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Studying Abroad in Jordan

Friendly. Welcoming. Diverse. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan cannot be captured in a few adjectives — it must be experienced to be understood. From the bustling capital city of Amman to the quiet desert sandscapes of Wadi Rum at night, Jordan offers a wide variety of adventures to be had. Jordan is a country full of beautiful vistas, savory pitas, and addictive coffee. With its close proximity to other historical sites and popular tourist attractions (Petra, anyone?!), you’ll love life when you study abroad in Jordan.

Where to Study Abroad in Jordan

From the inevitable lows of the Dead Sea to dipping your toes in the Gulf of Aqaba, here are the best places to study abroad in Jordan. 

The capital and largest city, Amman, is the political, economic, and cultural hub of Jordan. From the Jordan Museum to the Roman ruins, you’ll get a good dose of history while you’re here. Having some prior Arabic language experience is helpful in Jordan, but Amman is a good city for acquiring such language skills.

Situated in the south between the continents of Asia and Africa, Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan. Tingle your tastebuds with Sayadiyah (rice, fish, and spices), visit the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as sea breezes kiss your face. The city shuts down between 2 and 6 p.m. for its siesta, so you can catch up on needed sleep from all of your exploring! Scuba divers will also love exploring its many coral communities.

Costs of Studying in Jordan

What are the costs of studying in Jordan? Recently, Jordan has experienced a boom in the costs, thanks to its many tourists and relative regional safety and security. However, your visit won’t break the bank, as living costs in Jordan are still low. The program fee and airfare will be your largest expenses for study abroad programs in Jordan. Program costs usually cover tuition, housing, and food. Budgeting your money, scoring scholarships, and fundraising can all help you keep your piggy bank happy. 

Student Housing in Jordan

What types of housing are available for students in Jordan? Most study abroad programs in Jordan will arrange your housing for you, which could range from apartments/flats, guest housing, or homestay arrangements. In most cases, you’ll be living with other international students, which is a great way to make new friends. With so many delicious pistachio-based sweets and local cuisines, how could you resist the opportunity to live with a host family and try homemade meals? Give yourself ample chance to practice Arabic and immerse yourself in the national culture, customs, and traditions.

Student Visas for Jordan

You’ll need to apply for a student visa once you’re in the country in order to study abroad in Jordan. The documents you’ll need include a negative HIV/AIDs test and a passport that is valid six months beyond the departure date. The requirements may be different for citizens of certain countries or change as well. Stay up to date with the study abroad Jordan coordinator and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Warmth. The Arab tradition of karam (hospitality) is prevalent in Jordan. Accepting at least one cup of tea or coffee is polite and appropriate, but remember that Jordanians will continue to fill the cup until the visitor refuses.

Culture. Jordan’s population is over 90 percent Muslim. As a result, the official Jordanian weekend is Friday and Saturday. Visitors should also be respectful of Jordanians’ norms for modesty. Tank tops and shorts should be avoided by both genders.

With a blend of cuisines and religions from its neighbors, you’ll experience a smorgasbord of culture and adventure while you study abroad in Jordan! 

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