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Study Abroad in Amman
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Take your language skills to the next level with CIEE’s Advanced Arabic Language program in Amman. Our Jordanian professors work with you on reading, writing, oral production, and comprehension so that you can take courses like history and religion in Arabic. Homestays or Arabic-only apartments, peer language assistants, excursions, and volunteer opportunities all contribute to your ability to develop your Arabic skills to new levels.

Study abroad in Amman and you’ll:

  • Develop high levels of proficiency in Arabic language
  • Enroll in Arabic language subject courses on history, culture, literature, media, etc.
  • Work with a faculty mentor and develop Arabic writing skills through an advanced writing and research course
  • Visit museums, theaters, and galleries, take day excursions to famous archaeological sites, and an overnight trip to Petra
  • Participate in an innovative Arabic language rural retreat
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Challenge yourself by enrolling in a variety of courses taught entirely in Arabic. Improve your technical writing and public speaking; study contemporary Arabic literature or poetry; explore Arabic media, or get an introduction to Islam.

Excursions

Visit Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders in Wadi Rum and Petra – all with Arabic-speaking guides. Sleep in tents in the middle of the desert. Tour the Rose-Red City. You’ll also take part in a mid-semester rural retreat in the Jordan Valley or the south of Jordan, where you’ll continue classes with your instructors and participate in service-learning activities in local communities. You’ll also go on special outings to social and cultural events – films, lectures, and exhibits – in the target language.

Volunteering

Learn more about Jordanians and their daily lives by volunteering. There are lots of ways to help underserved and impoverished communities in Amman and many organizations with which you can volunteer. In recent semesters, students have “adopted” an elementary school in a nearby rural community, renovating the building while working alongside members of the local community and getting to know the children.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Predeparture advising
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
06/01/2016
08/28/2016
12/16/2016
$17,750

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,812
Housing ***
$2,520
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day during the week, and most weekend meals.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$800
International Airfare *
$950
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$188
Personal expenses
$1,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
11/15/2016
01/22/2017
05/12/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,863
Housing ***
$2,520
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day during the week, and most weekend meals.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,350
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$188
Personal expenses
$1,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $1200 for meals

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Academic year 2016-2017 (37 wks)
06/01/2016
08/28/2016
05/12/2017
$33,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$28,242
Housing ***
$5,040
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day during the week, and most weekend meals.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,600
International Airfare *
$950
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$188
Personal expenses
$3,500
Expenses during break **
$1,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 3.3 GPA in Modern Standard Arabic
  • 4 semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent
  • Ability to pass an on-site proficiency exam, which is not based on coverage of any particular Arabic textbook. Successful applicants have generally mastered the concepts covered in the al-Kitaab series through the second book or equivalent, and demonstrate oral proficiency at the intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours. Course contact hours are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students will have two chances to meet the course requirements on the placement exam and can be automatically enrolled in the CIEE Language and Culture or Diplomacy and Policy Studies program. Confirmed students will need to complete an online Oral Proficiency interview with CIEE to ensure suitability.

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About the City

About The City

Amman has an ancient history and a diverse, vibrant modernity . It is an accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas . With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Najeh Abu Orabi

Director of Arabic Instruction

Najeh Abu Orabi, Ph.D., a native of Jordan, has been challenging American students to master the Arabic language for more than a decade. In addition to leading the Arabic Language program, Najeh manages the Arabic language curriculum for CIEE in Jordan. He has a doctorate in Arabic language curricula and education methods and a master’s degree in Arabic language. Najeh also has taught Arabic at the University of Virginia and is a certified ACTFL OPI tester. For the Arabic Language program, Najeh works with a special team of instructors, all of whom hold advanced degrees in Arabic language and literature, have extensive experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language to international students, and are trained in ACTFL standards.

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Zeina Alkaraki

Student Services Manager

Zeina al Karaki joined CIEE Amman as the AL program’s Resident Coordinator in 2012. Zeina received a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship and taught Arabic as a Foreign Language at Valdosta State University, Georgia. She earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from University of Cincinnati, where she also taught Arabic for two years. Zeina also worked with the National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) in Amman within the NCHR Capacity building project. Zeina became Student Services Manager for all of CIEE Amman in Spring 2015.

