Jordan FAQ

 Table of Contents

Academics

Costs

Safety

Logistics

Travel

ACADEMICS:

What are the distinguishing features of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs?

AMIDEAST programs are designed to provide excellence in Arabic language study and area studies.  AMIDEAST programs provide Arabic language instruction in both Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic, program-related excursions, student centered academics, and other activities designed to develop students’ intercultural and global competence. AMIDEAST programs also include ample opportunities to interact with local students through facilitated dialogue discussions with students from local universities and language partners. In addition, each program is coordinated by a team of AMIDEAST Education Abroad staff familiar with the local environment to coordinate housing, orientation, excursions, issues discussions, and other program-related activities.

AMIDEAST is distinguished by its small program size and student centered nature. Students are given opportunities to get involved in aspects of Jordanian life that they might not know to look for otherwise. AMIDEAST is also known and respected for its work with Jordanians (teaching English, administering valuable tests, etc.), not only for bringing Americans to study in the region. Enrolling in an AMIDEAST program is also joining a widely recognized and locally valued organization.

 

What is the average size of a program?

AMIDEAST purposely keeps our student groups small in order to maximize the faculty/staff to student ratio. In small groups we find that students are able to get to know one another and the community in which they live. On average, our programs have 25-40 students, with a maximum enrollment of 45 students. This program size allows staff to work closely with each student throughout the term.  While most program participants are from the U.S., you may also have classmates from other countries (e.g., Australia, Italy, Japan, Latvia). Similar to the overall group, AMIDEAST class sizes are kept small to maximize student learning.

 

How can I make sure that I receive academic credit from my university?

Students are responsible for making sure their home institution is willing to grant credit for the program prior to enrolling. Each institution has a different transfer credit process and AMIDEAST staff will provide documentation and other information to help you complete the process at your institution. For more information regarding grade reports and transcripts, please visit this page.

 

What are the classes like?

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan (Semester/Academic Year)
Students enroll in four or five courses (14-17 credits) per semester and are taught by local professors and instructors at the AMIDEAST center. Area & Arabic Language Studies students enroll a Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and Colloquial Arabic (3 credits) course. In addition, students take two or three electives (depending on a student’s preference) which are offered from a variety of disciplines. All courses are taught exclusively for the AMIDEAST program at the AMIDEAST center, and students take classes only with other AMIDEAST program participants. Arabic classes are highly interactive, with the focus on improving your proficiency. This is a rigorous program and the volume of assignments will be comparable to upper division courses at a U.S. institution. Arabic language classes are taught by instructors from the prestigious Qasid Arabic Institute.

Intensive Arabic (Summer) in Amman, Jordan
The Summer Intensive Arabic program in Amman, Jordan offers Modern Standard Arabic programs in two 4-week sessions. The Intensive Arabic program is highly interactive, with five contact hours of Arabic language instruction each day, five days a week for a total of 100 hours of Arabic during each four-week session. Students receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic, covering the material usually taught in one semester on a U.S. campus and 20 hours in Colloqial Jordanian Arabic. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and colloquial Arabic (1 credit) for 6 total credits. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 3 additional hours per day on homework. Classes are held at the AMIDEAST center and are taught by instructors from the prestigious Qasid Arabic Institute. Students earn a total of 6 credits per session. We want to remind students that this program is VERY intensive in nature. Participants spend at least 8 hours per day on Arabic – 5 hours in class and 3 hours on homework. We suggest all participants plan ahead to adequately budget time.
 

Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East (Summer)

Spend the summer in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Jordan exploring the process of peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. This program begins in Dublin where students study peace and conflict theory using Northern Ireland as a case study. The classroom experience is followed by a study tour to Northern Ireland to contextualize the course work.  Once in Amman, students will use new understandings of peace and conflict to examine how the Arab/Israeli conflict; regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq; and tribal conflicts are being addressed. Courses will take students beyond the walls of the classroom to explore and experience three countries through the lenses of conflict, peace, and culture. In addition to the Peace & Conflict program, students can choose to extend their experience in Jordan by participating in a 4-week Intensive Arabic Summer Session.

Where do classes take place?

All classes are held in the AMIDEAST center in Amman. The center is located in the Abdoun Circle area of Amman and is located ½ kilometer walk from the circle where there are many cafes and restaurants. It is also located approximately ten minutes by taxi from other popular parts of Abdoun, Sweifieh, Shmeishani, and the 3rd Circle. 

