Jordan 2019 Details | Integrated Heritage Project

Heritage in Transition: Communities, development, and reconstruction

From June 23rd to July 25th 2019 IHP will host a cohort students for the inaugural Heritage Management Field Program (HMFP) in Jordan. The 5-week residential course has been designed to explore and address some of the most challenging and significant issues facing the international cultural heritage sector today.

Heritage destruction in times of conflict has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. IHP’s groundbreaking course gives students a unique insight into the key theoretical and practical dimensions of heritage management, as well as an understanding of the wider role cultural heritage plays in times of conflict and conflict recovery, and in community driven development programs, identity politics and international relations. Visits to sites around Jordan will provide ‘on the ground’ case studies for understanding heritage destruction in times of conflict, the importance of heritage to refugee populations and the challenges and opportunities posed by tourism development.

Participants will engage with local communities, national authorities, government officials, and heritage professionals to understand the complexities of successfully managing heritage sites in ways that more fully account for their wider social significance. Weekly modules are built around a mix of site visits, field research, lectures, group discussions, and written assignments. Located in Madaba, the IHP Heritage Management Field Program includes working visits to Petra, Jerash, the Dead Sea, Amman, and Umm El-Jimal. The course benefits from a number of local partnerships, including the Madaba Plains Project at Tell Hisban run by Andrews University and Sela, a local nonprofit cultural resource management organization.

Students will be from varied international and local backgrounds and will share and engage in the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and values around heritage. The HMFP will provide a transformative and rigorous academic experience that will encourage students to think critically about the role of heritage today.


For millenia, Jordan has been at the confluence of cultures and the meeting place for peoples making it one of the most culturally rich nations in the world. At the cross-roads of the Middle East, connecting cultures from Asia, Africa, and Europe, Jordan is a country rich in cultural heritage – tangible and intangible – spanning thousands of years of history. From the ancient Nabatean city of Petra to the majestic dessert landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan is home to incredible and unique examples of cultural and natural heritage.

The modern peoples of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are proud of their safe, hospitable country. Drawing on bedouin traditions, they warmly welcome guests from all over the world. Jordan is a constitutional monarchy ruled by King Abdullah II with a population of 10 million, and located between Saudi Arabia, Iraq , Syria, Israel, and Palestine. The capital, Amman, is the country’s economic hub.

The program will be based in the town of Madaba, approximately 19 miles (30km) south west of Amman, and the archaeological heritage site of Tall Hisban. The ancient city of Madaba is known as the City of Mosaics with a rich history and culture including many Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, the Madaba Archaeological Park, the Mosaic School, and famed restaurants, hotels, cafes, and other amenities.

IHP’s Heritage Management Field Program: A unique opportunity

  • Hands-on practical field-based experience
  • Immersive cultural and international experience
  • Work with experts in the field
  • Work on existing heritage projects
  • Contribute to community development
  • Exposure to diverse professional and theoretical perspectives about heritage

In the field of cultural heritage there are very few opportunities to gain international, practical, field based experience specifically in heritage management. The HMFP will provide the opportunity to gain practical field experience in the specific discipline of heritage management. Additionally, participants will gain exposure to leading international academic perspectives on issues related to cultural heritage, heritage management, and cultural property in a country rich with cultural resources.

Participants will work closely with Jordanian communities, government officials, and professionals to learn about Jordan’s cultural heritage and the myriad challenges of managing and protecting the country’s rich and diverse heritage.  Further, HMFP students will have the opportunity to work on existing projects contributing community development and protection of Jordan’s heritage.

