stroll down rainbow road, a street full of movie theaters, restaurants and shops, by night. Amman is bustling and crowded with over one and a half million people living in it, so students who study abroad here will never find themselves running out of things to do and see.

Irbid: There are many schools and universities in Irbid, so students who study abroad here will find themselves surrounded by other scholars. Irbid is a great place to get to know the culture of Jordan and is home to the Museum of Jordanian Heritage as well as the Irbid Archaeological Museum and the Natural History Museum. Irbid is located a short drive from other smaller cities like Ajlun and Pella which are home to many fascinating historical sights.

Going abroad is a huge and exciting life change so you will definitely want to pick the program that best suits you! Make sure to pay attention to the programs language requirements and housing options, as well as the universities that the programs are connected with.

Language: Students who study abroad in Jordan do not need to worry about a language barrier because English is spoken by almost everyone. Although Arabic is the native language of Jordan, many universities will teach classes in English for international students. Despite the fact that speaking a language barrier may not be a strong issue, students who travel to Jordan should still consider studying Arabic. Speaking the native language will help students become more easily assimilated into the Jordanian culture. Programs such as SIT’s Modernization and Social Change gives students the opportunity to reflect on Jordan’s current social issues while also studying Arabic.

Housing: Students who study abroad in Jordan do not need to worry about a language barrier because English is spoken by almost everyone. Although Arabic is the native language of Jordan, many universities will teach classes in English for international students. Despite the fact that speaking a language barrier may not be a strong issue, students who travel to Jordan should still consider studying Arabic.

Speaking the native language will help students become more easily assimilated into the Jordanian culture. Programs such as SIT’s Modernization and Social Change gives students the opportunity to reflect on Jordan’s current social issues while also studying Arabic.

Student Visas for Jordan

Students must apply for a student visa through the Jordanian government once they have arrived in the country. Jordan does not allow people who have HIV/AIDS into the country, so students must submit a blood test before entering the country. Finally, students need to have with them a passport that does not expire until over six months post-departure from Jordan. Be sure to check out all of the details and requirements here.

Many people cannot afford to go abroad without scholarships, so it’s definitely a good idea to apply! Many abroad programs themselves offer scholarships to students traveling abroad.

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Study Abroad Programs in Jordan

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CIEE
CIEE Summer Middle East Studies in Amman, Jordan
Jordan
10 •2 reviews

Come discover a rich and diverse culture in the cosmopolitan Middle...

CIEE
CIEE Middle East Studies in Amman, Jordan
Jordan
8.5 •2 reviews

Come to Amman and immerse yourself in Middle Eastern history, culture...

CIEE
CIEE Summer Arabic Language in Amman, Jordan
Jordan
9 •1 review

If you’re interested in beginning your study of Arabic, or taking your...

CIEE
CIEE Advanced Arabic Language in Amman, Jordan
Jordan
9 •1 review

Take your Arabic skills to the next level in Amman, the most populous...

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East
Jordan
10 •5 reviews

Learn about the Middle East’s politics, shifting power configurations...

SIT Study Abroad
Jordan & Turkey: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action
Multiple Countries
10 •2 reviews

Examine firsthand the ongoing humanitarian relief response to the...

SIT Study Abroad
IHP: Human Rights: Movements, Power, and Resistance
Multiple Countries
9 •4 reviews

Investigate the historical and social contexts of human rights...

FIE: Foundation for International Education
Peace and Conflict Studies in Ireland and the Middle East
Multiple Countries
9.29 •7 reviews

Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Ireland and the Middle East...

Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
Middlebury School in Jordan
Jordan
9.75 •4 reviews

The Middlebury School in Jordan offers cultural and linguistic...

CET Academic Programs
CET Jordan: Intensive Language
Jordan
9.07 •29 reviews

Want to improve your Arabic fluency by leaps and bounds? CET Jordan...

SIT Study Abroad
Engineering & Design for Sustainable Environments in Jordan
Jordan

Learn about human-centered design and gain firsthand knowledge about...

SIT Study Abroad
Jordan: Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments
Jordan

This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad...

SIT Study Abroad
Jordan: Arabic Language (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)
Jordan

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with...

BestSemester
Middle East Studies Program
Jordan
10 •2 reviews

Located in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP)...

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs
Area and Arabic Language Studies in Amman, Jordan
Jordan
8.5 •2 reviews

Ahlan wa sahlan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! Strengthen your...

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