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Arabic Language & Culture, Amman

Study Abroad Program Overview

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in the spring of 2018, the Arabic Language & Culture program in Amman is being discontinued by CIEE and replaced by their new Middle East Studies program. This new program is a combination of both the Arabic Language and Culture program and the more popular Diplomacy and Policy Studies program; courses from both these former programs will be available to particiapants of the Middle East Studies program.
The following information still applies to the Fall 2017 program:
By studying in Jordan, you will develop greater insight into the Middle East, and have a truly unique Jordanian experience through intensive Arabic language training, a challenging academic program, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions.
Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
  • Improve your Arabic in intensive language courses in Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Choose from a variety of area studies courses taught in English and learn about political and cultural issues from guest lecturers
  • Interact with local university students and improve your Arabic through a peer tutor program and target language clubs
  • Visit important archaeological and natural sites in Jordan including Petra, the Dead Sea, or biblical sites
This program is academically challenging and offers focused students an opportunity to make great strides in their language learning and overall knowledge of the region.
Language faculty is drawn from the University of Jordan to provide students a comprehensive curriculum focusing on four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic in order to enhance their communication skills while in Jordan.
Orientation in Amman: The CIEE orientation provides an introduction to the culture of Jordan and the survival skills you will need to enjoy your time in Jordan. You must arrive no later than the official arrival date and attend all orientation events and activities. Late arrival is not allowed. 

Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details. 

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction

Arabic; English

Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
beginning of September to late December

Spring :  
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.

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and field trips in and around Amman. CIEE residential staff also keep 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.
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.

On-site Support

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).

Course Opportunities

Note: This program is undergoing structural changes at CIEE for the Spring 2018 term and onward. This information is still valid for all Fall 2017 students. Please stay tuned for updates.
The Arabic Language & Culture program offers you a series of specially designed area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics, and religion. You will take two area studies courses. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. The Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) invites distinguished guest speakers to give talks on topics such as interfaith relations and environmental protection in Jordan. These activities give participants the opportunity to learn new skills, including Arabic calligraphy, folk dancing, and Jordanian cooking. 
Although there is no language prerequisite, you are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman. CIEE also organizes a variety of cultural activities that complement students’ language studies. A full course load is considered four courses.
You will take the following courses on this program (View course listings for the Arabic Language and Culture program at the bottom of page and syllabi, scroll to the right to open syllabi PDF):
  • Modern Standard Arabic – 9 quarter/6 semester UC units
  • Colloquial Jordanian Arabic – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units
  • Two to three elective area studies courses – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units. Exact offering may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:
    • The Environment and the Politics of Water
    • International relations and Diplomacy in the Middle East
    • Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    • Contemporary Arab Women Writers
    • American and the Arabs
    • Media Arabic (instructions in Arabic)
    • Intercultural Communication and Leadership
    • Introduction to Islam
    • Selection of content courses offered in Arabic now available to qualified students (these options vary by term and depend on student’s level of Arabic)
Note: All courses are taught by faculty members from the University of Jordan, unless otherwise indicated.

Peer Language Tutors

CIEE recruits peer language tutors from the Department of Arabic at the University of Jordan. You are encouraged to meet with your language partners for up to three hours per week to practice conversation, explore the University, and expand your understanding of the host culture.
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 Study Center.​


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 22.5 - 27 quarter/15 - 18 semester UC units per semester are required: 4 - 5 courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships, research, and independent study are not possible with this program.

Princess Sumaya University of Technology
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).

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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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:
  • 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
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.​


​All participants in this program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible

Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page​ to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships. ​​​​​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 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: