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CIEE: Amman, Language and Culture
Amman, Jordan
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
Arabic, English
 Lang. Courses Offered:
Arabic (colloquial), Arabic (Modern Standard)
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
Housing: Apartment with Study Abroad Students, Homestay
 A&S Approved?:
conditional
Fields of Instruction: Anthropology, Arabic Language, Archaeology, Art History, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Government (Political Science), History, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Theology
 Class Rank:
sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

Overview

Come discover Jordan.

Through intensive Arabic language training; a challenging, comprehensive academic program; and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, study abroad in Amman gives you greater insight into the Middle East, and a truly unique Jordanian experience.

Study abroad in Jordan and you will:

  • Improve your Arabic in intensive language courses in Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Choose from a variety of area studies courses in English and learn about political and cultural issues from guest lecturers
  • Interact with local university students and improve your Arabic through a peer tutor program and target language clubs
  • Visit important archaeological and natural sites in Jordan, including Petra, the Dead Sea or biblical sites In Jordan
     
The CIEE Difference

Coursework


Whether you’re just beginning your study of Arabic or you’re an advanced speaker, study abroad in Amman has Standard and Colloquial language courses to suit your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of specially designed area studies courses in fields including: archaeology, economics, history, international relations, communications, literature, politics, and religion.

Excursions

Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each semester you will have an overnight trip to Petra and  a day trip to one of Jordan’s famous archaeological sites. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a community service trip to one of Jordan’s rural areas.

Volunteering

A range of volunteer options are available to study abroad students, many involving helping others with their English language skills. Previously, students have volunteered with NGOs, a women’s rights organization, educational institutions, and organizations in the for-profit sector.

Peer Language Tutors

CIEE recruits peer language tutors from the Department of Arabic at the University of Jordan. You are encouraged to meet with your language partners for up to three hours per week to practice conversation, explore the University, and expand your understanding of the host culture.

Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements


Study abroad students are required to take two language courses: one Arabic Language course and one Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course. In addition, students take two area studies courses or one area studies course and an internship. A full course load is considered four courses.

About Amman

Amman has a history that dates 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.

Where You’ll Study

Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT)

PSUT is the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan and is known as a center of educational excellence both in the country and the surrounding region. The institution’s strong connections with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations will allow students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities, and the wide range of English-taught courses will enable CIEE to continue to grow new direct enrollment options in the future.

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay 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. Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekly lunches. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. Students receive some meals during orientation and during CIEE-sponsored excursions.

For students planning to stay for the academic year, meals between the fall and spring semesters are not included in the program fee unless they continue to reside with their homestay family.                               

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Each semester you will have an overnight trip to Petra and a day trip to one of Jordan’s famous archaeological sites. You will also have the opportunity to attend a community service trip to one of Jordan’s rural areas. Trips vary between the fall and spring semesters depending upon the weather. Resident staff will keep you up-to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

Independent Travel

You are encouraged to travel independently in Jordan during weekends and scheduled breaks. Travel is not permitted when classes are in session. Any travel outside of Jordan requires the completion of the CIEE Amman Independent Travel Form and review of potential security or safety concerns by the CIEE resident director. You must also sign an independent travel waiver and are expected to inform your home institution and emergency contacts on all independent travel outside of Jordan.

Immersion

Volunteering


A range of volunteer options are available to study abroad students, many involving helping others with their English language skills. Previously, students have volunteered with NGOs, a women’s rights organization, educational institutions, and organizations in the for-profit sector. Since 2011, CIEE has partnered with a local organization focused on sustainable tourism initiatives in rural areas in Jordan on the development of an “Adopt a School” program. CIEE dedicates four-to-five weekends each semester to the cleaning, painting, and general maintenance of a school in an underdeveloped community in Jordan, and you may participate in up to three weekends each term. Volunteer service does not receive academic credit and is subject to availability.

Language Clubs

CIEE organizes a series of target language clubs that complement students’ instruction in the language. The clubs cover conversation, calligraphy, music, and culture.

Internship

Qualified academic year students have the opportunity to compete for a pre-screened, internship placement with a with a non-governmental organization that may be involved in community development, public opinion, social welfare, women’s rights and political participation, environmental protection, or women’s studies. This option is open to academic year students during their second semester only. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a 10- to 25-page analytic research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region. In addition, students meet weekly as a group and must complete an assigned reading list. Students are evaluated by the Internship Supervisor and the Resident Director. Approval for participation in the Internship course must be obtained from the resident director and the home institution during the application process.

Language

As you gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff encourages you to use your language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society.

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed 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. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.

Academic Culture

The study abroad program is academically rigorous and offers focused students an opportunity to make great strides in their language and overall knowledge of the region. Students attend Arabic language courses five days per week, while area studies courses are held in the afternoon. Class attendance is required and unexcused absences count against students’ final grades. Classes tend to be lecture style; however, instructors welcome questions and discussion. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, or have participated in fellowships abroad and are thus familiar with Western methods of teaching.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society.

Grading System

Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, based on a 100 point scale) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, and depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory for all CIEE classes.

Language of Instruction

English
Arabic

 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.