While the AMIDEAST center in Amman is not located on a university campus, there are many Jordanians who use this center for educational activities. The AMIDEAST/Jordan center offers a number of different services to individuals and local organizations such as English language courses, professional training, entrepreneurship workshops and mentoring, scholarship opportunities in the U.S. and elsewhere, management consulting and coaching, internationally recognized test administration, and educational advising and placement services. In other words, the AMIDEAST center is a hub for many different education and training activities, not only education abroad programs.

The AMIDEAST center is a large facility in a stand-alone building with a number of large and small modern classrooms, wifi access, two small lounge spaces dedicated specifically to education abroad students, staff offices, and a small, but growing, library of books specifically purchased for education abroad student use. The AMIDEAST center in Amman also has computers reserved for student use. Although computers are available, AMIDEAST recommends that students bring a laptop if possible in order to complete Arabic listening activities (using DVDs) and to be able to complete homework outside of the AMIDEAST center.  From time-to-time, some courses are offered off-site. For example, students who enroll in the Traditional Islamic Art course attend class at the Institute of Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture’s facility Amman.

Who are the faculty and staff?

AMIDEAST’s full-time program staff has extensive knowledge of the countries in which they work and provide unparalleled academic and cultural support to students during their time abroad.

AMIDEAST Education Abroad courses in Amman are taught by a select group of Jordanian professors from a variety of institutions in and around Amman. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments.  All faculty members have either earned post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers.

Arabic classes are taught by instructors from the prestigious Qasid Arabic Institute.

The AMIDEAST staff in Washington D.C. works collaboratively with Areas Studies faculty and the Arabic teachers of the Qasid Arabic Institute to oversee the academic curriculum and implementation of the program.

When will I select my classes?

Only semester students actively select their courses. During each semester with AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World you will be taking a total of 14-17 credits. In addition to Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and Colloquial Arabic (3 credits), you will also take two to three Area Studies courses depending on your preference. Each Area Studies course is 3 credits. If you choose to take two Area Studies courses you will be enrolling in a total of 14 credits, whereas if you take three Area Studies courses you will be enrolling in a total of 17 credits.

Semester students will have the opportunity to select their Area Studies courses prior to the start of the program. Information regarding courses offered during your semester abroad will be available in your Student Portal account approximately 2 months prior to the start of your program. These offerings can be found in the post-acceptance “Academic Planning” Questionnaire, and you will then indicate your top five course preferences. Based on your responses AMIDEAST staff will assign you to two or three courses, as appropriate. It will be possible for you to change courses once you arrive in your host country. We would like you to keep in mind that if fewer than 4 students show interest in any particular course, we will likely not offer the course. Course assignments will occur on a first-come first-serve basis so we encourage you to complete your Academic Planning Questionnaire as soon as possible.

All students with previous Arabic experience are required to complete a placement test (found on the Student Portal) prior to arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency.

Will I need to bring textbooks with me?

Yes. All students participating in an Area & Arabic Language Studies Program or the Intensive Arabic programs must bring Arabic Language textbooks. Students should visit the website to estimate Modern Standard Arabic level placements and to know which version of Al-Kitaab fi Ta’allum Al Arabiya to bring on program. Once accepted to the program, students can also read more about the Arabic program by clicking on the "Arabic With AMIDEAST" learning content on the Student Portal.

Books are notably more expensive in your host country and they are often unavailable, so Arabic language textbooks must be brought to Jordan. From time to time, Area Studies courses also will require you to purchase books in your home country and bring them with to your host country. AMIDEAST staff will notify you of any textbooks that you need to purchase in advance of your program.

What is the grading scale?

Courses are graded on a 4.0 scale using the U.S. letter grade system.

 

How will I receive my course grades?

Please click HERE to learn more about how you will receive grades for your time on an AMIDEAST program.

I have not studied Arabic, but would like to participate in the program. Will I encounter any difficulties communicating?

Yes, but not insurmountable difficulties. On many of our programs you will study colloquial Arabic as a required course and will quickly learn enough to ask and understand the basic questions and responses to routine conversation. As the program progresses, your proficiency will increase and your difficulties will lessen. You will also find that a significant number of Jordanians speak enough English to help you if you cannot make yourself understood in Arabic. While in Jordan you will have ample opportunity to learn and practice Arabic with your host family and people you encounter.

