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: Aug 25 – Dec 13, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 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: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 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: 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: Aug 25, 2019 – May 15, 2020 (38 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Come to Amman and immerse yourself in Middle Eastern history, culture, politics, language study, and university life at CIEE’s partner school, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), as well as at CIEE Amman. Select coursework across of range of academic areas, in English, along with Arabic language classes matched to your skill level. Meet individuals key to the social fabric of Jordanian society, including diplomats, government officials, members of the growing private sector, Jordanian students, and families. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

  • 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

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.

INTERNSHIP

CIEE partners with more than 25 institutions and organizations where students may participate in for-credit internships 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, 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. Volunteering can also serve as a not-for-credit internship.

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

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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 weekday 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.

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What you need to know

The program details

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.

Academics

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Academics

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

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.

Curriculum

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
  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 48 contact hours 

Language of Instruction
English

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.

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.

 

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.

Fall 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 placement 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 the curriculum of Al-Kitaab or another series that 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.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

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

PRINCESS SUMAYA UNIVERSITY FOR 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

Spring 2020 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 placement 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 the curriculum of Al-Kitaab or another series that 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 3005 is intended for students who demonstrate extensive prior experience or study of Jordanian Arabic or another dialect.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

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

PRINCESS SUMAYA UNIVERSITY FOR TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE COURSES

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

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:

  • 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.

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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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 2019 16 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 25, 2019 Dec 13, 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 = $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.

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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 $1600 for meals

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

Academic year 2019-2020 38 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 25, 2019 May 15, 2020
$33,155
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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 = $27,648 **

Housing = $5,040

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $33,155

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 = $4,800

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $2,400

Books & Supplies = $500

Visa Fees = $60

Personal expenses = $2,400

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $12,860

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

for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $3200 for meals

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

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

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

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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