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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:
This program will not run in summer 2021, but hopes are that program operation will resume in 2022. Contact the faculty leader or check back for information about future travel on this program. Due to COVID-19 regulations, all education abroad programs have been cancelled through spring of 2021. Though the University has hopes to resume programming and travel for summer 2021, future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.



  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Rising Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • There are no pre-requisites for this program. Students who have taken ANTH 002, ANTH 009 or other Middle East content courses may be better prepared for the program.
  • In the case of limited spaces, applicants from Behrend Campus will have priority over students at other campuses. 

Program Description 

Petra, Jordan has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1985. This unique city was carved into the sheer, striated, rose red sandstone rock face more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans. Excavations have demonstrated that the Nabataeans controlled flash flooding and managed the water supply, creating an artificial oasis and enabling the development and influence of the city. It was an important junction of the caravan routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. 

Students will spend four weeks on the archaeological field school the Petra Garden and Pool Complex excavation, located in the heart of Petra. The large pool has a central pavilion flanking a monumental colonnaded garden adjacent to the "Great Temple" complex, which has been recently restored. During the 2018 season, excavations will focus on the pool perimeter and connections with adjoining monuments on the southern terrace of the city center. Students will learn excavation techniques and attend evening lectures given by the excavation staff and local specialists. In addition to recovering the architecture, stratigraphy, and artifacts of a Hellenistic Nabataean/Roman site, students will also work closely with GPS survey, 3-D scanning, ground -penetrating radar data, environmental studies (sampling, retrieving, and identification of flora and fauna remains), and ceramic analysis.

Students will also learn some basic phrases in Arabic with a guidebook to the language specifically prepared for archaeologists on the site. Students and faculty will live together with a host family and participate in local cultural events. There will be field trips to Neolithic and Nabatean sites, Crusader castles in nearby Beidha and Shobak, and Wadi Rum.

Please refer to the Life Abroad tab for more details on accessibility considerations in Petra.  


Summer: This program will not run in summer 2021, but hopes are that program operation will resume in 2022. Contact the faculty leader or check back for information about future travel on this program.

Program Leaders

Program Leader Information

  • Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal, Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, Penn State Behrend


Course Description

All students will be enrolled in ANTH 492: Intermediate Field Methods, for the student's choice of 3 or 6 credits.
  • There are no pre-requisites for this program. Students who have taken ANTH 002, ANTH 009 or other Middle East content courses may be better prepared for the program.

Course Selection

Students are required to take the prescribed course listed above as participants on the program. The Education Abroad Office will register you for this course. To determine how this  course will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses offered on your program.
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements.
  • Complete your Course Selection Questionnaire in the ‘Post-Decision’ section of your application to choose between the 3 and 6 credit program options. 

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in 3 or 6 credits
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation

Housing and Meals



Students and faculty will live together with a host family during the program. Housing will include the following amenities:

• Meal Plan
• Shared Room
• Shared Bath
• Kitchen 
• Laundry Service available for a fee


Food and Water

A meal plan is included in the program fee. Students with nut allergies have participated in past programs and so the kitchen staff is aware of this issue and does not prepare foods with nuts if there is a participant who is allergic. However, due to the prevalence of nuts in a variety of Middle Eastern dishes and desserts, those with serious, life-threatening allergies may find it a challenge. Vegetarians do well but will find options fairly limited. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult if not impossible to maintain in this remote location and may not be able to be accommodated by the dig site staff. Please consult with the program leader about dietary restrictions as early as possible.

Bottled water is kept in stock and provided to all team members for the duration of the field season. Students are instructed not to drink water or brush their teeth from the tap. They are regularly reminded to drink water, wear hats, and apply sun screen while in the field and when exploring Petra.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Summer Costs 

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule. 

Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account

  • Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee

Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

After the Start of the Program

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility Considerations

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Programs Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Due to the location and nature of this program, it is extremely important for student participants to consult with their personal physician and a travel clinician regarding vaccinations and health precautions. Information about required or recommended vaccinations can be found on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) page for Jordan. Please note that for some vaccinations to be effective, you will need to visit your personal physician or a travel health clinic at least 4-8 weeks before departure to receive them.

Due to the rugged terrain of the Petra landscape, the lodgings in a village outside of the Petra Archeological Park, and the nature of long days of archaeological dig work in a hot climate, this program may present physical challenges to participants. It is advised that students are in good physical health with strong physical conditioning prior to the start of the program. We encourage students of all physical abilities to consult with the program leader, Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal, and the education abroad adviser for Africa and the Middle East about whether this program is a good fit academically and physically. Global Programs will work closely with the faculty leader to explore reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. While Global Programs strives to make accommodations for most disabilities, due to the nature of this program, there may be limits to the accessibility, support services, and accommodations available at the site.

Gender and LGBTQA Considerations 

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith Considerations 

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website.


You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline, February 1. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

In the case of limited spaces, applicants from Behrend Campus will have priority over students at other campuses. 

Contact Education Abroad

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website.

Education Abroad Advisers

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.