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08/24/2014 - 12/19/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.3 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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08/30/2015 - 12/18/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/01/2015
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16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.3 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/18/2015 - 05/15/2015
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Extended to: 11/01/2014
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16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.3 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Diplomats and policymakers need linguistic talents and a deep awareness of local issues. Through our Diplomacy and Policy Studies program, we’ll set you on the path to understanding some of the most deep-seated conflicts in the world with acute language accuracy and cultural sensibility. You’ll get to know the region’s history – focusing on diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the context of the ongoing regional situation – through fascinating courses, volunteer activities, and much more.

Study abroad in Amman and you'll:

  • Learn about international relations, political science, and economics with a Jordanian and Middle Eastern focus
  • Engage with local experts, government officials, and diplomats through cooperation with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID)
  • Improve your Arabic language skills through coursework in both modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Do an optional internship at a local or international NGO or business
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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 $3 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:

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

In addition to required courses in modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic, you can choose from electives covering a range of topics in international relations, domestic policies, regional diplomacy, and economic and social development, history, and policies.

Internship

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Students may choose to do a for-credit internship with a business, government agency, or development organization as an elective course (details are under the heading, “Course Description” at bottom). Drawing on your experience throughout the semester, you’ll complete a final report that uses your experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in Jordan. In the past, students have interned at Friends of the Earth Middle East, the Center for Study of the Built Environment, the Collateral Repair Project, the Business Development Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, and USAID.

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.

Cultural Immersion

You will have every opportunity to immerse yourself in Jordanian culture. Special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts enrich the academic program. You are encouraged to use your Arabic language skills in everyday settings—why wouldn’t you? This fosters Arabic language proficiency and the deepest possible understanding of Jordanian society. CIEE also coordinates a series of local field trips and cultural activities. Resident Staff will help keep you up to date on local cultural events, such as conferences, films, and concerts.

Excursions

Get to know the landscape and explore policy issues during excursions throughout Jordan. Sleep in tents in the middle of the desert during a touristic excursion to Wadi Rum and Petra. These are just some of the possibilities that await you.

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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.

This 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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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/24/2014
12/19/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Fall 2015 (16 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2015
08/30/2015
12/18/2015
$17,250

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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 **
$14,317
Housing
$2,520
Insurance
$113

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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,650
International Airfare *
$1,400
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 2015 (17 wks)
Extended to: 11/01/2014
01/18/2015
05/15/2015
$17,250

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 **
$14,317
Housing
$2,520
Insurance
$113

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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,650
International Airfare *
$1,400
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 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Eligibility
3.3 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.3
  • 3 or more semesters of college-level Arabic or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies. The required personal statement must demonstrate knowledge of the region and goals consistent with the program’s learning objectives.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. This program may be combined with an additional semester on the Language and Culture or Arabic Language program for a full academic year in Jordan.

Course contact hours are 42 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses at the appropriate level. In addition to the required courses, all students choose three additional elective courses, one of which can be an internship.

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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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Ahmad AbuShaikha

Internship, Service Learning & Activities Manager

Ahmad AbuShaikha has worked with CIEE for four years coordinating excursions, volunteer opportunities, and activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural resources management from Hashemite University.

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Rana Al-Masri

Housing and Logistics Manager

Rana Masri is a 10-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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Zein Nsheiwat

Resident Director

Zein Nsheiwat has been working in the field of study abroad and cross-cultural education since 2007. She has worked in a variety of capacities; the latest being the Resident Director of Earlham College Middle East Study Abroad Program/Jordan, during which she was teaching a course on water and environmental challenges in Jordan and the Middle East including a course on Earlham College campus. Zein holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the joint program between the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has participated in and presented at many international conferences such as the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification. Zein has also published articles on water reuse in Jordan and lead exposure in industrial ‘hot spots’ in Jordan and Israel. In addition to professional activities, Zein is a founding member of an environmental initiative in Jordan, working on such diverse projects as water, solar energy, and across borders environmental education.

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Taghreed Odeh

Resident Coordinator

Taghreed Odeh joined CIEE as resident coordinator for the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program in fall 2012. Previously, she worked with Royal Jordanian Airlines and at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. Taghreed is an expert in protocol, and enjoys sharing her favorite cultural experiences and sites with visitors to the Kingdom. She is currently working toward completion of a Master’s degree in Human Rights.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE’s partner institution for this program is the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID). Classes and activities will be held at CIEE’s main center at Khalifeh Plaza on University Street and at the JID. Since its creation in 2002, the JID has had a mandate to “build the capacity of human resources through training and research in diplomacy, strategy, and international studies, and highlight the role of Arab Islamic civilization in international relations.” A main component of the JID’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a highly trained corps of diplomats capable of effectively representing Jordan and serving its interests abroad.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students, and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekly lunches. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. Students receive some meals during orientation and during CIEE-sponsored excursions.