Note: Arabic 101 is only offered in summer sessions if there are a sufficient number of applicants who do not have any background in the Arabic language. We do not guarantee that this course will be available during summer intensive Arabic sessions. Please indicate on your application if you are hoping to enroll in 101 and AMIDEAST staff will contact you to confirm if this course will be available.
 

COSTS:

What does the program fee include?

The program fee covers pre-departure preparation, in-country orientation, tuition, housing, program-organized excursions,  special events, and medical insurance (including medical and security evacuation coverage). Semester students who choose to stay in shared apartments also pay a $300 housing deposit that is fully refundable at the conclusion of the semester if the apartment is clean and there has been no damage other than normal wear and tear.

What costs are not covered?

Students are responsible for international airfare, local transportation costs (aside from transportation to and from the airport), most meals (if living in an apartment), textbooks, travel insurance, optional excursions, communication and other personal expenses.

How much spending money will I need?

Although our programs operate in areas of the world where the cost-of-living is significantly less than in the U.S. or Europe, we do suggest that students appropriately budget for spending money during their time abroad. The amount of spending money a student will need depends on spending habits and travel plans. Students are also responsible for phone and internet costs, outside of the AMIDEAST facilities, incurred while on the program. It is considered very thoughtful to bring small gifts to give to friends you may meet during your time abroad. Please refer to the cost section of the program on the website for an overview of expected personal expenses. There will also be more detailed information provided in your Student Handbook (found on the Student Portal after acceptance) which will help you estimate the exact amount of spending money you should bring.

How can I access my money?

There are many international and national banks in Amman with ATM services; although not in smaller towns and villages. ATMs in Jordan are quite reliable, and the easiest and most convenient way to obtain cash.  However, you should ask your bank if they charge a fee for international ATM transactions; they may also have other recommendations for accessing your funds overseas. Traveler’s checks provide added security, but are not recommended as they are not widely accepted and the exchange rate is much worse.  Credit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at major hotels, and at some high-end restaurants, shops and grocery stores.  If you plan to use one of these cards (debit or credit) you should notify your card company that you will be in Jordan, as they often place security holds on accounts when foreign charges appear unexpectedly. Also, please make sure that you have a 4 digit pin, as some places can not accommodate longer pin numbers.

What if I decide to withdraw from the program?

From time to time, participants choose to withdraw from an AMIDEAST Education Abroad program after he or she confirms participation on the program. Once a participant confirms his or her participation, he or she is held responsible for the confirmation deposit and the other withdrawal penalties which are outlined in AMIDEAST’s Financial Policies.

Are scholarships available?

AMIDEAST offers scholarship opportunities to students participating in our Education Abroad programs.  For more information, including eligibility and application process for AMIDEAST Scholarships as well as links to external scholarship opportunities please visit the scholarships section of our website. The scholarship application deadline is usually the same as the program application deadline.

I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and an Arab country—does this make a difference in my financial aid chances?

Yes, if you happen to be a U.S. citizen, you will be eligible for a larger number of awards as well as U.S. federal financial aid, which can be used for study abroad programs. Sometimes aid is also reserved specifically for non-U.S. citizens. You need to make sure the university is clear about your citizenship in advance so that you receive the correct financial aid information and forms.
 

SAFETY:

How do you analyze the safety and security of the program countries?

Student safety is our number one priority. AMIDEAST has been working in the Middle East/North Africa for more than 60 years.  AMIDEAST maintains a close relationship with U.S. Embassies in the region and you will be advised to register with the embassy prior to departure. AMIDEAST staff members constantly monitor the political and security situation in host countries and in other surrounding countries in the region.

In order to further enhance our access to up-to-the-minute information in crisis situations, AMIDEAST contracts with a company called iJET: Intelligent Risk Systems. iJET’s mission is to protect international travelers through the use of technology and intelligence. In addition to providing AMIDEAST with risk assessment reports on a regular basis, iJET also gives us the ability to immediately communicate with students and staff in the event of an emergency situation.

All students on AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are able to access the iJET website for background information on their local community and other places they may be visiting. Detailed information about iJET and the services available will be communicated shortly before your departure for the program country.

What if there is an international security issue while I am on the program?

