Students will have the opportunity to study colloquial Jordanian Arabic, giving new dimension to their interactions with local speakers
Choose from a variety of area studies courses in English and engage with guest speakers on a host of political and cultural issues. They will take part in cultural activities ranging from cooking and calligraphy, to soccer and traditional dance. Students will have the opportunity to visit important archaeological and natural sites which may include Petra, Jerash, the crusader-era castle of Kerak, and the Dead Sea.
Academics & Curriculum
The study abroad program is offered in two sessions; students may participate in one or two. Students choose one course per session. This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to begin learning Arabic or about the history, culture, and politics of Jordan and, more generally, the Middle East. The number of daily contact hours is high, and attendance is required. Students must expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations.
Accommodation & Meals
During Session I, students have the option of residing in a homestay or an apartment. Meals are the responsibility of the students who choose to live in apartments. Students who live in homestays will have breakfast and dinner available. Dinner is the main meal, often served in the late afternoon.
During Session II, students will reside in the hostel at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) within an easy walk of the CIEE Amman Study Center. ACOR is a comfortable, secure facility that hosts a number of student and faculty groups, workshops, and scholars conducting Humanities and Social Science research in Jordan. Accommodation in ACOR’s hostel consists of double rooms with full en-suite bathroom, ingredients for a do-it-yourself breakfast, and one cooked meal for the group per day. Hostel residents also enjoy 24/7 access to ACOR’s library (one of the best in Jordan), use of the computer lab and free wireless internet, as well as use of common areas and kitchen facilities. Laundry service, printing, photocopying, and faxing are available for a small fee.
In addition to its convenient location near the CIEE Amman Study Center, ACOR is within walking distance of shopping and other services.
Students attending this program may wish to apply to one or more of the following scholarships:
More scholarship opportunities can be found on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarship webpage.