Study Abroad Program Overview
The Advanced Arabic Language program increases your Arabic language skills in an environment of complete cultural and linguistic immersion.
In Amman, you’ll find challenging coursework – led by dedicated, native speaking faculty – which allows highly-focused students with an advanced background in Modern Standard Arabic to achieve high levels of proficiency in reading, writing, and oral comprehension. And with homestays, peer language tutors, volunteer opportunities, and cultural activities and excursions, you’ll enjoy a unique and truly immersive intercultural experience in Jordan.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and you will:
- Develop high levels of proficiency in Arabic language
- Enroll in courses on history, culture, literature, media, or business communication, taught in Arabic
- Work with a faculty mentor and develop Arabic writing skills through an advanced writing and research course
- Visit museums, theaters, and galleries, take day excursions to famous archaeological sites, and an overnight trip to Petra
- Enjoy an innovative mid-semester Arabic language rural retreat
The coursework gives you the opportunity to benefit from a variety of subjects taught entirely in Arabic and to study contemporary Arabic literature or poetry. In addition, courses enable you to explore Arab media or an introduction to Islam, and to improve your technical writing and public speaking with business communication.
The program is academically and linguistically challenging and requires a solid commitment. Classes are small, often taught tutorial style, and require discipline and sustained effort both in and outside the classroom. Instructors are native Arabic speakers who are trained in their fields and in teaching Arabic language.
Orientation in Amman: The CIEE orientation provides an introduction to the culture of Jordan and the survival skills you will need to enjoy both your homestay and your classes. You must arrive no later than the official arrival date and attend all orientation events and activities. Late arrival is not allowed.
The program is open to all majors.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid-December
mid-January to mid-May
You may stay in an apartment with other CIEE program participants or choose the homestay experience. Homestays are arranged with local host families who will be carefully matched with you based on your answers in the CIEE housing survey. A homestay contributes to your immersion in the culture, giving you a glimpse into the center of Jordanian society and offering the generosity of a Jordanian family.
The program includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and field trips in and around Amman. CIEE residential staff keeps students apprised of special events at the University of Jordan, as well as cultural events such as films and concerts occurring in Amman.
Students participate in group trips to Petra and Wadi Rum, and have the option of participating in a number of other day trips planned throughout their time in Jordan. Trips and cultural events provide students with an opportunity to appreciate Jordan’s rich cultural history. UCEAP students are encouraged to take part in as many optional activities as possible to gain a broad and informed understanding of their host country.
A highlight of the program is the week-long group trip to rural Jordan, either in the north or south, with program instructors. Students have the opportunity to meet and interact with rural Jordanian families, and to participate in community service work. Students enjoy an integrated, but informal learning environment as they continue coursework during the trip.
You may choose from a variety of volunteer activities. Among the opportunities available, there is a large demand from schools, NGOs, and local community groups for native English speakers who can assist in English language instruction and translation. Volunteer work does not earn academic credit.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local CIEE staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Jordan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. You will continue to study Modern Standard Arabic as well as take an elective course to delve deeper into the culture, history, religion, politics, and society of Jordan. This approach enables you to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. This program is academically and linguistically challenging as all courses are taught in Arabic.
Students must demonstrate mastery of the subject material included in the popular al-Kitaab series through book II or its equivalent on-site language placement exam taken during orientation. Students failing to meet the equivalency will have one opportunity to retake the placement exam. Students failing to demonstrate equivalency on their second attempt can be automatically enrolled in the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Amman Language and Culture program. Confirmed students are also asked to complete an online oral interview with CIEE Arabic Language staff in Jordan as part of the pre-departure process.
You will take the following courses on this program
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for the Arabic Language program at the bottom of page and syllabi
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- Superior Modern Standard Arabic – 9 quarter/6 semester UC units
- Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
- Arabic Writing – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units
- One elective subject course in Arabic – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units. Exact offering my vary slightingly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:
- Introduction to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- Contemporary Arab Media
- Readings in Contemporary Arab Literature
- Arabic Poetry
- Introduction to Islam
- Arabic Research
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Program participants take courses offered through CIEE with other US students at the CIEE center.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units on this program: 4 courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible with this program.
All of your courses are taught at the CIEE Study Center (Khalifeh Study Center) with other CIEE students. The Study Center is located in one of the older core neighborhoods near Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT). CIEE provides a wide range of student support services and options for cultural integration. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local community through planned activities and events. You also have easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions such as PSUT (pictured left).
The Advanced Arabic Language program is designed to provide you with a full immersion experience commensurate with your abilities and proficiency level. All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. This approach enables you to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. You are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document your language acquisition during your studies. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||16||22.5 - 27||15 - 18||$18,650||$3,600|
|Spring||16||22.5 - 27||15 - 18||$18,600||$2,900|
|Year||32||45 - 54||30 - 36||$35,550||$6,300|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and Board
- Local transportation
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 years (6 quarters / 4 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 3.30.
* Final assessment will be through a CIEE placement exam.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: