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Jordan: AMIDEAST in Amman
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
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.

Academics

Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.  It is one of only two Arab countries to have open borders with Israel, thus it remains a key player in Arab-Israeli affairs.  Over the past several decades it has absorbed refugees from Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq, and Syrian refugees.  These new inhabitants have transformed Amman and brought new life to its local culture.

Under King Abdullah II and his father King Hussein, Jordan has made great strides in education, health care and economic reform while creating a distinctively Jordanian democratic structure.  Nonetheless, Jordan faces many challenges that students can study and observe first hand – the effects of regional conflicts, social change, lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, and delivering on the promise of economic development to its citizens.

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
* Contemporary Jordanian Culture
* The Arab Spring: Revolution and Reform in the Arab World
* Contemporary Issues in the Arab World
* International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa
* Arab Israeli Relations
* Environmental Issues in the Middle East
* Radical Islamic Political Movements

* Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World
* Contemporary Islamic Thought
* Understanding Arab Society from Within
* Ethnic and Minority Relation in the MENA Region
* Women and Society in the Arab World
* Community-based learning in the MENA Region (comparable to an internship)

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:

Homestays

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.  Among the sites visited will be:

  • Petra, the ancient Nabatean city in the south, and Wadi Rum
  • Biblical Jordan – Madaba, Bethany, Mt. Nebo, and the Dead Sea
  • Northern Jordan – Jerash, Ajlun Reserve, Ajlun Castle, Um Qais

Activities

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:

  • Civil Society:  Students will encounter a variety of Jordanian civil society organizations ranging from local NGOs in a variety of fields to women's organizations to sports clubs.  AMIDEAST/Jordan will organize special activities to facilitate student connections to these organizations.
  • Service-learning: AMIDEAST/Jordan coordinates organized service-learning projects either for individual students or for larger groups. With many connections to a wide range of organizations in Jordan, AMIDEAST can adapt projects individual student interests to ensure a unique and satisfying service-learning experience.
  • Cross-cultural learning: AMIDEAST/Jordan organizes a variety of cross-cultural learning opportunities. Ranging from meet-and-greets to formal presentations, these events give participants the chance to interact with Jordanian students, to learn more about Jordan, and to introduce others to American culture.

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 2015 09/24/2014
**
Varies by program 01/17/2015 05/15/2015
NOTE: Students will have to vacate housing on May 15th. March 13-21 is spring break, where AMIDEAST has no programing for students.
Fall 2015 03/11/2015 ** Varies by program TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/11/2015 ** 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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