Engineering & Design for Sustainable Environments

Explore human-centered design and technologies for renewable energy, sustainable farming, and water use in arid climates in Jordan.

At a Glance




None, but online component is required to enroll in the J-Term.

Courses taught in



Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries


Program Base

Amman, Jordan

Critical Global Issue of Study

Climate & Environment

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Development & Inequality

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Jordan is one of the driest countries on the planet and declining rainfall is negatively affecting economic development. In the capital, Amman, you will learn about technologies for sustainable water use and treated wastewater reuse, renewable energy, and organic farming. You will explore human-centered design by developing a project that addresses the needs of a Jordanian community. You will also visit the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and water treatment plants to learn about local and regional issues of arid countries and how scarcity plays a role in the larger dynamics of the Middle East. In addition, you will be exposed to different perspectives on resource management during the homestay in Amman and field visits with Bedouin families in the desert.


  • Learn about the issues facing arid countries and their local and regional dynamics.  
  • Explore technologies for sustainable water use and treated wastewater reuse. 
  • Assess the needs of a local community or business to identify an engineering problem. 
  • Vist the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, water treatment plants, and Bedouin communities. 


None, but online component (Design Project ENGR 3027 - 3 credits) is required to enroll In the J-Term (Design & Innovation in the Social Domain ENGR 3003 – 3 credits).

Program Sites

Amman, Jordan

In Jordan, through the Design and Innovation in the Social Domain course, meet with local engineers, community groups, businesses, and policymakers to discuss emerging resiliency practices and ideas for water shortage and supply, renewable energy, and food security. Under the direction of a local faculty advisor, student design teams will develop engineering solutions to practical, open-ended projects. Ethical, social, economic, and safety issues in engineering practice will be considered. Visit water treatments plants, the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, ancient water harvesting systems in Petra, and desert ecosystems in Wadi Rum.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The prerequisite for this program, the Design Project course, will be offered online during summer 2020, the Design and Innovation in the Social Domain course will take place in Jordan during January 2021. 

The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Human-centered design in the Jordanian context
  • Water supply technology and practice in arid climates
  • An engineering project that addresses a local need 
  • Excursions to the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum

Design and Innovation in the Social Domain



You’ll live with a homestay family in West Amman, except during orientation and excursions. The homestay is a unique opportunity to become a member of an Arabic family, share meals with them, and take part in special occasions. Jordan is known for its warm hospitality. You’ll be immersed in Arabic culture and gain an understanding of your host family’s perspectives and values—all while practicing your Arabic language skills.

Most homestay families are middle class and maintain the customs of a typical Arab home. Some homestay families are first- or second-generation Palestinians who are an integral part of the country’s social and cultural fabric. You may get to experience a Jordanian wedding or other traditional cultural activity in addition to family outings.

Other Accommodations

Hostels and small hotels

Faculty & Staff

Jordan: Engineering & Design for Sustainable Environments

Raed Al-Tabini, PhD

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $3,120, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.