***Students who are interested in beginning or deepening their study of Arabic language and culture, linking it with their interest in Middle Eastern Archaeology, and/or embedding their language study within a five-week externship, should read on and consider applying for the program.***
Opportunities for Summer 2022 include:
- Session I: five weeks of Arabic language learning (beginner through advanced), and a content course (in English) on the Archaeology of Jordan and the Middle East.
- Session II: a second five weeks of Arabic language learning and a content course on either Cooking around the Arab World, The History of Arabic Music, The Syrian Crisis, Contemporary Arabic Literature and Poetry, the Palestinian Revolution, or Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through the Media.
- Externship: five weeks working with a local organization in Jordan accompanied by continued Arabic language learning.
The applications will open at the beginning of December 2021.
Students from Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College wishing to apply to the program should follow the checklist below. The first link is the application through Sijal, which must be completed for acceptance into the program. The second link is intended for students who wish to receive funding for the program through Global Bryn Mawr. Both of these applications are intended for Bryn Mawr and Haverford students. The third and fourth links are to apply for funding for the externships and are college specific. We advise that you write your personal statement in a separate word document because it might be useful for multiple applications (i.e., to Sijal and for Global Bryn Mawr funding).
- Apply to Sijal
- Apply for Global Bryn Mawr Funding
- Apply for Externship Funding through the Center (BMC Students)
- Apply for Externship Funding through CPGC (Haverford Students)
Sijal is an institute of Arabic language and culture founded by scholars of Arab culture, history, and society. They offer intensive instruction at all levels for students seeking to learn Arabic in Jordan. The Institute also acts as a hub of intellectual and cultural events, bringing together scholars, artists, and specialists across a broad range of expertise and disciplines, for seminars, workshops and special programs. The Institute is housed in a historic villa and gardens lying in the heart of the Rainbow Street cultural district of Amman. From this inspiring setting, they host students of the Arabic language, post-graduates working on the Middle East, researchers, artists, and the local intellectual community in Jordan and Palestine. Surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in Amman, the students learn ‘Arabic in context’, benefiting from first-rate language instruction in line with the latest pedagogy, as well as cultural and historical literacy. Immersion is reinforced by the location in a pedestrian neighborhood packed with local galleries, restaurants, and cafés, and with residents of all ages and walks of life. Courses and special programs are enriched by a full calendar of events that take place at the Institute, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with creative figures from the Arab world and beyond.
About the Partnership
Since 2018 the Bi-Co Arabic Program and Global Bryn Mawr have been collaborating with Sijal Institute in Amman on the development of this program. Each year of the four-year pilot phase the model has evolved as the partnership has grown from a focus on language learning and cultural immersion to include a broader conception of Middle East Studies with a content course taught by Bryn Mawr faculty.
Dates for Summer 2022
- Summer Session I: June 5-July 7, 2022
- Summer Session II: July 17-Aug. 18, 2022
- Externship: July 17-Aug. 18, 2022
Courses Offered Summer 2022
Arabic: All levels beginner through advanced. This is a required course you must take while at Sijal, which will be taught by Sijal faculty. (Sessions I and II)
Past, Present and Future: The Archaeology of Jordan and the Middle East: Home to awe-inspiring sites such as Petra, Jerash, and Pella, archaeology is an integral part of Jordan’s past, as well as its future. This course will introduce students to some of the major discoveries from Jordan, dating from the Paleolithic to the Ottoman periods, as well as to the modes of thought that underlie archaeological interpretation of this material.
The course, more broadly, will focus on the role of archaeology within modern social justice issues around climate change, population movement, politics, identity, and cultural heritage management. We will consider how the Middle East has been studied—particularly with reference to colonial histories and their impact on traditions of inquiry—and assess where the archaeology of Jordan can challenge these narratives. By the conclusion of the course, students will have a deep understanding of both the built environment of the past, as well as how these spaces occupy contemporary landscapes and perspectives. The course will be taught in English by Matthew Jameson, a Visiting Assistant Professor in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. (Session I)
Content Course: Cooking around the Arab World, The History of Arabic Music, The Syrian Crisis, Contemporary Arabic Literature and Poetry, the Palestinian Revolution, or Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through the Media, taught by Sijal Faculty. (Session II)
By successfully completing the first session of the program you will earn one academic credit that counts towards graduation. Participation in both Sessions with result in two academic credits that count towards graduation. Please note that the summer program will not take the place of the college language requirement. Rather, studying the language for a semester or two would allow you to test into a higher level of Arabic.
The externship is a five-week experience where students will work with local organizations while developing their Arabic language learning with a private tutor provided by Sijal. Opportunities are available for students to partner with a range of organizations based in Jordan depending on student and organizational interest. In the past students have externed with the American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) and Rainbow Street. Funding for the externship will include cost paid to the organization, private tutoring in Arabic, and a stipend for the student.