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Peace and conflict resolution in the heart of Jordan
FIE provides immersive study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman
For the second year in a row, FIE has been named a Finalist in the GoAbroad Innovation Awards. This year, we are proud to announce that we are in the top five nominees for the Innovation in Philanthropy category.
You study with leaders in the field of conflict resolution and the Middle East. Your professors include:
The program includes two courses:
In addition, you may opt to stay in Amman and participate in intensive language study in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. Courses are available at all levels of study. (Please note that beginning Arabic will run subject to minimum enrollment).
Both FIE and AMIDEAST have extensive emergency response plans to which we will adhere in the unlikely event of a city- or country-wide emergency. Below you’ll find a letter regarding current safety (updated February 2015) in the Middle East from AMIDEAST’s Assistant Director of Education Abroad, Cara Lane-Toomey.
Dear Students, Prospective Students, and Families,
I want to take a moment to update you on the security situation in Jordan and on the policies and procedures AMIDEAST employs to safeguard the security of its Education Abroad students there. We strongly encourage you to read this message carefully and to share its contents with your parents or others close to you, so that they are aware of our considerations in planning for our Education Abroad programs in Jordan.
As you are likely aware, there have been recent protests in the Jordanian cities of Amman and Karak where residents have strongly denounced the death of Jordanian Air Force pilot Lieutenant Moaz Kasabeh, who was held and then killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The situation in Jordan has been and remains calm, despite the challenges many other countries in the region have faced since the events of the Arab Spring began in early 2011. This is why we, and all of the other American education abroad providers running programs in Amman, have continued operating without interruption for more than a decade. Our staff is constantly assessing the situation on-the-ground and receiving input from local security and other sources. We currently have students in Jordan and are operating our program normally. Based on the security advice we receive from the below-listed sources, we have not altered our plans to administer our programs in Amman for the upcoming terms and our staff is looking forward to welcoming you to Jordan.
At AMIDEAST, student safety and security is our number one priority. We carefully monitor the situation in each of the locations in the region where we operate programs, drawing on a number of different resources. Among these are the U.S. Embassy, security updates from iJET (our risk management information provider), the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), local authorities, and our staff on the ground in those countries. AMIDEAST has been active in the Middle East and North Africa for more than 60 years and has offices in twelve countries in the region. Each of those offices implements a broad range of activities and is staffed almost exclusively by nationals of the respective countries. We continue to receive input from our permanent staff in each country that, in turn, is in touch with local authorities regarding the security situation on the ground.
In Jordan, AMIDEAST undertakes specific security measures (part of our general emergency protocols) for our study abroad students. If one or more events trigger heightened security concerns, AMIDEAST in-country staff would communicate immediately with you, initially by text message. The message would indicate what has happened and instruct you and your fellow students to return to your residences or to the AMIDEAST office and to await further instructions from AMIDEAST staff. During orientation, you will be informed that if you receive a text message related to security, you are to respond immediately to inform staff of your whereabouts. If AMIDEAST in-country staff does not receive a response from any student, they will take additional steps to contact that student. Should a situation develop that presents an immediate or known security risk to students on the program, further appropriate actions (in addition to the general actions mentioned above) will be taken.
Students in all AMIDEAST programs are required to adhere to the following AMIDEAST Education Abroad policies.
1. Students are required to keep the following with them at all times: their phone, a form of identification, their AMIDEAST emergency contact card, and a copy of the identification page(s) of their passport.
2. Students must remove themselves immediately from any area or situation of risk. In addition, students are prohibited from attending, participating in or observing strikes, demonstrations or other political gatherings.
3. Throughout the pre-departure process and during on-site orientation, students are reminded to be vigilant of their surroundings and to keep a low profile.
While you are abroad, we want you to be aware that based on local circumstances, AMIDEAST may advise students not to travel to a particular country or to a specific area within a country. In certain situations, AMIDEAST may prohibit travel to a particular location. At this time, AMIDEAST prohibits travel by any AMIDEAST Education Abroad student to Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt. For the time being, AMIDEAST also prohibits travel to Jordanian border areas and strongly advises against student travel to refugee camps in Jordan and to Lebanon.
If a program is cancelled prior to its start date (for any reason, including, but not limited to, low enrollment or safety and security concerns), accepted participants are given the option to apply to another AMIDEAST Education Abroad program that has space available, to defer to a later term, or to withdraw. Please see the AMIDEAST Financial Policies found on the Student Portal for more information. Should a security or political situation arise after a program begins and that poses such a significant threat to students that an evacuation is necessary, we would work with our crisis management assistance provider to organize an evacuation. We would also seek to make alternative arrangements that would enable students to complete their academic work. We have successfully coordinated evacuations for our AMIDEAST students in Egypt previously.
In summary, it is our judgment that the current situation does not currently warrant the suspension of our education abroad programs in Jordan for the upcoming terms. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, drawing on the resources mentioned above and others, and will take appropriate steps should the situation indicate if further action is advisable. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or concerns about the information provided here.
Since 2008, FIE has raised and donated $36000 to the Marol Academy, a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sustainable education in South Sudan, the world’s newest country.
Recent fundraising events have included the 2014 Halloween Creepy Cake Sale, Spring 2015 Welcome Reception Charity Raffle and the sale of second-hand textbooks which raised £950 alone this January!
LMU professor and founder of the Marol Academy, Jok Madut Jok, recently provided an update. FIE is proud to report that funds raised through various charity initiatives have contributed to the following developments:
FIE would like to thank those who have helped make a difference through donations at The Marol Academy in Sudan. Your kindness and support are greatly appreciated!
You can learn more about the Marol Academy at their website.