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Dates:
08/31/2014 - 12/19/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 semester / 22 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/26/2014 - 05/15/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 11/01/2013
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15 semester / 22 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/15/2014
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Eligibility:
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come discover Jordan.

Through intensive Arabic language training, a challenging, comprehensive academic program, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, study abroad in Amman gives you greater insight into the Middle East, and a truly unique Jordanian experience.

Study abroad in Jordan and you will:

  • Improve your Arabic in intensive language courses in modern standard and colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Choose from a variety of area studies courses in English and learn about political and cultural issues from guest lecturers
  • Interact with local university students and improve your Arabic through a peer tutor program and target language clubs
  • Visit important archaeological and natural sites in Jordan including Petra, the Dead Sea, or biblical sites
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re just beginning your study of Arabic or you’re an advanced speaker, study abroad in Amman has standard and colloquial language courses to suit your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of specially designed area studies courses in fields including archaeology, economics, history, international relations, communications, literature, politics, and religion.

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Excursions

Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each semester you will have an overnight trip to Petra and a day trip to one of Jordan’s famous archaeological sites. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a community service trip to one of Jordan’s rural areas.

Volunteering

A range of volunteer options are available to study abroad students, many involving helping others with their English language skills. Previously, students have volunteered with NGOs, a women’s rights organization, educational institutions, and organizations in the for-profit sector.

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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
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • 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 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/31/2014
12/19/2014
$16,850

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 **
$13,848
Housing ***
$2,600
Insurance
$102

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

*** includes two meals per day during the week, and most weekend meals, for students in homestays. Meals are not included for students in apartments.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,675
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$100
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 $800 for meals

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

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 11/01/2013
01/26/2014
05/15/2014
$16,850

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 **
$13,848
Housing ***
$2,600
Insurance
$102

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

*** includes two meals per day during the week, and most weekend meals, for students in homestays. Meals are not included for students in apartments.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,675
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$100
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 $800 for meals

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

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Spring 2015
10/15/2014
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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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/31/2014
TBA
$32,000

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 **
$26,398
Housing ***
$5,200
Insurance
$102

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

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,300
International Airfare **
$1,675
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$100
Personal expenses
$3,500
Expenses during break ***
$550

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 $800 for meals

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

*** academic year students are responsible for all meals during the break between semesters, unless staying on at the homestay during this time

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to take two language courses: one Arabic language course and one colloquial Jordanian Arabic course. In addition, students take two area studies courses or one area studies course and an internship (internships are available to academic year students in their second semester only). A full course load is considered four courses.

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About the City

About The City

Amman has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. Draped over several hills, Amman is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. It is a very 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 Arabic Instruction

Dr. Najeh Abu Orabi, a native of Jordan, has been challenging American students to master the Arabic language for over a decade. In addition to leading the Arabic Langauge program, Dr. Abu Orabi manages the Arabic language curriculum for CIEE in Jordan. He has a Ph.D. in Arabic Language Curricula and Education Methods and an M.A. in Arabic Language. Dr. Abu-Orabi has also taught Arabic at the University of Virginia and is a certified ACTFL OPI tester. For the Arabic Language program, Dr, AbuOrabi works with a special team of instructors all with advanced degrees in Arabic language and literature and extensive experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language to international students and are trained in ACTFL standards.

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Ahmad Abu Shaikha

Internship, Service Learning & Activities Manager

Ahmad AbuShaikha, a graudate of Hashmiyah University in Cultural Resources Management, has been working with CIEE for four years on excursions, volunteer opportunities and activities.

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Rana Al-Masri

Housing and Logistics Manager

Rana Masri is a ten 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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James Bowker

James Bowker is a recent graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in Arabic and in Middle Eastern Studies. A former CIEE student himself, James has spent a good deal of time studying and travelling in the Arab world. At CIEE, he assists with administrative tasks, organizes cultural activities, and is always available to advise students how to make the most out of their time in Jordan.

