Program Overview

On this program, you will have the opportunity to study and learn the intricacies of the region’s modern history and Jordan’s role in regional politics as well as build your linguistic capabilities of the Arabic language; both Modern Standard and Colloquial. The CIEE program in Amman is dedicated to educate and expand your knowledge of the local language, history and culture. In addition to the academic curriculum, opportunities to practice Arabic and experience the local culture are an essential component of the program. 

You will have many opportunities to immerse yourself in Jordanian culture. Special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts enrich the academic program. You are encouraged to use your Arabic language skills in everyday settings. This fosters Arabic language proficiency and a better understanding of Jordanian society. CIEE also coordinates a series of local site visits and cultural activities. Resident staff will help keep you up to date on local cultural events, such as conferences, films, and concerts. Local internships are also available. 

All study abroad students enroll in a Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course at the appropriate level. In addition to the required Arabic courses, all students choose two additional elective courses, one of which can be an internship. 

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Middle East Studies in Amman

Please Note: The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory system has changed. Check the current travel advisory status for Jordan.

Additional requirements

  • A demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose.

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.

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.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20204/1/2020Late AugustMid-December
Academic Year2020-214/1/2020Late AugustMid-May
Spring Semester202110/1/2021Late JanuaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.