Amman, Jordan

Summer Middle East Studies

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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. Immerse yourself in a city that celebrates both a cosmopolitan outlook and its age-old souks, mosques, and monuments. Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty at CIEE Amman and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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

Academics

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Academics

his 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. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

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.

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.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

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

Students enroll in one content course per four-week session

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 – 4 per session U.S. semester/4.5 – 6 per session quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE content course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits

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

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

 

 

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.

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

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.

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes
Communicative Arabic Language elective may be taken during one session only.
(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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 Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

Scholarships

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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.

 

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
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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