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Stephen Bush

Student Services Director

Stephen Bush, Student Services Director, received his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as an Arabic teaching assistant. Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Westmont College, during which he studied abroad in Egypt and travelled to Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco. His study abroad experience inspired him to return to Egypt and the Palestinian Territories where he worked for several years as a volunteer and teacher. Stephen developed advanced Arabic proficiency while living in the region and in 2010 he completed a summer fellowship with the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo.

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Elena Corbett

Resident Director

Dr. Elena Corbett joined CIEE in August 2012 as the new CIEE Amman Resident Director. She 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, most recently at Penn State University Erie and the U.S. Naval Academy, where she was also the Academic Programs Coordinator for the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Elena has 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 a background in Islamic archaeology, Elena’s research focuses 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 is completing a book manuscript. Elena has spent many years living and working in Jordan, where the chance to participate on an archaeological dig brought her on her first study abroad experience as an undergraduate student.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT)

PSUT is the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan and is known as a center of educational excellence both in the country and the surrounding region. The institution’s strong connections with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations will allow students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities, and the wide range of English-taught courses will enable CIEE to continue to grow new direct enrollment options in the future.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Jordan

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 will begin their study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program, so that you arrive at the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The study abroad program begins with a mandatory four-day orientation, which will introduce you to the academic program, fundamentals of intercultural communication, and practical information about living in Jordan. During orientation, you'll also take a mandatory Arabic test to determine your appropriate level. You'll be retested at the end of the term and receive a copy of your results while on site. Orientation also includes a health and safety component. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops and budget for purchasing pay-as-you-go internet data plans from local service providers. Internet cafés are a convenient and inexpensive option, and Wi-Fi is also available throughout the PSUT campus.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in Jordan

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each semester you will have an overnight trip to Petra and a day trip to one of Jordan’s famous archaeological sites. You will also have the opportunity to attend a community service trip to one of Jordan’s rural areas. Trips vary between the fall and spring semesters depending upon the weather. Resident staff will keep you up-to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

Independent Travel

You are encouraged to travel independently in Jordan during weekends and scheduled breaks. Travel is not permitted when classes are in session. 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 must also sign an independent travel waiver and are expected to inform your home institution and emergency contacts on all independent travel outside of Jordan.

Immersion

Volunteering

A range of volunteer options are available to study abroad students, many involving helping others with their English language skills. Previously, students have volunteered with NGOs, a women’s rights organization, educational institutions, and organizations in the for-profit sector. Since 2011, CIEE has partnered with a local organization focused on sustainable tourism initiatives in rural areas in Jordan on the development of an “Adopt a School” program. CIEE dedicates four-to-five weekends each semester to the cleaning, painting, and general maintenance of a school in an underdeveloped community in Jordan, and you may participate in up to three weekends each term. Volunteer service does not receive academic credit and is subject to availability.

Language Clubs

CIEE organizes a series of target language clubs that complement students’ instruction in the language. The clubs cover conversation, calligraphy, music, and culture.

Internship

Qualified academic year students have the opportunity to compete for a pre-screened, internship placement with a with a non-governmental organization that may be involved in community development, public opinion, social welfare, women’s rights and political participation, environmental protection, or women’s studies. This option is open to academic year students during their second semester only. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a 10- to 25-page analytic research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region. In addition, students meet weekly as a group and must complete an assigned reading list. Students are evaluated by the Internship Supervisor and the Resident Director. Approval for participation in the Internship course must be obtained from the resident director and the home institution during the application process.

Language

As you gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff encourages you to use your language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.

