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 is for students wishing to study intensive Arabic language at whatever level is appropriate, for the equivalent of either one or two four-week terms of study at the AMIDEAST Center and in a homestay. Each summer term is worth six credits. You can find perspectives from past students on the AMIDEAST blog
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. Students need to verify before the term begins with their department or academic advisors in what Arabic courses they will be placed in upon their return back to American University.
All classes are held in AMIDEAST’s center in Amman
. The center is located in the Wadi Abdoun area of Amman and is a ½-kilometer walk from the Abdoun circle where there are many cafes and restaurants. It is also located approximately ten minutes or less by taxi from other popular parts of Abdoun, Sweifieh, Shmeishani, and the 3rd Circle.The curriculum is based on AMIDEAST's Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, which is functional and communicative in its approach. The teachers are carefully selected native speakers with excellent language teaching experience and skills.
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.
Each four-week term all students take the Arabic language course--Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits)
. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in each session, covering the material usually covered in one semester on a U.S. campus.
Each four-week term all students take the summer colloquial Jordanian Arabic (1 credit)
. Students receive 20 hours of instruction per session in Jordanian Arabic.
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 offers summer language intensive AU Abroad Awards
which are merit based scholarships up to $1500. Please note the AU Abroad Award application is separate from your AU Abroad application. AMIDEAST offers scholarships between $500 - $3000
that can be accessed once you begin a AMIDEAST application.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad staff
members possess a wealth of knowledge about the Middle East/North Africa region. They have served as Peace Corps volunteers, founders of non-profit organizations, teachers, researchers, program administrators, and study abroad students. Although our staff come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, they share a common passion for exposing students to the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Each staff member has spent significant time living in and loving this unique part of the world and is eager to help students be part of AMIDEAST’s larger mission to develop mutual understanding between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
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, Kuwaitis who left Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and most recently, Iraqi 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.
Housing & Meals
All AMIDEAST students live with a Jordanian family during summer programs
. Jordanian families have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. All host families are Arabic-speaking; English, however, is spoken in many of the homes.
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.
Summer and short-term students participate on one excursion during each 4-week session
. These excursions are part of the program and all expenses are included in the general program fees.
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.