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Faculty Led Program in Amman, Jordan

Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to announce a new UH faculty-led learning abroad program in Amman, Jordan this summer, 2018. The UH in Jordan program is a three credit hour, two week long summer learning abroad course, offered through Modern and Classical Languages and also cross-listed in the department of History. Entitled “Contemporary Jordan: History, Promise, and Challenges”, this course is designed to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction to the Middle East region. Participating students will earn 3 credits for either ARAB 3397 or HIST 4393. The course will be housed in and taught at the state of the art Sijal Institute, a UH partner institution in Amman, Jordan. Coursework and field trips will explore the rich history of Jordan and examine how this has shaped the issues fundamental to understanding the contemporary Arabic speaking world, its culture, language, politics and the complex relationship with the West. Students will also gain a basic proficiency in routine spoken Arabic through daily introductory classes. No prior knowledge of the Arabic language is required. Educational excursions in Jordan will include Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and many more. Please find the full information below:

For more information please contact the trip leaders, professors Michael Fares ( and Dina Alsowayel (

Information Sessions:

Interested students are also welcome and encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions fall 2018 with the trip leaders to learn more:

Tuesday, September 11th, 12 - 1. Location: AH 2
Wednesday, September 19th, 1 - 2. Location: AH 624
Thursday, October 11th, 3:30 - 4:30. Location: AH 624

Scholarship information:

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the Learning Abroad International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS), available at the following url: