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Jordan: AMIDEAST in Amman
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
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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
Program Description:

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 Courses

AMIDEAST 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

Amman CitadelStudents 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
*Political Islam
*Globalization and Social Change in the Arab World
*Women and Society in the Arab World


Student Life

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.

Shared apartment

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.

Academic excursions

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
In each host country, AMIDEAST field staff recruits local students, young professionals, and participants in AMIDEAST English-language courses to act as language partners for semester/academic year Education Abroad students. During both in-class and extra-curricular activities, Education Abroad students work with host-country peers to practice language and build cross-cultural friendships.  Language partners are a core element of the Arabic language learning agenda of those programs.
  • Cultural Dialogue Sessions
During semester programs, Education Abroad students participate in structured dialogue sessions with carefully-selected host country students. Held either in informal small groups or as larger speaker-led discussions, cultural dialogue sessions provide an opportunity for Education Abroad students to discuss cultural issues and interact with host country peers. AMIDEAST staff members strive to create a “safe space” for both Education Abroad and host country students to express their views and ask questions. These unique environments allow participants to broach topics that are not easily raised in day-to-day conversation. Some of the topics that may be discussed during these cultural dialogue sessions include perspectives on identity, marriage, religion, and gender roles.
  •  Reflection Period
All AMIDEAST Education Abroad semester/academic year programs include a "Reflection Week" at the end of the term. Over the years AMIDEAST has found that at the end of the program, students often feel a great deal of excitement and anxiety about returning home. Reflection periods have been designed in order to create the time and space for students to slow down, look back on their experience, and plan for their return home.

Visa Information

All 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:
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.
Spring 2017 09/27/2016 ** Varies by program 01/13/2017 05/12/2017

** 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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