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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.

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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.

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05/25/2015 - 07/20/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
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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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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come discover a rich and diverse culture in the 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 the Jordanian 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 a variety of area studies courses in English and engage with guest speakers on a host of political and cultural issues
  • 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
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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:

  • 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

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends 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 highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Spend an intercultural weekend in the historical city of Istanbul, Turkey!

Excursions

Little time. Lots to see.

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

Coursework

From an archeological survey of the country to an exploration of the long history between the U.S. and the Arab World, 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 their lives 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.

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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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Costs
Summer 2015 Session I (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

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Summer 2015 Session II (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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II (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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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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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Elena Corbett

Resident Director

Elena Corbett, Ph.D., joined CIEE in August 2012 as the new CIEE Amman resident director. She holds a doctorate 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 in Erie, and the U.S. Naval Academy, where she also was 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” and “Middle Eastern Studies” and is completing a book manuscript. Elena has spent many years living and working in Jordan, where the chance to participate in 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.

Additional support is provided by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR). Located near the CIEE Amman Study Center, ACOR will provide student housing and additional library and computer lab support for this program.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Session I
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).

Session II
Students will reside in the hostel at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) within an easy walk of the CIEE Amman Study Center.

ACOR is a very comfortable, secure facility that hosts a number of student and faculty groups, workshops, and scholars conducting Humanities and Social Science research in Jordan. Accommodation in ACOR’s hostel consists of double rooms with full en suite bathroom, ingredients for a do-it-yourself breakfast, and one cooked meal for the group per day. Hostel residents also enjoy 24/7 access to ACOR’s library (one of the best in Jordan), use of the computer lab and free wireless internet, and use of common areas and kitchen facilities. Laundry service, printing, photocopying, and faxing are also available for a small fee.

In addition to its convenient location near the CIEE Amman Study Center, ACOR is within walking distance of shopping and other services.

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Orientations

Orientations

Each session begins with a mandatory two day orientation program that will introduce students 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.

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Internet

Internet

During both sessions, student will have access to internet in computer labs and through wireless on the Princess Sumaya campus. During Session II, students will also have access to wireless internet and a computer lab at ACOR.

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop and have the option of purchasing alternate internet access.

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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 Jerash, Ajloun Hiking Trip

Students who enroll in Session II will have the opportunity to participate in either excursion Students will enjoy a guided tour of the ancient northern city of Jerash. After visiting Jerash, the group will visit Ajloun for a tour of the Crusader-era castle, followed by transit to the nature reserve for hiking and an overnight stay.

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 will include 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.)
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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to begin learning Arabic or learn 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. 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.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, CIEE resident staff encourages 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, 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.

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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.

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.

HIST 3001 AMST: 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.

POLI 3004 AMST /MEST 2002 AMST: America and the Arabs< br /> 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.

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.

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.

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.

RELI 3001 AMST: Introduction to Islam
The course aims to provide students a basic knowledge of Islam, including basic principles of faith, different schools of Islamic thought, and Islamic jurisprudence. It also covers the history of Islam and the life of the Prophet. Students enrolling in this course will have added benefit of studying this material during the holy month of Ramadan.

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.

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