Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan, summer 2013
"Studying abroad in Amman, Jordan was a life changing experience. Every day was a new adventure that was completely different from my life at home. While I was there I studied US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, History of the Arab World, and was tutored for Arabic. People often ask me what my favorite memory from abroad was, but that is so hard to answer because there are so many! However, riding camels in the Wadi Rum desert and camping out, an excursion to Petra, and getting the opportunity to visit with Syrian refugees are at the top of my ‘favorites list’. The environment was completely different from anything I had ever experienced, which is why I loved it so much. Jordan is a third world country, and because of this I was able to learn so much and get more out of my study aboard experience by being immersed in a such a unique culture. Of course, because it was the Middle East, there were challenges and cultural norms I had to adapt to, though everyone from Jordan was exceptionally understanding and welcoming. I studied through International Studies Abroad (ISA), and they were incredibly helpful and made the process less stressful and overwhelming. My recommendation for people studying abroad is to go to a country that is completely different from any culture you have experienced before and to stay as long as you can. Studying abroad gave me a new outlook and perception on life and other cultures around me. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to experience a unique education abroad experience, too."