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Jordan: Advanced Arabic Language (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 Language Pre-requisite: 5 semesters of Arabic (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: Arabic Language Courses Offered: Yes
 Non-AU Students Accepted:
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?

This program is designed for students who already have a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to attain proficiency in the language. Colloquial Jordanian Arabic is also required, 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.


What You'll Learn
Univ of Jordan shieldThe Arabic Language program at the CIEE Study Center in Amman provides an opportunity for students with a firm background in Modern Standard Arabic to achieve high levels of proficiency in reading, writing, and oral comprehension. Students also have the opportunity to advance their conversation skills in the Jordanian dialect.


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.

Students have to take three required courses:

Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation: 4 credits
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic: 6 credits
Arabic Writing and Research: 3 credits

Students then choose one 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 studentsLocation

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 (for year long students), 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.

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.

Cultural Activities and Field Trips
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. Students also have special outings to social and cultural events in the target language such as films, lectures, or exhibits.

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.

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 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.

** 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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