** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
As the only Missouri State Study Away program in Jordan, which is one of the few truly “safe spots” in the region today. In addition to servicing our students interested in archaeology and Middle East Studies, the program gives our Arabic language students the opportunity to use and develop their language skills in an applied setting, as we live and work long hours in local communities. For history, it is an initial step in furthering our initiatives in public history. The skills learned in the field are those that can be applied to a variety of related jobs in the U.S., as the students will learn to keep detailed field records, learn some Arabic, develop drafting and surveying skills, and learn to live abroad in a setting that is unique for study away programs.
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
HST 374 (3)
HST 674 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3
Department of History
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Depart Chicago for Jordan
Arrival in Jordan
Walking Tour of Madaba (the biblical town and our base)
Bus Tour to Umm al-Rasas, Dhiban (biblical Dibon), Machaerus Fortress (where John the Baptist was beheaded) and Khirbet Ataruz (biblical Ataroth)
Bus Tour of Northern Jordan: Amman, Salt, Baq’ah Valley, Zarqa (biblical Jabbok) River, Jerash (NT Gerasa), Ajlun, Gadera, Pella, Tell Deir ‘Allah (biblical Succoth) and the Jordan Valley
Bus Tour to Amman: Amman SDA Church, Rainbow Street, Wild Jordan, Amman Citadel, Theatre, Tall al ‘Umayri, Tall Jalul
Bus Tour to the Dead Sea: The Jordan River, Baptism site, Bethany beyond Jordan, Amman City Beach and the Dead Sea
Fieldwork - Celebration of Hisban 50th anniversary in village
Bus departs to Petra: Desert Highway, Hejaz Railway, Shobak Castle, biblical Edom, Wadi Musa and Little Petra
Petra Archaeological Park Tour
Bus departs to Madaba: King’s Highway, Moab, al Kerak Castle (biblical Kir Haresheth), Wadi Mujib (the biblical Arnon River), Khirbat Iskandar, Madaba
Depart Jordan for Chicago
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!
Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students. Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.
Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad. Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.
Billing & Procedures
Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline. This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee.
The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.