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Rana Al-Masri

Housing and Logistics Manager

Rana Masri is an 11-year veteran of international education in Amman. She manages all aspects of the housing program in Jordan, in addition to advising students on intercultural adjustment and cultural activities in Amman, and recruiting Arabic-speaking host families for CIEE students in Jordan..

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Elena Corbett

Resident Director

Elena D. Corbett holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She has taught a range of courses in Middle East History, Islamic Civilization, and Arabic. Before joining CIEE as the Amman Study Center’s Resident Director in Fall 2012, she was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History at Penn State University Erie and an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she was also the Academic Programs Coordinator for the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. Elena has also designed and administered several study abroad opportunities for American students in Jordan, including the inaugural year of the Critical Language Scholarship program in 2006. A specialist in the history of the modern Middle East with an M.A. in Islamic archaeology, Elena’s dissertation research focused on 19th-20th century intellectual history, and notions of communal identity in Jordan as based on engagement with archaeology and cultural heritage. She has published her work in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Middle Eastern Studies, and various other print and online venues. The book based on that work, Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites, was published by the University of Texas Press in December 2014. Elena’s next project will return her to the leftist pan-national and national movements of 1950’s-1970’s which first captured her imagination as a modern historian. She is thrilled to be the Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in Amman, where she has spent many years living and working, and where the chance to participate on an archaeological dig brought her on her first study abroad experience as an undergraduate in 1996.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center in Amman

Students will be taking courses at the CIEE Study Center in Amman, located in one of the older core neighborhoods where students will have the opportunity to interact with the local community and have easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students have a choice between housing in Arabic-speaking homestays or in al-Bayt al-'Arabi, Arabic-only apartments shared with other program participants.

Homestays require students to make adjustments in terms of personal privacy, social habits, and other social norms. Students choosing this option normally have breakfast and a main meal with the families during the week and may have all meals with them on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. Meals are provided on excursions.

al-Bayt al-‘Arabi is available pending a minimum number of program participants opting for this housing choice. It requires students to maintain the language commitment among themselves and be responsible for all their own meals. Students opting for al-Bayt al-‘Arabi should be aware that their space will also regularly serve as communal space for informal and formal activities for the entire AL program.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Resident Staff meet with students online and share information about arrival to the site and the program, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The on-site program begins with a mandatory week-long orientation, which introduces you to the academic program and offers extensive, practical information about living in Jordan, with a focus on maintaining health, safety, and security. You will also take the placement exam during this time. Ongoing support for these issues is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as access to computers is otherwise limited. Dongles are provided to all students for internet access along with limited pre-paid internet cards. Cafés are also a convenient and inexpensive option for internet use. Be advised that internet connections in Jordan may be much slower than what you are used to at home.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in Jordan

The academic program is supplemented with numerous cultural activities, as well as excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Trips vary between the fall and spring semesters because of changes in weather. Resident Staff members will also keep you up to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

Independent Travel

You may travel independently in Jordan during weekends and scheduled breaks. Any independent travel outside of Jordan and overnight travel within Jordan requires the completion of the CIEE Amman Independent Travel Form and a review of potential security or safety concerns by the CIEE Resident Director . You also must sign an independent travel waiver, and are expected to inform your home institution and emergency contacts of all independent travel outside of Jordan.

Immersion

Language

All courses are taught in Arabic. Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Arabic at all times with their instructors, peers, and host families.

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Academics

Academics

The Advanced Arabic Language program is designed to provide students with a full immersion experience commensurate with their abilities and proficiency level. All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. This approach enables students to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. Students are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document their language acquisition during their studies here. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam.

Academic Culture

The program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment on the part of students. Classes are small, often taught tutorial style, and require discipline and sustained effort both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors are native Arabic speakers who are trained in their fields and in teaching Arabic language.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Arabic at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society. Keeping the language commitment is a vital component of student language acquisition during the semester that should be thoroughly considered prior to application.

