Hosted by: SIT Jordan
Global Health, Middle Eastern Studies, and Development Studies, Human Health
This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.
Fall: early September to mid December
Spring: late February Mid May
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
It is recommended that students take two semesters of Arabic prior to departure to ensure the HAL requirement has been met and in preparation for study in an Arabic speaking country.
Based in Amman, this program will explore healthcare policy, public health realities, and healthcare infrastructure in urban and rural areas of Jordan and among specific population groups. Topics of study will include:
- Key health status indices in Jordan and the rise in non-communicable, chronic diseases
- Links between poverty, health risks, and social development
- Public health education
- Alternative medical treatment
- Food and nutrition
- Reproductive and child health
Students will explore the role played by civil society associations to facilitate access to disenfranchised segments of the population and the emergence of Jordan as a major center for alternative treatment in the region. Lectures will be delivered by academics and health professionals from Jordan University’s medical and nursing schools and Jordan University Hospital; from NGO activists; and SIT faculty. Public health professionals will share with students their specific experiences and challenges working in the field.
Field visits within Amman and to other parts of Jordan, as well as to Switzerland, will provide students with an opportunity to examine humanitarian response and learn from experts at health and humanitarian agencies such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Health Organization, and International Red Cross. The program will also visit natural sites known for their medical and therapeutic treatment, such as the Dead Sea and the hot springs and mineral hot water in Jordan valley.
The courses include:
- Refugees and Displaced Populations in the Context of Jordan
- Refugee Health and Humanitarian Action
- Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Modern Standard Arabic**
- Research Methods and Ethics (GHCS 390) *
- Independent Study Project (GHCS 390) *
* If students wish to receive credit from another academic department at Emory, they must fill out this form
and include the Faculty Representative
at the bottom of the form.
** PLEASE NOTE: MESAS has agreed to give credit for these courses as MESAS 270 or MESAS 390. Students will not receive language credit in MESAS or the college for these courses and will not be guaranteed placement in the subsequent course upon return. If planning to take a language course on this program, please see MESAS for pre-departure advisement.
Detailed course information and syllabi are available here
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Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Jordan
Students experience a homestay with carefully selected families in Amman as well as a shorter rural stay with a Bedouin family. Host families warmly welcome students into their homes and help them become further immersed in Jordanian culture and society. The home stay provides students with an excellent opportunity to improve their Arabic language skills by sharing daily conversions and activities with host family members.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets.(Fall
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.
SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here.
SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
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