|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||AU- applicants only|
|Housing:||Homestay, Shared Apt.||Language Pre-requisite:||none|
|Language of Instruction:||Arabic, English||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:||Second-semester Sophomore standing||Program Type:||Not Direct Enrollment|
Is this program right for you?
This program is designed for U.S study abroad students with an interest in studying Arabic and the Middle East region. This program incorporates Arabic language courses with subject courses taught by Jordanian faculty, immersive housing options and numerous cultural activities into the student experience. Upon completion of this program, students will be well-versed in the issues currently facing Jordan and the broader Middle East region.
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman carry a 16 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and select three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines.
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.
Language CoursesAMIDEAST partners with the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic to provide a high level of Arabic instruction. The Qasid Institute has developed a reputation as one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Its comprehensive curriculum begins with the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and continues through to a high degree of proficiency.
Language Studies (7 credits in Arabic required): All students will enroll Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for 4 credits and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic for 3 credits. For MSA, students will be given a placement exam on arrival and enrolled at the appropriate level. Students will be placed in the appropriate dialect course based on their MSA level. Media Arabic is also available for advanced students for an additional 3 credits.
Middle Eastern/North African Studies Courses
Students enroll in two to three courses area studies courses, varied by semester. All area studies courses are worth 3 credits each and course descriptions can be found here. Options may include:
*Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
*Social Change in Contemporary Jordan
*Traditional Islamic Arts
*Art and Politics in the Arab World since 1970
*Economic Development in the Middle East and North Africa
*Environmental Drivers of Change in the Middle East
*Social and Green Innovation in the Arab World
*Jordan in its Regional Context: An Historical and Political Approach
*History of the Modern Middle East
*World History of Food: Islam and Foodways in the Middle East
*Colonialism in Middle East and North Africa
*Contemporary Jordanian Culture
*The Arab Gulf and the Indian Ocean: History and Current Issues
*Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (AMIDEAST version of an internship)
*Independent Study Project (ISP) Seminar
*The Arab Spring: Revolution and Reform in the Arab World
*Contemporary Issues in Jordan and the Arab World
*International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa
*The Arab Israeli Relations
*International Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
*The Politics of Development in the Middle East
*Contemporary Islamic Thought
*Traditional Islamic Thought
*Globalization and Social Change in the Arab World
*Women and Society in the Arab World
Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges, thus making it an exciting place to live and study. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. At the heart of the city is the ancient Citadel containing ruins from many civilizations. It overlooks a well-preserved and restored Roman Amphitheater, today used for concerts and cultural events. Further afield in Jordan there are Roman ruins in Jerash and the spectacular Nabatean city of Petra in the south. Please read student experiences on the AMIDEAST blog here.
Housing & Meals
Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman, Jordan have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans:
Living with a Jordanian Family – students who select this option will live with a Jordanian family that has been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a database of qualified applicants; families generally host two AMIDEAST students at a time. All host families are Arabic-speaking; English, however, is spoken in most of the homes.
AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students living with host families will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
Living in a shared apartment with other U.S. study abroad students from the program. The apartments are carefully selected by AMIDEAST to be safe, comfortable and convenient to program facilities and public transportation. Students purchase or prepare meals on their own.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman, Jordan students participate in three program-organized excursions outside of Amman to visit major points of interest. The excursions are coordinated by AMIDEAST/Jordan in conjunction with the program's academic staff and are led by a member of the faculty. Organized activities are combined with limited free time, allowing students to explore independently within a safe and structured framework. AMIDEAST publishes planned excursions for future semesters here.
In addition to the academic program, the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Jordan offers a variety of additional learning opportunities to enhance participants' study abroad experience:
- Language Partners
- Cultural Dialogue Sessions
- Reflection Period
Visa InformationAll American citizens can be issued a visa upon arrival at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan. Currently, a single-entry Jordanian visa costs less than $30. This price is subject to change. During your stay in Amman, AMIDEAST will help facilitate extensions of the visas.
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2016||09/23/2015 **||Varies by program||01/16/2016||05/12/2016|
|NOTE: Students need to land at the airport in Amman on January 16th. March 13th-17th is Spring Break. May 12th is the last day of the program and can depart Jordan on May 13th. Please refer to the AMIDEAST Academic Calendar here: http://amideast.org/abroad/programs/jordan/semester-academic-year-amman-jordan/academic-calendar|
|Academic Year||2016-2017||03/09/2016 **||Varies by program||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2016||03/09/2016 **||Varies by program||08/20/2016||12/16/2016|
|NOTE: Students need to arrive in Amman on August 20th. Students are obligated to finish the semester on December 15th, and will leave program housing on December 16th.|
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