Comprehensive Advising and Support
A team of helpful ISA staff members guides students through the entire study abroad process. The U.S. staff helps prospective students with program selection and completion of the ISA application. Pre-departure orientations are also available to enrolled students over the telephone and through our comprehensive online orientation. The U.S. staff is in constant contact with our resident staff abroad, who provide support to students during their program. ISA's staff members also provide assistance to students upon their return to the U.S. Contact us at 512-480-8522 or by email.
Our U.S.-based staff is trained to handle visa issues for Jordan and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.
Tuition at Host University
Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. Some classes will have additional fees that are not included in the program price.
Official Transcript Issued by Host University with ISA Cover Letter
Upon the successful completion of an ISA program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript that lists all coursework. ISA will send this transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter explaining the host university's grading system and a translation of the transcript, as necessary.
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA's full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. With a 20:1 student to staff ratio, the resident staff is able to provide support during official course registration and arranges the program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.
On-Site ISA Office
The on-site office offers students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center.
On-Site Cultural and Academic Orientation
Upon arrival students are given an on-site orientation where they are informed of academic schedules, safety information, detailed information on excursions and information on cell phones. These orientations are conducted by our resident directors, allowing students a chance to familiarize themselves with our directors as soon as they arrive.
Computer and Internet Access
ISA students enjoy free computer and/or internet access at the ISA Amman on-site office. Students also have access to computer labs and WiFi at the host university.
Tutorial assistance is offered to participants who are enrolled in an Arabic language course during their ISA program; assistance is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance.
Ground transportation is provided from and to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) for students who arrive and depart during the ISA designated arrival and departure dates and times, and at the appropriate airport.
Excursions are included in the price of all ISA programs, except Intensive Month programs. Excursions are designed to complement the academic component of the student's study abroad experience. Transportation and guided tours are included. During multi-day excursions, hotel accommodations and breakfast are also included. Additional optional excursions may be offered but are not included in the ISA program price. Students may sign up and pay for these excursions after they arrive at their program site.
ISA's apartments in Amman are fully furnished and include a bed, desk, refrigerator, air conditioning, kitchen and other amenities depending on the specific apartment. ISA's apartments are located 10 minutes northwest of downtown Amman.
Cultural Activities in Amman
In order to maximize cultural immersion, the ISA program staff develops unique cultural activities. These custom-designed activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the city.
Comprehensive medical insurance is provided during the official period of the program. Extensions of medical coverage can be made for an additional fee if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found here.
24-Hour Emergency Assistance
ISA regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA office at512-480-8522 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week.
Students studying with ISA in Jordan will receive a cell phone and an active SIM card as part of their package abroad. The SIM cards will have enough credit pre-loaded so that students can call home to update families immediately of their safe arrival. Students will be responsible to purchase additional credit for the remainder of the program.
The phones provided by ISA will not be smart phones, thus unable to connect to Wifi. If students wish to bring their own smart phones to connect to the internet and/or utilize a SIM card in their own device they may do so.
It is the student's responsibility to replace lost or stolen phones and to register for a new number. Please be sure to provide an ISA staff member your new number immediately after replacement.