Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. Further, Jordan remains a key player in Arab-Israeli affairs. Over the past several decades it has absorbed refugees from Palestine, Kuwaitis who left Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and most recently, Iraqi refugees. These new inhabitants have transformed Amman and brought new life to its local culture.
Under King Abdullah II and his father King Hussein, Jordan has made great strides in education, health care and economic reform while creating a distinctively Jordanian democratic structure. Nonetheless, Jordan faces many challenges that students can study and observe first hand – the effects of regional conflicts, social change, lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, and delivering on the promise of economic development to its citizens.
Students on our Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Amman have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and learn first-hand from leading faculty from the Qasid Arabic Institute about the critically important Middle East region.
In addition to academics, students benefit from the following program components:
- in-country orientation
- opportunity to live with a Jordanian family or in a shared apartment
- structured opportunities to meet and interact with local students
- organized excursions to strikingly beautiful historic locations around Jordan such as Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea.
Area Studies Courses
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman carry a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic for 5 credits and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic for 3 credits) and two or three other elective courses (depending on the student’s preference) from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English including anthropology, art, history, economics, environmental studies, media Arabic, Middle East and North Africa studies, political science, religion, sociology, studio art, and women's studies. In addition to academics, our students benefit from an on-site orientation, opportunity to live with a Jordanian family, structured ways to meet local students, and organized excursions to exciting locations around Jordan.
To review Area Studies course descriptions, please visit this page: AMIDEAST Course Catalog.
Note that the courses included in the catalog are a number of possible course options. Only some of the courses will be offered each semester. AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that any specific course(s) will be offered as the course list changes each semester based on previous student interest and professor availability. As AMIDEAST programs continue to grow, new courses may be added each semester in addition to those listed below. The course descriptions listed in the catalog do not represent final offerings for any given term, but rather they are intended to give students a general sense of the scope and focus of the program. Approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester, students are sent information regarding the courses that will be offered during the upcoming term through the Student Portal. A typical set of course offerings might include:
- Modern Standard Arabic (required)
- Colloquial Arabic (required)
- Media Arabic (elective)
- Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (elective)
- An Art course (elective)
- A Political Science course (elective)
- A History course (elective)
- A Middle East Studies course (elective)
- A Women’s Studies course (elective)
Students can contact AMIDEAST staff prior to the program start to learn about potential course offerings in an upcoming semester.
Semester Arabic in Jordan
Students on the AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies program earn a total of 8 credits in the Arabic Language. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and 45 hours of instruction in colloquial Arabic (3 credits). Students are placed into appropriate Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic levels based on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and written Arabic exam conducted prior to their departure.
Modern Standard Arabic
All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) at a level appropriate to their proficiency. The following levels are offered:
- Modern Standard Arabic I (Arabic 101; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic II (Arabic 102; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic III (Arabic 201; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic IV (Arabic 202; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic V (Arabic 301; 5 credits)
- Modern Standard Arabic VI (Arabic 302; 5 credits)
- Directed Studies in Arabic (Arabic 401; 5 credits)
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits) instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Colloquial Arabic is offered at a variety of levels. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic. The following levels of colloquial Arabic are offered during the semester:
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IA (Arabic 135; 3 credits; co-requisite: ARAB 101)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IB (Arabic 136; 3 credits; co-requisite: ARAB 102)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IC (Arabic 137; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 201, 202)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic ID (Arabic 138; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 301, 302, 401)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IIA (Arabic 235; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 102, 201)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IIB (Arabic 236; 3 credits; co-requisite: ARAB 202, 301)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic IIC (Arabic 237; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 302, 401)
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic III (Arabic 335; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 201, 202, 301, 302, 401)
Media Arabic is also typically available as an elective course (3 credits). This course introduces students to the Arabic used in the media and is designed to assist students to read, listen, and understand news around the Arab world.
Partner Institution – Qasid Arabic Institute
The Qasid Arabic Institute is the partner for AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program in Amman.
The Qasid Arabic Institute has developed a reputation as one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Its comprehensive curriculum begins with the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and continues through to a high degree of proficiency.
The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way the Qasid Institute believes the Arabic language should be taught. The term qasid is also used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, and clearly defines the kind of student that Qasid attracts to its programs.
As theQasid Arabic Institute's reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction. In 2008 and 2009 it hosted the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Summer Intensive Institute in Jordan. Though its programs are designed mainly for university-level students and busy professionals, Qasid students range in age from 15 to 65. They include embassy and consular officers, Fulbright researchers, full-time mothers, medical doctors, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship recipients, and Ivy League graduates.
AMIDEAST host countries each have their own unique history and regional characteristics that influence our programs. AMIDEAST seeks to embrace these aspects and ensure an enriching experience abroad by promoting language acquisition, intercultural learning, cultural immersion, and focusing on the safety and security of our students.
AMIDEAST Programs Components include:
- Content Courses: On semester programs, students choose 2-4 Area Studies courses taught in either English or French (depending on the program) from a wide range of disciplines.
- Excursions: Included in the program fee, program-organized excursions provide students a way to experience the Arab World first-hand, taking them places they might not otherwise be able to go.
- Housing and Meals: Housing and most meals are included as part of the program fee. Homestay options are available in all locations, with some alternative choices available as well.
- Intercultural Learning: AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are structured to include opportunities for students to develop their intercultural competence. Cultural dialogue sessions, language partners, and reflection periods are some of the offerings AMIDEAST provides to help students deepen intercultural understanding.
- Language Acquisition: Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and Media Arabic are offered at multiple levels. Students are paired with local students as part of the Language partner Program in order to improve their conversation Arabic.
- Student Support: Students receive extensive support by means of pre-departure planning, in-country orientation, program-provided health insurance, assistance with the visa process, and staff support.
- Study Environment: Courses are taught in a U.S. format by local faculty. They are held in AMIDEAST’s local facilities with other students on the program.
At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, we are committed to providing financial assistance to students participating on our programs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Cost & Fees
-- Special Academic Year Discount --
$1,200 discount offered to academic year students in the spring term
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Semester Tuition and Fees1 :
||Academic Year (AY)
|Tuition & fees
(after $1,200 discount)
|Room & board2
Estimated Personal Expenses:
||Academic Year (AY)
|Total (Host Family Option)
|Additional Costs for Students Staying in Apartments
||$1,000 - $2,000
||$1,000 - $2,000
||$2,000 - $4,000
|TOTAL (Apartment Option)
Tuition and fees include:
- Pre-departure preparation
- Courses up to 17 credits
- All-inclusive one-week orientation
- Housing (either with a host family or in a shared apartment)
- Most meals (if with a host family)
- Three program-organized excursions, including one to Petra and Wadi Rum
- Supplementary lectures and special events
- Medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation, and political and security evacuation coverage
- Program supplied mobile phone for use while in Jordan (usage charges not included)
- Pre and post program Oral Proficiency Interview
Tuition and fees do NOT cover:
- International airfare
- Local personal transportation
- Communication and other personal expenses
- Books or course material
- Some meals for those living with a host family
- All meals if living in a shared apartment
- Insurance for student travel prior to or following the official dates of the program
- Medical expenses (including visits to doctors, medical tests, and medications). AMIDEAST recommends students have direct access (e.g. via a debit card or cash) to at least $300 to pay for any necessary medical expenses while abroad. Should a student expect to see medical professional(s) for on-going physical or mental health issues while abroad, he/she may want to consider bringing more than $300 for this purpose. Information outlining insurance coverage and the reimbursement process is provided on the AMIDEAST Student Portal after acceptance.