For students planning to stay for the academic year, meals between the fall and spring semesters are not included in the program fee unless they continue to reside with their homestay family.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. Resident Staff meet with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the predeparture orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and think about your goals. The 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. During orientation, you'll also take a mandatory Arabic pre-test to determine your appropriate level. You'll be retested at the end of the term and can receive a copy of your results while on site. Ongoing support 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, and will have access to computers at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy Library. Internet cafés are also a convenient and inexpensive option. Since Wi-Fi is not available in apartments or homestays, during orientation you will be advised on how to purchase your own Internet access. 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

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Independent Travel

You may travel independently in Jordan during weekends and scheduled breaks. Any travel outside of Jordan requires the completion of the CIEE Amman Independent Travel Form and 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 on all independent travel outside of Jordan.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies program combines focused coursework in regional politics, diplomacy, and government. All students are required to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level. Students also choose three elective courses. One of these electives can be a semester-length internship at a local government agency, ministry, international organization, or business.

Academic Culture

The Jordan Institute of Diplomacy is a specialized academic institution and training facility for diplomats and government officials. Unlike a regular university campus, JID is designed as more of a research and training institute. As most of those you will meet at JID are working government officials and diplomats in training, CIEE study abroad students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the JID. CIEE courses are typically conducted seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussion between the professor and students. Many professors who teach CIEE courses either have received degrees in the United States or United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships or trainings abroad.

Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic to enhance their communication skills. The modern standard Arabic courses utilize the standard curriculum and textbooks used by most U.S. universities and colleges. The Arabic component of this program is for students at levels between Intermediate II and Advanced II ONLY. Students who cannot place appropriately in one of these three levels should enroll in either the Language and Culture or Arabic Language programs.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only. Special activities and guest lectures at the JID with policy makers and experts on a range of policy issues allow CIEE students to gain official insight into Jordan’s most pressing domestic and international concerns.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, they are encouraged to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society.

Grading System

Grades (A-F with pluses and minuses, based on 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 class presentation. Attendance and class participation also are incorporated into the final grade for program courses. Class attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

Language of Instruction

Arabic
English

Faculty

Arabic language courses are taught by CIEE’s excellent team of Arabic instructors. The area studies elective courses are taught by faculty and practitioners associated with Jordan’s universities and wider academic community, CIEE’s many academic programs, and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.

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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 Arabic Language Courses

ARAB 2002 ADPS Modern Standard Arabic Language, Intermediate II

ARAB 3001 ADPS Modern Standard Arabic Language, Advanced I

ARAB 3002 ADPS Modern Standard Arabic Language, Advanced II

These courses feature the standard curriculum and textbooks used in most U.S. universities. Students cover a semesters worth of material during their time in Jordan. Contact hours: 80. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

ARAB 1003 ADPS Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I

ARAB 2003 ADPS Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I

ARAB 3003 ADPS Continued Conversations in Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (for heritage students or students with demonstrated proficiency in dialect)

Using locally prepared materials, students are introduced to the spoken language of Jordan and the Levant in order to develop their communicative abilities with the general public.

CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies Elective Courses

Students must choose three courses from the list below. This is a sample list of elective courses. A final course list, will be distributed to students during the on-site orientation for purposes of registration.

INSH 3003 ADPS

Organizational Internship
Students are placed in prescreened internships with a local or international development organization or business. Students are required to achieve 12 hours a week for 11 weeks of actual work at the host institution, along with recording their experiences in a reflective journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final report that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in Jordan. In addition, students meet for biweekly seminars and complete an assigned readings list. Students need to acquire home institution approval in order to start the application process. Contact hours: 45 (Total course hours = 135). This course includes 15 classroom contact hours, required individual advising, mandatory field site visits, and approximately 130 internship hours.

ECON 3001 ADPS

Development Economics in the Middle East
This course provides an overview of development economics in the Middle East that analyzes opportunities and challenges. Issues like foreign aid, foreign investment, adjustment programs, oil and water politics, and hindrance to growth are of major concern. Challenges of foreign debt, size of public sector, unemployment, poverty, and population growth are also addressed. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3001 ADPS

Political Structure and Dynamics of the Middle East Regional System
This course examines the international politics of the Middle East since World War II, including inter-Arab and Arab-Israeli relationships. The impacts on superpower political patterns on policies are emphasized. This course identifies the major threats to regional peace and security. It tackles issues of proliferations of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the phenomenon of nonstate actors, and failed states. It also addresses the regional mechanisms that deal with these threats. The role of key international actors is also analyzed. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3002 ADPS

Arab Diplomacy
This course identifies the major issues Arab diplomacy is concerned with, and the manner by which they are debated among Arab states. It examines regional organizations and institutions as a platform used to address regional concerns. The course also describes the various diplomatic tools Arab states utilize in their regional interactions. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3003 ADPS

Political Islam: Theory and Practice
“Political Islam” is a term that has dominated public debate, particularly after momentous historical events, from the Iranian Revolution in 1979 to 9/11 to the ongoing Arab Spring. But what, exactly, is this phenomenon? Why did it arise? Who are its principle thinkers and from which segment of the population does it draw the bulk of its support? How does it organize itself? What are its national, global, social, economic, and gendered demands? Indeed, to what extent can we refer to political Islam as a single movement-“it”-and, if we cannot, what binds diverse political Islamic groups together? That is, what sets them apart (despite their differences) from other political parties in Muslim societies? This course will engage these questions, and many more, by offering both a historical and thematic survey of political Islamic thought and practice.

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