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SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Field Course on Refugees & Displaced Populations (January Term)
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology, International Studies
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
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SIT Study Abroad Jordan: Field Course on Refugees & Displaced Populations

Examine the principles of effective, inclusive, and resilience-enhancing humanitarian action through field-based learning in Jordan.

On this program, you will have the opportunity to analyze and appraise the refugee crisis in the context of Jordan. You will focus on the factors behind the influx of refugees to Jordan and impacts on the host country, including the strain on housing, water, education, municipal services, and health, as well as the rising tensions between refugees and host communities due to competition for overstretched resources. You will learn about refugee protection systems, social identity challenges of Syrian refugees, the impacts of displacement on women and girls, and the work of humanitarian assistance agencies in Jordan.

The program is designed to integrate theory and field-based learning into the study of refugee camps, refugees living in host communities, public institutions, NGOs, UN agencies, and international relief organizations. You will meet with humanitarian assistance and relief agency experts from UN agencies, local and international organizations, and research centers, such as the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD); Doctors without Borders (MSF); the Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Center; and the Women’s Center at Yarmouk University. You will spend New Year’s Eve in a desert camp in Wadi Rum, visit Petra and the Dead Sea, and gain a deeper understanding of the social fabric of Jordanian society through your experience living with a homestay family.

Program Highlights
  • Visit local NGOs across Jordan to observe health, education, and protection projects and initiatives
  • Participate in a reciprocity project with a local NGO and engage in a resilience building activity with a refugee population.
  • Learn from international and local aid professionals and discuss the principles, standards, and challenges of delivering aid to vulnerable communities.
  • Camp in Wadi Rum, swim in the Dead Sea, and visit Petra, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World



Program Structure

This January-term program will run from December 28, 2020-January 15, 2021. Participants will earn three credits.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a safe haven in a region of conflict, which has delighted visitors for centuries with its World Heritage Sites, friendly towns, and inspiring desert landscapes. You will be based in Amman, the capital and Jordan’s chief commercial and financial center, a modern city with ancient roots, which creates a fascinating city of contrasts. The program center’s neighborhood is home to several governmental buildings, embassies, and cultural centers, and is within easy walking distance to restaurants and cafés.

While in Jordan you will take a city tour including downtown Amman, the Citadel, and the spectacular Roman ruins.

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