Come discover Jordan and advance your Arabic language skills in an environment of complete cultural and linguistic immersion.
In Amman, you’ll find challenging coursework – lead by dedicated, native speaking faculty – which allows highly-focused students with an advanced background in Modern Standard Arabic to achieve high levels of proficiency in reading, writing, and oral comprehension. And with homestays, peer language tutors, volunteer opportunities, and cultural activities and excursions, you’ll enjoy a unique and truly immerse intercultural experience in Jordanian.
Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
Develop high levels of proficiency in Arabic language
Enroll in Arabic language subject courses on history, culture, literature, media, and business communication
Work with a faculty mentor and develop Arabic writing skills through an advanced writing and research course.
Visit museums, theaters, and galleries; take day excursions to famous archaeological sites, and an overnight trip to Petra
Innovative mid-semester Arabic language rural retreat
The CIEE Difference
Challenge yourself by enrolling in a variety of area studies courses taught entirely in Arabic. Improve your technical writing anc public speaking with Business Communication; study Contemporary Arabic Literature, or Poetry; explore Arab Media or an Introduction to Islam.
Visit Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders, including Petra—all with Arabic speaking guides. Study abroad students will have a mid-semester “rural retreat,” at a location in the Jordan Valley. In addition to continuing classes with your instructors, you’ll partake in community service activities in the local communities.
Peer Language Tutors
We recruit peer language tutors from the Department of Arabic at the University of Jordan. Students are encouraged to meet with their language partners for up to three hours per week to practice conversation, explore the University, and expand their understanding of the host culture.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours
Course contact hours are 42 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
Students take Advanced Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, Arabic Writing and Research, and pme subject course in literature, history, religion, media, or business communication. All subject courses are taught in Arabic. Enrollment in certain subject courses may require a higher level of proficiency than others.
Students must demonstrate mastery of the subject material included in the popular al-Kitaab series through book II or its equivalent on-site language placement exam taken during orientation. Students failing to meet the equivalency will have one opportunity to re-take the placement exam. Students failing to demonstrate equivalency on the second re-test can be automatically enrolled in the CIEE Amman Language and Culture program. Confirmed students are also asked to complete an on-line oral interview with CIEE Arabic Language staff in Jordan as part of the pre-departure process.
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.
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
Students are housed in Arabic-speaking 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. Students normally have breakfast and a main meal with the families during the week and may have all meals with them on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. Meals are provided on excursions.Academics
The Arabic Language program is designed to provide students with a full immersion experience commensurate with their abilities and proficiency level. All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. This approach enables students to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. Students are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document their language acquisition during their studies here. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam.
The program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment on the part of students. Classes are small, often taught tutorial style, and require discipline and sustained effort both in and outside of the classroom. Instructors are native Arabic speakers who are trained in their fields and in teaching Arabic language.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Arabic at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Jordanian society. Keeping the language commitment is a vital component of student language acquisition during the semester that should be thoroughly considered prior to application.
Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, converted from 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 a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory in all CIEE classes.
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