There are approximately twenty-two universities in Jordan. These are two types of institutions: public, which are funded by the government; and private institutions. The educational system is highly influenced by Anglo-Saxon tradition (see below), with primary language of instructions being Arabic and English.
Jordan prides itself on its advanced education system, boasting the highest ratio of researchers in Research and Development among all Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries. It is home to the University of Jordan, an institution regarded as among the most prestigious universities in the Arab world, housing over 40 000 students. Conditions for international students are subject to individual universities’ regulations, and further requirements of residency. For more information please refer to http://www.moe.gov.jo/.
The Jordan educational system is strongly influenced by Anglo-Saxon educational tradition, nonetheless some students opt for shorter community college education of just two years. Its university degree framework follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’, with the Bachelor's degrees normally lasting four years. In Dentistry, Pharmacy and Engineering, studies normally take five years, whereas in Medicine six years is the standard length.
It is followed by a two year Master’s degree, culminating in a Doctoral degree, which is awarded after three to five years of further study and the submission of an original dissertation.
Entrance requirements vary across institution, study level and subject area with a General Secondary Education Certificate, or equivalent such as A-levels being required for first-cycle admissions. International applicants are required to submit an equivalent to their certificate issued by the Ministry of Education in Jordan. Generally speaking, applicants are assessed against their academic background and previous academic achievements.
The tuition and fees required from students vary significantly, depending on the specialties, type of admission, and degree sought. For foreign students, the annual fees for a Bachelor’s degree can vary between approximately £4 450 and £14 660. For undergraduate courses international students can expect to pay between. Postgraduate tuitions are move in a similar range, varying between £6 300 and £8 040. Private education fees are comparable or slightly lower than for public institutions.
Financial support is very limited. Usually only the top achievers in secondary education are eligible for scholarships covering tuition; however the Ministry of Education provides a number of loans and further grants for successful university students.
Information for International Students
The admission process is usually administered by the university of one’s choice, however admission policies in general are determined by The Council of Higher Education. Nonetheless requirements of proof of previous education and nationality form an integral part of virtually each admission process. For international citizens, relevant residency requirements also apply, nonetheless it is usually possible to apply for a student visa only once the applicant has secured a place at one of the city’s universities.
Total costs for a year of university study have been estimated at £9 150, including rent. Monthly accommodation costs vary between £600 and £900, with a loaf of bread costing cca £0.4, meal at McDonald’s being approximately £6 in Hong Kong, and a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costing approximately £40.