Amman, Jordan

Middle East Studies

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Information for term Middle East Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 2 – Dec 21, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 13, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 27 – May 17, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 2, 2018 – May 17, 2019 (37 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Since ancient time, the Middle East has always been active in the world landscape connecting East and West and is still relevant to the current world political landscape.

Here in Jordan, you will have the opportunity to study and learn the intricacies of the region’s modern history and Jordan’s role in regional politics as well as build your linguistic capabilities of the Arabic language; both Modern Standard and Colloquial. The CIEE program in Amman is dedicated to educate and expand your knowledge of the local language, history and culture. In addition to the academic curriculum, opportunities to practice Arabic and experience the local culture are an essential component of our program. This is in parallel with in-depth, on-the-ground understanding of Middle Eastern policies and politics as nowhere else in the world. In our program, you will personally meet individuals key to the web that makes up the social fabric of Jordanian society that include diplomats to government officials to members of the growing private sector, in addition to Jordanian students and families.

  • ELECT TO DO AN INTERNSHIP

    at a local or international NGO or business

  • VISIT IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL

    and natural sites in Jordan, such as Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and a number of historical biblical sites

  • INTERACT WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

    and improve your Arabic through a peer language assistant program and cultural activities

  • spectator capacity at the Roman Theater

    6,000
  • hills form the main cityscape

    7
  • visitors per year

    2M+

Location & Culture

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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.

You will have every opportunity to immerse yourself in Jordanian culture. Special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts enrich the academic program. You are encouraged to use your Arabic language skills in everyday settings. This fosters Arabic language proficiency and a better understanding of Jordanian society. CIEE also coordinates a series of local site visits and cultural activities. Resident staff will help keep you up to date on local cultural events, such as conferences, films, and concerts.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. These are some of the possibilities that await you: explore biblical Jordan; camp in the middle of the desert during an excursion to Wadi Rum - also known as the Valley of the Moon and Petra - the Rose City; or hike in a Middle Eastern forest. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in an organized community service project

INTERNSHIP

In the past, students have interned at Eco-Peace, the Collateral Repair Project, the Business Development Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and USAID.  The experience of working at an internship combined with your studies in Jordan, will offer you unique insight to Jordanian social structure.

Volunteering
Give back to your host community while learning about Jordanian culture and people by volunteering. You could help to renovate and paint an elementary school in a nearby rural area hand-in-hand with the community. Or help Jordanians with their English language skills. Students have also found opportunities to engage with Amman-based organizations that work with underserved communities..

INTERACT

Through the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), CIEE students have the option to direct-enroll in a selection of PSUT courses, and engage with PSUT students by participating in cultural clubs, sports teams, and general activities organized with the student council.  In addition, CIEE has introduced a shadowing program enabling CIEE students to shadow PSUT students, work on the PSUT campus for a day, etc.  

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Study Abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. 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. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. Students receive some meals during orientation and during CIEE-sponsored excursions.

  • MEALS

    Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekly lunches. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. For students planning to stay for the academic year, meals between the fall and spring semesters are not included in the program fee unless they continue to reside with their homestay family.

Amman, Jordan

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE AMMAN

    Located in one of the older core neighborhoods with easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions.

What People are Saying

  • “The professors in my program’s classes are incredible and I have learned so much about diplomacy and Arabic language – my Arabic language classes have been the best I have ever had.  The staff on this program are so helpful, fun, and plan amazing programs for the CIEE students!  Overall this program has been very immersive, fun, and impactful”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed my semester with CIEE.  The staff was friendly and welcoming, and they always were willing to help out with anything and everything.  The classes were fabulous, and the excursions and outings were perfect.”

     

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “ The CIEE staff is amazing and worked so hard to provide us with an amazing time in Jordan, they really cared about us and made my time here amazing.”

     

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “…the CIEE staff went above and beyond over and over and over again.

    Student, Fall 2017

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area-studies courses in fields such as economics, history, international relations, environment, literature, politics, regional diplomacy, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. One of these courses can be an internship at a local government agency, international organization, national organization, or business. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.

Students also have the option of taking one course from a pre-approved selection at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT).

Please note: If you opt to register for a course at PSUT, the end of term will be approximately two weeks after the CIEE program ends.  Please check with your enrollment advisor for the exact date.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Participants study only with other CIEE study abroad students except in the companion course to the internship. The extracurricular activities, lectures, and workshop with experts on a range of contemporary issues allow CIEE students to gain official insight into Jordan’s most pressing domestic and international concerns. Participants who choose to take a course through PSUT will study with local and other international students.

  • GRADING

    Grades (A-F, with pluses and minuses, based on a 100-point scale) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams or paper, and, depending on the course, additional assignments, such as a research paper or class presentation. Attendance and class participation are incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    This program is academically rigorous and offers focused students an opportunity to make great strides in their language and overall knowledge of the region. Students attend Arabic language courses five days per week. Area studies courses are held in the afternoons or evenings. Class attendance is required and unexcused absences count against students’ final grades. Jordanian classrooms and classes tend to be lecture style; however, many are conducted seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussions. Many of the professors who teach CIEE courses have received degrees in either the United States or the United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships abroad and thus are familiar with American classrooms.

