German Jordanian University / GJU

Founded in 2005

The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university located in Mushaqar. It was modelled on the German applied-sciences model, characterized by their focus on putting knowledge into practice and on promoting knowledge transfer. We aim to play a significant role in promoting links between Jordan and Europe, particularly Germany. By taking advantage of the best educational practices in both Jordan and Germany, the University has positioned itself as a leader in its field.

The University's focus is on providing undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest quality. It offers over 20 programs, with a student body of around 5,000, drawn predominantly from Jordan, but also including international students. GJU takes pride in the student-centered environment for learning and believes that quality education is founded upon close associations between faculty and students.

GJU recognizes research and research-led teaching as primary responsibilities of its academic staff and places value on fostering, publishing, and disseminating research of the highest quality internationally. The University's mission, goal, and strategy statements reflect this strong emphasis on the importance of quality research. It provides lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of people, capitalizing extensively on partnerships with private companies and public agencies in the region.

Professional Diploma "Social Work: Migration and Refugees", hosted by the Department of Social Work, School of Applied Humanities and Languages, is a specialized postgraduate programme focusing on treating the challenges of refugees and migration. It provides an understanding of refugees and migrants in the context of conflicts and socio-political change. In addition, the programme brings together national, regional and international aspects and perspectives to encompass the current pressing issues of refugees.

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  • Courses for NOHA students

    Semester 3        09/ 2020 – 01/ 2021
    •       4 modules                                                                                      18 ECTS
    •       Internship                                                                                       4.5 ECTS
    •       Arabic course                                                                                 7.5 ECTS

    NOHA students will join the courses of the Professional Diploma in Social Work: Migration of Refugees. This programme offers an understanding of refugees and migrants in context of conflicts and socio-political change. It aims at providing information and practical knowledge in a limited and manageable period of time. The Professional Diploma will provide a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of migration and refugees as well as a focus on practical knowledge. It will examine the UN and other international, national and civil society organizational strategies, frameworks and mechanisms. The programme has a total duration of 5 months (4 months of lectures + 1 month of field training/internship) and comprises 15 credit hours (CH). 1 credit hour is an equivalent of 1.5 ECTS, hence each of the courses offered by GJU has 4.5 ECTS. To complete the semester, NOHA students will participate in the Arabic language courses (7.5 ECTS).

    No. Name ECTS
      5 compulsory courses
    1. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Refugees 4.5
    2. Administration and Coordination of Humanitarian Systems and Sustainable Transition Building 4.5
    3. Social Work with Minors and Women in the Country of Origin or Transit 4.5
    4. Field Training Internship 4.5
    7. Conducting research with refugees 4.5
      Additional course in Arabic language
    8. Arabic language for foreigners 7.5

    Courses of the diploma will be taught on 4 days per week with 3 hours per day in the afternoon, i. e. 12 hours per week. Classroom hours are contact hours of 45 minutes each.
    Full programme description is available here.

    Please note that there may be changes in the modules presented above according to revisions made by the partner university to adjust the curriculum to the future academic calendars.
  • Download GJU third semester manual 2022

Useful info

  • Studying at the GJU/in Jordan

    The GJU offers 17 undergraduate programs and six postgraduate (Masters) programs, with a student body of over 3000 students: 15% of which are foreign students and the remaining majority from across Jordan. For more information on available study programs and why to choose GJU, please visit our About the University and Programs Directory pages, or check out the GJU Broschure.
    Please be aware that GJU has different campuses. The main campus is near Madaba, 25km southward outside Amman (see Contact Us | Location Map). The campus for Architecture and Design students, however, is in Downtown Amman, on the premises of the Othman Bdeir House (see Map | GoogleMaps | Campus Map #1 | Campus Map #2).

    Note: NOHA students will have their classes in Downtown Amman, Othman Bdeir House.
  • Academic calendar

    Academic year 2019-2020:
    Fall semester:  Expected start on 30 September 2019, for the duration of sixteen weeks. This will be confirmed when the academic calendar is formally announced in the spring of 2019. The exchange semester for NOHA students takes place between September and January.
    The GJU academic calendar may be found on
  • Accommodation

    GJU still doesn’t dispose of own dormitories. Nevertheless the Deanship of Students' Affairs in coordination with the International Office will help you finding a room or a flat for your stay in Amman. Please check out the following options:
  • Living costs

    In Amman, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized as follows:
    1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High
    2) Clothing: High
    3) Communication: Low
    4) Education: Average
    5) Furniture & Appliances: High
    6) Groceries: Average
    7) Healthcare: Very Low
    8) Household Accommodation: Average
    9) Miscellaneous: High
    10) Personal Care: Very Low
    11) Recreation & Culture: High
    12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average
    13) Transport: Very Low
  • Visas

    Students from a large number of countries can obtain a one-month visa upon arrival at the airport (for a list of countries whose citizens are not required to obtain a visa prior to arriving to Jordan, refer to the link Later on, the students will receive an official letter from the university to facilitate the procedure of obtaining a residency permit or extending the visa.
    Students from countries, whose citizens are required to obtain a visa prior to arriving to Jordan must apply for a visa at the nearest Jordanian Embassy or consulate.


German Jordanian University / GJU

School of Applied Humanities and Languages
Department of Social Work
P.O Box 35247, Amman 11180 Jordan
Phone: +962 6 429 4700
Fax: +962 6 430 0215

Dr Sahar Makhamreh, Head of Department

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Last updated: 19 March 2018

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