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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan; Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Arabic, English Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Anthropology, Arabic, Economics, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Internships, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


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

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.

Study the complex history and politics of the Middle East and learn about efforts to promote peace and global security in Jordan’s capital, Amman.


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long played a pivotal role in the geopolitics and international relations of the Middle East. Today, it is a moderate Arab state confronting modernization and the effects of regional conflicts, such as the latest refugee crisis. From the modern capital, Amman, become acquainted with the traditional values of a country with history dating back to ancient times while delving into regional politics and social change. In addition to Petra, Wadi Rum, and Mount Nebo, you’ll visit Istanbul, Turkey, and learn the extent to which Turkey is influencing the future political arena of the Middle East. Throughout the semester, you’ll improve your Arabic language skills through customized lessons in a field-based setting and participation in highly interactive conversations about the sites and communities you visit.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


  • Study the lasting effects of the Arab Spring on politics and society in the region.
  • Explore the effects of diplomacy and international relations in conflict resolution.
  • Discuss regional politics with political scientists, diplomats, and policymakers.
  • Visit Istanbul and different historical, educational, social and political sites on excursions in Turkey.
  • Customize your experience by focusing on either Arabic language or peacebuilding


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  



Academic Program
The program begins with a one-week orientation in Amman.  After orientation, the following academic components of the program begin: 

All students enroll in the following courses for a total of 16 U.S. semester credits (4 Pomona credits):
  • Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East Seminar (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credits)
  • Independent Study Project (ISP; 1.0 Pomona credit) or Internship and Seminar (1.0 Pomona credit)
  • Students elect to take either a 6-credit Modern Standard Arabic language course (1.5 Pomona credits) or s 3-credit Modern Standard Arabic language course (0.75 Pomona credit) and a 3-credit elective course, The Psychology of Peace (0.75 Pomona credit)

There is no CR/NC option on this program.

The program also includes educational excursions to the United Arab Emirates and Central and Southern Jordan.

Living Arrangements
Students live in homestays for nine weeks in Amman. Other accommodations during the program include hostels and small hotels.

Number of Students
SIT enrolls 25 students, selected from a national pool. 

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

Faculty Liaison


A college-level course with Middle Eastern content is highly recommended. 

Travel Advisories


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 02/11/2024 03/08/2024 TBA TBA