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CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies Program in Amman, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange Language of Instruction: Arabic, English
Language Prerequisite: Yes Housing Options: On-Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.3 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Arabic, Internship, Political Science
Program Description:
About CIEE in Jordan:

With agility and skilled diplomacy, Jordan has charted a course through some of modern history’s most infamous hornet’s nests. That achievement has made Jordan a stabling force in the region and makes it an ideal setting to improve your Arabic while taking focused look at diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the Middle East.
Enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internships with local government ministries, agencies, and international organizations. Studying abroad in Amman offers you unparalleled insight into Middle Eastern diplomacy and a truly unique intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
Learn about international relations, political science, and economics with a Middle Eastern and Jordanian focus
Engage with local experts, government officials, and diplomats through special cooperation with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID)
Improve your Arabic language skills through coursework in both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
Partake in an optional internship at a local or international development organization


Academics:

The CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies study abroad program 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. One of these electives is a semester-length internship at a local government agency, ministry, or international organization.

ACADEMIC CULTURE
The Jordan Institute of Diplomacy is a specialized academic institution and training facility for diplomats and government officials. Unlike a regular university campus, JID is designed as more of a research and training institute. As most of the students at JID are working government officials and diplomats in training, CIEE study abroad students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the JID. CIEE courses are typically seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussion between the professor and students. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the U.S. or 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 special Arabic tutoring sessions and weekly colloquial practice sessions.
Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic in order to enhance their communication skills. The Modern Standard Arabic courses utilize the standard curriculum and text books used by most U.S. universities and colleges. Students with more than five semesters of Arabic may find some of the language course material repetitive and should review course syllabi with their advisors in advance.

NATURE OF CLASSES
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only. Special activities and guest lectures at the JID allow CIEE students to interact with local students, government officials, and diplomats in training.

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

This program utilizes the same grading scale and credit system as the USA. 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
Arabic
English

FACULTY
Arabic language courses are taught by the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction and CIEE language instructors from the University of Jordan. The required core course and area studies elective courses are taught by faculty and practitioners associated with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.


Student Life:

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program and site, and your goals for the program so that you arrive at the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards those goals.
The program begins with a mandatory three-day orientation, which introduces you to the academic program, fundamentals of intercultural communication, and practical information about living in Jordan. During orientation, you'll also take a mandatory Arabic pre-test to determine your appropriate level. You'll be retested at the end of the term and receive a copy of your results while on site. Orientation also includes a health and safety component conducted in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.


Life in Amman:

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.