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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Human Rights, Forced Migration, and Education (PSCI 454)
Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil, Political Science
Dr. Fernando Chang-Muy, Law
Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Graduate School of Education
An unprecedented number of forced migrants are challenging the world order. Recent approximate figures suggest that over 63 million people are forced migrants. While the bulk of these forced migrants are internally displaced, over twenty million are refugees in other countries. The bulk of these refugees are women and children. This course explores forced migration through the lens of human rights. Drawing on human rights frameworks to explore refugee policy and its applications (particularly in the context of education), this course will challenge and expand students’ understandings of human rights as they are applied to refugees.

Travel to Jordan May 18 - 26, 2018

Course Information
Click here to view a preliminary course syllabus: PSCI 454 Syllabus Draft.pdf
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Due to the dates of travel, seniors graduating in May are not eligible. 
No prerequisites.
This course counts toward the Global Human Rights Certificate Program


The details of this itinerary are notional and subject to change.
Date Activities Location
Friday, 5/18 Depart Philadelphia Philadelphia
Saturday, 5/19 Arrive in Amman Amman
Sunday, 5/20 - Thursday, 5/24 Refugee camp visits, public school visits, meetings with embassies and international organizations Amman
Friday, 5/25 Cultural visits Amman
Saturday, 5/26 Return to Philadelphia Philadelphia

Travel and Accommodation

Students will not be required to take a group flight to Lebanon, but they will be given specific parameters about when to arrive in Beirut.
Accommodations include hotels (double occupancy).

Cost and Finance

Penn Global Seminars are funded by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund. All in-country logistical costs, including accommodations, transportation, entrance fees, translation services, and group meals, are covered by Penn Global. Students do not pay a program fee to participate in a Global Seminar.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the round-trip flight to the program site. For this course, students will not be required to travel on a group flight. Students are also responsible for personal meals, visa fees, and vaccinations, where applicable.

A preliminary budget sheet is available here: Budget Sheet - Human Rights, Forced Migration, and Education (PGS 017).pdf

A $250 deposit is assessed after a student commits to the program and is refunded upon receiving the student's confirmed flight itinerary. Students will be notified before the deposit is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible for an adjustment to their aid to cover the out-of-pocket costs of the program. Penn Abroad will share a budget sheet with Student Financial Services so that adjustments to the aid package can be determined.

All costs related to the on-campus component of the program are the responsibility of the student and are not figured into the program budget for SFS.

Next Steps

The application for this program opens September 11, 2017 and closes October 6, 2017. Please apply using the "Apply Now" button located at the top right section of this brochure. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee which includes the course instructor and Penn Abroad staff. Strong applicants may be invited for an in-person interview. 

Students will be notified of their decision on October 25, 2017 and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

Please direct application questions to Laurie Jensen, Penn Global Seminars Manager, at

This program is currently not accepting applications.