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Jordan: Language + Culture (CIEE)
Amman, Jordan
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Restrictions: AU- applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay, Shared Apt. Internship: Yes
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing
 Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

The program is designed for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East. Courses are offered in the areas of Arabic language, anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, and the media. This program is very suitable for a student who would like to do volunteer work or an internship (only available to year long students). Students take 15 credits a semester.


The Language and Culture program provides a rigorous and challenging academic program combined with in-country cultural experience and intensive Arabic language study. Students gain a greater understanding of the Middle East, with specific emphasis on the Jordanian perspective and experience.

Academic Program

The CIEE Language and Culture program offers 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 pre-requisite, all students are required to take:

Modern Standard Arabic: 6 credits
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic: 3 credits

Area studies courses are worth three credits each. Students are expected to take two of these courses.

Courses and course descriptions can be found here.

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Academic Culture and Location

The 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 in the morning, while area studies courses are held in the afternoon. Area studies classes are relatively small, and lectures tend to be the method of teaching, however instructors welcome questions and discussion.

CIEE students also have access to special Arabic tutoring sessions and weekly colloquial practice sessions.  Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT) is located in downtown Amman. PSUT is the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan and is known as a center of educational excellence both in the country and the surrounding region. The institution’s strong connections with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations will allow students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities, and the wide range of English-taught courses will enable CIEE to continue to grow new direct enrollment options in the future.


Internships are not required, but are possible for academic credit in the Spring semester only for year long students.  Qualified students in the Spring semester are placed in pre-screened internships with a non-governmental organization involved in community development, public opinion, social welfare, women's rights and political participation, environmental protection, or women's studies. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region. In addition, students meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list. Approval for participation in the Internship course must be obtained from the Resident Director and the student's home institution during the application process.


AU Abroad provides students the opportunity to apply for the AU Abroad Mobility grant, in which students can earn up to $2500 per semester towards their tuition and program fees.  CIEE also provides students the ability to apply for several different scholarships for their programs.  It is the responsibility of the student to find out how to apply for these opportunities.

Student Life

Housing and Meals

Students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. While almost every student requesting a homestay is placed in one, in rare cases a suitable homestay may not be possible. Homestay families provide two meals per day during the week and three meals per day on weekends. Lunch is at the student's expense. Students selecting the apartment option will need to budget for all meals as they are not included in the program fee. However, lunch is provided for all students during orientation and CIEE-sponsored excursions. All students receive a stipend to be used for transportation to and from class.

For students planning to stay for the academic year, meals between the fall and spring semesters are not included in the program fee.

Jordan - Amman PanoramaCultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan's archeological, historical, and natural wonders. The program includes a two-day trip to Petra and Wadi Rum, a one-day trip to archeological sites in the north of Jordan, and camping in one of the Kingdom's spectacular Nature Reserves. Trips vary between the fall and spring semesters in deference to the weather. Resident staff keep students up-to-date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

There are a range of volunteer options available to 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. Volunteer service does not receive academic credit and is subject to availability and placement based on language skills.

Peer Language Tutors
CIEE recruits peer language tutors from the Department of Arabic at the University of Jordan. Students are encouraged to meet with their language partners for up to three hours peer week to practice conversation, explore the University, and expand their understanding of the host culture.

Language Clubs
CIEE organizes a series of Arabic clubs that complements students' instruction in the language. The clubs cover conversation, poetry, dance, music, basic grammar, and Arabic calligraphy. Students are expected to attend one club session per week.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/26/2014 
Varies by program TBA TBA
 NOTE: please note the start and end dates of this program are approximate and will be determined after acceptance.
Fall 2014 03/02/2014 
Varies by program TBA TBA
 NOTE: please note these dates are approximate. do not buy airline tickets until pre-departure materials have been distributed.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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