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About the Program
The CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan provides a challenging academic program combined with an in-country cultural experience and intensive language study. Students gain a greater understanding of the Middle East, with specific emphasis on the Jordanian perspective and experience. The CIEE program offers students the opportunity to excel in their Arabic language skills by taking all of their courses in Arabic, including both subject area content and language instruction. All students take both Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, Arabic Writing and Superior Modern Standard Arabic taught by University of Jordan faculty.
Founded in 1962, the University of Jordan is the first and oldest public four-year institution of higher education in Jordan. The University has 13 academic faculties, which include 65 academic departments offering more than 3,500 courses a year. The University has a diverse student body of nearly 35,000, including 1,800 international students, and offers extracurricular activities such as 19 on-campus clubs including sports, music, the environment, public service, health, literature, art, volunteer work, seminars, and lectures. It was the first Arab university in the Middle East to use the U.S. model for academic credits.
The capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman is a modern city built on ancient Roman foundations dating back 5000 years. Spanning out from its original settlements atop seven hills, or jabals, Amman now occupies 19 hills home to three million people. A municipal ordinance restricting building materials to white limestone creates a unified and modern cityscape two hours from the ancient city of Petra and one hour from the Dead Sea. 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.
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.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of four semesters of Arabic at Tulane with CGPA of 3.3
- Successful applicants have mastered the concepts covered in the al-Kitaab series through the second book or equivalent, and demonstrate oral proficiency at the intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.
Fields of Study
Arabic Language, Middle Eastern Studies
The program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation program conducted in Amman, which introduces students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in Jordan. In this hybrid program, students take three required language courses: one Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, one Arabic Writing and one Superior Modern Standard Arabic course at the University of Jordan. In addition, students take a CIEE area studies courses taught also taught in Arabic.
Classes are relatively small, and lectures tend to be the method of teaching, although most professors welcome discussion and questions. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have been exposed to Western methods of teaching and come from different backgrounds which are reflective of Jordanian society. The academic year consists of two 15-week semesters. Classes are held Sunday through Thursday. The university observes all Islamic, Eastern and Western Christian holidays, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Amman even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Amman you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Amman. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
All students live in CIEE-managed apartments in Amman. Apartments are furnished and have basic amenities. Students are required to abide by local cultural norms and follow CIEE policies regarding behavior. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the individual student. Students may prepare meals in their apartments or eat at local restaurants and cafes.
CIEE Jordan Advanced Arabic Language Program
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