Should a situation develop that presents a specific security risk, appropriate action, within well-defined emergency response plans, will be taken in consultation with U.S. Embassy and Department of State officials, with whom AMIDEAST maintains a close relationship. On arrival in your host country all students are provided with a cell phone so that AMIDEAST staff can contact you (and you can contact them) at any time in case of an emergency.

In addition to medical insurance, AMIDEAST education abroad students are provided with security evacuation coverage.

What if I get sick?

As part of the program fee, AMIDEAST provides medical and accident insurance for all students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). In addition to medical insurance, AMIDEAST education abroad students are provided with medical and security evacuation coverage through CISI. You will be provided with additional information about your insurance coverage through the AMIDEAST Student Portal prior to departure.

What happens if the program is cancelled?

AMIDEAST reserves the right to cancel an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program prior to the program start date due to insufficient enrollment or other factors beyond its control. If a program is cancelled prior to the start of the program (for any reason, including, but not limited to, low enrollment or safety and security concerns) accepted participants are given the option to apply to another AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program which has available space, to defer to a later term, or to withdraw. If a participant chooses to defer or withdraw when a program has been cancelled, AMIDEAST will refund all payments received including the deposit but will have no further liability to the participants admitted to the program or to their home institutions. AMIDEAST will not compensate for any other costs incurred by the participant or the home institution, including but not limited to participant purchased flights to the host country.

 

LOGISTICS:

Do I need to bring my laptop?

The student lounge in AMIDEAST’s facilities has a number of computers reserved for student use. Amman also has a large number of internet cafes that charge around 1 JD ($1.50) an hour for use of their computers.

Although computers are available, AMIDEAST recommends that students bring a laptop if possible in order to complete Arabic listening activities (using DVDs) and to be able to complete homework outside of the AMIDEAST office.You may want to consider purchasing laptop insurance in case of damage or theft.  Please note that Mac support is limited in Jordan.

 

Will I have regular access to the internet?

The AMIDEAST Amman office, where classrooms and administrative offices are located, has wireless internet access for study abroad students. Students may either use the computers in the student lounge or bring their own laptops and use the network during working hours (Sunday – Thursday, 8.30 AM to 8.00 PM). Some host families may have internet access (though you should not count on this); however, families are not obligated to allow students to use their internet. Amman also has many relatively cheap Internet cafes.  Please keep in mind that internet will not be as strong or as consistent as you are used to in the U.S.

What are my housing options?

Students who study in Jordan for a semester or more may opt to live with a host family or in a shared apartment with other AMIDEAST students. Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to provide AMIDEAST with information about your hobbies and preferences which will help us pair you with a complementary roommate. Students should factor in additional expenses for food when planning to live in a shared apartment.

All summer program students are placed with host families. Quality host families provide students with a window into Jordanian culture; this unique experience will give you a view into the important role family plays in Jordanian society as well as how local community affects famaily life. Students are encouraged to practice speaking Arabic while participating in daily life as much as possible.  Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to provide AMIDEAST with information about your hobbies and preferences which will help us pair you with a complementary family and roommate (done through the Student Portal).

 

How are host families selected?

For years, AMIDEAST has provided host family placement and support for a variety of study abroad programs. Within AMIDEAST’s host family network, many families have hosted a series of students and are in tune with the program and student experience. Our experienced field staff carefully screens and selects host families from a cross section of society. Additionally, each host family participates in a host family orientation in order to better understand their roles and responsibilities for the program.

What is the host family experience like?

The host family experience is a memorable, rewarding, yet challenging program component. Living with a host family will require some adaptation on your part. For example, it is possible that you may share a room with a host family member of the same gender. Thus you may experience standards of privacy and personal independence that are different from what you have at home on your home campus. There will also be a variety of economic levels and religions found among host families. While living with a host family, you will be able to observe and experience many different aspects of daily life. Host families will likely treat you as part of the family and will include you in many of their daily activities such as cooking, eating, and family outings. It is up to you to determine how invested you would like to be in your host family’s activities; please keep in mind, though, that you are expected to approach these experiences with flexibility, an open mind and a positive attitude. You are also most likely to have another AMIDEAST Education Abroad student living with you and your host family.

What language will my host family speak?

