Housing and Meals

Jordan Semester Programs

Host families or AMIDEAST student apartments are available to semester students in Jordan.

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman, Jordan have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans:

OPTION 1: Living with a Jordanian Family – students who select this option will live with a Jordanian family that has been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a group of qualified applicants. Families generally host two AMIDEAST students at a time. All host families are Arabic-speaking; English, however, is spoken in many of the homes.

AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. If an issue arises, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement.  Students living with host families will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.

OPTION 2: Living in a shared apartment with other students from the program.  The apartments are vetted by AMIDEAST for their safety and are selected based on their comfort and their convenient access to program facilities and public transportation. Students purchase or prepare meals on their own.
 

Jordan Summer Programs

All AMIDEAST Education Abroad students live with a Jordanian Family during summer programs. Jordanian families have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. All host families are Arabic-speaking; English, however, is spoken in many of the homes.

While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement.

Morocco Semester and Summer Programs

All AMIDEAST Education Abroad students live with Moroccan families. Moroccan families have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Morocco from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak French; a small number of family members also speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students living with host families will be given a stipend for lunch, as often class schedules prohibit students from return to their host families for lunch.

Students with special circumstances who may have concerns about living with a host family should contact AMIDEAST at DocsEdAbroad@amideast.org. AMIDEAST may be able to explore alternate housing options on a case-by-case basis.