This program, designed for all majors, blends the study of language with  the many disciplines that make up “culture” (history, religion, sociology, political science, global issues, art and literature).  It then links this work to outreach and service-learning in the collective of Jordanian organizations serving Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. 

Traditional classes and small British-style tutorials support service-learning of Virginia Tech students whose work (written, artistic, creative, et al) will be shared at a Virginia Tech international symposium during the Spring 2017 Semester.  Academic and service-learning will be supported by a variety of cultural excursions to one of the “New “World’s Wonders (Petra);  to Lawrence of Arabia’s favorite wadi--Wadi Rum—with its famous overhead carpet of stars; to the ancient Dead Sea (bathing clothes are useful here); and to the capital city of Amman itself, with its famous landmarks both ancient and modern.

Service-Learning placements, visited and vetted by Virginia Tech faculty member Jane Wemhoener include four organizations that work closely together to support the needs and enhance the lives of Syrian refugees in Amman who are  recovering from the war’s physical and emotional displacement.  Students will work in these organizations alongside Jane Wemhoener and Jennifer Barton, internship director for Virginia Tech’s Department of English and on-site supporting faculty. 

Course number, (CRN), name
ENGL 4954 (40303)–Writing the World:  Learning Jordan Across Disciplines and Through Service

Travel dates
December 26, 2016 – January 14, 2017



Application deadline
October 31, 2016

Program fee
$3,725. The program fee covers: international airfare; airport transfers; visas; housing; Internet access; JLA courses; transporation to placement sites; excursion travel;  entrance fees; lodging; mandatory VT travel insurance; mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions on campus.  ** Fee does not include meals or personal expenses.  Student apartments have full kitchens.

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy.  In-state students:  $4,825;  Out-of-state students:  $6,550

Payment deadline
November 15, 2016

Program contact
Jane Wemhoener