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Education in Jordan

During the last two decades, the sector of higher education in Jordan witnessed prominent development and progress evidenced by the increasing number of institutions of higher education, enrolled students, faculty members, administrative and academic members, size of expenditures and the financial government support to this significant educational sector.

Access to higher education is open to holders of the General Secondary Education Certificate, or its equivalence from abroad, whom can then choose between public and private universities and community colleges depending on their grades.

Jordan is a leader among Arab countries in educational spending as 39 universities; 10 Public, 18 Private, 1 Regional and 2 operating under unique regulations, 8 university colleges. In addition to 39 community colleges currently house around 46,000 international students.

In Jordan, English is the language of instruction in scientific, medical, allied medical faculties and in many other disciplines. Furthermore, the credit hour system of teaching is adopted rather than the year system. Multiple academic programs are accredited by international agencies like the engineering programs, medical sciences programs and business administration programs.

Universities in Jordan offer a wide range of study programs. Classes in Arabic as well as English are offered in many universities in Jordan. There are 3 types of higher education institutions:

  • - Public universities.
  • - Private universities.
  • - Other Institutions with special nature features such as The World Islamic Sciences Education University, Arab Open University-Jordan branch (where the main branch is in Kuwait).
All of these universities are subject to the international standards of accreditation in terms of licensing and monitoring administered by the Higher Education Council, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions.

The majority of teachers in Higher Education Institutions are Ph.D. holders and graduates of prestigious European and American universities. They have high qualifications and expertise in their respective fields. Currently, there are approximately 11,688 male and female faculty members with different academic ranks (Professor/ Associate Professor/Assistant Professor).

You can see a list of all Jordanian universities in the 'Explore' section, and to learn more about Jordanian higher education in general, please visit the following websites: