By Discipline

By Region

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Northern America

Featured

close
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Quick Info

Quick Info

By Term

  • Summer Session I 2015
  • Summer Session I, II 2015
  • Summer Session II 2015
  • Summer Session I 2016
  • Summer Session I, II 2016
  • Summer Session II 2016
close
Dates:
05/25/2015 - 06/22/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 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.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
05/25/2015 - 07/20/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
see credit information below
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

Map:
View Map
Dates:
06/22/2015 - 07/20/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 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.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
TBA
Deadlines:
04/01/2016
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 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.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
TBA
Deadlines:
04/01/2016
Credit:
see credit information below
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

Map:
View Map
Dates:
TBA
Deadlines:
04/01/2016
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 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.

Map:
View Map
Close
Loading
CIEE Best Summer Ever
New May Sessions

Places to Visit

Get Started

Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Print Program OverviewPrint Overview
Share

Program Blog RSS

Photos
Video
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
Study Abroad in Amman
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
Loading

Short-Term Program:

Perfect for pairing with other programs.

Learn How
Program Overview

Program Overview

Come discover a rich and diverse culture in a cosmopolitan Middle Eastern capital: Amman. Through language training, activities, and excursions that allow you to engage formally and informally, with locals, you’ll develop a greater understanding of Jordan’s people, contemporary Jordanian society, and the Middle East region as a whole.

Study abroad in Jordan and you will:

  • Have the opportunity to study colloquial Jordanian Arabic, giving new dimension to your interactions with local speakers
  • Choose from area studies courses in English
  • Take part in cultural activities ranging from cooking and calligraphy, to soccer and traditional dance
  • Visit important archaeological and natural sites which may include Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea
Close
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:

  • 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 $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
Apply now

Close
The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with fellow CIEE students to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness.

2015 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Istanbul
  • Session II: Dubai
*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Excursions

Little time. Lots to see.

Enjoy visits to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each session includes both a daylong and an overnight excursion to some of the country’s most famous sites.

Coursework

From an archeological survey of the country to an exploration of the conflict over Palestine, study abroad in Amman gives you great insight into the history and culture of Jordan and the Middle East. A course in colloquial Jordanian Arabic will help you engage more intimately with local people and develop a deeper understanding of life and society.

Activities

Experience is everything. Whether you’re attending concerts and films, or trying your hand at traditional cooking, dance, or art, cultural activities bring classroom learning to life.

Close
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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2015 (4 wks)
04/01/2015
05/25/2015
06/22/2015
$3,850

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 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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,797
Housing ***
$640
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

*** includes do-it-yourself breakfast and one cooked meal

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$400
International Airfare **
$1,450
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$100
Personal expenses
$350

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.

* students are responsible for one meal per day

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

More Information
Summer Session I 2016
04/01/2016
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.

More Information
Summer Session II 2015 (4 wks)
04/01/2015
06/22/2015
07/20/2015
$3,850

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 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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,797
Housing ***
$640
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

*** includes do-it-yourself breakfast and one cooked meal

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$400
International Airfare **
$1,450
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$100
Personal expenses
$350

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.

* students are responsible for one meal per day

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

More Information
Summer Session II 2016
04/01/2016
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.

More Information
Summer Session I, II 2015 (8 wks)
04/01/2015
05/25/2015
07/20/2015
$6,930

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 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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,237
Housing ***
$1,280
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

*** includes do-it-yourself breakfast and one cooked meal

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$800
International Airfare **
$1,450
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$100
Personal expenses
$700

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.

* students are responsible for one meal per day

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

More Information
Summer Session I, II 2016
04/01/2016
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.

More Information
Close
Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
Close
Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the program is 3-4 semester/4.5-6 quarter hours per session and 6-8 semester / 9-12 quarter hours for both Session I and Session II.

Students are required to take one of the regular electives each session for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Students may also take the Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours each session.

Close
Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take one of the regular electives each session for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours and 42 contact hours. Students may also take a Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours and 15 contact hours each session. Total recommended credit is 3-4 semester / 4.5-6 quarter hours per session or 6-8 semester/ 9-12 quarter hours for students completing both Session I and Session II.

Close
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.

Close
Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Staff Image

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.

Read More
Staff Image

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..

Read More
Staff Image

Amer Bdour

Resident Coordinator

An Archaeology graduate from the University of Jordan, with 14 years of experience in the fields of tourism, antiquities and Jordanian culture working with the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, during which time Amer also has worked with many international organizations before joining CIEE in March 2014.

Read More
Close
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 allows their students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities, and the wide range of English-taught courses enables CIEE to continue to grow new direct enrollment options in the future.

Close
Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in homestays or apartments. Meals will be the responsibility of the students who choose to live in apartments. Students who live in homestays will have breakfast and dinner available (dinner is the main meal usually served in late afternoon).

Close
Orientations

Orientations

Each session begins with a mandatory multi-day orientation program that will introduce students to the academic program and offers extensive, practical information about living in Jordan, with a focus on maintaining health, safety, and security. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

Close
Internet

Internet

During both sessions, students will have access to internet in computer labs and through wireless on the Princess Sumaya campus.

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop and have the option of purchasing alternate internet access. Be advised that internet connections in Jordan may be much slower than what you are used to at home.

