CHS Explores Tourism and Mediterranean Culture in Jordan
This program will provide students with a culturally rich experience by traveling to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This program will enable students to learn about the cultural, political, social and economic diversity of this country and the broader Middle East region and experience the history, customs and hospitality of the Jordanian people. The format employed in this study abroad program is unique in that students are provided both a traditional classroom-like experience at Jordan Applied University College of Hospitality and Tourism Education (JAU), along with personal exposure to the Jordanian and Middle Eastern cultures. This first-hand experience will facilitate understanding of the global marketplace in which participating students will function.
With excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders, additional volunteer options (including helping others with their English language skills, and conversation partnering arrangements with local fellow Jordanian students), the participant in the study abroad program in Jordan will demonstrate the ability to appreciate and interact constructively with people from drastically different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and the subsequent recognition of one’s self and cultural context in relation to others.
The participant will be able to describe the basic structures of the society of a host country (government, history, economy and commerce, health care, education, social services, religion, etc.). Academically, through an array of relevant academic courses and activities planned by JAU for this program, the participants in this program will be able to place the discipline in its international context. As the instruction will be done by host country faculty members, participants will make a serious effort to adapt to local pedagogues and an academic setting significantly different from their own and successfully complete relevant course work.
Read about James Kennedy's experience: Studying Abroad in Jordan
The course will be advertised and eligible students will be invited to apply for a limited number of places. Students will be selected based upon their academic record (minimum GPA of 2.25 at the time of applying), student classification (must be Junior, Senior, or graduate student), and ability to meet all objectives, activities and assessment related tasks (students will be advised of all pre-departure deadlines upon registration of interest). The participant must be able to walk for about 2-3 miles a day, over cobbled stone, boardwalks, mulched paths.
- 1 February 2019: Program application and scholarship application due
- 1 March 2019: First payment due
- 15 April 2019: Final payment due
- 1 July 2019: Depart for Amman, Jordan
- 21 July 2019: Participants depart Amman, Jordan for the United States
Participants in this program will enroll in 6 credit hours of HUSC 5940/6940 Study and Travel in Human Sciences. One credit hour will be allocated to all pre-departure meetings during the spring semester 2019. Ammon Applied University College of Hospitality and Tourism Education (AAUC), will be offering a culture-related course to the participants in this program in Jordan, taught in English by a AAUC faculty. Total proposed course contact hours for this program are 90 hours, covering the pre-departure meetings; AAUC culture-related class, and educational visits and excursions.
The program fee $3,000 includes United Healthcare Global insurance, AU trip cancellation insurance, entry visa fees, transportation within Jordan, lodging, excursions and cultural visits. Additionally, students book their own flights (estimated to be approximately $1,350), pay for meals (estimated to be approximately $450) and Auburn Study Abroad fee of $677.
Students will stay in the 4-star teaching hotel Century Park Hotel on JAU campus. Students will stay in upscale hotels in cities visited overnights. Physically, participants must be able to walk for about 2-3 miles a day, over cobbled stone, boardwalks, mulched paths.
The country of Jordan is very special in many aspects. Because Jordan is generally considered one of the greatest hosts of many world’s civilizations, and a strategic nexus tying between East and West, and North and South, participants in this program will not only gain a greater insight into the rich Arab culture, but also the ancient civilizations of Rome, Greek and Persia as well, providing for a truly unique international experience. Students will be struck by the contrast between profoundly ancient and progressively modern systems of culture and behavior. With its reputation for security and genuine hospitality, Jordan is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The country provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- A visa is required to enter Jordan
- Visas can be obtained at the airport of arrival in Amman
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page.