About CIEE in Jordan:
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
The CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan 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.
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.
CIEE draws its language faculty from the University of Jordan to provide students a comprehensive curriculum focusing on four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Grammar is taught within these four skills. CIEE students have access to their instructors during regular office hours for individual attention and support. Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic in order to enhance their communication skills.
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.
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
All courses are taught by faculty members from the University of Jordan, unless otherwise indicated.
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.
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.
CIEE organizes a series of target language clubs that complement students’ instruction in the language. The clubs cover conversation, calligraphy, music, and culture.
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.
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.
Life in 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.
While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.