For international students seeking to experience life in a bustling Arab capital, Amman is a superb location. With a growing population of more than 3 million, it is the center of Jordan’s political, commercial, and cultural life. It enjoys an excellent infrastructure, contemporary amenities, diverse shopping options, numerous entertainment venues, and advanced hospitals. Nevertheless, the city has ancient roots going back as far as the 8th millennium BCE. For the historically inclined, there are fascinating sites to be discovered, including the Ammonite ruins on Jabal Al-Qalaa (“Citadel Hill”) and the impeccably preserved 6000-seat Roman amphitheater.
Consistently rated among the urban areas with the highest quality of living in the Middle East, Amman is widely recognized as safe, clean, well-administered, politically stable, and tourist-friendly. The city is a renowned regional educational center, home to 14 universities and a plethora of colleges, institutes, and research centers. As such, it has a student-friendly vibe, and a large population of youth.
Amman’s moderate climate affords its residents an experience of the four seasons without the undue hindrance caused by the extremities of coldness or heat. The local dress code is liberal and relaxed, and the general atmosphere is characterized by openness. This is reflected in the large number of music and film festivals, concerts, and other cultural events hosted in the city throughout the year.
Students benefit greatly from Amman's location in the heart of the Arab Mashriq. It is an ideal base from which to explore the region at large, and its central setting has left an indelible mark on the Arabic spoken in it. Instead of being a product of extremely localized development, its dialect is characterized by outward-looking exposure, arising out of the mixed background of the city's inhabitants and their constant interaction with others in the region. This makes it particularly well-suited for learners of Arabic. Moreover, due to the instability afflicting other traditional centers of Arabic instruction, the city has now established itself as the most attractive location for the study of this major tongue, spoken by hundreds of millions of people across the world and recognized as one of the six official languages of the United Nations.