Grading System

Grades (A-F with pluses and minuses, converted from a 100-point scale) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, and, depending on the course, additional assignments, such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation also are incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory in all CIEE classes.

Language of Instruction

Arabic

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Language Courses

ARAB 3005 AMAL

Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation I

ARAB 3006 AMAL

Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation II

Using popular media such as television and radio, students build their vocabulary and conversation skills by discussing current events relevant to contemporary Jordanian society in colloquial Jordanian Arabic. These courses also involve field visits and focus-group style sessions with Jordanians to expand students’ ability to converse in the local dialect. The course content changes each semester to accommodate academic year students. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ARAB 4011 AMJO

Superior Modern Standard Arabic I


ARAB 4012 AMJO

Superior Modern Standard Arabic II


ARAB 3021 AMJO Arabic Writing

This required course is designed to improve students’ Arabic writing skills by focusing on key genres of writing such as: expository, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, communicative, and creative. Assignments are designed to help students hone their ability to write with authentic syntax, using conjunctives and conjunctive phrases important or specific to each genre of writing. Workshopping students’ assignments as a group in class aims to help them develop an advanced style. By the end of the course, students have compiled a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating both their improvement in and mastery of the various genres of writing. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Arabic Subject Courses

HIST 3001 AMAL/ARAB 4006 AMAL

Introduction to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

This course provides a general introduction to the history of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, from the period of the Great Arab Revolt to the accession of King Abdullah. The course also covers the geography and demography of the Kingdom, with a special emphasis on the role of the different Bedouin tribes in Jordanian national identity. Placement is by permission of the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction based on proficiency.

COMM 3003 AMAL/ARAB 4004 AMAL

Contemporary Arab Media

This course emphasizes reading and critiquing Arab print and broadcast media. Students read daily papers and watch news broadcasts in Arabic. This exposes students to the particular patterns of journalistic

Arabic and offers insight into the role of media in the Arab world. The course also includes site visits to Jordanian television and radio stations and to newspaper editorial offices. Placement requires permission of the Director of Arabic Instruction and is based on student proficiency level.

LITT 3001 AMAL/ARAB 4005 AMAL

Readings in Contemporary Arab Literature

This course provides an introduction to contemporary Arabic literature. Students read and critique short stories, novels, and poetry in Arabic. Sample of writers include: Mahmoud Darwish, Fedwa Touqan, Jibran Khalil Jibran, Neguib Mahfouz, Nawal El-Saadawi, and Ghassan Kanafani. This course requires a higher level of reading proficiency and students must obtain the permission of the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction to enroll in this course.

LITT 3002/ARAB 4007 AMAL

Arabic Poetry

Students who have completed LITT 3001 AMAL, or have demonstrated a high reading proficiency, may enroll in this course, which entails a survey of the major periods and genres of Arabic poetry. Because this course requires advanced proficiency, enrollment is only at the permission of the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction.

RELI 3001 AMAL

Introduction to Islam

This course provides an introduction to the history, basic practices, and core principles of the Islamic faith. It includes readings from the Holy Qurʼan as well as the Old and New Testaments. Placement requires permission of the Director of Arabic Instruction and is based on student proficiency level.

ARAB 3901 AMJO

Arabic Research

This elective course enables students to undertake a research project in Arabic on an academic topic of interest to them. Goals include improving fluency in reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic, enhancing accuracy of morphology and syntax, practicing oral presentation skills, and successfully writing papers according to standards expected for introductory courses (or higher) at Jordanian universities. The course includes one-on-one meetings with the instructor and class workshops with the instructor and peers for both improving the writing of the paper and discussing the topics, theses, and general progress of each student’s research paper. In addition to the final draft of the paper, students are required to present their research in the form of an oral defense before their peers and a committee of instructors. The course consists of 15 hours of individual mentoring, 24 hours of workshops, and 100 hours of independent student work. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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