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Culture Corner

Currency

Jordan's currency is the Jordanian Dinar (abbreviated JOD or JD). 100 qirsh (or piastres) constitute a dinar. The denominations for bills are 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 dinar. Denominations for coins are 1/2 qirsh, 1 qirsh, 2 1/2 piastres, 5 piastres, 10 piastres, 1/4 dinar, 1/2 dinar, and 1 dinar.

Conversion Rates

The JOD is officially a fixed currency, although rates do fluctuate slightly from time to time, with 1 JOD being roughly equivalent to 1.4 USD, and 1 USD roughly equivalent to 0.7 JOD.

Please visit http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter for up-to-date exchange rates.

While traveling, it may be helpful to carry a portable currency converter (found at travel stores). Sometimes in the form of a keychain, this is a handy gadget (like a calculator) into which you enter the exchange rate (depending on the exchange rate at the time and the country in which you are located), and then simply enter prices and the device converts the amounts into dollars.

Cost of Living

Despite the Jordanian Dinar's favorable exchange rate over the U.S. Dollar, the cost of living in Amman slightly lower than the cost of living in the United States.

Budgeting
Due to the change in exchange rates and vast differences in individual spending habits, we can only give you estimated figures. However, most students will to spend around $100 per week. This figure does not include extra traveling, heavy shopping, or frequent restaurant dining. Please keep in mind that some students spend less and others spend more.

When budgeting, keep in mind that it is always better to overestimate than to underestimate. To give you an idea of common approximate expenses and commodities a typical student will to incur, please see the brief list below.

  • Taxi: $20/week
  • Bus: $5/week
  • Groceries: $20/week
  • Dining Out: $25/week
  • Local Calls: $5-10
  • International Calls: $10-20
  • Cafés/Coffee: $5-10
  • Nightlife: $10-50
  • Entertainment: $1-10/event
  • Travel/Hotel/Hostel: $20-60/night
  • Laundry: $2/week
  • Gym Membership: $10-50/month

Banks & Credit Cards

Banks are closed on Fridays, but foreign currency and traveler's checks can be changed any other day of the week. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, although surcharges may apply. Contact your credit card company to determine the fees they charge. At smaller shops, cash is preferred and in the souqs (bazaars) cash is the only accepted form of payment. ATMs are available almost everywhere.

Additional Estimated Expenses

The ISA program cost includes items such as tuition and fees, housing, insurance, and more. To view what is included in your program price, please visit the "What's Included" section of the ISA Amman program page. The "Additional Estimated Expenses" sheet in the "Accepted Students" section of the ISA website has the following estimated expenses listed:

  • Airfare
  • Visas/Passports
  • Passport

ISIC Card

The ISIC card is an internationally recognized student ID card that gives students thousands of discounts worldwide from travel to cinema, meals and more. ISA students who purchase a flight through STA are eligible to receive an ISIC card.