Earlham College Middle East Semester in Jordan
Undergraduate students of all academic backgrounds and majors in good academic and disciplinary standing
One semester of Arabic language
This innovative program introduces undergraduates to the diversity and complexities that shape the modern Middle East. Through a focus on civil society, politics, language and the environment, participants will encounter the complexities of this crucial region. Based in the vibrant city of Amman, this program allows students to explore the area through homestays, a range of courses, language study, educational and cultural excursions, individual research and interaction with University students. Specially-designed area studies courses are offered in archaeology, economics, history, international relations, communication, literature, politics and religion, in addition to Arabic. Earlham College and The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Language and Culture Program are partners in this educational experience.
Amman has a unique blend of historic and modern elements. Its history goes back at least 5000 years and ancient ruins can be seen in the center of the city, yet much of the city only dates back to the 1970's. It is a city of contrasts with traditional marketplaces and large, modern shopping malls. Amman became the capital of Jordan in 1921 and has since grown rapidly into a metropolis with over 2.5 million people. The city serves as the political, cultural and commercial center of Jordan and plays a significant role in the region. It is also the home of inhabitants from all over the Middle East.
Pre-Departure and Post-Return Courses
Students take two cross-cultural explorations courses, one prior to the trip to help prepare for the program and another after the trip to help process and analyze the experience.
On-Site Courses and Credits
Arabic Language (two courses)
Students will be placed into the appropriate level of Arabic, whether that is beginner or advanced levels. Participants are required to take two language courses: one Arabic modern standard course and one colloquial Jordanian Arabic course. Essential for functioning in everyday life, colloquial Jordanian Arabic is the language of spoken communication and is used in domestic, intimate, and informal settings in the home, the workplace, and among friends and acquaintances.
Area Studies courses (two courses)
The CIEE Study Center in Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially-designed area-studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. Participants will enroll in two area studies courses and will choose among a variety of topics.
Studying Jordan: Theory and Practice
This course is designed for Earlham students only if there are 6 students participating in a given semester. It will be taught by Dr. Elena Corbett and Ms. Zein Nsheiwat. This course is designed to use Amman in particular (and Jordan in general) as a lens for executing a sophisticated research project with advanced knowledge of the environment in which participants are studying. It is meant to engage both the theoretical and practical aspects of students' experiences in Amman - Arabic, area studies, day-to-day life - and to help students apply these experiences to a research topic of their choice.
Possible Credits: 18 credit hours
Students will have a homestay experience throughout the semester. Living in private homes gives participants the opportunity to practice Arabic and to learn about culture and life in Jordan.
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