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Program Description


Petra Desert with Camels

Historic Building Amman

This course and program provides a global immersion experience into one of the most socially-, culturally-, and historically-complex regions in the world – Jordan and the Middle East. Students will complement their prior knowledge in social entrepreneurship and sustainability with a hands-on learning experiences from NGOs, non-profits, and emerging entrepreneurs in Jordan. In particular, this program will be partnering with ASU’s Education for Humanity (an initiative focused on providing educational opportunities for displaced refugees in developing countries) to provide students with the opportunity to be involved with workshops on teaching entrepreneurship to local refugees. We will dedicate particular attention to the real-world challenges that arise in operating in emerging economies. While emphasizing the unique issues and best practices at each organization, the program also offers a broad, macroeconomic view on the Jordanian economy by studying its regulation, current economic environment, and policy responses to the recent tensions in international trade.

Quick Facts

  • December 14 - December 21, 2020
  • Open to students outside of W. P. Carey for a cross-disciplinary experience
  • Earn 3 credits
  • Teach workshop on entrepreneurship to displaced refugees
  • Company and organization visits centered around non-profit management, entrepreneurship and sustainbility
  • Cultural excursion to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Amman aerial with flag



Location Details

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is the country’s economic, political, and cultural center. It is also a modern city with numerous ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome.
Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert, dating to around 300 B.C. and was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City." Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh (also known as The Treasury), a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. US citizens will need a visa for this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA


Students will register during the Fall registration period for the following course:

  • WPC 394: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Jordan (3 credits)
This course fulfills the International Business course requirement for business majors (except Economics); the upper-division business elective for Economics majors; or the International Business Certificate Elective requirement for all majors.

*Please note that this course counts towards your Fall semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

WPC 394: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Jordan will be a three credit, standalone course during Fall semester 2020 with some pre and post work. There will be two required pre-departure course meetings during the Fall semester to ensure the refugee entrepreneurship workshop material is complete and to go over program logistics, health and safety, etc. Meeting times are TBC. The majority of the coursework will occur abroad in Jordan in December 2020.



Program Leaders

Instructor: Professor R. Scott Livengood, Ph.D.
Twitter: @livengoodsensei, #WPC394-Jordan2020
Office: W. P. Carey School of Business, BA323L

Program Support Leader: Michelle Laws
Office: W. P. Carey School of Business, BA182A
Phone: (480) 965-9740

R. Scott Livengood

Michelle Laws


Prof. Livengood at Petra

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels with breakfast provided daily as well as some other meals. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Jordanthere are very few accessible buildings (including hotels, restaurants, shops and historical sites). Transportation may not be accessible; sidewalks and crosswalks are not accessible. Students with mobility limitations, or who rely on accessibility assistance, should do additional research prior to applying to this program.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Jordanpublic displays of affection between individuals in general, and especially of the same sex, are not considered culturally acceptable. Foreigners exhibiting such behavior, or expressing themselves outside of traditional gender norms in terms of dress or appearance, may face greater risk of official and societal harassment and/or be targets of violence.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Jordanvisiting women have reported incidents of sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, and assault – including situations involving taxis and taxi drivers. Women are encouraged to take additional precautions while traveling in Jordan, including dressing modestly while in public, avoiding unfamiliar areas at night, never traveling alone, and riding in the front seat of a taxi. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Winter Break 2020 is $2,250.

Program Fee includes: Lodging in shared rooms, daily breakfast, some other meals, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

  • W. P. Carey School of Business Study Abroad Scholarship for students enrolled in a WPC degree.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.