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  • Locations: Irbid, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
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 Location Irbid, Jordan
Exploration Seminar
August 21 – September 16, 2016
 Estimated    Program Fee $5,000
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Heidi Gough
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline EXTENDED - March 1, 2016
 Information  Session(s) TBD. Contact program director for more information or visit the course canvas site:
  General Learn how engineers approach and solve water challenges in an arid country.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Program Description

bout impacts of climate on water engineering
deserts and natural water resources critical to Jordan
drinking water and wastewater treatment plants in Northern Jordan
hydraulic engineering systems in ancient cities Interact with local students and regional experts
living in a water scarce region

Water is a scarce commodity. Many parts of the world receive very little annual rainfall, including much of the developing world. Jordan has faced the challenge of water scarcity for many generations, and is ranked among the 3 most water-scarce nations in the world. Beginning in the 1950s large work projects began to modernize the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of Jordan. But in a dry hot climate, the chemistry, biology, and physics of water treatment processes change. Thus, Jordanian engineers and scientists must rely on both well established technologies and technologies adapted to the local environmental and cultural conditions, while simultaneously facing the constant challenge of declining water resources. Jordanian engineers and scientists rely on both well established technologies as well as new innovations to manage their water. This course will examine the impacts of a hot arid climate on water engineering using examples in Jordan. Topics will include (1) water resources, (2) drinking water treatment and desalination, (3) wastewater treatment and reuse, (4) decentralized treatment, and (5) historic and ancient water engineering. Students will interact with the faculty and students of the Jordan University for Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, which will act as a base for class meetings and discussions.


Irbid, Jordan


Petra and Irbid.


Primary housing for the students and UW staff will be at a group housing complex located at the JUST Recreation Center. This facility has been specifically designed for international groups that travel to JUST throughout the year. There are four rooms: 1 for male students, 1 for female student, and 1 for each of the UW staff. Participants in the jointly-run JUST course also stay at the housing. During nights away from the housing (e.g. for Petra and Wadi Mujib field trips) belongings will remain at the primary housing.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The course is designed to be of interest to students wanting to learn the science of arid region water engineering. This course will cover core knowledge important to juniors through graduate students with a water resource or environmental engineering focus in CEE. The course will also be of interest to those in other science areas who are looking to expand the breadth of their knowledge and to non-science students studying other aspects of water. Typically, students who have completed their junior year are most likely to succeed in this course, though exceptional freshmen and sophomores who are willing to work hard are also good applicants.


5 Credits


CEE 497. CEE 597 or ENGR 498 (5 credits): Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land

Engineered water systems play a vital societal role through water and wastewater treatment to ensure public health and environmental protection. Climate and cultural attitudes toward water differ drastically around the globe, both of which impact the effectiveness of engineering water systems designs. This course will examine impacts of a hot dry climate on water engineering systems by studying the engineered water cycle in Jordan including (Unit 1) Water Cycles and Water Sources in Jordan, (Unit 2) Drinking Water Treatment and distribution in Jordan including Desalination, (Unit 3) Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, (Unit 4) Decentralized and On-site Treatment, and (Unit 5) Ancient Water Engineering.

Learning Goals: 

This course has been designed to provide students with the contextual background to apply critical thinking skills to water engineering problems in an international context, including to:

  • Identify water resources and treatment plant operations that are affected by high ambient temperatures, by application of core engineering principles - Discuss cultural traditions and practices that impact water engineering in Jordan,
  • Communicate science or engineering ideas in an oral presentation format,
  • Work in cross-cultural teams to achieve scientific outcomes
  • Sketch ancient water engineering systems and use modern engineering theories to postulate how ancient water units may have worked.

ENGR 498 is designed for students that have limited or no science background. This is a “science for the non-scientist” course. The same content is covered, but in less depth and with no pre-assumption of scientific knowledge.

Program Directors & Staff

Heidi Gough, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Program Director

Dr. Heidi Gough is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Washington. She studies the role of microbiology in waste treatment and conversion of waste into energy. She has taught courses in Wastewater Treatment and Microbial Indicators of Sewage Contamination. This will be the 4th time that she leads the course Engineering Jordan.

Program Expenses

Cost: $5,000

Estimated Program Fee of $5,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($325), airfare, snacks and food (about $50), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $2,000* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $325 October 14, 2016
Program Fee Balance $5,000 October 14, 2016


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW Academic Calendar. Exploration Seminars take place in early fall, but have payment and financial aid disbursement schedules that mirror autumn quarter. Since Exploration Seminars start before the start of the autumn quarter, your fall financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. This means you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare and health insurance at the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you plan for your time abroad.

Student short-term loans are available from the UW Financial Aid Office during quarters that you are enrolled. If you do not plan to take summer quarter coursework and are interested in taking a loan to cover upfront costs, you need to apply before spring quarter ends. The bulk of the program fee for Exploration Seminars is not due until October, after the program has ended.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $325 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.