In Middle East and North African countries, family members converse in colloquial Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is not used for everyday conversations but it is used in the press and in formal documents. Since most of AMIDEAST’s host families have previously welcomed foreign students into their homes, they are accustomed to effectively interacting with them. Some members of your host family may speak English, however they are instructed to speak to you in Arabic. If needed, remind them to speak to you in Arabic, as they will often switch to English out of politeness to make things easier for you. If you prefer to be with a family that does not speak English, please indicate that on your personal profile form and will try our best to fulfill that request.

What accommodations are available for religious beliefs, practices, and observance?

Please visit the General FAQ page to learn more about accommodations.

Will I be able to use Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in my daily life in Amman?

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is not used for daily life interactions in any Arab country; it is only used in formal settings such as interviews and speeches. You may use MSA when looking at electronic and print media, and books. While everyone will understand you when you speak MSA, they will likely respond to you in colloquial Arabic.

Will my host family be Muslim?

Jordan has a Muslim majority and a Christian minority. Host families are drawn from both communities. While it is not universally true, it is more common for Christian families to agree to have male students live with them.

What should I bring my host family?

Usually students bring items for their host family that represent their particular culture, region, or home institution. For example, past students have brought candies, nuts, and calendars specific to their city or state. They have also brought T-shirts, mugs or baseball caps with their university or college logos. Some families may have kids, so you could bring games or toys that are not age specific (a hacky sack, a card game, travel games, playing cards, American music/DVDs, etc.). It is also possible to bring something small and then purchase something in Jordan that you think they might like/need for the home. Your host family will also want to see photos of your family and of the places you live, so you could bring some with you. If you would like to give your family a parting gift, past students have collected photos that they took with their family during their stay and put these in photo albums or frames. Previous AMIDEAST students have suggested that students provide their family with a small parting gift which can be more meaningful than an arrival gift.

How should I plan to dress?

Although Amman is a cosmopolitan Middle Eastern city, Jordanian society remains fairly conservative, thus a certain degree of modesty is recommended. Summers are fairly hot while winters can be quite cold, with temperatures below freezing not uncommon in Jordan. Since the daily temperature during the fall and spring fluctuates, we recommend that you dress in layers. For women, we recommend basic, cotton apparel such as: three quarter length-sleeved shirts, long pants, skirts near the ankle, and jeans. Do not bring sleeveless shirts, tank tops or excessively tight clothing. Cotton shirts or sweaters and jeans or trousers are suitable for men. When visiting mosques or when traveling outside of the city, we recommend pants or long skirts. Please bring comfortable walking shoes as you will spend a lot time walking and exploring. Dressing respectfully demonstrates adaptability and will help minimize unwanted attention, especially for women. A packing list is located in the Student Handbook which can be found on the Student Portal after acceptance.

Will I be able to travel around the country during the program?

Students may travel independently during the program. Students must provide AMIDEAST staff with a Travel Information Form at least five days prior to their first day of travel outside of the country or 24 hours prior to travel outside the host city. Students may travel during the weekends or in between sessions. Although travel outside the country is permitted, students must notify AMIDEAST of travel and AMIDEAST may strongly discourage travel to particular areas of the region. Failure to follow the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Travel Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program.

 

Will I have a phone?

Upon arrival, all students are supplied with a mobile phone and a local number. These are pay-as-you-go phones, so when the initial allocation of minutes runs out you will have to buy a top-up card either from the mobile provider at a company store or from one of the many kiosks and small stores that sell them.  Most participants prefer to text each other and use Skype for international calls as calls can be relatively expensive to make on the pay-as-you-go phones. 

It is not recommended that you use your US cell phone while abroad, as international phone charges tend to be surprisingly expensive. That being said, if you have a smart phone, you can bring this along and turn off your data setting and simply use it to connect to the internet. Please only do so if you are not concerned about your phone being lost or stolen.

What pre-departure information will I receive?

Students receive communication from AMIDEAST Washington, D.C. staff regarding courses, housing, insurance, packing, flights, visas, and what to expect upon arrival through the Student Portal. AMIDEAST staff is available to answer program and country-specific questions and ensure students are prepared prior to departure for their host country. You should feel free to contact the Washington office with any questions you may have leading up to your program. For general questions you can email DocsEdabroad@amideast.org.

 

Will I have much contact with other American students during my stay?

There are approximately 25-40 students on every AMIDEAST program each semester, with a maximum enrollment of 45 students. You will interact with American students in your study space, classes, during excursions and activities. While most program participants are from the U.S., you may also have classmates from other countries (e.g., Australia, Italy, Japan, Latvia).

