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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Field Work with Syrian Refugees in Jordan

This class will look at the Syrian tragedy from a critical perspective of experiments in conflict resolution interventions from their pre-war stage inside Syria to their current mid-war period. Students will learn about the challenges facing Syrian refugees, meet with activists and humanitarian workers, and learn from organizations attempting to address these challenges and mitigate the disastrous results of the conflict. This is a service-learning course that brings students face-to-face with the refugee situation and the realities of the conflict on the ground. In partnership with Project Amal ou Salam, students complete several days of service work over the course of the trip. Students will stay in Amman and travel to refugee areas north of the city to volunteer with schools sponsored by Project Amal ou Salam.

Program Details

Credits Offered

  • CONF 695-1: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees
  • CONF 385: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with Syrian Refugees
  • CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics


This program runs in two cycles: Spring Break and Summer. Both terms are open to all undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply. 



Program Cost (Summer 2018): $3,890**

  • 3 credits
  • Hotel for all 8 nights of the course (shared rooms)
  • 2 meals per day
  • In-country ground transportation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Visa
  • Personal spending
  • Some meals

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Arrival to Amman; orientation
Day 2 Meeting with women Syrian activists and overview of Project Amal ou Salam
Day 3 Visit the Project Amal ou Salam School in Jerash; guided tour of Roman ruins
Day 4 Visit to the women's center in Zizya or Al Hosn to facilitate a workshop on civic engagement
Day 5 Visit to a children's center in Amman that focuses on trauma-affected youth; talk on media and the Syrian revolution
Day 6 Meeting with refugee NGOs; panel discussion with a Syrian who works at Zaatari camp and a Syrian who works with refugees outside the camps
Day 7 Visit to children's center in Irbid; meetings with activists in Amman
Day 8 Visit to a rehabilitation center and discussion with the Syrian women who run it; farewell dinner

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Associate Director
Michelle Everson
(703) 993-4473

Dr. Marc Gopin
Ms. Hind Kabawat

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.