Amman, Jordan

Advanced Arabic Language

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Information for term Advanced Arabic Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 13, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 18, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 26 – May 15, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 25, 2019 – May 15, 2020 (38 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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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

  • TAKE DAY EXCURSIONS

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

  • SLEEP IN TENTS

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

  • SEE FILMS, LECTURES, AND EXHIBITS

    all in the the target language of Arabic.

  • spectator capacity at the Roman Theater

    6,000
  • visitors per year

    2M+
  • hills form the main cityscape

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Location & Culture

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Take part in a mid-semester rural retreat in the Jordan Valley or the south of Jordan.
  • Visit Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders - all with Arabic-speaking guides.
  • Work with a faculty mentor and develop Arabic writing skills through an advanced writing and an optional research course.

PROJECTS

  • 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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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Homestays require students to adapt to the social habits and norms of their host family, and other social norms.

    International 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.

  • MEALS

    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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    CIEE AMMAN

    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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

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.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

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

  • GRADING

    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.

  • 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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM 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.

Curriculum

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

Language of Instruction
Arabic

Requirements

  • Three required Arabic Language courses
  • One Arabic subject elective

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.

Scholarships

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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.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some Meals (for those in Homestays)
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One week orientation – an introduction to the culture of Jordan, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city.
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

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End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 16 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 25, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Academic year 2019-2020 38 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 25, 2019 May 15, 2020
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Estimated Costs

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

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $1,500

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 to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 26, 2020 May 15, 2020
$17,950
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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

Total Estimated Costs = $6,310

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.

See Scholarships

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 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

Fall 2020 16 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 30, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
$17,950
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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

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.

See Scholarships

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 per day during the week, and most weekend meals.

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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