Amman, Jordan

Middle East Studies

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Information for term Middle East Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 23 – Dec 11, 2023 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • Dates: Jan 29 – May 19, 2023 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Home to more than 100,000 archaeological, religious, and tourist sights, Jordan is your key to Middle Eastern history, culture, politics, food, and language study. Whether you immerse yourself in university life at CIEE Amman or by directly enrolling in one course at CIEE’s partner school, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), studying abroad in Jordan will give you insight into the politics and society of the Middle East.

Coursework is available across various academic areas in English and Arabic classes to match your skill level. If you’ve never studied Arabic before, enroll in English courses while learning basic Arabic greetings. If you have a fundamental understanding of Arabic, make your experience immersive by building on your language skills and learning Colloquial Jordanian. 

During your time abroad, you will have the rare opportunity to meet individuals key to the social fabric of Jordanian society, including diplomats, government officials, members of the growing private sector, Jordanian students, and families. You may also choose to gain work experience by enrolling in an internship in a governmental, semi-governmental, local, or international NGO. 

All your courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond Amman to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding and community engagement.

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


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

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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, not to mention the delicious variety of Arabic food.  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, activists, 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. Our staff will help keep you up to date on local cultural events, such as conferences, films, and concerts.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Amman.

The Culture


Students enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders which may include: exploring biblical Jordan; camping in the middle of the desert during an excursion to Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, and Petra, known as the Rose City; or, hiking in a Middle Eastern forest. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in an organized community service project in Amman.


CIEE partners with more than 25 institutions and organizations where students may participate in for-credit internship or volunteer opportunities.

In the past, students have interned at Eco-Peace, Leaders of Tomorrow, the Collateral Repair Project, Generations for Peace, the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Global Nomads Group and USAID. The experience of an internship combined with your studies in Jordan, will offer you a unique insight into Jordanian social structure.


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. Volunteering can also serve as a not-for-credit internship.


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 all CIEE students to shadow PSUT students for a day and experience the campus life in Jordan.

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Daily Life

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    Study Abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. All housing option are between 20-40 -minute commute to CIEE Amman Center.

    Homestays: 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: these apartments are shared with other CIEE students and have 2 or 3 bedrooms per apartment. Each student will have their own bedroom with shared common space/living room, kitchen and bathroom. The apartments are equipped with basic home appliances including a stove, fridge, microwave and washing machine. CIEE apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms.


    All students are responsible for their lunches. 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.

    Homestay: Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends.

    Student Apartments: Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee.

Amman, Jordan

Where You'll Study

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

What People are Saying

  • "CIEE Amman is an extremely organized and well-run program. The staff on-site in Amman are friendly and are more than willing to work with students one-on-one. CIEE also works with students from the moment they're accepted into a program until they depart from their abroad experience to return home."

    Matthew S., Elizabethtown College
  • "CIEE has made for a really incredible study abroad experience with a lot of fun events, and very little complications with anything."

    Brian B., University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
  • "I loved everything about the CIEE program. The staff was absolutely amazing and I keep in touch with them still!!"

    Madison H., Pennsylvania State University
  • "The program gave me a lot of flexibilty for independent travel, the cultural activities were great, the staff were always helpful, and the courses were a great contribution to my undergrad education"

    Natalie P., Macalester College
  • "It is an amazing experience. You learn so much more about the world, life, and you learn about things you would have never thought about or expected going in."

    Zaarin M., University of California-EAP


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CIEE’s Middle East Studies program offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area studies courses in economics, history, international relations, environment, literature, politics, regional diplomacy, and religion. All 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 following an onsite placement exam.

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

Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) was founded in 1991 and is the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan. It is owned by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), the foremost applied research center in Jordan. Students in the Middle East Studies program may choose to direct enroll in one of PSUT classes.

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.

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 and arrangements.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

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

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

  • Modern Standard Arabic at the appropriate level

  • Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level

  • Two or three elective courses.  May include one course from a pre-approved selection at PSUT.

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 48 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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 once a week. 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.

Class Format

Participants study only with other CIEE study abroad students from the Middle East Studies program at CIEE Amman. The extracurricular activities, lectures, and workshops 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 Jordanian and other international students on the PSUT campus.


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, assignments/homework, 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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English, Arabic

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes
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 and arrangements.

Spring 2023 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)

Courses may 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
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Purchasing and Inventory Management
Statistical Methods
Tax Accounting

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 CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • 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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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2023 16 weeks Nov 1, 2022 Jan 29, 2023 May 19, 2023
Fall 2023 16 weeks May 1, 2023 Aug 23, 2023* Dec 11, 2023*

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

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

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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