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Personal Expenses

To help you budget for additional out-of-pocket expenses in Jordan, see an estimate of what ACM students have spent in the past. 

Sample Budget for a Semester in Jordan

Passport $135

Pre-departure medical costs


Airfare (Chicago to Amman, round trip)


Local transportation¹


Personal expenses²



Books and supplies $80–155

¹ Students use taxis to travel between the AMIDEAST program center and their homestay.

² Includes personal travel and entertainment. See the cost of living in Jordan for examples of common personal expenses.

Cost of Living in Jordan

As you look at the following cost estimates for common personal purchases in Jordan, refer to for the current exchange rate between the US dollar and the Jordanian dinar (JD).

Newspaper 1–2 JD  
Bus ticket 35 'irsh
Taxi (flat rate to anywhere in city) 1–4 JD
Movie ticket 5–8 JD
Pint of beer 5–10 JD
Liter of milk 2–3 JD
Lunch takeout 1–7 JD
Dinner at a restaurant 6–15 JD
Box of cereal 3–5 JD
Cup of coffee 0.5–5 JD
Shampoo 3–8 JD
Soap 3–8 JD
Feminine products 510 JD
Bug spray 5–10 JD
Sunscreen 8 JD

This page was updated on January 23, 2017.