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Drexel in London + Amman: Summer Studies in Peace & Conflict
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, English
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Type of Program:
Free Standing
Housing Options:
Dormitory, Homestay
Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
Program Description:

The Program


Spend the summer term on a learning voyage across both London and Amman exploring the process of peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. Over a 9 week period, students take 3 courses designed to expose them to the theory and practice of peace keeping, peacemaking, peace building and conflict resolution in Europe and the Middle East, drawing on the rich history and experience of the United Kingdom and Jordan. This program is open to all majors, but best suited for students with interest in peace studies, conflict resolution, political science, or the Middle East.




The Academics

Students begin their learning journey in the U.K. to explore the methods, ideas, and principles which emerge from the efforts to manage and mediate intractable conflicts and arrange for students to meet and hear from, first-hand, Irish and U.K. players in this negotiation.  They continue to Jordan using this framework to explore not only the Arab-Israeli conflict, but also conflicts involving Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq, and inter-tribal conflicts as well. Lastly, students participate in a 4 week intensive Arabic language course at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level.  London Amman Course Descriptions 


Program Calendar 2015

Students must be scheduled for summer term class. Students that apply for the London + Amman program are obligated to attend all phases of the program.

Phase 1 - London

Phase 2 - Amman

Phase 3 - Amman

June 7– June 18, 2015

June 18 - July 10, 2015

July 11 – August 13, 2015

IAS 360: The Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict  (4.5 credits)

IAS 360: Conflict Resolution and Management (4.5 credits)

Intensive Arabic Language Course (10 credits)


Credits and Grading: Students will receive 19 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. Classes are taught by experts in the field of peace studies, conflict resolution, and human rights.  

Visa: American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for the UK, but this program. Students with other nationalities should confirm with the British and Irish Embassy websites to confirm visa requirements. Refer to FIE's UK Visa Guide for more information.

Orientations: Students will be greeted in both cities by local support staff for orientation, which includes tours, a welcome dinner and other activities. A round trip flight from London to Amman will be arranged through FIE.




As a formal imperial power, a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a nation intimately tied to the Northern Ireland conflict, the United Kingdom offers a unique perspective from which to study conflict at several levels. London’s vast political and cultural resources will be used to explore conflict development and transformation, the nature of political leadership in conflict, and the significance of “memory” in conflict.Using Northern Ireland as a case study, students will examine burning issues in contemporary conflict resolution and raise questions to be addressed in Amman during the second half of the program.


Courses: Students take IAS 360: The Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict: Lessons Learned in Northern Ireland (Phase 1) which incorporates the following experiential activities:

  • A three day excursion to Derry and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Visits to Parliament
  • Guest lecturers with prominent politicians
  • Course-related film series
  • Various guided tours of London
  • Meetings with the Irish Diaspora 


Campus: Classes in London take place at Foundation House, FIE's main headquarters and study center, located in South Kensington and just a 10 minute walk from the residence halls.

Housing: Walk to FIE’s Foundation House study center and dozens of London’s most renowned sites from student residences in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Stroll up to Hyde Park on a Sunday or hop the Tube to the far reaches of the city. Make London your home in converted eighteenth-century town homes with furnished bedrooms, shared kitchens and wireless internet access. Rooms range from singles to quads and vary from dormitory-style hallways to large flats.


Amman is deeply rooted in history as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is the capital and largest city of Jordan Amman is the country's political, cultural and commercial center and includes one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Middle East.

Courses: Students take 2 courses in Amman:


IAS 360: Conflict Resolution and Management: Beyond the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Phase 2) including he following experiential activities:

  • Visits with tribal elders
  • Guest lectures and visits with prominent figures in journalism and politics
  • City Tour of modern and ancient Amman
  • Northern Jordan, including Ajloun Castle and Jerash
  • Biblical Jordan, including Madaba, The Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and the Baptism Site
  • South Jordan, including Wadi Rum and Petra

Intensive Arabic Language (Phase 3) Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.  Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and 20 hours of instruction in Jordanian Arabic. Arabic language level must be determined by Drexel's Modern Language Department.


Campus: FIE has partnered with AMIDEAST in Amman and class sessions are based at AMIDEAST’s Amman offices in the popular area of Sweifieh.

Housing: Students live with a Jordanian family. All participating families have been pre-screened from a database of qualified applications. Families usually host two students at a time and provide meals throughout the program. Families used for the program all have members who speak English, though for those students who have studied Arabic and want an Arabic speaking home, there are families where minimal English is spoken.

London/Amman 2015 Program Fee: $5990 Several Special Scholarships available! 

Included in Program fee: 

  • Round trip flight London-Amman-London
  • Comprehensive on-site orientations
  • Zones 1 and 2 Tube pass in London
  • Class transport in Amman
  • Wireless internet access
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Housing in London (dormitory) and Amman (homestay)
  • Meals in Amman
  • Various course-related  activities such as weekend excursions and field trips.
  • 24-hour emergency support

Not included in program fee: R/T airfare to London, passport and visa fees, meals in London, optional field excursions, personal expenses, independent travel, etc.

Money Matters

This is a Drexel sponsored program so all of your financial aid applies. Students will be billed a program fee to cover housing and other miscellaneous costs. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Scholarships: Students should apply for the Sharif Rahman London + Amman scholarship; the Velaj Foundation London-Amman Scholarship, and the Diversity Abroad summer scholarship. Any student who receives Federal Pell Grant should also apply for the summer Gilman Scholarship.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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