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Program Overview

Program Overview

Diplomats and policymakers need linguistic skills and an understanding of how local and regional issues relate to global issues. Through our Diplomacy and Policy Studies program, you’ll be immersed in the contemporary Middle East with an opportunity to experience first-hand the region’s culture, history, and politics through intensive language study, specialized coursework, excursions, cultural and volunteer activities, and much more.

Study abroad in Amman and you can:

  • Learn about international relations, political science, and developmentwith a Jordanian and Middle Eastern focus
  • Engage with local experts, government officials, and diplomats
  • Improve your Arabic language skills through coursework in both modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Elect to do an internship at a local or international NGO or business
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to required courses in modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic, you can choose from electives covering a range of topics in international relations, domestic policies, regional diplomacy, and economic and social development, history, and politics.

Internship

study abroad in Jordan

In the past, students have interned at EcoPeace, the Center for Study of the Built Environment, the Collateral Repair Project, the Business Development Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, and USAID. Drawing on the experience of working at your internship site and your studies in Jordan throughout the semester, you’ll complete a case study focusing on an issue that interests you.

Volunteering

Learn more about daily life in Jordan by volunteering. There are many ways to help underserved communities in Amman and many organizations with which you can volunteer. In recent semesters, students have “adopted” an elementary school in a nearby rural community, renovating the building while working alongside members of the local community and getting to know the children.

Cultural Immersion

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.

Excursions

Get to know the landscape and explore policy issues during excursions throughout Jordan. Tour a potash plant near the Dead Sea or visit Jordan’s navy in the Gulf of Aqaba, and sleep in tents in the middle of the desert during a touristic excursion to Wadi Rum and Petra. These are some of the possibilities that await you.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

This program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Predeparture advising
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
06/01/2016
08/28/2016
12/16/2016
$17,750

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,812
Housing
$2,520
Insurance
$118

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,650
International Airfare *
$950
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$188
Personal expenses
$1,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
11/15/2016
01/22/2017
05/12/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,863
Housing
$2,520
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,400
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees ***
$60
Personal expenses
$1,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $1600 for meals

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

*** single entry

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Fall 2017 (17 wks)
06/01/2017
08/27/2017
12/22/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local transportation stipend, immersion activities including language partners, a comprehensive sutdent handbook, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,863
Housing
$2,520
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 3 or more semesters of college-level Arabic or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies. The required personal statement must demonstrate knowledge of the region and goals consistent with the program’s learning objectives.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours. This program may be combined with an additional semester on the Language and Culture or 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.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic 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. Four courses is considered a full load.

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About the City

About The City

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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Najeh Abu Orabi

Director of Arabic Instruction

Najeh Abu Orabi, Ph.D., a native of Jordan, has been challenging American students to master the Arabic language for more than a decade. In addition to leading the Arabic Language program, Najeh manages the Arabic language curriculum for CIEE in Jordan. He has a doctorate in Arabic language curricula and education methods and a master’s degree in Arabic language. Najeh also has taught Arabic at the University of Virginia and is a certified ACTFL OPI tester. For the Arabic Language program, Najeh works with a special team of instructors, all of whom hold advanced degrees in Arabic language and literature, have extensive experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language to international students, and are trained in ACTFL standards.

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Rana Al-Masri

Housing and Logistics Manager

Rana Masri is an 11-year veteran of international education in Amman. She manages all aspects of the housing program in Jordan, in addition to advising students on intercultural adjustment and cultural activities in Amman, and recruiting Arabic-speaking host families for CIEE students in Jordan..

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Zein Nsheiwat

Resident Director

Zein Nsheiwat has been working in the field of study abroad and cross-cultural education since 2007. She has worked in a variety of capacities; the latest being the Resident Director of Earlham College Middle East Study Abroad Program/Jordan, during which she was teaching a course on water and environmental challenges in Jordan and the Middle East including a course on Earlham College campus. Zein holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the joint program between the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has participated in and presented at many international conferences such as the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification. Zein has also published articles on water reuse in Jordan and lead exposure in industrial ‘hot spots’ in Jordan and Israel. In addition to professional activities, Zein is a founding member of an environmental initiative in Jordan, working on such diverse projects as water, solar energy, and across borders environmental education.

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Taghreed Odeh

Resident Coordinator

Taghreed Odeh joined CIEE as resident coordinator for the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program in fall 2012. Previously, she worked with Royal Jordanian Airlines and at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. Taghreed is an expert in protocol, and enjoys sharing her favorite cultural experiences and sites with visitors to the Kingdom. She is currently working toward completion of a Master’s degree in Human Rights.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center in Amman

Students will be taking courses at the CIEE Study Center in Amman, located in one of the older core neighborhoods where students will have the opportunity to interact with the local community and have easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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. 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. 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.

