Amman, Jordan

Summer Middle East Studies

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Information for term Summer Middle East Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: May 20 – Jun 17, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3-4 per session semester hours / 4.5-6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 17 – Jul 15, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3-4 per session semester hours / 4.5-6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: May 20 – Jul 15, 2019 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3-4 per session semester hours / 4.5-6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Centrally located Amman is the ideal place to unravel intriguing Middle Eastern and international issues like Arab-Israeli relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fundamentalism and politics, and more. Learn about all this and more, in a city that celebrates both a cosmopolitan outlook and its age-old souks, mosques, and monuments.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn conversational Arabic

    to help you connect with Jordanian people.

  • Explore world-famous treasures

    like Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, and the Dead Sea.

  • Discover cultural traditions

    with introductions to traditional cooking, dance, henna, calligraphy, soccer, films, and plays.

  • spectator capacity at the Roman Theater

    6,000
  • visitors per year

    2M+
  • university students

    280K+

Location & Culture

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Despite its famous ruins, the capital of Jordan has plenty of cosmopolitan character and modern sensibility. One minute you’re atop the highest of Amman’s seven foremost hills, where the ancient Citadel gives spectacular views all around – and a fascinating look back to Bronze Age. Later the same day, you’re window shopping on trendy Rainbow Street after a tasty meal at a restaurant with sidewalk tables. Wherever you are, you’ll see why Amman has a well-earned reputation for hospitality.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Session 1 overnight trip: Petra and Wadi Rum. Explore an ancient city elaborately carved from stony cliffs, and where ancient inscriptions are tucked among spectacular arid arches, cliffs, caverns, and gorges.
  • Session 2 overnight trip: Petra and Wadi Rum (as above) or a hike/camping trip that combines outdoor adventure and archeological heritage.
  • Day-trip possibilities: Biblical Jordan, including Madaba Plains (the biblical lands of Moab), Mt. Nebo, and the city of Madaba; and a Dead Sea trip.
  • Visit iconic mosques, museums, and cafes.
  • Guest speakers illuminate a range of issues, from the contemporary music scene to life in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Live with a Jordanian host family and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. Expect to follow curfews and local decorum, which are part of Jordanian life.

    Shared Apartments: Students may also choose to live with other CIEE visiting students in apartments. According to local custom and for your comfort and safety, apartments allow limited visitors and set quiet hours.

  • MEALS

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

    Shared Apartments: Students who live in apartment are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. All students are responsible for lunches.

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

  • "Just going out and exploring Jordan put everything into perspective when learning the colloquial language and also about the surrounding territories that had to deal with the Israel-Palestine conflict, which did include Jordan. It was very interesting to put landmarks and things to those stories."

    Myeasha, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 16
  • "My experience with the program has been positive and the CIEE staff both in the US and abroad have been very helpful."

    Doran, Pennsylvania State University, Summer 16

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What you need to know

The program details

This rigorous summer program is designed to help students learn about the history, culture, and politics of Jordan and the Middle East with content courses taught in English. From an archeological survey of Jordan to an exploration of the Palestinian conflict, students gain insights into the history and culture of this complex region. Students can also opt to learn colloquial Jordanian Arabic, making it easier to connect with the people of Jordan and learn about their way of life.

Students take courses at CIEE in Amman in one of the older core neighborhoods. This creates plenty of opportunity to interact with community members, and offers easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions.

Content courses are taught by faculty from Amman universities or visiting foreign faculty with expertise and extensive experience in Jordan. Language courses are taught by experienced CIEE Amman language instructors under the guidance of Dr. Najeh Abu-Orabi, CIEE Amman Director of Arabic Language.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with CIEE students. The classroom environment tends to be more formal than in the United States.

  • GRADING

    Students are given grades from A-F on a 100-point scale, based on the results a mid-term and final, and possibly a paper or class presentation. Participation and attendance also factor heavily into grades.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Attendance is mandatory. Students should expect a more formal classroom environment and work more independently than they are used to in the United States.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Course contact hours: Most courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic: 15; credit – 1 semester/1.5 credits

Students enroll in one content course per four-week session, and can also take optional Communicative Colloquial Jordanian Arabic for one session.

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, 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
  • 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

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019 Jun 17, 2019
$4,150
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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 = $2,988 **

Housing = $695 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,350

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $100

Personal expenses = $350

Total Estimated Costs = $2,400

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

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

Summer Session I and II 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019 Jul 15, 2019
$7,470
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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 = $5,613 **

Housing = $1,390 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,470

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,350

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $100

Personal expenses = $950

Total Estimated Costs = $3,600

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

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Jul 15, 2019
$4,150
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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 = $2,988 **

Housing = $695 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,350

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $100

Personal expenses = $350

Total Estimated Costs = $2,400

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

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and one hot meal) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments.

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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