Come discover Jordan.
Through intensive Arabic language training; a challenging, comprehensive academic program; and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, study abroad in Amman gives you greater insight into the Middle East, and a truly unique Jordanian experience.
Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
Improve your Arabic in intensive language courses in Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
Choose from a variety of area studies courses in English and learn about political and cultural issues from guest lecturers
Interact with local university students and improve your Arabic through a peer tutor program and target language clubs
Visit important archaeological and natural sites in Jordan, including Petra, the Dead Sea or biblical sites In Jordan
The CIEE Difference
Whether you’re just beginning your study of Arabic or you’re an advanced speaker, study abroad in Amman has Standard and Colloquial language courses to suit your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of specially designed area studies courses in fields including: archaeology, economics, history, international relations, communications, literature, politics, and religion.
Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each semester you will have an overnight trip to Petra and a day trip to one of Jordan’s famous archaeological sites. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a community service trip to one of Jordan’s rural areas.
A range of volunteer options are available to study abroad students, many involving helping others with their English language skills. Previously, students have volunteered with NGOs, a women’s rights organization, educational institutions, and organizations in the for-profit sector.
Peer Language Tutors
CIEE recruits peer language tutors from the Department of Arabic at the University of Jordan. You are encouraged to meet with your language partners for up to three hours per week to practice conversation, explore the University, and expand your understanding of the host culture.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
Study abroad students are required to take two language courses: one Arabic Language course and one Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course. In addition, students take two area studies courses or one area studies course and an internship. A full course load is considered four courses.
Amman has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. Draped over several hills, Amman is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. It is a very 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.
Where You’ll Study
Founded in 1962, the University of Jordan is the oldest public four-year institution of higher education in Jordan. The University has 13 academic faculties, 65 academic departments, and a diverse student body of nearly 35,000, including 1,800 international students. The CIEE Study Center is located opposite the main gate of the University and offers students a wide range of support, library, and advising services. Participants in the language and culture program also have access to the CIEE on-campus office in the University of Jordan’s Language Center. CIEE students have access to all major campus facilities, including the library and computer labs.
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. All students receive a stipend to be used for transportation to and from the campus. The University of Jordan cafeteria offers subsidized meals during the school week. There are also inexpensive sandwich and coffee shops on campus.
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.
The CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan in Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.
The study abroad 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, while area studies courses are held in the afternoon. Class attendance is required for all class meetings and unexcused absences count against students’ final grades. Classes tend to be lecture style; however, instructors welcome questions and discussion. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the United States or the United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships abroad and are thus familiar with Western methods of teaching.
CIEE draws its language faculty from the University of Jordan to provide students a comprehensive curriculum focusing on four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Grammar is taught within these four skills. CIEE students have access to their instructors during regular office hours for individual attention and support. Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic in order to enhance their communication skills.