Student safety is our number one priority. FIE’s partner in Jordan, AMIDEAST, has been working in the Middle East/North Africa for more than 60 years and maintains a close relationship with embassies in the region. AMIDEAST staff members constantly monitor the political and security situation in Jordan and in other surrounding countries. As part of your pre-departure orientation you will be advised to register your travel to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Jordan with your home country embassy. (US nationals register via http://step.state.gov)
In January 2018, the US Department of State launched new Travel Advisories and Alerts to make it easier for US citizens to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. For more details and FAQs about these Travel Advisories and Alerts, please see www.travel.state.gov/travelsafely.
The locations in Jordan that the US Department of State recommends travelers avoid have been classified as prohibited locations for all FIE/AMIDEAST students under our joint Travel Policies since the start of the Conflict and the Struggle for Peace program.
All students planning to travel independently MUST submit an online AMIDEAST Travel Information Form in advance of traveling anywhere outside of Amman.
Students should note that some home institutions have policies regarding independent travel. Students are responsible for making themselves aware of all home institution policies regarding travel and to abide by those policies. Regarding independent travel generally and/or travel to a specific location, a home institution’s policies regarding travel may be more or less restrictive than the FIE/AMIDEAST travel policies. In such cases, THE MORE RESTRICTIVE POLICY APPLIES, and FIE/AMIDEAST adheres to home institutions’ policies that are more restrictive.
In general, FIE and AMIDEAST encourage students to be extremely attentive to their surroundings at all times when traveling. Further, it is imperative that students remain abreast of news reports about the locations to which they will travel independently in order to avoid areas of high risk.