 

Will I have much interaction with local students through AMIDEAST?

Although AMIDEAST encourages and provides opportunities to interact with local university students (including arranging for language partners and cultural dialogue sessions on semester programs) you will be the one who truly develops these relationships. On semester programs AMIDEAST will assign a local language partner with whom you can meet to practice Arabic and how much you interact with this person is up to you and your partner. In addition, AMIDEAST will organize frequent cultural dialogue sessions throughout semester programs, giving you the opportunity to discuss pertinent issues of identity, religion, gender, etc. with local university students.

 

Will I have access to a library?

AMIDEAST maintains a small but growing library in the program center for AMIDEAST students.  The collection is focused on works to supplement assigned reading for the courses offered each semester.  Other library resources are available to students at the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) and other institutes in Amman. By using the wireless internet available at AMIDEAST, students also may access the electronic holdings of their home institutions’ libraries for research.

 

Will I be able to practice my religion freely?

There are churches of various denominations located throughout Amman, but few other institutions for other religions.
 

Will I be able to join a gym?

Yes. Although a gym is not included in the program fee, you can speak with AMIDEAST staff once you arrive in country in order to learn about nearby gyms and other options for remaining active during your time abroad.
 

Where can I connect with other potential and past AMIDEAST study abroad students?

In order to gain a better sense of our programs we encourage you to visit our Facebook page: Study Abroad in the Arab World and our blog; Mosaic

If you are interested in hearing first hand from students who have studied abroad with AMIDEAST previously, please email edabroad@amideast.org and we can put you in touch with some of those students.



 

TRAVEL:

What dates should I use to book my airline ticket?

You are required to arrive and depart your host country on specific dates so that AMIDEAST personnel can better serve all program participants. Students that arrive before their program begins are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and lodging until their AMIDEAST program begins.  The same applies for students staying past the end of the AMIDEAST program.

Arrival and departure dates can be found on the Academic Calendars of your program: Area and Arabic Studies (Semester/Academic Year) and Intensive Arabic (Summer). Because we have specific time frames for when you should arrive and depart from your host country, you should not buy tickets without first checking in with AMIDEAST staff in Washington D.C. You will receive more information about flights after acceptance.

 

How can I book my ticket?

We have specific time frames for when you should arrive and depart from your host country. You will receive more information about flights in pre-departure emails after acceptance. Please do not buy tickets without first checking in with AMIDEAST staff in Washington D.C.
 

AMIDEAST students in past terms have booked flights directly through airlines, through local travel agents, or through discount booking websites such as Expedia or Orbitz. Students are welcome to choose which booking option is best for them.

Once you have booked your flight, please make sure to forward the complete itinerary to DocsEdAbroad@amideast.org. Make sure to include departure and arrival cities, flight numbers, and departure and arrival times for all segments of your journey.

 

Will I need a visa to enter the country?

If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need to obtain a visa before departing the U.S., but you will need to purchase a visa as soon as you arrive in Amman. The current cost of the visa in Jordan is 40 JD, or approximately $56. AMIDEAST staff will help you to renew your visa if you are staying in-country longer than the typcial alloted visa period. You will need to present a U.S. passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. Further information about this process is included in the student handbook you will receive prior to your departure. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should contact the Jordanian embassy in your country of citizenship to inquire about visa requirements. AMIDEAST staff in Washington may be able to assist you if you encounter difficulties, but will need to know immediately if that is the case as sometimes it takes more than a month for an Jordanian visa to be issued from a consulate in the U.S.

How will I get from the airport to the program?

An AMIDEAST staff member will be at the airport holding an AMIDEAST sign to meet students arriving on the designated arrival day.  It is essential that you provide us with flight details so we know when you will arrive and on which airline. If you arrive before the designated arrival day, you are responsible for your own transportation and housing until the program begins. Pre-departure information sent in the time leading up to your departure will give you more information regarding required arrival times and dates.

Can my family visit me during the program?

AMIDEAST strongly discourages visits from family and friends during its programs and recommends that such visits be postponed until the end of the program. We have found that visits during our programs have the potential to have a negative impact on a student's experience. It is fairly common for friends and family to arrange visits once the program has finished. At the end of the program students have more time to spend with visitors and will be well accustomed to the country in which they are studying and able to serve as guides and cultural interpreters for their visiting family and friends.