CIEE Amman: Middle East Studies
About the Program
The CIEE Middle East 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 6 credits of Modern Standard Arabic and 3 credits Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level, for a total of 9 credits of Arabic language instruction. They will also enroll in CIEE area studies electives, based on their interests. In addition, students choose two elective courses. One of these electives can be semester-length internship at a local government agency, ministry, or international organization.
In addition to required courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, you can choose from a number of electives including international relations, domestic policies, gender and politics, regional conflict management, and economic and social development.
You'll have the option to partake in a for-credit, pre-screened internship with a government agency, or a local or international development organization. Drawing on your experience throughout the semester you will complete a final research paper that uses your experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region.
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
- Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose
- a minimum of two courses beyond the introductory level (2000 level and above) in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies
Fields of Study
Arabic Language, Anthropology, History, International Relations, Economics, Literature, Religion, Archaeology, Middle Eastern Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Media and Communication
Enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internship 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.
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 Middle East Studies Program
Contact Past Participants
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