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Jordan: Diplomacy and Policy Studies (CIEE)
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Shared Apt. Language Pre-requisite: 3 semesters of Arabic (or equivalentt)
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: Yes
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 3.3
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Advising Required:
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

This program is for students who have had at least two 200 level courses or higher in international relations, government, political science, or Middle Eastern studies by the time they study abroad.  Students in this program participate in Arabic language courses and can intern with organizations that deal with the above subject matter.  Students take classes at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) and will engage with local experts, government officials, and diplomats.  This program is housed separately from the other CIEE programs offered in Amman, Jordan.


Students study at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) and earn 16 credits a semester.  Participants take classes only with other CIEE study abroad students. Special activities and guest lectures at the JID allow CIEE students to interact with local students, government officials, and diplomats in training.

Since its creation in 2002, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) has been an administratively and financially independent legal identity with a mandate to “build the capacity of human resources through training and research in diplomacy, strategy, and international studies, and highlight the role of Arab Islamic civilization in international relations.” A main component of the JID’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a highly trained corps of diplomats capable of representing Jordan and serving its interests abroad effectively.

The Jordan Institute of Diplomacy is a specialized academic institution and training facility for diplomats and government officials. Unlike a regular university campus, JID is designed as more of a research and training institute. As most of the students at JID are working government officials and diplomats in training, CIEE study abroad students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the JID.

CIEE courses are typically seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussion between the professor and students. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the U.S. or United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships abroad, and are thus familiar with Western methods of teaching.  Arabic language courses are taught by the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction and CIEE language instructors from the University of Jordan. The required core course and area studies elective courses are taught by faculty and practitioners associated with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.  Class attendance is mandatory.

Required Courses:

Appropriate level of Modern Standard Arabic (4 credits)
Appropriate level of Colloquial Arabic (3 credits)
Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development (3 credits)

Elective Courses (three credits each, students choose two and finalize course choices during orientation)

Development Economies in the Middle East
Gender and Politics in the Arab World
Political Structure and Dynamics of the Middle East Regional System
Arab Diplomacy
Democracy and Political Change in the Middle East
Conflict and Conflict Management in the Middle East

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 Award, 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.

Student Life

Amman has a history that reaches back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. Draped over several hills, Amman is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. It is a very accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas. With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.  Please read over the student blog for current happenings with this program.

Students begin their study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident staff share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program, so that you'll arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards those goals.

Housing and Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. All students live with each other in CIEE-managed apartments in Amman. Apartments are furnished and have basic amenities. Students are required to abide by local cultural norms and follow CIEE policies regarding behavior.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the individual student. Students may prepare meals in their apartments or eat at local restaurants and cafes. Some group meals will be provided during orientation and on CIEE-sponsored excursions.

Field Trips & Activities

The academic program is supplemented with special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts. In addition, CIEE coordinates a series of local field trips, cultural activities, and one overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum. Resident staff will keep you up-to-date on local cultural events such as conferences, films, and concerts.

Visa Requirements

All American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Amman airport. CIEE will help each student obtain a residence permit after they are in the country.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
Varies by program 08/30/2015 12/18/2015
NOTE: students should wait until they receive their pre-departure material before booking flights.
Spring 2016 09/23/2015
Varies by program 01/24/2016 05/13/2016

** 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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