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IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. SIT will provide you with visa information.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Offered through the School for International Training (SIT) the Modernization and Social Change program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, you will have the opportunity to study a Modernization and Social Change seminar, intensive Arabic language study (Modern Standard with a mix of Jordanian Colloquial Arabic), a field study seminar and an independent study project
You will be working closely with both IAP and SIT on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the SIT website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
As the capital, Amman is the largest city in Jordan with a population of approximately 3 million inhabitants and is the cultural and commercial center of the country. With a history that reaches back 5,000 years, Amman is renowned for its ancient ruins and traditional downtown souk (marketplace). Amman also has a modern side with American-style shopping malls, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas. This cosmopolitan city offers a safe, stable environment to study the Arabic language.
Getting to Your Program
Participants are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
A visa is required for U.S. citizens prior to departure. Participants must have a passport valid for six months after the end of the program.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
HousingIn Jordan, you will be staying in two homestays, one in Amman and one in the Badia area. Except for excursions and orientation, you will be in a homestay for the duration of your time in Amman. There is a short one-week rural homestay in the Badia area, where students will stay with Bedouin families either nomadic or semi-nomadic. Homestay accommodations in Amman vary among the families but many are middle to upper class with a high level of comfort while the rural homestay in the Badia would be considered a simpler standard of living. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels.
Excursions and Activities
Within Jordan short excursions highlight the country's natural history and resources and show the contrasts between urban and rural Jordan. Visit Petra, (a World Heritage Site), the desert of Wadi Rum and the port city of Aqaba. Contrast Jordanian policies and culture with its neighbor Egypt with a week-long excursion, conditions permitting.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance is included in the program fee.
SIT on-site staff (Faculty Director and other Student Services Staff)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
SIT Academic Reference Form 1
SIT Academic Reference Form 2
SIT Application Fee: $50
SIT Approval of Participation Form
SIT Independent Study Project Proposal
SIT Online Application
SIT Scholarship Application (optional)
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.