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Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East


This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad. You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact SIT Disability Services at [email protected] for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.


During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for six to eight hours per day. You will have breaks between classes, including a one-hour lunch break. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, in-class assignments, written assignments/exams, oral presentations/exams, individual assignments, group assignments take-home quizzes/exams, and in-class quizzes/exams. Course readings and in-class materials are typically available in a digital format.

If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Program Center

The SIT program office is accessed by a short set of exterior stairs. Program classrooms are not located on upper levels. However, staff offices are located on the upper levels, and the building does not have an elevator. Interior pathways/hallways and entrances to the study/library space, lounge, and restrooms are at least 32 in. (82 cm.) wide. The entrance to the classroom has a threshold bump in the doorway measuring approximately 2 in. (5 cm.) high. The program does not have a separate computer space for students.


The program includes excursions to nature reserves, ancient cities and ruins, a fortress, and more. The program also includes one night in a “desert camp” and an excursion to the United Arab Emirates. Program excursions involve standing, walking, and hiking for prolonged periods of time. A pair of comfortable, rubber-soled, waterproof shoes is recommended. Please note that to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.


The program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing you in your homestays. These placements are made based, first, on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Homestays offer regular access to Wi-Fi, cellular service, electricity to charge devices, and refrigerators to store medication. Accessible homestay options are currently available but may be limited. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels. If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Dietary Needs

Families generally eat baked bread, hummus, cheese, olives, and olive oil with thyme for breakfast. Lunch may include cooked lamb, chicken, rice, and a variety of vegetables. Dinner may be similar to breakfast or include leftovers from lunch. All meats are Halal meats.

SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff, homestay families, home colleges and universities, and others to accommodate dietary needs whenever possible. For more information on dietary needs and dietary preferences, please the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.


General routes of travel in Amman vary from smooth to rough and steep. You will typically travel between your homestay, classes, and/or placement sites by taxi (a 20- to 25-minute ride). Buses are used for local excursions. The excursion to the United Arab Emirates requires a plane ride. Buses are not equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps but do have room to stand or stretch.


You are advised to bring a laptop computer, two-prong adapter, and assistive technology if applicable. It is recommended that you fully insure your electronic property against loss or theft. The program computer space currently has Wi-Fi, computer for word processing, printer, scanner, and copier. If you have questions about assistive technology, note-taking accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Health Resources

Students with a history of asthma or allergies are advised that the air pollution in Amman is high. Additionally, seasonal dust storms may significantly aggravate respiratory conditions. Modern medical care and medicines are generally available in Jordan’s main cities but not always in outlying areas. Payment for medical services is covered by your health insurance if the provider is notified prior to or during the medical service.

Admitted students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about accessing health services or medication while abroad during the health review process. Read more about the health review process and the summary of benefits for student health insurance.

Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations, admitted students should contact the Office of Disability Services. For more information about the accommodation process, documentation guidelines, and a link to the accommodation request form, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services at [email protected] or 802 258-3390 as early as possible for information and support.

Additional Support Resources

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting the belief that persons with disabilities can and should go abroad. AWD works diligently to empower clients to pursue study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities outside of the United States by creating dialogue, sharing resources, and spreading awareness.