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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan; Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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: English Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Cognitive Science, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, Human Rights, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics, Pre-Health, Public Health, Social Policy, Sociology 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: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action

Witness the massive humanitarian response to the regional refugee crisis, with a focus on refugee health. Understand the impact of refugees in Europe during an excursion to Turkey.

Get a firsthand look at humanitarian emergency action in Jordan and Turkey, two countries critical to the response to the current refugee crisis. This is a unique opportunity to view the policies and priorities of UN agencies, international relief organizations, and Jordan’s government. In Amman, you’ll learn about the political and cultural factors behind the influx of refugees to Jordan, which continues to receive waves of refugees displaced by regional conflicts. You will also travel to Istanbul to learn from experts at health and humanitarian agencies.

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


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academic 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.



SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.



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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):
  • Refugees and Displaced Populations in the Context of Jordan (0.75 Pomona credits)
  • 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, Refugee Health and Humanitarian Action (0.75 Pomona credit)
There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Excursions help you learn about, analyze, and assess the humanitarian response to Syrian refugees and the socioeconomic impact of refugees on host communities and to hone your research skills. Excursions outside Jordan’s capital illustrate the sharp contrasts between urban and rural lifestyles. Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary. 

Living Arrangements
Except while on excursion, you’ll live with a family in Amman. The homestay provides an outstanding window into Jordanian urban life and culture. Most homestay families are middle class and maintain the customs of a typical Arab home.

Number of Students
SIT enrolls 10 - 35 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. 

Student Experiences
Read about Ethen Lund's (PO'19) experiences in Amman.

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