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Jordan: Advanced Arabic Language (CIEE)
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
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Housing: Homestay Language Pre-requisite: 5 semesters of Arabic (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: Arabic Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

The CIEE Arabic program is designed for students who already have a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to attain proficiency in the language. Courses during this semster include required Colloquial Jordanian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, along with a variety of topics courses students can choose from. Students also receive training in cross-cultural communication to augment their advanced linguistic skills.  Students take all of their classes in Arabic, have homestays with Arabic speaking families, and are expected to maintain an Arabic language pledge while on this program.  Each student takes 16 credits per semester.


Students will be taking courses at Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT) 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 an internship (for year long students), independent research, and community engagement opportunities.

The Arabic Language program is designed to give students the opportunity to take a full load of courses taught in Arabic by combining intensive language study with area studies courses. 
 The program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment on the part of students. Classes are small, often taught tutorial style, and require discipline and sustained effort both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors are native Arabic speakers, trained in their fields and teaching Arabic language.

Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation: 4 credits
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic: 6 credits
Arabic Writing and Research: 3 credits
One student chosen subject course, worth 3 credits.

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.


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.

Jordan Lang Ctr studentsStudent Life

Students live a well-rounded life in Amman, Jordan.  Amman has a history that reaches back at least 5,000 years, yet 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.  Please read over the student blog (in Arabic) for current happenings with this program.

Students begin your study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident staff share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program, so that you'll arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards those goals.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in Arabic-speaking homestays. Homestay families provide two meals per day during the week and three meals per day on weekends. Lunch is at the students' expense except during orientation and CIEE-sponsored trips.

Field Trips & Activities

Petra with crowdsThe academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan's archeological, historical, and natural wonders. The program includes a trip to Petra, archeological sites in the north of Jordan, and walking tours in Jordan's historical towns and districts -- all with Arabic speaking guides. You will have a mid-semester “rural retreat,” at a location in the Jordan Valley where students and their instructors continue classes in addition to community service activities in the local communities.  Students also have special outings to social and cultural events in the target language such as films, lectures, or exhibits.

CIEE dedicates several weekends each semester to the cleaning, painting, and general maintenance of a school in an underdeveloped community in Jordan. Program participants are encouraged to volunteer their time on these weekends to help improve the learning environment at an adopted school while also learning more about the host community. Volunteer service does not receive academic credit and is subject to availability.

Visa Requiements

All American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Amman airport. CIEE will help each student obtain a residence permit after they are in the country.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/25/2015
Varies by program TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/25/2015
Varies by program TBA TBA
NOTE: please note the start and end dates of this program are approximate and will be determined after acceptance.
Spring 2016 09/23/2015 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** 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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