CIEE - Jordan

CIEE - Jordan
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
Academic YearApril 1late Augustearly May
FallApril 1late Augustmid December
SpringOct 15mid Januaryearly May
Program Information
  • GPA
  • Varies
  • Language of Instruction
  • Arabic, English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Homestay
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

CIEE offers programs in Jordan for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East, who have three or more semesters of Arabic and a strong background in international relations, government, political science, or Middle Eastern Studies, or who have a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to attain further proficiency.


CIEE offers three options for semester study in Jordan, each with a different focus.

Language and Culture: The CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan in Amman offers students a series of area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region.  All students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.

Diplomacy and Policy Studies:  This option combines focused coursework in regional politics, diplomacy, and government with training in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. All students are required to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level. They are also required to take the CIEE core course, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development. In addition, students choose two elective courses. As part of the required core course, students participate in a ten-week practicum at a local government agency, ministry, or international organization.

Arabic Language: This option is designed to give students the a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic the opportunity to take a full load of courses taught in Arabic by combining intensive language study with area studies courses. Students are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document their language acquisition during their studies. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam.


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.


Housing will either be in furnished CIEE-managed apartments with basic amenities in Amman (apartments are shared with other CIEE program participants) or in homestays from a wide spectrum of Jordanian society.  Homestays require students to make adjustments in terms of personal privacy, social habits, and other social norms.  Placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms.  All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum.

Exact housing options vary based on the program option selected.  Please see the CIEE website for housing details for your selected program.

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