Study Abroad Program Overview
Jordan’s political agility and skilled diplomacy has made it a stabilizing force in the region and an ideal setting to improve your Arabic while taking a focused look at diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the Middle East.
You have the opportunity to enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internship with local government ministries, agencies, and international organizations. Studying abroad in Amman offers you unparalleled insight into Middle Eastern diplomacy and a truly unique intercultural experience.
Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
- Learn about international relations, political science, and economics with a Middle Eastern and Jordanian focus
- Improve your Arabic language skills through coursework in both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
- Take part in an optional internship at a local or international development organization
In addition to required courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, you can choose from a number of electives including international relations, domestic policies, gender and politics, regional conflict management, and economic and social development.
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.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
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late August to late December
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 features excursions to various archeological, historical, and natural sites in Jordan, including an overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum. Participants will have an additional day trip to a site of historical interest as well as shorter excursions to locations associated with relevant issues in the program’s core course.
Students also have the opportunity to attend special lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts. Further, students have ample opportunity to interact with young diplomats beginning their careers in the field; special dialogue and lunch sessions are arranged to facilitate communication between program participants and diplomatic trainees from the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID).
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).
This program offers Arabic language at the intermediate to advanced level. In addition to the two language courses, you take two to three elective area studies courses or one to two elective(s) and an internship. Subject areas for electives include international relations, domestic policies, gender and politics, regional conflict management, and economic and social development. Due to the intentional design of this program, you will have every opportunity to immerse yourself in Jordanian culture. Special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts enrich the academic program. The Council on International Education Exchanged (CIEE) also coordinates a series of local site visits and cultural activities.
You will take the following courses on this program
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for the Diplomacy & Policy Studies program at the bottom of page and syllabi
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- 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 OR one to two electives and an internship – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units. Exact offering may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:
- Development Economics in the Middle East
- Political Structures and Dynamics of the Middle East Regional System
- Arab Diplomacy
- Media Arabic
- Environment, Sustainability, and Activism
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID). 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.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study are not possible with this program.
Instructors from the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID)
While all of your courses are taught at the CIEE Study Center (Khalifeh Study Center) with other CIEE students, many of your classes in diplomacy will be taught by instructors of the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID). JID is an independent institution focused on training and research in the areas of diplomacy, strategy, and international studies. You will have ample opportunity to interact with Jordanian peers who are training to be members of Jordan's diplomatic corps through planned activities and events. The CIEE Study Center also offers a wide range of student support services and options for cultural integration.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Position with a government agency, or a local or international development organization
Setting Up Your Internship
- You submit your resume and home institution approval during the program application process.
- You must be enrolled in the INSH 3001 ADPS Internship course.
- You are placed in a pre-screened internship with a local or international development organization.
- You record your internship experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and you complete a final research paper that uses your experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region.
- You will meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list.
- The internship course counts as one of the two elective courses and earns 4.5 UC quarter units (3 UC semester units).
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 *
* 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
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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 5 quarters / 3 semesters.
2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Students must successfully complete 2 upper division courses in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies 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: