In the aftermath of the "Arab Spring" and its associated upheavals, one of the new and pressing challenges facing Jordan and neighboring countries is the mass exodus of Syrians from their homeland. This Dialogue focuses on the dynamics and politics of the post-Arab Spring region, with a particular focus on the civil war in Syria and Jordan’s struggles to host over 1.5 million Syrian refugees. Participants will take immersive Arabic language courses and engage in the local community through service projects with Syrian refugees via a UNHCR-managed refugee center. Guest lectures and field excursions will expose students to professionals, practitioners, and scholars working to find solutions to the ongoing refugee crisis. Additionally, we will hold regular "peer to peer" dialogues with local Jordanian students to learn from our political, social, & cultural similarities and differences. 

Participants will take daily Arabic classes (Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian dialect) at the Qasid Institute, Jordan’s premier Arabic language center.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

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Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Language: The Jordan Dialogue is open to all students, regardless of major. There are no prerequisites for this Dialogue, but preference is given to students with one or more semesters of Arabic as well as one or more semesters of related course work (Middle East Studies).

Courses

Choose one of the following:
  • ARAB 1301 - Elementary Arabic Immersion 1 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
  • ARAB 1302 - Elementary Arabic Immersion 2 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
  • ARAB 2301 - Intermediate Arabic Immersion 1 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
  • ARAB 2302 - Intermediate Arabic Immersion 2 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
  • ARAB 3301 - Advanced Arabic Immersion 1 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
  • ARAB 3302 - Advanced Arabic Immersion 2 : Designed for students who are in an Arabic-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Focuses on standard Arabic. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment.
You will be required to take:
  • INTL 4944 - Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement : The Jordan Dialogue provides students with a comprehensive overview of Middle Eastern politics, history, culture, and society, with a special focus on Jordan. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lectures by Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and others. The focus is on current events, culture, history, and bilateral (Jordan-US) relations. Topics include: Jordanian history and politics: the formation of the Nation State & National Identity construction; The influence of tribalism, Palestinian communities, Christianity and Islam on Jordanian society and culture; The “Arab Spring” and the Jordanian response; Jordan-Israel relations. Special focus: the Syrian crisis and impact 1 million Syrian refugees and migrants inside Jordan. This course counts as NU Core arts level 1.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,269
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,017 on meals and $252 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Amman is the capital of Jordan, a country of nearly 7 million.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is ruled by King Abdullah II. Jordan won its independence from the United Kingdom 70 years ago (1946); prior to being colonized by Great Britain, Jordan was part of the Ottoman Empire and was then considered part of Palestine and “greater Syria.” Jordan has a population of around 6.5 million “Jordanians” (Bedouin Jordanians, Jordanians who originated from Palestine before 1967 and also before 1948) but the number of people living in Jordan today is close to 9.5 million people: 6.5 million Jordanians plus 1.5 million Syrians – mostly Syrian refugees, 500,000 Iraqis (refugees and others), and others. Jordan is the 3rd most water-scarce country in the world.

Accommodations

  • Apartments: Students live in apartments in Amman; on weekend tours of Jordan (outside of Amman) students will be camping in the desert or stay in hotels. Student apartments are fully furnished (including sheets & towels), with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and full kitchens.

Host University or Organization

Qasid is Jordan’s premiere language school. Their apartments (where students will live) are within a 10-minute walk from the language school itself.

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