Close
Culture

Culture

Excursions

Students in each session will have the opportunity to go on one overnight excursion and one day trip:

Session I: Overnight excursion: Petra and Wadi Rum

Students in Session I have the opportunity to take one overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum. After exploring Wadi Rum by jeep and camel, participants will spend the night enjoying music by the campfire of a nearby camp. The next day participants will hike through the famous rose-red city of Petra.

Session II: Overnight excursion: Petra and Wadi Rum or or A HIKING AND CAMPING TRIP TO ANOTHER LOCATION COMBINING NATURE AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE

Students who enroll in Session II will have the opportunity to participate in either excursion.

Day trips:

In addition to one overnight excursion per session, this program will include two day trips, one in each session. Possible trips include a “Biblical Jordan” field trip that includes the Madaba Plains (the biblical lands of Moab) to learn about the rich biblical history of the River Jordan, Mt. Nebo, , and the important city of Madaba. Other possible field trips include a trip to the Dead Sea, including an informative tour of the Dead Sea Panorama Museum focusing on the Dead Sea’s history and environmental threats to its future.

Cultural Activities

The CIEE Amman Middle East Studies program includes a variety of ongoing cultural activities each session. Activities may include the following:

  • Guest speakers (Previous subjects have included LGBT issues, interfaith initiatives, the contemporary music scene, life in the US Foreign Service, various cultural topics, etc.)
  • Local Site Visits (Previous visits have included mosques, museums, cafes, radio stations, etc.)
  • Cultural activities (Previous activities have included cooking, traditional dance, henna, calligraphy, soccer, concerts, films, plays, etc.)
Close
Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to begin learning Arabic or about the history, culture, and politics of Jordan and, more generally, the Middle East. The number of daily contact hours is high, and attendance is required. Students must expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, they should 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, 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

Arabic (Survival Colloquial Arabic courses only); English

Faculty

Courses will be taught by faculty from Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT), other local universities, or visiting foreign faculty with expertise and extensive experience in Jordan. Language courses are taught by experienced CIEE Amman language instructors under the guidance of Dr. Najeh Abu-Orabi, CIEE Amman Director of Arabic Language.

Close
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.

Session I

Students choose one of the following courses. Final course availability will be determined just prior to the start of Session I based on student enrollment and overall course preferences.

INRE 3003 JORD / POLI 3003 JORD
Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is arguably the most relevant and enduring conflict of our time: polarizing as no other, seemingly intractable, vastly covered in our news headlines.
This course introduces the main contours of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first part of the course will focus on the political history of the conflict, starting with its origins in the late XIX century all the way to the most recent developments. This historical survey will serve to better understand the specific topics addressed in the second half of the course: the role of violence, the politics of the Israeli and Palestinian societies, the impact of US policies, the occupied territories and the settlements issue, and – last but not least! – possible solutions to the conflict.

ARCE 3001 AMST
Archaeological Survey of Jordan

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. Students taking this course in the summer will also have the benefit of being able to visit some sites during the excavation season.

Optional Language Elective
In addition to one of the regular courses above, students may enroll in an additional Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (“Survival Arabic”) course for a recommended 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours and 15 contact hours. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course as it will help them to engage more closely with local Jordanians and develop a better understanding of Jordanian society.

ARAB 1003 AMST
Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic 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.

ARAB 1004 AMST
Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic II

This course is a continuation of the Survival Colloquial Arabic I course. During Session I, this course is offered for students who come with more previous Arabic study and/or colloquial experience than could benefit from ARAB 1003 AMST.

Session II

Students choose one of the following courses. Final course availability will be determined just prior to the start of Session I based on student enrollment and overall course preferences.

INRE 3003 JORD / POLI 3003 JORD
Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is arguably the most relevant and enduring conflict of our time: polarizing as no other, seemingly intractable, vastly covered in our news headlines.
This course introduces the main contours of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first part of the course will focus on the political history of the conflict, starting with its origins in the late XIX century all the way to the most recent developments. This historical survey will serve to better understand the specific topics addressed in the second half of the course: the role of violence, the politics of the Israeli and Palestinian societies, the impact of US policies, the occupied territories and the settlements issue, and – last but not least! – possible solutions to the conflict.

LITT 3003 AMST/ MEST 3004 AMST
The Middle East: Alternative Perspectives

This course will introduce students to the study of the Middle East, through a variety of interconnected topics that have been important in the anthropological literature on the region. The course uses material on countries such as Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but will also include literature on Muslims and/or Arabs in North Africa, South East Asia and Europe. It seeks to balance ethnography and theory 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. In doing so, we will not examine a singular perspective on any issue. Instead, we will explore a variety of the perspectives and opinions present within Arab cultures and the terms of debate in which they exist.

Optional Language Elective
In addition to one of the regular courses above, students may enroll in an additional Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (“Survival Arabic”) course for a recommended 1 semester/2.5 quarter hours and 15 contact hours. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in an optional language course as it will help them to engage more closely with local Jordanians and develop a better understanding of Jordanian society.

ARAB 1003 AMST
Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic 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.

ARAB 1004 AMST
Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic II

This course is a continuation of the Survival Colloquial Arabic I course offered in Session I. It is only open to students who have completed the first course in Session I.

Close
Program Blog

Program Blog RSS

Close
Videos

Videos

  • CIEE Study AbroadDiscover the world
Close
Photos

Photos

  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
  • study,abroad,amman,culture,desert,main
Close
Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Share
CIEE Best Summer Ever
New May Sessions
Top