Explore human-centered design by developing a project to address the needs of a Jordanian community.
Learn about human-centered design and gain firsthand knowledge about technologies for sustainable water use and treated waste water reuse, renewable energy, and organic farming in Jordan.
Assess the needs of a local community or business to identify an engineering problem.
Develop a design project that brings an innovative and practical response to a local need.
Gain insights to water, farming, and energy challenges in arid environments through site visits to the Valley of Jordan, the Dead Sea, water treatment plants, sustainable agriculture sites, and Bedouin communities.
Experience very different perspectives on resource management during the homestay in Amman and field visits with Bedouin families in the desert.
Critical Global Issue of Study
Climate | Environment
Previous college-level coursework or background in engineering, environmental science, or studies in related fields.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- Understanding human-centered design in the context of Jordan
- Water supply technology and practice in arid climates
- Sustainable, organic farming
- Engineering project development
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.
- Design Innovation in the Social Domain – syllabus
- (ENGR3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- An interdisciplinary introduction to human-centered design methods and ethics in the context of Jordan. Students interview community members; identify an existing problem in water and renewable energy, food design, or sustainable organic farming in arid environments; and engineer a concept that can be developed into a design project.
- Design Project – syllabus
- (ENGR3030 / 4 credits / 60 hours)
- In a field-study context, students interact with local engineers, community groups, businesses, and policy makers about emerging resilient practices and ideas for water shortage and supply, renewable energy, and food security. Under the direction of a local faculty advisor, student design teams develop engineering solutions to practical, open-ended design projects. Ethical, social, economic, and safety issues in engineering practice will be considered.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Excursions and site visits include the Valley of Jordan, the Dead Sea, water treatment plants, and sustainable agriculture sites. You will also learn about the local and regional issues of arid countries, how the supply (or lack thereof) of resources affects internal and regional dynamics, and the organizations and efforts underway to resolve these issues. You will also learn about the challenges of agriculture in arid lands and technologies for sustainable water use and treated wastewater reuse.
You may also visit the Dana Nature Reserve and the Royal Botanic Garden.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Raed Al-Tabini, PhD, Academic Director
Raed holds a PhD in arid and semi-arid land management (rangeland management) and community development from Newcastle University in the UK. He is a former deputy president of the Badia Research and Development Center (BRDC) in Jordan and has managed a variety of development projects in the Middle East and North Africa on such diverse topics as community-based rangeland rehabilitation, management of scarce water resources, and development of sustainable livelihoods in agro-pastoral communities. Raed is a frequent presenter at international conferences and has published more than 25 academic papers and reports in the field of sustainable development. Raed co-wrote with Octavio A. Ramirez, Richard Phillips, and Frank A. Ward an article, “Irrigation Water Conservation and Market-based Approaches: Balancing Agricultural and Urban Water Demands in the Face of Climate Change in Jordan’s Azraq Basin,” published in Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability (Routledge, 2014). Raed is director of the Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia.
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.
You will live with a family in the modern capital city of Amman. The homestay offers an outstanding window into Jordanian urban life and culture. Most homestay families are middle class and enjoy high standards of living while maintaining the customs of a typical Arab home. You will be integrated into your host family’s daily life, partaking in everyday activities such as sharing breakfast, participating in family outings, and shopping. You may even experience a Jordanian wedding ceremony or other traditional cultural activities.
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 lectures
- All field visits and educational excursions to locations such as the Valley of Jordan, the Dead Sea, water treatment plants, the Dana Nature Reserve, and the Royal Botanic Garden
- Health insurance throughout the entire lab period
Room & Board: $2,250
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire lab period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Amman), on all excursions, and during the evaluation period.
- All homestays (Amman and the Badia area)
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad, directly, through a stipend, 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.