Amman, Jordan

Advanced Arabic Language

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Information for term Advanced Arabic Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 17, 2021 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 23 – May 13, 2022 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 29, 2021 – May 13, 2022 (37 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Take your Arabic skills to the next level in Amman, the most populous city of Jordan and the country’s economic, political, and cultural center. Those with advanced Arabic skills take a combination of language, history, and literature courses taught in Arabic at CIEE Amman. You can also make strides in language learning by volunteering at local schools in a rural community or Amman-based organizations that work with underserved communities. During the program, students agree to speak only Arabic to encourage language and cultural acquisition. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

The Take-Aways


    to famous archaeological sites, or an overnight trip to the Rose-Red City of Petra.


    in the middle of the desert while exploring the natural wonders of the region.


    all in the the target language of Arabic.

  • spectator capacity at the Roman Theater

  • visitors per year

  • hills form the main cityscape


Location & Culture

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The Culture


  • Take part in a mid-semester rural retreat in the Jordan Valley or the south of Jordan, with a community engagement activities.
  • Visit Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders - all with Arabic-speaking guides.
  • Participate in weekly co-curricular activities to develop your Arabic Language skills and understanding of the culture.


  • Volunteering: “Adopt” an elementary school in a rural community, and help renovate the building while getting to know the children.

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Daily Life

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    Homestays: Study abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students, and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum.

    Student Apartments: al-Bayt al-‘Arabi is available pending a minimum number of program participants opting for this housing choice. It requires students to maintain the language commitment among themselves. Students opting for al-Bayt al-‘Arabi should be aware that their space will also regularly serve as communal space for informal and formal activities for the entire AAL program.


    Students choosing a Homestay normally have breakfast and a main meal with the families during the week and may have all meals with them on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. Meals are provided on excursions. Students who opt for the al-Bayt al-‘Arabi are responsible for all their own meals.

Amman, Jordan

Where You'll Study

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    Based in a traditional neighborhood, this location allows students plenty of opportunities to interact with local residents and get to key institutions and sites with ease.

What People are Saying

  • "I absolutely loved the Advanced Arabic Language Program. I was very concerned that my Arabic would not be at par with the program, however this program is very accommodating. As long as you are not a beginner, then it is safe to say that as long as you show grit and commitment to learn Arabic, then they will help you to succeed in the program!! The program staff is amazing and care a lot about the students overall physical and mental health and their adaptation to life in Jordan."

    Andrew L, Spring 2018
  • "Every single professor I had was out of this world great."

    Student, Spring 2018
  • "Exceptional program and staff. I also ran a half marathon in the Desert!"

    Student, Spring 2018
  • "The professors for the AAL program are outstanding. Great job engaging students and effective at making our learning positive. Also really enjoyed our excursions--the week-long retreat is great for language development as well as gaining a fuller picture of Jordanian society."

    Student, Spring 2018
  • "My  most memorable experience this term was being able to go on a week long retreat with my professors. We went to beautiful sites and I got to bond with my classmates. I am absolutely amazed and grateful for everyone who works to make CIEE possible. I hope that CIEE continues this great work."

    Student, Spring 2018


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The Advanced Arabic Language program provides students with a full immersion experience commensurate with their abilities and proficiency level. All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. This approach enables students to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic and gain an in-depth understanding of the culture as well as important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. In addition, the program has a language commitment that students agree to at the start of the program during orientation. Students are placed in classes depending on their proficiency level which is determine by the on-site placement test.

Before the start of the program, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher in Modern Standard Arabic and completed 4 semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic (or equivalent). Successful applicants have mastered the concepts covered in the Al-Kitaab series through the second book or equivalent and demonstrate oral proficiency at the intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.

CIEE Amman is located in a traditional neighborhood, which allows students plenty of opportunities to interact with local residents and get to know key institutions and sites with ease.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

3.3 GPA in Modern Standard Arabic, 4 semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent ability to pass an on-site Arabic proficiency exam. Successful applicants have mastered the concepts covered in the Al-Kitaab series through the second book or equivalent, and demonstrate oral proficiency at the intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.

Students have two chances to meet the course requirements on the placement exam and are automatically enrolled in the CIEE Middle East Studies program if they do not.

Program Requirements

  • Three required Arabic Language courses
  • One Arabic subject elective

Program Credit

Total credit: 16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3-6 U.S. semester/4.5-9 quarter credits; 45-140 contact hours

Academic Culture

The program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment on the part of students both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors are native Arabic speakers who are trained in their fields and in teaching Arabic language.

Class Format

Classes are small and often taught tutorial style. Participants take classes only with other students in the Advanced Arabic Language program.


Grades are assigned based on midterm and final exams, and additional assignments, such as a research paper, homework and class presentations. Attendance and class participation are incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory in all CIEE classes.

Language of Instruction



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Fall 2021 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 16 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 29, 2021 Dec 17, 2021
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,963 **

Housing = $2,520 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,400

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $1,200

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $60

Personal expenses = $1,200

Other = $100 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,410

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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 per day during the week, and most weekend meals.

for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $1600 for meals

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

††† Covid test fees upon arrival to Jordan at the airport and for entry to the US

Spring 2022 16 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Jan 23, 2022 May 13, 2022
Academic year 2021-2022 37 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 29, 2021 May 13, 2022

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Some Meals
For students living in homestays
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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