Living in Jordan can be a very rewarding experience on many different levels. Jordanian culture has a very Arabic and Islamic element to it with substantial Western influence. Its population is very diverse because of its strategic location. There are many attractive touristic sites and numerous places to explore. Jordanians are known to be gracious and friendly hosts. The climate is hot and dry in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter.
The academic year for both universities and schools in Jordan is from September to May/June and is usually divided into two semesters. All schools in Jordan including public, private, and international schools follow a school calendar set by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
US Fulbright grantees to Jordan are expected to broaden and deepen their professional or academic knowledge; conduct collaborative research with foreign scholars; develop lasting professional and personal ties; and foster linkages between their home and host institutions. U.S. Fulbrighters to Jordan should fulfill their agreed terms and conditions of award and carry out the academic program outlined in their original applications.
The Commission in Jordan is the main point of contact for all Fulbright grantees. The office of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, known as the Fulbright House, is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of Shmeisani in Amman. The Fulbright House serves Jordanian and American students, scholars and professionals and provides a deep support network for all Fulbrighters in Jordan. The Fulbright House also serves as the umbrella institution for meetings or events convened by the Jordanian Fulbright Alumni Association and for the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Jordan.
The Fulbright staff is committed to ensuring that each grantee becomes a member of our Fulbright family and feels that a home-away-from-home is ever present from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom. The Fulbright staff in Jordan regularly assist incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to the local community. The staff at the Fulbright House also provide assistance in securing residency and/or work permits, locating medical care, and providing guidance regarding medication needs.
Blog posts from previous Fulbright scholars to Jordan: