If you’re interested in beginning your study of Arabic, or taking your advanced language skills to the next level, come discover Jordan this summer.
Through a rigorous course of instruction, you’ll develop skills in both Modern Standard and spoken Arabic while student clubs, and a variety of cultural activities, offer you insight into Jordanian society and the culture.
Study abroad in Amman and you will:
- Begin or improve your Arabic through intensive language training in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
- Develop core vocabulary and colloquial conversation skills through language and culture clubs
- Work with Peer Language Tutors to enhance language skills and learn about campus life
- Explore Jordan through excursions to places such as desert castles and Biblical sites
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Building on the instruction provided in your Modern Standard Arabic course you’ll learn Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, the language of spoken communication in the country. Essential for everyday use, you’ll use your Colloquial Jordanian Arabic skills in domestic, intimate, and informal settings in the home, workplace, and among friends and acquaintances.
Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. The study abroad program will include a day trip to one of Jordan’s well know historical sites such as the Byzantine era churches in Madaba, and a day-long community service activity. The program also includes one overnight trip to Petra. CIEE resident staff will also keep you up to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.
Study abroad in Amman offers a number of programs and activities to help integrate you into the local and university communities. Explore traditional songs and music with a Language and Culture Club, try your hand at cooking or calligraphy, or meet with Peer Language Tutors for conversation and assistance with your Arabic.
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.
- 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
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Summer 2014 (7 wks)
Program Date Notes
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 excursions, field trips, a local transportation stipend, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes one meal per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
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; students in the homestay option are responsible for two meals per day and should budget $500 not included in fees
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 0–6 semesters of college-level Arabic or equivalent
Total recommended credit for the summer program is 7 semester/10.5 quarter hours.
Contact hours are 90 for the Modern Standard Arabic course and 42 for the Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course.
All students are required to take Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic. Students with no background in Arabic are automatically enrolled in Beginning I. All other students are assigned based on the results of a placement exam taken upon arrival. The CIEE Language Coordinator makes the final determination of which level is most appropriate in consultation with the instructors and the student.
About the City
About The City
Amman has a history that reaches 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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Najeh Abu Orabi
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.
Ahmad Abu Shaikha
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.
Zeina al Karaki joined CIEE Amman as a new 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Most participants live with other CIEE study abroad students in local apartments. Students need to budget for all meals as they are not included in the program fee. However, lunch is provided for students during orientation and CIEE sponsored excursions. There are also inexpensive sandwich and coffee shops on campus. Students receive a stipend to be used for transportation to and from campus. CIEE housing in Jordan requires 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.
The study abroad program begins with a mandatory two day orientation program that will introduce you to the academic program, fundamentals of intercultural communication, and practical information about living in Jordan. Orientation also includes a health and safety component. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop. Internet cafes are also available.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. The study abroad program will include a day trip to one of Jordan’s well know historical sites, such as the Byzantine era churches in Madaba and a day-long community service activity in a rural part of the country. The program will also include one overnight trip to Petra. CIEE resident staff will keep you up to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.
You are encouraged to travel independently throughout Jordan on weekends. Any travel outside of Jordan is only permitted after you complete the CIEE Amman Independent Travel form, sign a CIEE independent travel waiver, and review potential security or safety concerns with resident staff. You are also expected to inform your home institution and emergency contacts about your plans for independent travel outside of Jordan.
Language and Culture Clubs
Three afternoons per week, you'll be encouraged to attend a different club session arranged by CIEE resident staff. These clubs will allow you to work on specific skills or explore cultural or artistic aspects of the language in a non-graded, non-credit setting. Clubs may include songs and music, drilling verb-sessions, calligraphy, and cultural sessions introducing students to needlework, Jordanian cooking, the art of Henna or conversation on selected topics with local students.
The CIEE Arabic Language summer study abroad program is designed for intensive language acquisition. The Arabic language skills of participants will greatly improve through their required courses, interaction with Peer Language Tutors, and participation in CIEE language and culture clubs.
This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to begin learning Arabic or to continue their studies. The number of daily contact hours is high, and attendance is required. Instructors are natives of Jordan and reflect local cultural norms in their classroom demeanor and pedagogy. Students must expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations. Language classes are held five days a week for four hours daily. Instructors have office hours for students with questions and in need of extra help.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Arabic, CIEE 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.
Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, 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 a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Attendance is mandatory for all classes and unexcused absences incur an academic penalty.
Language of Instruction
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
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Required CIEE Courses
ARAB 1001 AMSU Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 1002 AMSU Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 2001 AMSU Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 2002 AMSU Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 3001 AMSU Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic I
ARAB 3002 AMSU Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic II
Students are placed into the appropriate Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) level based on the results of a language exam taken during orientation. In addition to the regular classroom and lab sessions, students also have access to instructors for regular office hours. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
ARAB 1003 AMSU
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I
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 on the instruction provided in the Modern Standard Arabic language course. This course includes intensive portions during orientation to impart basic survival skills, then continues with regular classroom sessions. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
ARAB 2003 AMSU
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I
This course offers an opportunity for students with prior knowledge of colloquial dialect to continue expanding their communicative abilities. It focuses on the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and builds on the instruction in the Modern Standard Arabic course. This course includes intensive portions during orientation to impart basic survival skills, then continues with regular classroom sessions. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.