University of Oregon

CIEE: Diplomacy and Policy Studies in Amman

Program Overview

The Diplomacy and Policy Studies program is designed to provide you with a focused look at diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the Middle East while also allowing you to gain proficiency in Arabic.

You will be required to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level. You will also be required to take the CIEE core course, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development. In addition, you may choose two elective courses. As part of the required core course, students participate in a ten-week practicum at a local government agency, ministry, or international organization.

All independent travel during the program requires pre-approval from CIEE resident staff. Any travel outside of Jordan is only permitted after completion of the CIEE Amman Independent Travel form, approval from Study Abroad Programs at the University of Oregon and emergency contact, and review of potential security or safety concerns by the CIEE Resident Director.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Diplomacy and Policy Studies

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Please Note: A U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is in effect for this program’s location. You may be required to complete additional steps within your study abroad application. Please schedule an appointment with your GEO advisor to discuss this. For more information on the Travel Warning, please visit:

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum of two courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies.
  • The required personal statement must demonstrate knowledge of the region and goals consistent with the program’s learning objectives.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20175/1/2017late Augustlate December
Academic Year2017-20185/1/2017late Augustmid-May
Spring Semester201810/15/2017late Januarymid-May

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.