Amman is the center of Jordan politically, economically, and culturally. The city itself has been inhabited for almost 4,000 years; and yet for such an ancient city, it is incredibly modern. There are skyscrapers, multinational corporations, and a diverse population that one would expect in any major city around the world. Thanks to its central location, mild climate, and many historic sites, Amman is also a very active tourist destination for people from around the world.
Amman is a very safe city with a high standard of living. Visitors will be able to find a wide range of restaurants, shops, and attractions that cater to a Western audience with signs in English, including many large and popular malls. For those looking for a less Western experience, there are many small shops and souqs (bazaars) where bargaining skills can be honed, and many small restaurants serving traditional Jordanian food including a wide variety of mezze.
Amman has recently experienced major economic growth which has had a significant impact on the culture. With such a unique blend of traditional and modern elements, there are many facets of Jordanian culture to experience. Students studying in Amman will have the opportunity to explore many sides of this culture, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the complex social atmosphere that permeates the city.