Eligibility

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    All study abroad students enroll in a 9 semester/12 quarter hour credits of Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses at the appropriate level. In addition to the required Arabic courses, all students choose two additional elective courses, one of which can be an internship. A full course load is considered four courses.

  • OVERALL GPA

    2.5
    Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose.

  • PROGRAM CREDIT

    • Total credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
    • May be combined with an additional semester on Middle East Studies or Advanced Arabic Language program for a full academic year in Jordan
    • Course contact hours are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Curriculum

Whether you’re just beginning your study of Arabic or you’re an advanced speaker, the CIEE Middle East Studies program in Amman has language courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic to suit your needs and abilities. Besides Arabic language, you’ll have access to a variety of specially designed area studies courses covering a range of topics in economics, history, international relations, communications, literature, religion, politics, and regional diplomacy as they relate to the Middle East.

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC
Students are placed into the appropriate Modern Standard Arabic level based on previous study of the language and the results of a language exam taken during orientation. The exam tests how well you can apply what you’ve learned in Arabic so far, and is not based on progression through any particular Arabic textbook. Contact hours: 90. Credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

 

  • ARAB 1011 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Beginning I
  • ARAB 1012 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Beginning II
  • ARAB 2011 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate I
  • ARAB 2012 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate II
  • ARAB 3011 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced I
  • ARAB 3012 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced II
  • ARAB 3013 AMJO: Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced III

*ARAB 3013 is designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed al-Kitaab or another series. This course uses authentic source materials only. Students need to adapt to a proficiency-based curriculum that does not follow a particular text book.

COLLOQUIAL JORDANIAN ARABIC

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. These courses introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and build on the instruction provided in the Modern Standard Arabic language course. They include intensive portions during orientation to impart basic survival skills, then continue with regular classroom sessions. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

  • ARAB 1003 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I
  • ARAB 1004 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning II
  • ARAB 2003 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I
  • ARAB 2004 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate II
  • ARAB 3003 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced I
  • ARAB 3004 AMJO: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced II
  • ARAB 3005 AMJO: Continued Conversation in Colloquial Jordanian Arabic

*ARAB 3005 is intended for students who demonstrate extensive prior experience or study of Jordanian Arabic or another dialect, as well as most Academic Year program students.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

PRINCESS SUMAYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE COURSES

Students also have the option of taking one course from a pre-approved selection at Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Sample Courses Include:

Accounting for Financial Institutions (Banks and Insurance Companies)
Auditing Under International Standards on Auditing I and Ii
Communication Skills and Technologies
Consumer Behavior
Financial Management
Government Accounting
International Accounting
Introduction to Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Introduction to Electronic Business
Introduction to Social Media
Management Information Systems
Math for Business
Microeconomics
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Purchasing and Inventory Management
Statistical Methods
Tax Accounting

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC
Students are placed into the appropriate Modern Standard Arabic level based on previous study of the language and the results of a language exam taken during orientation. The exam tests how well you can apply what you’ve learned in Arabic so far, and is not based on progression through any particular Arabic textbook. Contact hours: 90. Credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

*ARAB 3013 is designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed al-Kitaab or another series and uses authentic source materials only. Students need to adapt to a proficiency-based curriculum that does not follow a particular text book. Contact hours: 90. Credit 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

COLLOQUIAL JORDANIAN ARABIC

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. These courses introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and build on the instruction provided in the Modern Standard Arabic language course. They include intensive portions during orientation to impart basic survival skills, then continue with regular classroom sessions. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

*ARAB 3005 is intended for students who demonstrate extensive prior experience or study of Jordanian Arabic or another dialect, as well as most Academic Year program students. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Students must choose two courses from the list below. This is a sample list of elective courses.

Princess Sumaya Institute Of Technology Elective Courses

Students also have the option of taking one course from a pre-approved selection at Princess Sumaya University for Technology PSUT classes run 2 weeks longer than the CIEE semester.  Students will be expected to remain on-site to complete all coursework and exams.

Sample Courses Include:
Accounting for Financial Institutions (Banks and Insurance Companies)
Auditing Under International Standards on Auditing I and II
Communication Skills and Technologies
Consumer Behavior
Financial Management
Government Accounting
International Accounting
Introduction to Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Introduction to Electronic Business
Introduction to Social Media
Management Information Systems
Math for Business
Microeconomics
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Purchasing and Inventory Management
Statistical Methods
Tax Accounting

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week on-site orientation – an introduction to Jordanian culture, 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 16 weeks Sep 2, 2018 Dec 21, 2018
$16,850
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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 = $13,863 **

Housing = $2,520

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

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 = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,350 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $188

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $5,488

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $1200 for meals

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

Academic year 2018-2019 37 weeks Sep 2, 2018 May 17, 2019
$32,585
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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 = $27,078 **

Housing = $5,040

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $32,585

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 = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,350 ††

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $188

Personal expenses = $3,500

Expenses during break = $1,500 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,688

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $1200 for meals

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

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

Spring 2019 16 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 27, 2019 May 17, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,463 **

Housing = $2,520

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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 = $850

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $60

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $5,960

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Dec 13, 2019

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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