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Titlesociology italy
Location Irbid, Jordan
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 25- September 20, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,450
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites To make sure that all students will be able to understand the academic content of the course, it is highly recommended that students have taken some college-level science (e.g. PHYS 121, CHEM 142, MATH 124 or similar). Exception will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Program Directors Heidi L Gough|
Renata Bura|
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 22, 2:30 and Jan 23, 12:30.Location TBD
General Visit the ancient city of Petra, swim in the Dead Sea, and learn about how water is managed, treated, and conserved on one of the most water scares nations in the world.

Program Description

This course examines impacts of a hot dry climate on water engineering systems by studying the engineered water cycle in Jordan including: water cycles and sources in Jordan; drinking water treatment and desalination; wastewater treatment and reuse; decentralized and on-site treatment; and ancient water engineering.

about impacts of climate on water engineering
available desert water resources with regional water demands
drinking water and wastewater treatment plants in Northern Jordan
hydraulic engineering systems in ancient cities
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


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. Additional housing on the JUST campus may be used if the program grows beyond the JUST Recreation Center.
During nights away from the housing (e.g. for Petra and Wadi Mujib field trips) belongings will remain at the primary housing.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

To make sure that all students will be able to understand the academic content of the course, it is highly recommended that students have taken some college-level science (e.g. PHYS 121, CHEM 142, MATH 124 or similar). Exception will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


5 UW Credits


CEE 497 (jointly offered: CEWA 597, ERSM 498): Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land (5 Credits)

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 include:
This course is designed to provide students with the contextual background to apply critical thinking skills to water engineering problems on a regional scale and in an international context, including to
1. Discuss interconnections among water source, water treatment, and wastewater reclamation using a specific example in Jordan.
2. Describe water sources in Jordan and the demands placed upon them from 1st-hand observations
3. List the steps in water treatment and wastewater treatment, and describe the function of each step
4. Diagram an ancient water engineering system and use modern engineering theories to postulate how the ancient system may have worked.
5. Identify water resources and treatment plant operations that are affected by high ambient temperatures, by application of core engineering principles
6. Identify cultural traditions and practices that impact water engineering in Jordan,
7. Work in cross-cultural teams to achieve scientific outcomes
8. Define “Cross-cultural Competency” within a science and engineering collaborative working setting based on personal experience.
9. Communicate science or engineering ideas to a targeted audience within a cross-cultural setting,
10. Prepare a compendium of notes and knowledge in a single resource (i.e. notebook) that can serve as a reference for future course work and professional practice



Heidi L Gough, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Program Director

Dr. Gough is an Associate Research 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. Muna Abu-Dalo, Jordan University for Science and Technology, Local Program Coordinator Dr. Abu-Dalo is an Associate Professor in the departments of Applied Chemical Sciences and Civil Engineering, and the former head of the Environmental Center at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. She studies chemical/physical processes for water and industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse in Jordan. This will be the 5th time that Drs. Gough and Abu-Dalo have co-run this study abroad.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,400)
  • Food (about $2/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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