Academic Culture

The study abroad program is academically rigorous and offers focused students an opportunity to make great strides in their language and overall knowledge of the region. Students attend Arabic language courses five days per week, while area studies courses are held in the afternoon. Class attendance is required and unexcused absences count against students’ final grades. Classes tend to be lecture style; however, instructors welcome questions and discussion. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships abroad and are thus familiar with Western methods of teaching.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff encourage them 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 are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

Language of Instruction

English
Arabic

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Course Description

Course Description

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 cancelled 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 1001 JORD—Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic I

ARAB 1002 JORD—Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic II

ARAB 2001 JORD—Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic I

ARAB 2002 JORD—Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic II

ARAB 3001 JORD—Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic I

ARAB 3002 JORD—Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic II

Students are placed into the appropriate modern standard Arabic level based on the results of a language exam taken during orientation. In addition to the regular classroom and lab sessions, students also have supplementary small group sessions. Contact hours: 140. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

ARAB 4001 JORD—Arabic Language, Superior I

ARAB 4002 JORD—Arabic Language, Superior II

These courses are designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed the al-Kitaab series. These courses use authentic source materials only. Students need to adapt to a proficiency-based curriculum that does not follow a particular text book. Contact hours: 140. Recommended credit 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Eligibility for this course is determined by on-site placement test.

ARAB 1003 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I

ARAB 1004 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning II

ARAB 2003 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I

ARAB 2004 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate II

ARAB 3003 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced I

ARAB 3004 JORD—Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced II

Essential for functioning in everyday life, colloquial Jordanian Arabic is the language of spoken communication and is used in domestic, intimate, and informal settings in the home, the workplace, and among friends and acquaintances. This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and builds off the instruction in the Arabic language course.

ARAB 3006 JORD

Advanced Topics in Modern Standard Arabic
This course is designed for students with very advanced levels of modern standard Arabic or colloquial Arabic and is offered in place of one of the required language courses at the recommendation of the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction. Weekly readings focus on contemporary topics related to Jordanian society and culture. Students are expected to produce written answers to questions, personal and formal letters, and short essays expressing understanding of the topics. Students discuss their written work and work on specific issues related to their homework in small groups with an assigned faculty instructor.

ARAB 3007 JORD

Arabic Media
(Students may take this course in lieu of an area studies class in English or in lieu of instruction in colloquial Arabic if proficiency in the dialect can be demonstrated.)
This course offers an opportunity for students with advanced levels of Arabic to begin applying their skills to contemporary authentic source material. Students read newspaper articles and Internet media, as well as listen to radio and television broadcasts. Students also discuss current events and are expected to write short articles. Permission from the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction is required; enrollment is limited on the basis of placement test results. Contact hours 45. Recommended credit 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 3008 JORD

Introduction to Arabic Literature
This course is for advanced or superior language students who are seeking to develop their reading comprehension through authentic texts. Course includes prose and poetry from different periods and genres in Arabic literature.

CIEE Area Studies Courses

ARCE 3001 JORD

Archaeological Survey of Jordan
Spring only

This course provides students an overview of archaeological discoveries in Jordan. Students learn about the various historical and pre-historical periods of human habitation in Jordan via a study of Jordan’s most famous archaeological sites. Techniques in archaeology are discussed, and students visit sites in and around Amman.

ENVI 3001 JORD

The Environment and the Politics of Water
This course provides a broad overview of various issues in the environment and water supply for Jordan and the Middle East. Students are introduced to important concepts in environmental science, such as ecosystems, energy and matter, land, water, atmosphere, and biodiversity.

HIST 3001 JORD

The Modern History of Jordan and the Middle East
This course aims to acquaint students, in an historical perspective, with the multitude of events and challenges that Jordan has passed through over the years, how it dealt with them, and the effects and repercussions of those events on the country and region as a whole. While giving the necessary historical and political background, the course shall also explore contemporary issues which will facilitate a greater understanding of Jordan and the Middle East.

INRE 3001 JORD

International Relations and Diplomacy in the Middle East
This course examines the international politics of the Middle East since World War II. The relationships of inter-Arab, Arab-Israeli, and superpower political patterns on policies are emphasized. The influences of nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and social and economic disparities are placed in the context of these relationships.

INRE 3003 JORD/POLI 3003 JORD

Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This course traces the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from its post World War I origins to the present day. With the course focused on the specific conflict between the two competing national movements, students are asked to consider the historical and political development of both the Zionist movement and the Palestinian national identity. The course highlights the build up to three important turning points in the conflict: 1948 and the partition decision, 1987 and the first intifada, and 1993 and the Oslo Process. The final portion of the course looks at different scenarios for the future.

