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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Arabic Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Arabic, History, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 3.0 Program type: Stand alone
Language level: Arabic 44 or the equivalent GPA: 2.7
GPA in major: 3.0
Program Description:
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Amman, founded in 7000 B.C., the capital and largest city in Jordan, is situated in a rolling area of northwest Jordan, just twenty-five miles from the Dead Sea.

Seven surrounding hills help shape the city.  Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world having been home to a multitude of civilizations over the years - the Ammonites, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Nabateans and Romans, Byzantines and Umayyad Arabs.

Today Amman is a prospering modern metropolis filled with ancient ruins, art galleries, and museums.  It serves as a hub within the Middle East for commerce and trade.  With a tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants from nearby countries, Amman is a multi-cultural and multi denominational city and one of the most liberal and westernized cities in the region.  

The School in the Middle East-Jordan is based at the University of Jordan, Jordan’s oldest public 4-year institution of higher education, established in 1962. With a strong emphasis on research, and a rich background in liberal arts, the University of Jordan is an excellent host for students of all academic backgrounds.

Academic Program
All coursework is conducted in Arabic and is designed for high intermediate and advanced Arabic language students. Students take a combination of language and content courses: Modern Standard Arabic, Jordanian Colloquial Arabic, and two elective courses offered by Middlebury Schools Abroad on topics specific to Jordan and the Middle East. 
One of the highlights of the semester is "project week". This week offers students opportunities to acquaint themselves with interesting topics related to hot political issues in Jordan and the Middle East. Project Week includes visits, group activities, readings, student presentations, and discussions. At the end of the week, each student develops a research paper on a topic related to their group’s theme. 
Internships are available to full year students in their second semester. Internship possibilities span a wide range, and vary from site to site, but generally include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts.
There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Homestays. Students may reside throughout the city, usually within 30 minutes of campus.  

Number of Students
Middlebury enrolls approximately 15-30 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institutions
Middlebury Schools Abroad
University of Jordan

Faculty Liaison
Zayn Kassam

  • Completion of Arabic 44, or the equivalent. For the spring semester, a fifth semester is strongly preferred.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA