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This Study Abroad Program in Jordan is offered through the International Education Program at Mesa Community College in MesaArizona.

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This program offers participants a unique opportunity to experience the rich and diverse culture and history of Jordan. Participants can learn the Arabic language as they practice it in real life situations; explore archaeology as they visit several ancient sites; and develop their critical writing skills in English as they reflect on their life experiences abroad.

Included in the program are educational field trips to historical sites such as Petra; the Citadel Hill (Rabbath Ammon); Mount NeboMadaba Mosaic Map; the Dead Sea; the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; Greco-Roman cities, Jerash (Gerasa) and Um Qays (Gadara); Medieval Islamic and Crusader castles, Ajloun and Kerak; and to modern parts of Amman, including Downtown, Abdoun, and King Abdullah I Mosque.

For a map of Jordan, click here.



Based in Amman, the capital city, this program provides firsthand experience of the dynamic social and cultural changes in a very vital part of the Middle East. Sharing borders with Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is a regional hub for education, technology, communication, tourism, and investment. Jordan is recognized for its political stability and economic growth.


Course Enrollment

Students must register in two (2) of these three (3) courses:

Prerequisites: NONE

Benefits to Participants

This program will offer MCC students and faculty the opportunity to experience life in another cultural, political, environmental, and linguistic setting. Such an experience is invaluable for those learning to become active citizens in a global society. Each of the three courses proposed offers educational opportunities that are not obtainable on campus in Arizona (or elsewhere in the USA):

  • ARB 115 will introduce students to Arabic grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary in an Arabic-speaking environment. Students will have ample opportunity to practice Arabic in real-life settings.
  • ASB 222 will introduce students to archaeology through the study of ancient sites, emphasizing methods of archaeological fieldwork and what these discoveries reveal about humanity. Students’ learning will be enhanced by visiting sites from a variety of archaeological and historical periods in Jordan.
  • ENG 217 will introduce students to strategies of composing creative nonfiction prose. Students will read, study, and practice travel writing through the study of memoir, the personal essay, and the use of visual rhetoric (e.g., photos, post cards), as they reflect on their personal experiences in a country other than their own.

Approximate Cost

$2,505 plus airfare (estimated at $1,800) and tuition (6 credits)/ registration fees

Gift certificates can be purchased to pay for program fees and/ or tuition. For more information, click here.

There are three (3) different scholarships available for study abroad programs: Merit-Based Scholarship, Need-Based Scholarship, Maricopa Scholarship Grant.

For financial aid inquiries, click here.


Transport, Accommodation, & Meals

The Approximate Cost above includes transportation from Queen Alia International Airport to Arena Hotel on June 2, 2011*, and transportation from Arena Hotel to Queen Alia International Airport on June 30, 2011*; and it includes transportation for all the scheduled field trips.

Every two students will be sharing one room. Students will be staying in Amman at Arena Hotel (for 27 nights), where instruction will also take place. (They will spend one night at Edom Hotel in Petra). Rooms are equipped with individually controlled air and heating units, private bathrooms and showers, color satellite TV, and direct dial telephones (for a fee). Arena Hotel offers a gym with modern exercise equipment and an indoor swimming pool.

Students will be served buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the two hotels and all the sites on the field trips -- all meals included.

(*Dates are subject to change.)


Travel Schedule

Four-week Summer Session 2011*:

  • Wednesday, June 01: Depart Phoenix
  • Thursday, June 02: Arrive in Amman
  • Friday, June 03: Summer Session Begins: Orientation / Tour of Amman (ancient sites and modern suburbs)
  • Thursday, June 09: Visit to Madaba, and Kerak Crusader Castle; and drive to Petra along Kings’ Highway (overnight in Petra)
  • Friday, June 10: Tour of Petra; and drive back to Amman along Desert Highway
  • Thursday, June 16: Visit to Jerash, Um Qays, and Pella (Greco-Roman sites); and Ajloun Medieval Islamic Castle
  • Thursday, June 23: Visit to the Dead Sea and the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ (Bethany beyond the Jordan)
  • Thursday, June 30: Summer Session Ends: Depart Amman / Arrive in Phoenix
(*Dates are subject to change.)

Application Forms & Deadlines


Information Sessions

To attend one of the information sessions, organized by the International Education Office, check out the 2011 schedule (below). All sessions will be held in the Yaqui Room in the Kirk Student Center at the Southern & Dobson campus. For a campus map, click here.

[All sessions have been completed for this year.]


Orientation Sessions

Once accepted in the program, all participants must attend both of the following sessions:
  • a general orientation for all MCC study abroad programs (Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 9 am - 1 pm, Elsner Library Room 14) &
  • an orientation for the Jordan Study Abroad program (time & place TBA)

For More Information

Dr. Lutfi Hussein

Director, Jordan Study Abroad Program

  • Email: LHussein @ mesacc . edu (without the spaces)
  • Phone: (480) 461-7367
  • Office: LA 13 (Liberal Arts Building)