INRE 3006 JORD

LITT 3002 JORD/GEND 3001 JORD

Contemporary Arab Women Writers
This course explores how Arab women writers articulate their subjectivity, revise their societal or familial roles, negotiate tradition, and respond to political and cultural exigencies. It focuses on the study and analysis of contemporary Arab novels by Hanan Al-Shaykh, Ahdaf Soueif, Fadia Faqir, Nawal El-Saadawi, and Leila Al-Atrash. The course seeks to trace the historical development of Arab feminism and to analyze feminist literature written by Arab women writers within a cultural context.

MEST 3001 JORD/RELI 3003 JORD

Islam in the Modern Context
This course investigates contemporary thought in the Islamic world with emphasis on major representative figures, movements, and those thinkers that have proved to be influential in shaping events and trends in the region since the last decades of the 19th century, including Afghani, Iqbal, Qutb, Mawdudi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others. It examines how Islamic scholars have responded to the many challenges modern civilization poses, seeking and presenting answers to new questions relating to gender, democracy, education, technology, and human rights. It covers thinkers from all quarters—'radicals', 'leftists', 'reformists', Sunni, and Shi’i. The aim of the course is to gain insight of current trends in the thought of the Islamic World.

MEST 3004 JORD/ LITT 3003 JORD

Middle East: Alternative Perspectives
Fall only

This course examines the Middle East through its various voices with a focus on cultural representations and self-identification. Students are introduced to cultural patterns and ideologies to help them reach the cultural competence required for their pragmatic experiences with a Middle Eastern community. The materials used throughout vary in order to present the students with an alternative perception of the Middle East and thus most probably a new and different appreciation of this region and its people. Teaching methods vary in form and approach to include texts, media, and aesthetic productions as well cyber space usages.

POLI 3004 JORD/MEST 3002 JORD

America and the Arabs
This course examines the long history of interaction between the U.S. and the Arab World, with a special emphasis on the nature of contemporary relations between American and Arabian cultures. The course explores the history of American foreign policy in the Middle East, the impact of the Cold War, terrorism, military conflict on Arab-American relations, the impact of American culture in the region, and the evolution of American attitudes toward Arabian cultures and the Islamic World.

GEND 3002 JORD

Gender and Inequality in The Middle East

COMM 3002 JORD

Intercultural Communications
This course is designed to help students develop intercultural competence on a general level, which can be transferred to other intercultural experiences, and on a country specific level— in our case Jordan. By definition a competence consists of three different elements: 1) knowledge and understanding, 2) attitude, and 3) skill. Therefore, the course does not focus on the cognitive aspect of intercultural competence only, but gives plenty of room to develop new skills (e.g. learning empathy and working with Arabs through ethnographic interviewing) and reflect and, if necessary, change one’s ethnocentric attitude and behavior. Intercultural competence includes a diverse subset of competencies, like semiotic percipience, interpathy, role distance, meta-communication, and ambiguity tolerance. The learning activities will mirror this diversity by including readings, in-class discussions and online forums, journaling, role plays, cultural analysis of film material, and research through interviewing. The intention of the course is for participants to acquire a basic set of tools from the areas of anthropology, communication theory, and semiotics which will enable them to adjust to and function in any multicultural work and living conditions.

RELI 3003 JORD

Islam in the Modern Context
This course, which is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of Islam, utilizes a holistic approach to examine Islam with regards to faith, practice, economics, and politics.

CIEE Internship

This course is only open to academic year students during their second semester in Jordan.

INSH 3003 JORD

Internship
Qualified students are placed in pre-screened internships with a non-governmental organization involved in community development, public opinion, social welfare, women’s rights and political participation, environmental protection, or women’s studies. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region. In addition, students meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list. Approval for participation in the Internship course must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution during the application process.

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