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.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Resident Staff meet with students online and share information about arrival to the site and the program, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The on-site program begins with a mandatory week-long orientation, which introduces you to the academic program and offers extensive, practical information about living in Jordan, with a focus on maintaining health, safety, and security. Ongoing support for these issues is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

During orientation, you'll also take a mandatory Arabic pre-test to determine your appropriate level. You'll be retested at the end of the term and can receive a copy of your results while on site.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as access to computers is otherwise limited. Dongles are provided to all students for internet access along with limited pre-paid internet cards. Cafés are also a convenient and inexpensive option for internet use. Be advised that internet connections in Jordan may be much slower than what you are used to at home.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in Jordan

The academic program is supplemented with numerous cultural activities, as well as excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Trips vary between the fall and spring semesters because of changes in weather. Resident Staff members will also keep you up to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

Independent Travel

You may travel independently in Jordan during weekends and scheduled breaks. Any independent travel outside of Jordan and overnight travel within Jordan requires the completion of the CIEE Amman Independent Travel Form and review of potential security or safety concerns by the CIEE Resident Director. You must also sign an independent travel waiver and are expected to inform your home institution and emergency contacts regarding all independent travel outside of Jordan.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies program combines focused coursework in regional politics, diplomacy, and government. All students are required to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level. Students also choose two elective courses. One of these electives can be an internship at a local government agency, ministry, international organization, or business.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are typically conducted seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussion between the professor and students. Most professors who teach CIEE courses either have received degrees in the United States or United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships or trainings abroad. That said, our classrooms are Jordanian classrooms.

Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic to enhance their communication skills. The modern standard Arabic courses utilize the standard curriculum and textbooks used by most U.S. universities and colleges.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only, except in the companion course to the internship. Special activities and guest lectures with policymakers and experts on a range of contemporary issues allow CIEE students to gain official insight into Jordan’s most pressing domestic and international concerns.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, they are encouraged to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society.

Grading System

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

Language of Instruction

Arabic
English

Faculty

Arabic language courses are taught by CIEE’s excellent team of Arabic instructors. The area studies elective courses are taught by faculty and practitioners associated with Jordan’s universities and wider academic community, including both Jordanian and international experts in their respective fields.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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 2011 ADSP - Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate I
ARAB 2012 ADSP - Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate II

ARAB 3011 ADSP - Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced I
ARAB 3012 ADSP - Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced II

The following course 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. Contact hours: 90. Credit 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

ARAB 3013 ADSP Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced III

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. Continued Conversations in Colloquial Arabic 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.

ARAB 1003 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I
ARAB 1004 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning II

ARAB 2003 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I
ARAB 2004 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate II

ARAB 3003 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced I
ARAB 3004 JORD - Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced II
ARAB 3005 JORD - Continued Conversations in Colloquial Arabic

CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies Elective Courses

Students must choose two courses from the list below. This is a sample list of elective courses. A final course list will be distributed to students during the on-site orientation for purposes of registration. Every semester, selected LC elective courses will be open for DPS students, and vice versa.

INSH 3003 ADPS

Organizational Internship
Students are placed in prescreened internships with a local or international development organization or business. Students are required to achieve 12 hours a week for 11 weeks of actual work at the host institution, along with recording their experiences in a reflective journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final case study that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in Jordan. In addition, students meet for biweekly seminars and complete an assigned readings list. Students need to acquire home institution approval in order to start the application process. Contact hours: 45 (Total course hours = 135). This course includes 15 classroom contact hours, required individual advising, mandatory field site visits, and approximately 120 internship hours.

ECON 3001 ADPS

Development Economics in the Middle East
This course provides an overview of development economics in the Middle East that analyzes opportunities and challenges. Issues like foreign aid, foreign investment, adjustment programs, oil and water politics, and hindrance to growth are of major concern. Challenges of foreign debt, size of public sector, unemployment, poverty, and population growth are also addressed. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3001 ADPS

Political Structure and Dynamics of the Middle East Regional System
This course examines the international politics of the Middle East since World War II, including inter-Arab and Arab-Israeli relationships. The impacts on superpower political patterns on policies are emphasized. This course identifies the major threats to regional peace and security. It tackles issues of proliferations of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the phenomenon of nonstate actors, and failed states. It also addresses the regional mechanisms that deal with these threats. The role of key international actors is also analyzed. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3002 ADPS

Arab Diplomacy
This course identifies the major issues Arab diplomacy is concerned with, and the manner by which they are debated among Arab states. It examines regional organizations and institutions as a platform used to address regional concerns. The course also describes the various diplomatic tools Arab states utilize in their regional interactions. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 3007 JORD
Media Arabic

(Students may take this course in lieu of an area studies class in English or in lieu of instruction in colloquial Arabic if proficiency in the dialect can be demonstrated.) This course offers an opportunity for students with more advanced proficiency in Arabic to begin applying their skills to contemporary authentic source material. Students read newspaper articles and internet media, as well as listen to radio and television broadcasts. Students also discuss current events and are expected to write short articles. Permission from the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction is required; enrollment is limited on the basis of placement test results. (Language of instruction – Arabic) ). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3004 ADPS/ENVI 3004 ADPS
Environment, Sustainability, and Activism

Jordan now ranks second in the world in terms of water poverty. It is also devoid of petroleum resources, facing an uncertain future in terms of energy security, and is experiencing a population boom in the midst of a wave of regional forced migration. This course uses Jordan’ geopolitical position in the region and the current debates over water management, its nuclear program, hydroelectric damming projects, its agricultural sector, access to petroleum products, growing urbanism, and exploding population as a lens for exploring local and regional issues of diplomacy and development vis-à-vis environmental science and policy. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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