Throughout history, Jordan has served as a crossroads for trade, peoples, and cultures, connecting the East and the West. The capital city, Amman, is located in the north, thirty minutes from the Dead Sea and the Jordan River. Amman is historically significant for many of its early civilizations and the Biblical sites surrounding the city. Today, the city is the bustling capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with a population of over 2.5 million people. Jordan plays a significant diplomatic role in the wider Middle East region, and issues of regional peace and cooperation are at the forefront of this country's political agenda.
While living in the vibrant city of Amman, students are able to study at the first institute in the Arab world entirely dedicated to teaching and the preservation of traditional arts and architecture of Islam: The Institute of Traditional Islamic Arts in Amman. Through classroom and hands on learning, students focus on the production of a variety of traditional Middle Eastern art forms.
Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. It is one of only two Arab countries to have open borders with Israel, thus it remains a key player in Arab-Israeli affairs. Over the past several decades it has absorbed refugees from Palestine, Kuwaitis who left Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and most recently, Iraqi refugees. These new inhabitants have transformed Amman and brought new life to its local culture.
Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program study Arabic with some of the most respected language teachers in the region: those from the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. Intensive coursework, combined with daily interactions with host families, helps students at all levels and to increase their Arabic proficiency in a short period of time.