Congratulations on your decision to study at the Middlebury School in Amman, Jordan. I would personally like to welcome you and give you a brief idea of what to expect.
Welcome to Amman, a city that is one of the oldest, most continuously inhabited cities in the world. Because of its central location in the Arab world, Amman has always been a melting pot of diverse cultures, and as the capital and biggest city of Jordan, it is one of the great cultural centers of the Middle East.
Your classes will be on the University of Jordan campus. Being on campus is a great advantage and the best advice I can give you is to engage with the students (more than 40,000!), and spend time with your Jordanian peers as much as possible. Interacting with young Jordanians on campus will allow you to communicate in an authentic linguistic context. The campus is surrounded by cafés, print and copy shops, restaurants, and other services that you may need for your everyday life.
Amman is as diverse as its people are and has much to explore. The city is generally safe and its people are friendly. At times, you will have to deal with the difficulties and frustrations of adapting to a different culture and environment, but this will also be a great opportunity for you to learn and grow. Be ready for the challenge if you want to make the most of your stay. My staff and I have prepared an exciting academic and extra-curricular program for you, and your instructors, host families, mentors, and the friends you will make will help you settle in and feel comfortable quickly and be great resources for you.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. In sha’Allah, Amman will feel like home and your stay will be worthwhile and unforgettable.
Looking forward to meeting you in Amman soon!
Middlebury School in Jordan