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Program Overview

Come discover a rich and diverse culture in Amman, a cosmopolitan Middle Eastern capital. 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 or have a more formal introduction to Arabic language and culture, 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
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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 $5 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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Sharjah
  • Session II: Haifa

*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, culture, and language of Jordan and the Middle East. A course in Colloquial Jordanian Arabic or a more formal introduction to Arabic language and culture 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.

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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
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End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,150

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,037
Housing ***
$695
Insurance
$118

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$300
International Airfare **
$1,300
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$120
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.

* for students in homestays to cover meals not provided; students in apartments should budget at least $500 for all meals

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

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Summer Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$7,470

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,662
Housing ***
$1,390
Insurance
$118

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,300
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$120
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.

* for students in homestays to cover meals not provided; students in apartments should budget at least $500 for all meals

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

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Summer Session II 2016 (4 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,150

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,037
Housing ***
$695
Insurance
$118

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$300
International Airfare **
$1,300
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$120
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.

* for students in homestays to cover meals not provided; students in apartments should budget at least $500 for all meals

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

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Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

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 $500 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 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for content courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits for 45 contact hours. The Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture course is 60 contact hours for 4 semester / 6 quarter credits. Students participating in multiple sessions may only take the 4-credit language course for credit during one session. Students not enrolled in Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture may enroll for one session in the Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic class for 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credits, in addition to their selected content course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students are required to take one 3-credit content area or one 4-credit language course per session.

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About the City

About The City

Amman has an ancient history and a diverse, vibrant modernity . It is an accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas . With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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 allows their students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities.

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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).

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Resident Staff meet with students online and share information about arrival to the site and the program, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The on-site program begins with a mandatory multi-day orientation, which introduces you to the academic program and offers extensive, practical information about living in Jordan, with a focus on maintaining health, safety, and security. Ongoing support for these issues is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as access to computers is otherwise limited. Dongles are provided to all students for internet access along with limited pre-paid internet cards. Cafés are also a convenient and inexpensive option for internet use. Be advised that internet connections in Jordan may be much slower than what you are used to at home.

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Culture

Culture

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 LGBTQIA 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 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; 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.

ARAB 1000 AMJO
Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

This course is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to the sounds and script of the language using the text Alif-Baa. Following the introduction to sounds and script, the course becomes an intensive study of Jordanian colloquial Arabic for its application in daily life and a better understanding of local cultures. Students will be exposed to authentic materials, learn to speak at the survival level, give oral presentations, and prepare short presentations. They will be required to apply what they learn in class to assignments and activities outside the classroom. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

POLI 3004 AMST/MEST 3002 AMST
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Optional Language Elective
In addition to one of the regular content courses above, students may enroll in an additional Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course for 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours and 15 contact hours. Students not taking the Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture class 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 0001 AMJO
Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic

Essential for functioning in everyday life, this course introduces students to 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.

Session II

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

ARAB 1000 AMJO
Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

This course is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to the sounds and script of the language using the text Alif-Baa. Following the introduction to sounds and script, the course becomes an intensive study of Jordanian colloquial Arabic for its application in daily life and a better understanding of local cultures. Students will be exposed to authentic materials, learn to speak at the survival level, give oral presentations, and prepare short presentations. They will be required to apply what they learn in class to assignments and activities outside the classroom. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3004 AMST/MEST 3002 AMST
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Optional Language Elective
In addition to one of the regular content courses above, students may enroll in an additional Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course for 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours and 15 contact hours. Students not taking the Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture class 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 0001 JORD
Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic

Essential for functioning in everyday life, this course introduces students to 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.

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