Course Dates:

Saturday, June 23, 2017 – Thursday July 26, 2018


The HMFP consists of 4 weeks of intensive course work and lectures. Each week students will explore different themes in cultural heritage:

  • Heritage & Society I: from conflict to post-conflict recovery, destruction to reconstruction
  • Heritage & Society II: reconciliation, development and identity
  • Planning for Heritage & Tourism
  • Heritage & Communities: building resilience
  • Final Projects: & Symposium

The 5th and final week students will present final group projects at a symposium

Each module will be complimented by:

  • Site visits
  • Field research
  • Guest lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Written assignments

Sunday, February 11

Sunday, March 31

Saturday, April 6 

Sunday, April 15

Tuesday, May 1

Friday, June 1

Fri June 21 / Sat 22

June 23 – June 29

June 30 – July 6

July 7 – July 14

July 15 – July 21

July 22 – July 24

Thursday, July 25

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Deposit Due

Tuition Payment Due

Course Materials sent

Arrival & Orientation

Week 1 of Classes

Week 2 of Classes

Week 3 of Classes

Week 4 of Classes

Week 5 Final Project work

Symposium & Closing Ceremony

Faculty will serve as instructors and provide guided application of theory in the field. Students will have a singular opportunity to learn from the best, meet with government officials, and work directly with leaders of local heritage sites. Students come from a diverse range of backgrounds countries, and cultures. The program welcomes university students –graduate students, senior undergraduates, professionals, and heritage practitioners.

Students will be required to participate in group discussions during lectures and seminars. Additionally, they will be required to complete at least one written assignment per course topic (5). Students will also be required to submit a final project at the end of the program.

For the final project, students will be divided into groups (project teams) and work together to produce a final project to be presented at the end of the program at a closing symposium. For these final projects students will design a proposal for a previously identified need associated with the development of the Tall Hisban Visitor Center and Nabulsi Institute of Cultural Heritage.


Full program fee is USD $4,395. The tuition fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board and accommodation (shared room + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project e-handbook, reading materials, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/site visits/entrance fees and administrative costs. Fee does not include airfare or health/travel insurance.

Once accepted to the program, a deposit of $1,500 is required to secure your place on the program. Deposit is due April 15, 2018. The final payment is due by May 1, 2018. If payments are not made by the specified deadlines, your place will be given to another student. There is no application fee. Once accepted, students will receive the link to make payments and secure a place.


Students, staff, and faculty will be staying at a hotel in the city of Madaba. Students will share rooms – 2 people per room; two single beds. If students would prefer to have a single occupancy room they can do so at additional cost. Hotel facilities include internet, restaurant, outdoor areas, and other services.

For site visits and fieldwork in other regions in the country, we will stay in hotels or guesthouses. Accommodation while traveling will be basic, so please be prepared to be flexible.

Travel Info:

Students are expected to arrive in Jordan on June, 22 2018 by 2pm local time at the Queen Alia International Airport. IHP will arrange for group transportation for international students from the airport to Madaba. Pick up time will be confirmed at a later date. The Queen Alia International Airport outside Amman is located 22km east of Madaba. If students would prefer to arrange their own transportation to Madaba taxis and public buses are available. We ask that students arrive at the hotel in Madaba no later than 4pm.

Student Safety:

The safety of our participants is paramount. IHP has robust systems in place to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. All participants must agree to adhere to these systems for the duration of the program. IHP conducts regular risk assessments of our programs and the regions in which we operate. We monitor and adhere to international guidelines as specified by:

To the best of our ability, IHP works to ensure the health and safety of all participants but it is impossible to eliminate all risk. As such, IHP is insured by the American International Group, Inc. (AIG). AIG provides for emergency medical evacuation, emergency security evacuation, and other emergency requirements. This covers participants for the duration of the program only and does not include health, medical, dental, or travel insurance.

All students are required to provide proof of health and travel insurance prior to arrival. They will not be allowed to participate on the program without this. Students are also required to undergo a medical approval process to ensure their ability to participate in the program. June and July in Jordan can be extremely hot and dry. Students will be spending significant amounts of time outdoors in the field, without air conditioning, in physically active situations. To ensure the safety of all of our participants it is absolutely necessary to confirm the physical and mental health of each student.