Learn the principles of humanitarian action and counseling in emergency situations and see firsthand the health services in Jordan, home to millions of displaced persons from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Enhance your professional skills during your internship with a community organization, health institution, or international NGO.
Witness the humanitarian responses of UN agencies, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN’s International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Examine the role played by refugee-specialized UN and other international agencies in humanitarian response to refugee crises, as well as their policies and strategies. Learn the priorities of intervention in a refugee relief program through the framework of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; food security, nutrition, and food aid; shelter, settlement, and non-food items; and health services.
Learn about common principles, rights, and duties governing humanitarian action as set out in the humanitarian charter, as well as the priority humanitarian interventions and minimum standards across various sectors of humanitarian work, with special emphasis on the health sector.
The seminar addresses the core “process and people” standards that cut across all major sectors of humanitarian aid such as participation, initial assessment, response, targeting, monitoring and evaluation, aid worker competencies and responsibilities, supervision, management, and support of personnel.
Learn about risk factors and prevalence of mental illness in refugees, including conflict-related traumas and psychosocial challenges of immigration and assimilation.
During the seminar you will be introduced to the guidelines for counseling, mental health, and psychological support in emergencies.
Devise a socially responsible response to a problem, or develop a sustainable plan, grant proposal, or research that responds to the need of your organization.
Share personal and professional experiences during weekly discussions and reflection sessions.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- Ethics of internship in a Jordanian context
- Tasks and responsibilities of counseling and humanitarian aid professionals in Jordan
- Challenges facing refugee host communities
- Common principles, rights, and duties governing humanitarian action as set out in the humanitarian charter
- Counseling and refugee humanitarian response in Jordan and the coordination between the host government, UN, and humanitarian agencies
- Physical, mental, and social health risk factors for refugees in camps and host communities
- Objectives, priorities, processes, and minimum standards in counseling and humanitarian health response during the emergency and post-emergency phases of refugee crises
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. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
- Internship and Seminar – syllabus
- (ITRN3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
- This seminar consists of a 5-week internship with a local community organization, health institution, or international NGO. The internship enables students to gain valuable internship experience and enhance their skills in a professional, international environment.
- Contextual Studies in Counseling and Humanitarian Action – syllabus
- (MDES3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- Students gain practical professional experience in a work environment and enhance their skillset and knowledge in an international setting under both academic and professional guidance and supervision. Students submit a final report in which they process their learning experience on the job and design a socially responsible solution proposal for an issue they have observed and analyzed during their Internship. The report should also document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge acquired through the experience. The ultimate aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience within the work environment of an area of their interest. The program concludes with a final presentation in English that ties internship experience with critical global issue themes and core learning objectives.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Bayan Abdulhaq, PhD, Academic Director
Bayan holds a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and an MSc in pharmaceutical analysis and quality control from King’s College, London. She holds a BSc in pharmacy from the University of Jordan, where she has taught drug delivery systems, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and analysis. She has extensive experience in educational quality assurance and was quality assurance director at TAG Graduate School of Business, part of the German Jordanian University. She served as board member and executive director of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education and as consultant for higher education institutions in Bahrain. She is a certified manager for organizational excellence by the American Society for Quality.
Bayan has more than eight years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry; she has been a production manager and medical affairs manager. She also consults on Good Clinical Practice. She is a licensed pharmacist, a member of the Pharmaceutical Union of Jordan, and a member of the Bioequivalence Committee at the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration.
Ashraf Alqudah, PhD, Academic Director
Ashraf holds a PhD in clinical and medical psychology from the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, and an MA in psychology from the University of Jordan. He specializes in clinical medical psychology and the psychology of chronic pain. His area of research interest includes psychopathology, psychological treatments and psychotherapies, and psycho-social support for refugees and displaced persons. Ashraf is also affiliated with the department of psychology at the University of Jordan in Amman and has worked on projects conducted by a number of health organizations that included Doctors of the World Organization, the War Trauma Foundation, and the Antares Foundation. He is a member of the Higher Council of the Humanitarian Support Network of Jordan and the Jordanian Mental Health Licensing Committee. Since 2008, he has been involved with the SIT Modernization and Social Change program in Jordan as lecturer, ISP advisor, and then as coordinator of the Research Methods and Ethics course. Ashraf has co-authored a number of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, the Journal of Pain Research, and the International Journal of Psychological Studies. He is currently finishing a research project on stress and burnout sources among NGO workers working with refugees.
The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.
Students will be housed with homestay families in Amman. If the internship is located outside of Amman, housing during the formal internship period will be arranged. The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program.
SIT internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.
Sample internships include:
- Providing relief to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians with the International Rescue Committee
- Working with farmers, women, and refugees living in poverty with Care International
- Assisting epidemiologists with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
- Promoting health awareness with the Jordan Health Aid Society
- Supporting the efforts of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development-Legal Aid to raise legal awareness among vulnerable populations, fight injustice, and promote equality
- Assisting the International Committee of the Red Cross’s humanitarian responses to Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities
- Helping Palestinian refugees get access to healthcare with the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees
Cost and Scholarships
Cost and Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
This program is eligible for a New Horizons Grant, a scholarship for our new programs. Award amounts are $2,500 for semester and $1,500 for summer programs. Students demonstrating need through their submitted scholarship application will be eligible.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Cost of all lecturers
- Preparation for the internship
- Intensive language instruction in Kiswahili
- All educational excursions, including all related travel costs
- Internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $2,150
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes orientation, time in the program base (Kisumu), on all excursions, during the internship, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
- The homestay
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend to the student, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
Visa Expenses: $ 60
Books & Supplies: $300
International Phone: Each student must bring a phone with them to their program.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.